Michigan defeats Michigan State 12-10

Wolverines end the 4 year drought

Posted In: Sports, Local Sports, National Sports,   By: Thomas Baird

21st October, 2012     0

The University of Michigan finally ended the 4 year losing streak to Michigan State University by defeating the Spartans 12-10 on a last second field goal.  Brendan Gibbons kicked a 38 yard field goal with 5 seconds left to lift the Wolverines to victory.  This would the 4th field goal that the Wolverines would kick on the day to account for all of the scoring. The Spartans would keep Michigan out of its end zone but they failed score on their last drive by stalling out in the red zone. They settled for a short field goal to take a 10-9 lead with a little over 5 minutes to go in the game. 

The game was played under clear skies in front of the third largest crowd in stadium history with over 112,000 people. The win also marked the Wolverines 900th victory in college football the most in history of College Football.  The intense in state rivalry even had the Spartans coming into the game as a 10 point underdog.  The Spartans would score the only touchdown of the game on a nice drive by Midland's Andrew Maxwell.  He would take the team the entire length of the field on the first drive of the 2nd half with a Maxwell to Paul Lang touchdown pass.

The game was a defensive struggle for almost the entire game. Each team would bend but not break.  Their were 5 field goals on the day and only one touchdown.  The game would be the lowest combined score between the two schools in 23 years. 

Michigan's Denard Robinson had a good day with a 14 of 29 day passing for 163 yards and gaining 96 yards rushing.  MSU's Andrew Maxwell had a little better day passing going 21 of 34 for 192 yards.  However the key to the game was the Wolverines stopping MSU running LeVeon Bell to 68 yards on 26 attempts compared to his average of 131 yards per game.  A new star may have been born with Michigan receiver Drew Dileo catching 4 passes for 76 yards and clutch catch at the games end. 

All in all the game was the usual classic in state matchup that failed to lead to the high scoring contest that I thought I was going to witness. But it came right down to the last 5 seconds of the day and avoided the rain that was predicted.  The Wolverines are now positioned to make a run for the Big Ten Championship which was one of the goals this team. 

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