U-M vs. MSU: The Tale of the Tape

Michigan has won four in a row in the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, but the last 3 games have been decided by 8 points or less. And rushing the ball has been key: in each of the past 10 U-M/MSU games (and in 35 of the last 38), the team that rushed for the most yards has won. Here is the "Tale of the Tape" for the 2006 game -- Michigan and MSU stats, head to head.

Michigan Rushing Offense vs. MSU Rushing Defense

Michigan is 4th in the Big Ten in rushing with 192.6 yards per game. Mike Hart leads the Big Ten, and is 6th nationally, in rushing with 134.4 yards per game. U-M is 4th in the Big Ten in rushing at 192.6 yards per game. In addition, Hart has only fumbled twice in his U-M career, once as a freshman and also in his first carry of the 2006 season (which Mario Manningham recovered).

Michigan State is 3rd in the Big Ten in rushing defense, allowing 107.0 yards per game.

Michigan Passing Offense vs. MSU Passing Defense

Michigan is 9th in the Big Ten in passing with 196.8 yards per game, but 2nd in Pass Efficiency. Chad Henne is 5th in the Big Ten in passing at 69-112 for 963 yards, 10 TD's, 4 ints. Mario Manningham leads the Big Ten in pass reception yardage with 90.4 yards per game, and is tied for 1st in TD's with 7.

MSU is 10th in the Big Ten in Pass Defense, giving up 223.8 yards per game, and 8th in the conference Pass Efficiency Defense.

MSU Rushing Offense vs. Michigan Rushing Defense

MSU is 1st in the Big Ten and 9th in the USA in rushing offense at 220.8 yards per game. But MSU's leading rusher Javon Ringer (31st in the USa with 87.6 yards per game) is out for the season after spraining his knee in the Illinois game last week. Jehuu Caulcrick (260 yards in 4 games; the 260-pounder sat out the EMU game with a foot injury but had 11 yards vs Notre Dame) takes over as starting running back. Second on MSU in rushing is QB Drew Stanton with 278 yards (he gained 100 yards vs Pitt this season).

Michigan leads the nation in rushing defense, giving up 36.4 yards per game. The Wolverines have yielded no TD's on the ground and have yielded just 1.6 yards per carry.

MSU Passing Offense vs. Michigan Passing Defense

MSU is 4th in the Big Ten in Passing Offense with 212.4 yards per game. Drew Stanton is 8th in the Big in passing at 81-128 for 935 yards, 8 TD's, 4 ints. Kerry Reed is MSU's leading receiver with 22 catches for 302 yards (13.7 yards per catch) and 4 TD's.

Michigan is 8th in the Big Ten in Pass Defense, giving up 201.8 yards per game, but 4th in Pass Efficiency Defense.

Misc. Stats

Michigan is 3rd in the Big Ten, and 21st in the USA, in Scoring Defense, giving up 14.4 points per game. MSU is 2nd in the Big Ten in Scoring Offense with 34.8 points per game.

Michigan is 1st in the Big Ten, and 8th nationally, in Total Defense, allowing 238.2 yards per game. MSU is 2nd in the Big Ten in Total Offense with 433.2 yards per game.

Michigan leads the Big Ten (and is 3rd in the USA) in 3rd down conversion defense, with 22.2%. MSU is 6th with 32.4%.

Michigan is 2nd in the Big Ten in both tackles for loss and sacks. MSU is 11th in sacks.

Michigan is 2nd in the Big Ten and 11th in the USA in turnover margin, with +1.2 per game. MSU is 6th at 0.0.

Michigan is 1st in the Big Ten, and 3rd nationally, in time of possession, with 34:37 minutes per game. MSU is 2nd with 31:48.

MSU is 2nd in the Big Ten in scoring offense at 34.8 points per game. Michigan is 3rd at 34 points per game.

MSU leads the Big Ten in Red Zone Offense, with 95.5% efficiency. U-M is 6th with 85.0%.

Michigan is 4th in the Big Ten in Red Zone Defense at 71.4%. MSU is 11th at 100%.

MSU is 2nd in the Big Ten in 3rd Down Conversions with 48.5%. U-M is 6th at 40.3%.

Steve Breaston is 3rd in the Big Ten in punt returns with a 10.8 yard average.

Garrett Rivas is 7th in the nation is field goals with a 1.6 per game average.

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