Recap: UM rains on MSU parade with 21-7 victory
UM - Shea Patterson: 14/25, 212 yds., 2 TDs
MSU Brian Lewerke: 5/25, 66 yds.
UM - Karan Higdon: 32 atts., 139 yds.
MSU - LJ Scott: 10 atts., 25 yds.
UM - Donovan Peoples-Jones: 1 rec., 79 yds., TD
MSU - Darrell Stewart Jr.: 2 recs., 24 yds.
Michigan runs out clock
"Let's go Blue" chants have commenced at Spartan Stadium as Ben Mason takes a handoff for a gain of 5.
Timeout Michigan State (1:09 4th)
Mason gets the ball again on second down and picks up 6 yards for a Michigan first down.
Timeout Michigan State (0:59 4th)
Shea Patterson and Co. are in victory formation.
Michigan 21, Michigan State 7 (FINAL)
Lombardi in at quarterback for Spartans
Rocky Lombardi has entered the game for Michigan State. He runs for 10 yards and a first down on his first snap.
Lombardi's throw to Darrell Stewart on second down falls incomplete, but Ambry Thomas is flagged for pass interference. It'll be first-and-10 at the Michigan 48.
The Wolverines are flagged for illegal substitution, moving the ball to the 43. Then Chase Winovich is called for roughing the passer, and the Spartans have life with a fresh set of downs at the 28.
Lombardi throws a complete pass to Darrell Stewart for a gain of 9 yards, and is then sacked by Devin Bush and Michael Dwumfour to make it fourth-and-17. Lombardi throws an incomplete pass on fourth down.
Michigan 21, Michigan State 17 (11:12 4th)
Michigan chews clock with fourth-quarter lead
Karan Higdon picks up 6 yards on first down and bruises forward for 3 yards on second down. Higdon runs over a Spartan defender on his way to a 3-yard pickup that'll give Michigan a first down.
It'll be the Higdon show as the clock winds down. He picks up a yard on first down and then 5 yards on second down. Higdon then gets just enough for a first down.
Tru Wilson gets his first carry of the game, picking up 3 yards. After a false start penalty, the ball returns to Higdon, who picks up 6 yards to make it third-and-6. He gets 2 more yards on the next play.
Will Hart's punt goes out-of-bounds at the Michigan State 13.
Michigan 21, Michigan State 7 (2:38 4th)
Even in crunch time, Spartan offense looks uninspired
Michigan State will start at the 25-yard-line.
Gus Johnson says that when the game is over he's going to get a couple of Coney dogs and "a Faygo to wash it down."
Anyway, back to the action.
Brian Lewerke runs for 3 yards on first down and misses his intended receiver on second down. He then misses a double-covered Darrell Stewart on third down.
Tyler Hunt's punt is downed at the 25.
Michigan 21, Michigan State 7 (9:19 4th)
Mason touchdown finishes 13-play drive
Shea Patterson throws an incomplete pass to Nick Eubanks on first down. Patterson rolls, throws a pass that bounces off the face of Joe Bachie, and then caught by Zach Gentry, who was on his way upfield. It goes for a gain of 16.
Karan Higdon gets the carry on first down and picks up 5. Higdon busts through the line and bounces off a handful of Spartan defenders on his way to a 14-yard gain on second down to reach the Michigan State 49. That'll do it for the third quarter.
Michigan 14, Michigan State 7 (End 3rd)
Higdon is wrapped up for no gain on first down. Patterson takes a deep shot to Donovan Peoples-Jones that falls incomplete on the next play. Nico Collins catches a pass for 8 yards on third down. Harbaugh will keep his offense on the field on fourth-and-2.
Patterson reads the defense terrifically and keeps the ball on his way to an 11-yard pickup to keep the drive alive.
Higdon gets the ball on first down and pinballs through the Michigan State defense for a gain of 9. He's got 105 yards on the afternoon. Both teams receive unsportsmanlike penalties on a 2-yard run from Higdon that gives Michigan a first down at the 18.
Patterson has another great read, pulls the ball from Higdon, and gets to the 7-yard-line for another first down.
