While both teams headed to the locker room close on the scoreboard and in the stat sheet, it was the Spartans behind the timely passing of Kirk Cousins and the power running of Edwin Baker, Le'Veon Bell and Larry Caper that powered the Spartans to a 34-17 victory and bragging rights for a third straight year.
Cousins went 18-25-0 on the day for 284 yards and 1 touchdown keeping the Wolverines honest in defending the Spartans attack. With Baker (147 yards 1 TD) leading the way, and Bell and Caper combining for 112 yards and 2 scores, the Spartans controlled the clock for over thirty-five minutes giving their defense a chance to continue the most talked about offensive threat in college football.
Denard Robinson failed to reach the 100-yard mark for the first time this season as the Spartans held the much talked about quarterback to 86 yards on 21 carries. Not only did the Spartans slow Robinson down on the ground, the forced the sophomore signal caller into throwing three interceptions that at times proved to be drive killers.
MSU defensive backs answered the bell by pulling down all three picks as Trenton Robinson took points off the board on the first drive of the game with an interception in the end zone. Johnny Adams and Chris L. Rucker would join in the fun also stopping drives and the Spartans offense would take advantage by posting ten points off the three picks.
After the game Mark Dantonio gave praise to the job of his players while also keeping things in perspective on how good of a team they had just defeated.
The victory moves the Spartans to 6-0 with Illinois headed to East Lansing for homecoming and earns the Spartans a spot in a bowl game at the end of the season.
SpartanDigest.com will have more on the game on Sunday as we break the victory down.