Due to its ferocious defense and timely first downs, the Michigan State Spartans beat the Michigan Wolverines, 29-6, in a Big Ten showdown played in East Lansing. The home win boosted the No. 24 ranked Spartans to an 8-1 overall record on the 2013 season and a 5-0 mark in the conference's Legends Division, while the No. 23 ranked Wolverines fell to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in conference action.
Weather was a factor at Spartan Stadium, as rain fell before and during the contest, which may have slowed down U-M quarterback Devin Gardner, who never found his footing. MSU sacked Gardner numerous times, and the junior signal caller finished the game with -46 yards rushing and was just 14-27 passing for 210 yards with one interception. Kickers Matt Wile and Brendan Gibbons had the only points for the Maize and Blue with one field goal apiece.
Michigan State also struggled on the ground until late, as the Michigan defense forced QB Connor Cook into passing situations, but the sophomore was up to the challenge. Cook ended the day 18-33 for 252 yards and one touchdown strike, and had a key 1-yard TD plunge to put the Spartans up 22-6 with 10:31 left in the fourth quarter.
Following that score, U-M drove the field, but cornerback Darqueze Dennard picked off Gardner at the MSU 3-yard line. Running back Jeremy Langford then added a 40-yard touchdown dash with 2:43 remaining to seal the win for the Spartans and secure the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Langford led all rushers with 120 yards.
Read more about the game in a detailed recap Michigan's official athletic website, MGoBlue.com. The Wolverines return home next Saturday, Nov. 9 to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m ET.