Higdon gets the ball on first down and picks up 2. Ben Mason is handed the ball on the next play and he jumps over a Spartan defender on his way to the end zone. Michigan has a two-score lead.
Injury: Michigan offensive lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty is injured on the play. The training staff appears to be examining his ankle.
Michigan 21, Michigan State 7 (10:21 4th)
Lewerke missing left and right
The kickoff is fair caught by Connor Heyward. The Spartans will start at the 25.
Brian Lewerke misses his receivers on first and second down to make it third-and-10. Lewerke throws another incomplete pass on third down.
Tyler Hunt's punt is downed at the 16-yard-line.
Michigan 14, Michigan State 7 (2:02 3rd)
Peoples-Jones puts Michigan up 7
Shea Patterson finally takes a shot down field, hitting Donovan Peoples-Jones for a 79-yard touchdown pass that'll give Michigan a lead.
Michigan 14, Michigan State 7 (2:24 3rd)
Personal foul puts Spartans in hole
LJ Scott is tackled at the line-of-scrimmage on first down by Kwity Paye. Michigan State guard Kevin Jarvis is called for a personal foul and that'll push the Spartans back 15 yards.
Injury: Matt Allen is down on the field and is being attended to by the training staff. He is eventually helped off the field.
Brian Lewerke throws it at Brandon Sowards, who didn't appear ready to receive the pass. It bounces off his arm and falls incomplete. Sowards catches a pass for 8 yards on second down. Lewerke throws it to no-mans-land on third down. And, you guessed it, there will be another punt.
Tyler Hunt's punt is downed at the 21.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 7 (2:35 3rd)
Michigan having no luck on ground
The Wolverines go back to Karan Higdon; he picks up 2 yards on first down and is dropped for no gain on second down. Patterson holds onto the ball for an eternity and eventually forces an errant pass that falls to the ground. Out comes Will Hart.
Hart's line-drive boot is fielded by Brandon Sowards and returned to midfield.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 7 (3:39 3rd)
Michigan defense keeping Spartans from gaining edge
LJ Scott gets the handoff on first down from the 23 and is dropped for a loss of 1. Darrell Stewart can't hang on to a second-down pass and it'll be third-and-11. Lewerke tries to find some room to run, but he falls to the ground near the line-of-scrimmage to avoid getting tackled.
Tyler Hunt makes a miraculous one-handed catch on an errant snap and rips his punt 60 yards to the Michigan 18.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 7 (5:16 3rd)
Turnovers... Turnovers, everywhere
Ambry Thomas has a tough time picking up the kickoff and is tackled at his own 11-yard-line.
Karan Higdon gets to the 15 with a gain of 4 on first down. Higdon is tackled for a 1-yard loss on second down by Jack Camper. Shea Patterson's throw on third down is almost intercepted by Khari Willis. The Wolverines will punt.
Shakur Brown coughs up the ball on the punt return and Joe Hewlett recovers the ball for Michigan. It'll be first-and-10 for the Wolverines at the Spartan 46.
The Michigan State defense is on Patterson the moment he finishes his drop and sacked for a loss of 7. Patterson throws it underneath to Grant Perry for a gain of 9 to make it third-and-7. Patterson goes back to Perry on third down for a gain of 13 that'll give Michigan a first down at the 30.
Higdon gets the ball and plows forward for a gain of 8. Higdon slips as he takes the handoff on the next play and he knocks the ball loose from Patterson. The fumble is recovered by the Spartans.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 7 (6:40 3rd)
Philly Special ties game for Spartans
LJ Scott gets the handoff on first down and picks up 3 before getting wrapped up by Devin Bush. Mark Dantonio runs the Philly Special, and Brian Lewerke has caught a touchdown pass to tie the game.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 7 (11:17 3rd)
Evans fumbles at own 7
Kenny Willekes has his way with Zach Gentry on a first-down Karan Higdon run, pushing the tight end into Higdon for a loss of 2. Shea Patterson overthrows Nico Collins on second down. The rain is starting to fall. Chris Evans fumbles the ball on third down. Brandon Bouyer-Randle recovers at the Michigan 7-yard-line.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 0 (12:03 3rd)
Spartans move the ball well, but drive results in no points
Connor Heyward fields the kick and returns it to the 17-yard-line.
