3 takeaways from upset win over MI
"We definitely don't like that comment, so we try to play to our best ability". McDoom certainly had a chance to redeem himself and make a play that would've assured him being remembered favorably for weeks, months and maybe years to come.
MI quarterback John O'Korn, starting in place of injured Wilton Speight, threw three second-half interceptions.
Markell Jones scored on a 12-yard run with 1:17 left and Elijah Sindelar rallied Purdue twice - once before a heavy storm delayed Saturday's game and once after - to beat Minnesota 31-17.
Bachie was big again in the second half, intercepting a John O'Korn pass and collecting a sack before knocking down the final pass of the game in the end zone.
It was a crushing blow to the Wolverines' championship aspirations.
A 3-win season, sexual assault charges against four of their now former players, the constant, "Harbaugh, Harbaugh, Harbaugh" talk has been rough, so the downpour of rain during the second half in Ann Arbor was not a problem for MSU. "We can't let this bring our team down for the rest of the season".
Fowler also said Speight is "probably" out for the season due to the injury. Gerald went down with a little bit of an ankle but came back.
If you attended this game, it was one of those nights that made you wonder why we bother to care. "We'll learn from it, we'll grow from it and we'll move on". That's meant 2013 MI rushing for negative-48 yards against the Spartans, but in 2017, it meant MSU taking a 14-3 lead before the bottom fell out, then allowing one 33-yard touchdown drive while just standing on the brake pedal the rest of the way. He picked up the second one three plays later.
Madre London to put the Spartans up 14-3 midway through the second quarter. Some less charitable onlookers took the opportunity to insist MI is better off with O'Korn behind center. Being down 14-3 at halftime didn't bode well for MI, as throwing the ball was likely to be hard in heavy rain.
CB Lavert Hill: The Detroit King product broke up three passes Saturday and helped Michigan's secondary keep MSU under 100 yards passing. They can't work on bad play-calling; that's on the coaching staff.
The Wolverines had a 55-yard touchdown pass wiped out by holding penalty on their next possession. MI won last year's meeting 32-23 in East Lansing. Obviously, the conditions weren't great and that could've had something to do with the flow of the game, but as Mark Dantonio would say, "they all count as one".
Saturday's win lifted Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio to 8-3 against Michigan during his time in East Lansing and dealt a big initial blow to yet another year of lofty expectations for Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor-Harbaugh is now a combined 1-4 against Michigan State and Ohio State. MI faces IN on the road.
Alabama (6-0, 3-0) had rolled past Vanderbilt and MS by a combined scored of 125-3 over the last two weeks, but got much more of a test from the young Aggies.