Michigan State 26, Michigan 20 (OT): Your complete guide to our coverage here
For the third time this season, Tate Forcier took the Michigan football team on his shoulders and rallied the Wolverines to a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback.
This time, however, Michigan couldn't find its storybook ending.
Despite scoring two touchdowns in the final 4:03 of the game, the Wolverines couldn't sustain their momentum in overtime, falling to rival Michigan State, 26-20 in East Lansing.
Our coverage of Saturday's game starts below, and we'll be updating it throughout the evening.
- We'll lead off with AnnArbor.com beat reporter Dave Birkett's game story, which details Michigan's dramatic fourth-quarter comeback and sudden overtime loss against the rival Spartans.
- What's left after a tough overtime loss? Plenty of questions, says AnnArbor.com's Michael Rothstein.
- A run at a third come-from behind win for freshman quarterback Tate Forcier comes up short, writes AnnArbor.com's Jeff Arnold
- Dave Birkett has his weekly grades for the Wolverines. The D's don't stand for defense today.
- A failed fake punt may have been the difference for the Wolverines. Here's why the Wolverines went for it on fourth-and-inches.
- Jeff Arnold catches up with Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier, who concedes Saturday was just not Michigan's day to pull out a win.
- Notebook: J.T. Floyd recorded four tackles in his first start at cornerback; Rich Rodriguez talks about the time-of-possession battle.
- Michigan State's victory helps restore a lot of luster to what was a fading rivalry, writes David Mayo of The Grand Rapids Press.
- The Wolverines' youth and inexperience finally showed Saturday, says Howie Beardsley of The Grand Rapids Press.
- Mark Dantonio is delivering on his promise to take over the state, opines SI.com's Stewart Mandel.
- Kirk Cousins showed a lot of heart for the Spartans, says Steve Grinczel of MLive.com.
- Rich Rodriguez in his post-game press conference: Third downs killed the Wolverines.
- Brandon Graham and Obi Ezeh: "We're going to keep fighting."
- AnnArbor.com photographers Lon Horwedel and Melanie Maxwell paced the sidelines during the game, and brought back some excellent shots for this slideshow, including Roy Roundtree's game-tying touchdown catch.
- Michigan State's Andrew Hawken nearly had the day's most costly fumble. Here's a picture of him almost dropping the Paul Bunyan Trophy.
- More than 2,400 readers followed our live chat during the game. Among others, you'll find these topics discussed in the archive: Denard Robinson's passing ability, the controversial decision to fake a fourth-down punt ... and the best pizza in Ann Arbor. Join us for the Iowa game next week.
STATISTICS AND STUFF
- Here's the official box score for the game.
- Here's the most up-to-date conference leaders from the Big Ten.
AROUND THE BIG TEN
- Penn State made short work of Illinois, claiming a 35-17 victory that wasn't that close.
- Wiconsin rallies for a 31-28 victory over Minnesota and stays unbeaten at 5-0. The Wisconsin State Journal has the recap.
- Iowa, Michigan's next opponent, survives a scare at home that came courtesy of Arkansas State. The Des Moines Register has the story.