Injury update: Felton Davis has torn his achilles and will not return to the game.
The Spartans go to the air to start the second half. Brian Lewerke hits Cam Chambers on a crossing route for a gain of 21. 15 yards will be added to the end of the run due to a late hit on Lewerke by Chase Winovich. Spartan Stadium has woken up.
Lewerke pitches it to Heyward on an option play that goes for 6 yards. Devin Bush is called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and the Spartans are at the Michigan 28.
Lewerke misses Justin Layne with a first-down throw. He's pressured hard on second down and throws to Brandon Sowards far behind the line; Sowards wisely drops it with a Michigan defender in his face to avoid losing yardage. Lewerke throws deep to Layne down the left sideline and it falls incomplete. Michigan State is called for a holding penalty and Michigan accepts it to move the Spartans out of field goal range. Heyward is dropped for a loss of 2 on third down.
Tyler Hunt's punt is fair caught at the 17-yard-line.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 0 (13:25 3rd)
First half leaders
UM - Shea Patterson: 9/15, 86 yds., TD
MSU Brian Lewerke: 3/13, 38 yds.
UM - Karan Higdon: 12 atts., 65 yds.
MSU - LJ Scott: 7 atts., 23 yds.
UM - Nick Eubanks: 1 rec., 25 yds.
MSU - LJ Scott: 1 rec., 15 yds.
Wolverines offense can't take advantage of field position again
The Wolverines have one timeout and 45 seconds on the clock.
Shea Patterson's first-down pass is incomplete. He dumps it off to Karan Higdon on second down, who has nowhere to go and wisely steps out-of-bounds.
Timeout Michigan State (0:35 2nd)
Patterson fires to the end zone on third down to Donovan Peoples-Jones. Xavier Henderson makes a nice play to break the pass up.
Timeout Michigan (0:27 2nd)
Will Hart's punt is downed at the 10.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 0 (0:18 2nd)
Brian Lewerke takes a knee and the first half is over.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 0 (End 2nd)
Felton Davis carted off field with injury
Michigan State is flagged for delay-of-game to start the drive. It'll be first-and-15 from the 15.
Brian Lewerke throws a complete pass to Darrell Stewart for a gain of 15 that'll move the chains.
Lewerke goes to Felton Davis on second down, but overthrows his receiver. Spartan fans wanted a holding penalty on David Long. Joshua Uche picks up his second sack of the day and drops Lewerke for a loss of 4 on second down to make it third-and-14.
Injury: Felton Davis was injured on the play and has been carted off the field. He had his head in his hands while driving off.
Lewerke's throw on third down is nearly picked off by Long. Nonetheless, Michigan State will punt.
Donovan Peoples-Jones fields the punt and returns it 16 yards to the Spartan 49.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 0 (0:45 2nd)
Kicking woes bite Michigan
Karan Higdon breaks a Kenny Willekes tackle, cuts through the middle and bounces to the left side before getting upfield for a gain of 38 that'll make it first-and-10 at the Spartan 20.
Higdon gets the carry again on the next play and picks up 4, then rushes for 3 yards on second down. Shea Patterson fakes the handoff and then runs out of real estate near the sideline. He's dropped by Andrew Dowell for a loss of 5.
Quinn Nordin's 36-yard field goal attempt looks like a Chris Sale slider, missing the uprights by a fairly wide margin.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 0 (1:40 2nd)
It's a punt party
LJ Scott takes the handoff on first down for a gain of 6 and is stopped for no gain on second down. It's third-and-4. Lewerke's throw to Felton Davis on third down is short of his target.
Tyler Hunt's punt bounces out-of-bounds at the Michigan 42-yard-line.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 0 (4:15 2nd)
Neither team having much luck getting offense going
Karan Higdon is stopped by Kenny Willekes for no gain on first down. The Spartans defensive front gets good pressure on Shea Patterson on second down, and he throws the ball away. It's third-and-10. Patterson completes his third-down throw to Zach Gentry, but it's not enough for a first down.
