Spartan "bully" Wolverines -- again

Michigan State shuts down Michigan with seven sacks and plenty of physical play Saturday, prompting Denicos Allen to say it was better than a couple years ago in East Lansing.

The last time Michigan State and Michigan met in East Lansing, the Spartans put together a defensive performance later termed "60 minutes of unnecessary roughness" by MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.

On Tuesday, Michigan's Taylor Lewan spoke on how the Wolverines were "bullied" in that 2011 game and how it wouldn't happen again.

As it turned out Saturday, the Wolverines were manhandled by the Spartans again and MSU rolled to a 29-6 win.

"I think we did it worse (Saturday)," senior linebacker Denicos Allen said. "Two years ago was nothing. It was a lot worse (Saturday) and I think they felt it."

Allen helped lead the Spartans with two sacks and three tackles for loss. The defense tallied seven sacks and had 11 tackles for loss in a dominant performance.

It also didn't allow a touchdown for the third straight game -- and extended its streak of not allowing a touchdown to Michigan in the past 129:49 of game time.

It also continued a trend in which the Spartans allowed fewer points to Michigan than the year before. Since Mark Dantonio has been Michigan State's head coach, the Spartans have allowed 28, 21, 20, 17, 14, 12 and now six points to the Wolverines.

Dantonio said the year by year improvement for the defense is a credit to a defense that keeps growing and players that have been in the system for a few years.

"I can't say why, I can just say Spartans will, I guess," he said.

There was no guessing about what the Spartans did Saturday against Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, who was sacked seven times and hurried another seven.

"Devin's a great football player," Dantonio said. "We just got him on the ground."

Senior linebacker Max Bullough said it felt good to get after Gardner.

"It feels good anytime you can press the quarterback like we did," senior linebacker Max Bullough said. "You talk about it was a physical beat down out here. I think anyone watching or in the game would agree with you."

As for Lewan's comments about the Spartans bullying the Wolverines …

"Self-fulfilling prophecy I guess," Narduzzi said. "I don't know. Our kids, we're going to bully people. That's the game of football."


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