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Posted on Sat, Oct 15, 2011 : 9:31 p.m.

Michigan State 28, Michigan 14: Your comprehensive guide to our coverage

By Rich Rezler


Edwin Baker, who rushed for 167 yards, celebrates after scoring a touchdown during Michigan State's 28-14 win over Michigan on Saturday.

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Battered and bruised. Body and ego.

A Michigan football team that has had "physicality" preached to it since Brady Hoke took over the program in January was out-manned at Spartan Stadium on Saturday. They were beaten in ways other than the final score, which reads Michigan State 28, Michigan 14.

"(Mark Dantonio) outcoached us and (Michigan State) outplayed us, and we have to do a much better job in a lot of different ways," Hoke said.

Now, we wait to see if this Wolverines team follows an oh-so-familiar pattern.

Michigan entered their past two games against Michigan State 9-0. They finished those seasons 3-13. They were 6-0 Saturday morning, but limped out of East Lansing with their first loss after missing out on late opportunities to climb back into the game.

Instead, Michigan State has won four straight in the rivalry for the first time since 1959-62 and sit alone atop the Big Ten's Legends Division standings. had the game covered from pre-game to post-game. Here is a compilation of everything you'll find on our site:

Post-Game Coverage

Boxscore | Big Ten standings

Kyle Meinke column: Michigan State plays 'dirty,' but Michigan lacks necessary grit.

Game story: Michigan State flusters Denard Robinson in 28-14 win over Michigan.

Fourth-down folly? Brady Hoke defends critical play call late in loss to MSU

What's next? Michigan players insist they will avoid late-season swoon

Denard Robinson mum on injury, Devin Gardner fares no better in Michigan loss

Photo gallery: Images from Michigan State's 28-14 win over Michigan

Grade the Wolverines: Your chance to rate Michigan's performance on offense, defense, special teams, coaching and overall.

Game balls: MSU sweeps top honors in the handing out of game balls, Denard Robinson struggles

In-Game Coverage

• We strung together live updates throughout the game. Read them here.

• Check out the transcript from our live chat.

Pre-Game Coverage

Michigan unveils 'legacy' road uniforms moments before kickoff at MSU

Some ticketless Michigan fans make trip to East Lansing just to soak up the atmosphere

• We asked you to predict the outcome of the game. Eighty percent thought Michigan would win, with 41-percent predicting the Wolverines by 4-9 points.

More Scores

Eastern Michigan 35, Central Michigan 28: ( story & photo gallery)

Big Ten scoreboard

Top 25 scoreboard


jeff blue

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 7:08 p.m.

Well, now we look back. Other than that FLUKE at Iowa, Michigan went undefeated after playing MSU. We will look forward to 2012 against the Spartans, although we lost some of our physical players on defense. They have lost their entire pass offense. The 2012 game will be so rough that they could play it without a football.


Sun, Feb 12, 2012 : 4:31 p.m.

The Spartans will dominate in Ann Arbor on October 20th! Hysterical to see the Walverine fans rush the field after beating a 6-6 team!


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 10:46 p.m.

"Crown" - at least use your own material! Don't come on and plagerize others jokes as your own. That it utterly lame. Also, since spartan myopia tends to be really, really short sighted, recall that prior to your four wins in a row MSU lost 9 of the last 10 to UM. That's not "50 years ago", that's "here and now." So take your four measly wins and go home. Your still a long way from reversing 67-32-5. And MSU NEVER beat Mike Hart, so referring to your school's record against Michigan AFTER HE WAS ALREADY GONE, is as much a joke as the integrity of your soon-to-be returned to irrelevancy program. Peace.


Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 12:14 p.m.

remembering now that Mike Hart started this Little Brother stuff i propose that the Wolverines hereby be known as the Little Sisters. and don't start in with the 50 years ago stuff.what counts,and you know it, is the Here and the Now. Football isn't Paddy Cake it's rough,rugged,dirty,and nasty.your Blue and Yellows play like that and You Know it but of course that's not pointed out and everybody knows why that is.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 11:08 p.m.