Will Hart's punt goes into the end zone.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 0 (5:42 2nd)
Lewerke throws seventh straight incompletion en route to three-and-out
The Spartans use the wildcat on first down, and it doesn't work all that well. LaDarius Jefferson gains a yard. Brian Lewerke overthrows Darrell Stewart down the sideline on second down to make it third-and-9 from the 7. Lewerke airmails it again on third down.
That's seven straight incompletions for the Michigan State quarterback.
Donovan Peoples-Jones fields it at the Spartan 41 and is dropped almost immediately. Regardless, the Wolverines have great field position once again.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 0 (7:11 2nd)
Michigan can't take advantage of great field position
Shea Patterson dishes a screen pass to Sean McKeon and he moves forward to the Michigan State 35 for a gain of 16.
Patterson slips out of the pocket and uses his feet to pick up 5 on first down. Ronnie Bell loses all 5 of those yards on a sweep that goes for a loss on second down. It's third-and-10. Patterson's pass is deflected at the line-of-scrimmage, and the Wolverines are going for it on fourth down.
Timeout Michigan State (8:12 2nd)
Michigan tries to draw the Spartans into an offsides penalty. It doesn't work. The Wolverines will take the delay-of-game penalty and give Will Hart more room to work with on his upcoming punt.
Hart pins Michigan State at the 6.
Spartan offense struggling to find groove
Brian Lewerke looks to get his passing game going with a shot down the sideline to Justin Layne. The pass is overthrown and falls incomplete. Connor Heyward takes the jet sweep to the left side and is dropped for a loss of 1. Winovich forces Lewerke to get the ball out quickly on third down and his pass falls to the carpet.
Tyler Hunt's punt takes a Michigan bounce and is downed at the Wolverine 49.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 0 (10:23 2nd)
Michigan goes three-and-out while looking to add to lead
Ben Mason gets the handoff on first down and reaches the left end for a gain of 3. Patterson is forced to throw his second-down pass out-of-bounds with three Spartan defenders hot on his tail. Each teams receive a penalty on the play, the fouls will offset, and they'll redo second down. Karan Higdon gets the hand off and gains 2 yards before getting swallowed up by Raequan Williams. Patterson overthrows a tightly-covered Grant Perry on third down.
Will Hart's punt is sent into the end zone.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 0 (11:16 2nd)
Michigan pass defense causing problems for Lewerke and Co.
Michigan State is flagged for holding on the kick return and will start its drive from the 12.
Injury update: Devin Bush is back in the game for Michigan.
LJ Scott gets two straight carries, picking up 9 yards on first down and 3 yards on second down.
Brian Lewerke pitches it to Scott, and it looks like he has some room to run before Josh Ross closes the gap and pushes him out-of-bounds for a gain of only 1. Lewerke is chased toward the sideline by a gang of Wolverine defenders and is forced to throw the ball out-of-bounds. Lewerke misses Connor Heyward with a third-down pass, and the Spartans will give it back to Michigan.
Tyler Hunt's punt is fair caught by Donovan Peoples-Jones at the 30.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 0 (12:41 2nd)
Collins finds end zone, Michigan takes lead
Shea Patterson drops it off to Chris Evans in the flat and Evans gets up the left side for a gain of 9. Fullback Ben Mason gets the handoff and reaches the 27 for a first down.
Patterson fakes to Karan Higdon, rolls out, and fires to Sean McKeon for a gain of 8 on first down.
Timeout Michigan (6:11 1st)
Higdon gets the carry on second down and runs over a Spartan defender on his way to a 6-yard gain and a Michigan first down at the 41.
Patterson keeps it and rolls left to pick up 4 before getting tracked down by Khari Willis on first down.
Weather delay: Play has now been suspended due to lightning in the area. Fans have been instructed to clear the stadium.
We are back underway in East Lansing. Higdon loses 2 yards on a second-down run. Patterson fires to McKeon on third-and-8, the ball is tipped, and Nico Collins steals the ball away from an MSU defender to pick up 10 yards and a Michigan first down at the Spartan 47-yard-line.
Patterson throws a 26-yard pass on the next play to Nick Eubanks to reach the 22.
