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Posted on Sat, Oct 9, 2010 : 10:18 p.m.

Michigan State 34, Michigan 17: Your comprehensive guide to Saturday's coverage

By Rich Rezler


Michigan State offensive tackle J'Michael Deane holds the Paul Bunyan Trophy, which returns to East Lansing for the third straight year following the Spartans' 34-17 win at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.

Melanie Maxwell |

After three in a row, Michigan State is "little brother" no more.

For the first time since 1965-67, the Michigan State football team has a three-game winning streak against Michigan. The third -- and most convincing -- came Saturday at Michigan Stadium, when the Spartans kept Wolverine sophomore phenom Denard Robinson in check and racked up 536 total yards of offense.

Michigan's 67-31-5 series record aside, the Spartans now own this intrastate rivalry. reporters were everywhere on Saturday, bringing you stories from before, during and after the game.

Here is a recap of what you can find on our site:

Post-Game Coverage

• Scoring summary and boxscore

• In Pete Bigelow's main game story, he reports that Michigan says it won't allow the 34-17 loss to Michigan State to be demoralizing.

• After a storybook start to his season, Denard Robinson falls back to reality on Saturday.

• The Michigan defense continues to struggle, giving up more than 500 yards for the third time in six games this year.

• MSU's Kirk Cousins quietly proved he was more than the "other quarterback" in Saturday's matchup.

• The Spartans sweep Bigelow's game balls, with the biggest one going to the Spartans' defense.

• Heather Lockwood caught up with some celebrating MSU fans and not-so-happy Wolverine fans.

• It was a busy day in the Big House for police officers, who arrested six and ejected 64 during Saturday's Michigan vs. Michigan State game.

• And, of course, you can track all of the Grand Rapids Press' MSU coverage on

In-Game Updates

• photographers Melanie Maxwell and Lon Horwedel bring you this slideshow, with images from throughout the day:

• Jim Knight kept a running update file during the game. Check that out here.

• Rich Rezler and Mike Rothstein hosted a live chat during the game. Read that transcript here.

Pre-Game Coverage

• Big money, big lines, big trips and big tailgates — U-M and MSU fans get ready for the big game

• At Ann Arbor Pioneer tailgating lot, lawn games are the competition before the real game

• Police deal with pre-game traffic, crashes around Michigan Stadium

Around the Big Ten (click on score for full game recap)

Purdue 20, Northwestern 17: Boilermaker quarterback Rob Henry conmpleted just 6 of 18 passes, but he rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown to help Purdue (3-2, 1-0) win at Northwestern's Ryan Field. Northwestern (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) was led by quarterback Dan Persa, who threw for 305 yards and ran for a touchdown.

Illinois 33, Penn State 13: Mikel Leshoure ran for 119 yards and Nathan Scheelhaasse completed 15 of 19 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown in helping Illinois (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) win for the first time in Happy Valley. Rob Bolden had a brutal day under center for Penn State (3-3, 0-2), completing only eight of 21 passes for 142 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Ohio State 38, Indiana 10: Terrelle Pryor threw three first-half touchdowns and finished with a career-high 334 passing yards in just over three quarters of play. Daniel Herron ran for a pair of touchdowns for the Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten), who have won 12 straight games dating back to last season. Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell, who threw for a school-record 480 yards last week against Michigan, was 16-of-26 for 106 yards and two interceptions.

Wisconsin 41, Minnesota 23: John Clay ran for 111 yards and three touchdowns and James White added 118 rushing yards and two scores as Wisconsin (5-1, 1-1) won Paul Bunyan's Axe. Scott Tolzien was efficient throwing the ball, completing 17 of 23 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown.



Mon, Oct 11, 2010 : 10:04 a.m.

Class act cold showers, hopefully they'll do the same, oops's, sorry they have more class.


Sun, Oct 10, 2010 : 12:51 p.m.

mmppc, first of all, Michigan Outranks several Ivy league Colleges in many of it's individual schools (Law, Business, Etc.). Michigan is AS or MORE prestigious than a lot of these schools. Secondly, everyone who's anyone or knows anything about college football claimed, when RR came in, that we would need to wait till his third year to see what he is really capable of producing. Well it's his third year and lets see what we've got (ignoring years 1 and 2) Garbage defense: one of the worst in college football and Michigan history Mediocre Offense: Carried by a better than average QB that cupcake D's cant seem to figure out. State showed us mediocre D's have no problem with this Rivalries: Beat ND, probably should've lost that game but injured starting QB saved us. Lost MSU, pounded at home by a MEDIOCRE MSU. OSU, haven't played, 99% likely as a loss. Big 10: Most likely will finish with 1-3 wins in the B10, NOT acceptable. Off Field: NCAA issues True history: 2 losing seasons, 2 missed bowls, 3 straight losses to MSU, most likely 3 straight losses to OSU, 3 of the worst D's in Michigan history, Ncaa issues, West Virginia/Legal problems, huge attrition, third season MIGHT see a poor bowl bid with a highly likely loss to anyone truly worth a damn. Everyone said give him his third year, it's his third year and the stats speak for themselves, this regime is NOT fit to coach at Michigan.