In some ways, a sad game (i.e., sad for our seniors, sad for our hard-fighting team/coaches, sad to see so many ugly penalties). But we fought hard and are on the right track. After coming back from the game yesterday, I took a shower to wash the State off and it occurred to me...basic first grade art class takes maize and blue to make green.


Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 12:17 p.m.

oh now isn't that cute.paint it any way u want. M got the L.MSU got the W.That's ALL that counts really.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 5:26 p.m.

Alvan, the number of Big Ten Championships for Michigan vs. MSU speaks for itself. Can't argue with stats!! Why don't you just give up you feeble attempts to make MSU look like they have any integrity!


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 6:50 p.m.

let us talk about the Here and the Now Little Sisters


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 5:09 p.m.

Alvan, are you nuts? Read A2 Reality's comments AGAIN! You obviously were not looking at the same game or you just can't count!


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 4:11 p.m.

Although Michigan's down period seems endless, it's obviously nearing its end. Lets remember: it's been 50 yrs. since MSU had such a win streak vs UMich. Sure, MSU out manned U of M: we know why. We also know better manpower is on its way. Can't blame people for feeling disillusioned over Denard: but he's still OUR Denard and he can and will continue to dazzle - everyone - as long as he's at Michigan. Lets not start throwing players and coaches under the bus quite yet, please. Talk about another Michigan down-spiral is premature. This is FAN down-spiral and it's not realistic. Get hyped to your hairline and you're gonna have a let down. Any coke addict can tell you that. ;-) We fans claim "ownership" of this team and these coaches: well, ownership means faithful maintenance and support, NOT abandoning that which WE chose. Brady Hoke is not perfect (oh, wow, who knew?! LOL!) but he's proven himself in a hundred ways in his NINE months as Head Coach. Let's give him and his staff (also "human") the benefit of the doubt and the continued support that REAL Michigan fans are supposed to be proud of. MSU: a temporary "success" which has just 7 B1G championships vs 22 for U of M. They'll fall to Wisconsin, have 2 losses and become themselves: perennial second (or worse) place finishers. We should feel sorry for them, they never reached the heights that Michigan has and probably never will. Give them their moment of joy - they get so few of those. Go Blue!


Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 11:40 a.m.

"It's not near its end until Michigan wins the big games. Until they win the big games, it's still a down period." I agree with Tru2, Nearing means "approaching". When "they win the big games,...", then the down period is over. Not beginning to be over. IMO. Relax fans, UM isn't there, yet. No one predicted 12 - 0. We fans just wanted to see progress, competing with the bigger boys. UM was VERY near tying the game late in the 4th Q. To me, that's being competitive. Go Blue!


Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 2:23 a.m.

I disagree. The "down period" is not "obviously nearing its end". It's not near its end until Michigan wins the big games. Until they win the big games, it's still a down period.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 4:20 p.m.

Luckily, Michigan doesn't get to play Wisconsin this season. Otherwise, they, too, would have 2 losses. The Michigan football program has been over glorified for too long, and now they are prematurely overrated. Wisconsin would steamroll Michigan, much as they will MSU.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 4 p.m.

I have always been a huge supporter of Denard Robinson. His loyalty to the University of Michigan, his relentless positive attitude, and his team leadership have earned him the starting quarterback role. My patience is starting to wear thin. Clearly, he is not progressing at all as a passer. He has no better technique than a running back throwing a halfback pass in a trick play. Same mistakes, game after game after game. At some point he has to realize that he will never be a good passer. His glory comes as a running back and/or kick returner. He is more valuable to the team in one of those roles. It seems to me the reason he usually shines in the passing game during the fourth quarter is due to the receivers putting forth more effort and snagging some of those suspect passes Denard throws. Next year, I feel, there needs to be a position change at QB. I'm not sure D. Gardner is the answer. Experience will tell. We need to recruit a 4 star QB. One that can read defenses, check off on the line, see multiple receivers instead of keying in on just one, throw accurate passes, and run the ball effectively when needed. I'm confident that this coaching staff is well aware of this.


Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 11:28 a.m.

RR. UM has 2 high rated QBs. Devin (4 or 5 star) and 2013 Shane Morris (5 star). Both pro-style. It's taken care of.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 3:45 p.m.

