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O’Connor starts for MSU, Corley plays defense

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Tyler O'Connor gets ready to hand off the ball during the first half.

East Lansing – After a two-week hiatus, fifth-year senior quarterback Tyler O’Connor is back in the starting lineup for Michigan State Saturday as it takes on No. 2 Michigan.

The starter in the first five games of the season, O’Connor gave way to redshirt freshman Brian Lewerke the past two weeks, both losses. O’Connor came in for Lewerke in the second half two weeks ago and nearly rallied the Spartans against Northwestern but sat last week with a foot injury.

O’Connor enters the game 91-for-149 for 1,257 yards and 11 touchdowns with six interceptions while Lewerke is 25-for-47 for 281 yards with a touchdown and one interception.

There were other moves, as well. Freshman wide receiver Donnie Corley wore a new number for Michigan State, switching from No. 9 to No. 29.

The number switch was made so Corley could do double-duty and play on defense with injuries piling up in the secondary for the Spartans. Corley was on the field for MSU's final two defensive series of the first half.

Corley played defensive back and receiver as a star at Detroit King.

For Michigan, fullback Khalid Hill freshman running back Chris Evans both returned to action. Hill had two carries for two yards and Evans had one carry for 10 yards in the first half.

Hill left the Illinois game with an undisclosed injury and Evans also left that game with a concussion.

Evans was Michigan's leading rusher coming in the MSU game with 416 yards.

UM vs. MSU: Edge to Michigan at every position