Spartans & Wolverines Toe-to-Toe At The Half

After two quarters of play, Michigan State and Michigan are fighting toe-to-toe in the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.

With all eyes on Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson's legs, it was his arms and legs that have kept Michigan within striking distance through the first two quarters of play.

Robinson would help get the Wolverines on the scoreboard first as the Wolverines offense looked to be balanced in it's attack. After the Spartans had stopped Robinson and crew short, the Wolverines settled for a field goal by Seth Broekhuizen giving the home team an early 3-0 advantage.

The Wolverines used up 22 offensive plays in the first quarter for 138 yards, as the Spartans sputtered putting up only 51 yards on nine plays and no points. That was about to change as Michigan State used the legs of Edwin Baker after a personal foul by Michigan for a 61-yard run and PAT by Dan Conroy giving the Spartans a 7-3 advantage.

The Wolverines wasted little time getting back out in front as Robinson went to work on a 9-play 60 yard drive capped off by a 12-yard pass to Michigan tight end Martell Webb and Broekhuizen PAT making the score 10-7 Wolverines.

The Spartans answered as Kirk Cousins hit a couple of passes before faking an end around to Keshawn Martin and handing it off to freshman Le'Veon Bell who would sprint for a 41-yard touchdown and a Spartans 14-10 advantage after Conroy was good on the extra point.

The Spartans defense stopped the Wolverines on their next drive and wasted little time in looking to add to their lead. Things were going well until the Spartans allowed three Wolverines to sack Cousins and force the Spartans to kick a 38-yard field goal and giving the Spartans a 17-10 advantage as the teams went to the locker rooms at the half.

Overall, the Spartans have kept Robinson in check holding the running quarterback to 48 yards on 12 carries. But Robinson has been hurtful in the air passing for 141 yards on 11-of-15 with one touchdown and one interception.

Baker and Bell combined for 134 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns for the Spartans, and Cousins went 11-15-0 for 127 yards.


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