Patterson hands to Higdon on first down for a gain of 6 on first down and the Michigan halfback picks up 3 on second down. He fights up the middle on third down for a pickup of 2 yards. That'll make it first-and-10 at the 11.
Higdon showing his teeth against the nation's top run defense. He goes to the left edge on first down for a gain of 3. Evans picks up a yard on second down, and Michigan will let the quarter expire.
Michigan 0, Michigan State 0 (End 1st)
Michigan goes empty backfield on third-and-5 from the 6. Patterson fires over the middle to Collins and Michigan takes the lead.
The Wolverines ran 14 plays and travelled 84 yards in 7:56.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 0 (14:55 2nd)
Uche's sack stops Michigan State's opening drive
LJ Scott is in the game for the Spartans, as they'll start from the 20.
Scott takes the first snap up the middle for a gain of 1. Brian Lewerke swings it out to Scott on second down for a gain of 15 that'll move the chains.
Injury: Devin Bush is down after the play. He is face down while being attended to by the training staff.
Scott gets the ball again on first-and-10 from the 36, pushing ahead for a gain of 3. Connor Heyward makes an incredible one-handed catch on second down and picks up 8 yards for a first down.
Lewerke goes to the hero of last week's game, Felton Davis, down the sideline, and Davis drops hit. He's absolutely hammered by Josh Metellus as the ball slips away. LaDarius Jefferson takes the handoff on second down and picks up 3. Lewerke's pocket closes on him in a hurry; Joshua Uche chases down the Spartan quarterback and brings him down for a loss of 10.
Donovan Peoples-Jones catches the Michigan State punt and is immediately wrapped up at the 15-yard-line.
Michigan 0, Michigan State 0 (7:51 1st)
Michigan State run defense clamps down on third down
Michigan has won the toss and will receive the opening kick. Ambry Thomas receives the kick and takes a knee in the end zone.
Shea Patterson rolls out and fires an incomplete pass to Grant Perry on first down. On second down, Patterson takes the option run himself for a gain of of 6. Michigan goes five-wide on third down and Patterson beats the blitz with a 7-yard completion to Perry, making it first-and-10 at the 38.
Chris Evans picks up 4 yards on his first carry of the game. Ronnie Bell takes the jet sweep to the right side for a pickup of 4 more. Michigan receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and Michigan State defensive back Tre Person were assessed unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. They'll offset and it'll be third-and-2.
Timeout Michigan (12:23 1st)
Michigan tests the Spartans' run defense by giving the ball to Karan Higdon on third-and-2. He goes absolutely nowhere and is taken down by half the Michigan State defense.
Will Hart's punt goes into the end zone.
Michigan 0, Michigan State 0 (11:39 1st)
Pregame scuffle sets the tone
Things got heated nearly two hours before kickoff at Spartan Stadium as Michigan linebacker Devin Bush exchanged words with several Michigan State players then proceeded to dig his cleats into the Spartan logo at midfield before heading back to the locker room.
The Spartans traditionally walk with arms locked the length of the field at home games, and as they reached midfield, Bush and some Michigan personnel opted not to move, breaking up the line. After Michigan State's players kept walking, Bush continued to yell and was pulled back by Michigan staff.
While the Spartans continued to the end zone, Bush turned and dug his cleats into the turf at midfield. Later, a Michigan State grounds staffer was busy fixing some of the gouges left in the field.
According to Michigan officials, the Spartans were late for the walk, which was supposed to take place at 9:50 a.m, meaning the Wolverines were allowed to take the field at 10 a.m. That's when the incident took place.
"Their staff should have stepped to the front and asked our guys to move or not allow Michigan State to walk out until the field was clear," Michigan football spokesman Dave Ablauf said. "That's a game management issue. That's why the incident took place."
Michigan State officials declined to comment.
MICHIGAN VS. MICHIGAN STATE
After a week of buildup, the Michigan vs. Michigan State grudge match has finally arrived. Follow the action with live updates throughout the game by Nolan Bianchi of The Detroit News.
Kickoff: Noon Saturday, Spartan Stadium, East Lansing
TV/radio: Fox/950, 760
Records: Michigan 6-1, 4-0 Big Ten; Michigan State 4-2, 2-1
Line: Michigan by 7