Game balls from the Michigan football team's 28-14 loss at Michigan State:
Pat Narduzzi (4):
The fifth-year defensive coordinator has twice done what few other assistant coaches have been able to figure out: how to slow down Denard Robinson. The Michigan quarterback had 165 yards of total offense, nearly half of his season average. Not bad considering the Spartans’ defense was praised last season after limiting him to 301 yards in a 34-17 MSU victory.
Edwin Baker (4):
The Spartans had been waiting for their junior running back to explode, and he did Saturday. Baker had amassed 252 yards through MSU’s first five games, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. Against Michigan, he ran for 167 yards and a touchdown on 26 attempts.
Denard Robinson (1):
The sometimes super-human junior quarterback had a pedestrian afternoon against the Spartans. On a day he moved into 10th-place on the Wolverines’ all-time rushing list (2,815 yards) and became the 10th Michigan player to pass for more than 4,000 yards, Robinson completed just 9-of-24 passes and had an interception returned for a touchdown. Even his feet couldn’t bail him out. He averaged 2.3 yards on 18 attempts.
Special uniforms (2 balls):
About the only thing that caught Michigan State off-guard Saturday was Michigan showing up on the field in a road version of the “legacy” uniforms Adidas designed for the Wolverines’ home night game against Notre Dame. Michigan had warmed up in its standard road garb, but changed before kickoff. When combined with Michigan State’s previously announced Pro Combat Series uniforms, unsuspecting fans may have been left surfing channels looking for the in-state rivalry they’d grown up watching.