Sun, Oct 10, 2010 : 11:59 a.m.

Michigan is the greatest university in the land? Is your land south east Michigan? Have you ever heard of the Ivy League? Michigan was once a common, gigantic, midwestern, state university with an uncomon football team. Now their a common university with a common football team.

Sean T.

Sun, Oct 10, 2010 : 11:39 a.m.

Naysayers, trolls, doomsdayers, haters, negative nancy's etc is what has been called of anyone trying to call the team like they see it. Do you guys still feel if you hate the coach, you hate the team? Michigan is still the greatest University in the land but our program is still in the dumps,even with a 5-1 record. I won't chalk up Purdue as a win either because it seems they're starting to come together. We may actually end up with the same record as last year. And don't be mad at Denard because he's playing within his limitations under a charlatan for a coach.


Sun, Oct 10, 2010 : 11:34 a.m.

Welcome to the new era of Michigan football where offense is greater than defense, getting pushed around is the norm, and winning is not expected. Opponents are not afraid to play us in our own house. Opponents excel in our house. (Dantonio has the same number of B10 wins in Ann Arbor as Rich Rod). There is no distinction in mediocrity.


Sun, Oct 10, 2010 : 10:57 a.m.

Typical RR.....his teams look impressive beating the nobodys, but can't win big games against good teams. RR did the same thing at West Virginia. I see this team going 1-5 the rest of the season, MAYBE beating Purdue and being embarrassed in Columbus. How will a 6-6 record satisfy the alums? My guess is, RR will be out, and rightfully so. I would have fired him after last season and the NCAA violations. Unless, of course, UM no longer cares about playing with class and by the rules. Turning off the hot water in the visitors' locker room? Yep, that's the classy RR alright. Geez!


Sun, Oct 10, 2010 : 10:29 a.m.

Turning off the hot water (again)? As classy as ever.


Sun, Oct 10, 2010 : 9:43 a.m.

How's this stat... Dantonio has won as many big ten games in the big house as RR....2


Sun, Oct 10, 2010 : 9:40 a.m.

Tough to watch yesterday, but it's not like you couldn't see it coming. I too had MSU scoring 35, but I did not think D Rob would lay an egg. He reverted back to last years form of pressing, and making bad throws. I'm totally cool with the way it went down, we just got beat by a better team. At least it wasn't stolen by a clock man, or an end zone molestation! It was won fair and square. Props to Sparty, one more year of being a little sister I guess.


Sun, Oct 10, 2010 : 7:36 a.m.

I'm still holding my 7 or 8 win prediction for Michigan - which just a few short years ago would have been enough to talk about firing a coach. The next five games are winnable. Ohio State... not so much. IMO, 3 sub par seasons plus the inability to win rivalry games = a new head coach. As for yesterdays game, the battle between MSU's offense and UM's defense was irrelevant. Michigan has no defense. I had MSU scoring 35 points. That was a given. (actually they scored 34). The difference in this game was on the other side of the ball. Two red-zone picks and settling for a field goal after dropping a sure TD pass, turned this into a much different game. Sparty played pretty much flawless and Michigan didn't. Denard needs to file this away as a learning experience and move on. Congrats to Sparty, now go win the Big Ten.

Jimmy McNulty

Sun, Oct 10, 2010 : 5:29 a.m.

UM, you will be beaten very badly by Ohio State this year. How long has it been since you've won that game? You will all be crying for Rich Rod's head on a platter after that upcoming loss.


Sun, Oct 10, 2010 : 2:20 a.m.

I really feel like Millen is running this team! What in the world is going on? Teams in the big ten look forward to playing against michigan. They read Football Defense for idiots and know exactly what Greg Robinson is going to run on every play defensively! The sad thing is, this is Michigans best!!! Which turns out to be the worst Defense in College football, not figuratively, but literally. How can you as a team thats getting better seriously have the WORST DEFENSE in college football? What exactly at michigan gets a coach fired? Obviously its not about performance! Boosters Please SEND THIS MESSAGE, "WE WILL NO LONGER DONATE TO THE PROGRAM AS LONG AS GREG ROBINSON IS ASSOCIATED IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM WITH MICHIGAN FOOTBALL, PLEASE GO BACK TO KANSAS CITY AND CONTINUE YOUR PITIFUL CAREER AS A D COORDINATOR!!!!" What an Astonishing failure! Wait lets give him another year, so he can get michigan to giving up 650 yards a game and giving up over 500 points in a season! I would not be suprised if this team collapses and doesnt make a bowl! And on a seperate note, Nice move Rich with 6 minutes left and down by 17 and punting. Talk about giving up! What a F******** Joke. I just got embarassed in front of my friends where I live in Iowa because you guys are a bunch of losers and quiters!

3 And Out

Sat, Oct 9, 2010 : 10:12 p.m.

Just saw this on another board, Narduzzi is claiming that Michigan turned off the hot water in the MSU showers after the game: lol...maybe all the hot water is squarely in Rich Rods pot now. What a joke.