"We tell our guys there's gonna be penalties", Frey said. The Spartans turned things around last week, grinding out a 17-10 win over Iowa in which they won the turnover battle 2-0.
"They were getting the stops and even with the five turnovers", Harbaugh said. Not in Big Ten country. Despite the recent slump, the Wolverines are 69-36-5 in the series.
MSU's special teams had major issues early in the third quarter to cost the Spartans field position, first Andre Welch's east-and-west kickoff return that included a hold to start them at their own 7 to begin the second half. He threw a 16-yard pass to Madre London to put the Spartans up 14-3 midway through the second quarter. And after nearly 40 minutes of gametime, Michigan finally found the endzone after a pair of 18 and 17 yard pass plays led to a first-and-goal from the half-yardline, 14-10 Michigan State.
It stoked another Michigan State win on Saturday night, 14-10 at The Big House, the Spartans' eighth win in their last 11 games versus the Wolverines.
MI regained possession at its own 20 with:34 seconds left after a holding penalty by the Spartans ruined MSU's plans of melting the clock down to next to nothing. There's surely no chance at a win versus Penn State in State College in two weeks.
"We talk about turnovers all the time", sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie said. In addition to the five turnovers, the Spartans had a season-high four sacks and now have 13 for the season, two more than in all of 2016.More news: Track its path here — Hurricane Nate
Fans can expect a rainy and wet night in Ann Arbor. MI still can't run the ball when it matters - they averaged 2.6 yards per carry. QB John O'Korn marched them down the field on a 16 play drive for 64 yards lasting nearly seven minutes. He also gained 61 yards on 15 carries. Evans finished with 97 yards rushing and two scores on the ground on 14 carries. Junior receiver Stanley Morgan hauled in 115 yards on just four catches, averaging 28.8 yards per catch.
MI did receive the ball back with 40 second to play, but with no timeouts, they were forced to eventually attempt a Hail Mary which was batted down by Spartan linebacker Joe Bachie with zeroes on the clock. He was asked about that record against rivals, and chose not to address it.
The Spartans' 14-10 win over No. 7 Michigan was close throughout-the game's largest lead was the 11-point margin Michigan State held for much of the second quarter-and between the rivalry and the weather, the entire second half seemed destined for a wild finish.
"We're becoming a good team". "We definitely played it beforehand". That's not an excuse for Michigan's game play, however.
Faced with a similar punt situation, Michigan State did what Michigan couldn't in 2015 and successfully got it away, into the end zone for a touchback. "We were trying to run the ball".
"It was different", O'Korn said.
It decided shortly before the game that its leading running back, LJ Scott, was too hurt to play. He was on the sideline in uniform, but didn't have his helmet on.