Dirtiest college game I have seen in years. The game just confirms what I think of MSU. Not much. I would never let my son go to their mediocre academic school and most certainly, he would not play football there.

Sparty On!

Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 12:32 p.m.

No need to be a sore loser.

Sparty On!

Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 12:27 p.m.

Hmm twisting facemask? Reminds of Persa last week at Northwestern....but you wouldn't know anything about that would you? Here's an idea, don't jump when you pass the ball and you won't get flipped over. Football is a physical sport, Michigan is severely undersized and will continue to get injured against legitimate football teams. Can Michigan ever just take a loss?


Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 12:21 p.m.

well paddy cake,paddy cake bakers man.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 4:40 p.m.

C'mon AIvan - They had six personal foul penalties. SIX! Gholston was out of control tearing at Denard's facemask and throwing a punch at Lewan. #44 late hit and body slammed Denard to the ground knocking him out of the game. Dantonio, for his part, encouraged his players to go taunt Michigan after the game and never had Gholston even sit out a single play. Make points to argue against these facts and then you can claim that it's just one person. Ridiculous.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 4:22 p.m.

It's one player who "played dirty." As we should all know by now (using Denard as an example), one person does not make a team.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 1:26 p.m.

There is only so much we can expect with these undersized and somewhat under-talented RR players. As most of us knew at the beginning of this year, it will take up to three years to turn this program around. I give them all (players and coaches) tremendous credit for the great effort they are making. Denard is exciting and dynamic, but Michigan cannot win a championship with a QB whose judgment and passing are so poor. We can hope that next year's recruits will mark the beginning of a new era for Michigan football.


Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 12:24 p.m.

the truth is spoken about D Rob read it fans of Blue and Yellow.Then Weep.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 4:25 p.m.

Thank you. One problem I see with Michigan football is over glorification. Yes, they were 6-0, but against the likes of EMU, WMU, NW, etc. A few of those games were barely won. Somehow, that ranked them 11. I'm not going to bash your team, but they aren't the Powerhouse Michigan that they once were. Give it time, maybe they'll return.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 3:30 p.m.

Let us not forget, we were in the game even after playing so bad for most of it. 4th and inches and we simply got out coached. Punch it in the endzone from there and we have a tie game and this entire conversation sounds a lot different, even if we wound up losing in the end.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 12:14 p.m.

Go Blue, Go Green -- I'm proud of both of you. It is great to have two fine football teams in Michigan.


Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 11:47 a.m.

Chas, you and I wouldn't be proud of that style of play. But MSU is. Doesn't that say it all, quite clearly? That's their style. I, personally, am glad Hoke didn't shake Gholsten's hand after the game. I wonder how much restraint it took to not shake his throat (or something). Portions of this game will be shown, to the team, before next year's UM - MSU's game, count on it.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 9:23 p.m.

@ Alvan: When it's that consistent and flagrant, it's hard to think it's anything other than coached. Also, you can ask the coach: "That's what we try to do," Narduzzi said after Michigan State's 28-14 win against Michigan. "Sixty minutes of unnecessary roughness. I'm just happy it didn't get called on every snap." Narduzzi clarified that he wasn't talking about the late hit out of bounds, the punch (and I assume the neck snap although it wasn't mentioned in the article), when that's half of the unnecessary roughness, it's hard to think the clarification is very truthful.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 5:19 p.m.

Carole, I'm with chas. Please tell me how you are proud of MSU? I really don't think you watched the game. Flagrant personal fouls too numerous to count by MSU. Attempting to break a quarterback's neck?!


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 4:28 p.m.

@ chad: Unless you "coached" them into injuring a quarterback, how do you know they were "coached?" These two teams always battle. I'm not going to defend the one player's actions, as I thought them to be over the top, but to say that the team was "coached" to play that way...come on. One person doesn't make a team. If you want disgrace, walk away from the sportsman's handshake after the game. That's disgrace.


Sun, Oct 16, 2011 : 3:11 p.m.

I can't be proud of a team that is coached to seriously injure the opposing teams quarterback with numerous late hits and a flagrant attempt to break his neck while piling on. MSU won but disgraced its program and university.