EAST LANSING, MI (WTVB) - #22 Michigan State ended a week of hype and rivalry talk by dominating #21 Michigan 29-6 Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Michigan moved the ball down the field on their first drive, but had to settle for a field goal off the leg of Matt Wile from 49 yards out to give Michigan an early 3-0 lead. Michigan State answered on their first drive and tied the game on a 40-yard field goal from Michael Geiger.
Geiger gave the Spartans the lead with a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter. Brendan Gibbons tied the game at 6-6 for the Wolverines with a 39-yard field goal as it went off the right upright and bounced through.
The Spartans finally took the lead for good right before half time as Connor Cook found Bennie Fowler for a 14-yard touchdown pass and the Spartans led 13-6.
The Spartans got the ball to start the second half and moved the ball right down the field, but had to settle for a 35-yard field goal from Gieger and they led 16-6.
The Spartans added touchdowns in the fourth quarter form Cook on a one-yard run and a Jeremy Langford 40-yard run.
Michigan State had pressure on Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner all day as they were able to sack him seven times. All of those sacks and a 20-yard loss on a snap over the head of Devin Gardner added up to a (-48) yard rushing total for Michigan.
Michigan State had 142 rushing yards and 252 passing yards on the day.
Michigan State moves to 8-1 (4-0 Big Ten) and are the front runners in the Big Ten Leaders Divison. Michigan falls to 6-2 (2-2 Big Ten) and are all but eliminated from Big Ten title contention.