March 18 2018

PSU up to No. 3; Wassu, Auburn crack top 10

March 18 2018, 05:02 | Irvin Gilbert

PSU up to No. 3; Wassu, Auburn crack top 10

PSU up to No. 3; Wassu, Auburn crack top 10

MI finished last season by losing three of its last four games, but more painful to Wolverines fans is that Harbaugh's success against the school's biggest rivals has been scarce. "We have a lot of guys that have never played in this game before or have played limited snaps in this game".

Last night, the Spartans knocked of No. 7 MI in Ann Arbor on the backs of huge running-the-ball plays and by forcing five turnovers. The computer is taking MI to cover the spread, and the over on the point total. For the first four games of the season, senior quarterback Wilton Speight was the starter before getting injured against Purdue last week. Ty Isaac and Sean McKeon fumbled. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 190 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 398 yards and two touchdowns. Lewerke showed his athleticism and guts on the touchdown play, diving into a crowd of MI defenders at the goal line.

Holmes would leave in the game in the first quarter and wouldn't return until late in the fourth quarter after dealing with an ankle injury, leaving the reins to London for most of the game. The Gophers have the No. 16 scoring defense in the nation, despite starting five underclassmen (four sophomores and one freshman) at Purdue.

O'Korn made his second start as a MI quarterback Saturday in a rainstorm against the rival Spartans.

But even right before the half, when a field goal would have made it a one-score game for MI, tight end Sean McKeon also committed a costly fumble that ensured the margin stayed at 11 points and maintained a steep uphill climb for the Wolverines. Despite a game plan that was clearly geared toward loading the box, the shifty back came close time after time to spinning out of a hit and breaking off a big one.

Nearly immediately after the score, a heavy rain began falling at Michigan Stadium, slowing down each team's offense to a grinding halt. Let us know in the comments!

The difference was five turnovers.

Following the conclusion of the game, even soon if you were following along on Twitter, many fans started calling for redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Peters to replace O'Korn behind center.

Considering the rainstorm that was creeping toward Ann Arbor and the downpour it unleashed upon arrival, it's impressive that there weren't more turnovers in the game. Lewerke threw for only 94 yards, but he had no interceptions and rushed for 61 yards and a TD. MI turned the ball over five times including three interceptions thrown by John O'Korn. Karan Higdon was consistently gaining yards, 5.4 per attempt, but had just 12 carries. MI receiver Grant Perry led all receivers with five catches and 61 yards receiving.

What direction will MI (4-1, 1-1) go from here? He was asked about that record against rivals, and chose not to address it.

Michigan State is coming off a 17-10 win over Iowa when Felton Davis III notched career highs in catches (9) and receiving yards (114), and made two touchdown catches. "We definitely played it beforehand".

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