ANN ARBOR, Mich. – When Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis matched up against Michigan State wide receiver Aaron Burbridge on Saturday, it had the feel of a legendary prize fight.
Both players had their moments, one would win one snap, the next play it would be the other, but clearly it was athletic theatre at its finest. As both players put on a clinic respectively at the wide receiver and cornerback position, both looking to land the big uppercut.
Abd they both landed their fair share.
Burbridge would finish with nine catches for 128 yards, all while being manned up by U-M’s best cover corner, Lewis.
Not to be out done, Lewis countered with six-pass break ups, to go along with his seven tackles, of course, all while checking Burbridge.
Ultimately, Burbridge’s Spartans’ came out on top, as Michigan State defeated Michigan 27-23 on an improbable Jalen Watts-Jackson 38 yard fumble return, which shocked the Wolverines and the rest of the college football world.
However, Lewis' match-up with Burbridge in itself was another story to look back on.
“We went at it, he won some I won some,” Lewis said of Burbridge. “At the end of the day, he won the game – so I guess you give the edge to him.
“He’s an extremely competitive guy. Just like (MSU QB Connor) Cook, he didn’t shy away from me. That’s what I wanted. I know coming in those guys weren’t going to be scared of me. I knew I was going to have to bring my A game. He brought his, and so did Connor.”
How would Lewis rank his match up with Burbridge all-time?
“It was pretty good, I really don’t how to rank it,” Lewis said. “But it was one of those best ones. It was one of those moments you look back at, and those were some good performances. “