Friday, December 13, 2002
No. 16 Michigan 14, Michigan State 0
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Anthony Thomas ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns as No. 16 Michigan beat Michigan State 14-0 on Saturday.
The Wolverines (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) gave up 355 yards, but shut out an opponent for the second straight week after losing at Purdue. Michigan and the Boilermakers are tied for first place in the conference.
The Spartans (3-4, 0-4) still have not beaten Michigan in back-to-back years since 1966-67, during the Spartans' glory years. They drove to Michigan's 2, 28, 9 and 30 in the second half, but couldn't score.
The Spartans ruined an opportunity to tie the game at 7 on the first possession of the second half.
They drove 80 yards over nearly seven minutes, but on the 15th play of the drive, Michigan recoved T.J. Duckett fumble's at the 8.
On the pivotal play, Victor Hobson stripped the ball, Larry Foote dove to keep it inbounds and Eric Wilson pounced on the football.
Duckett gained 70 yards on 17 carries, but he left the game with an injury after the fumble.
Michigan took advantage of Duckett's turnover by going 92 yards on five plays, capped by Thomas' spectacular 30-yard run. Thomas eluded a Spartan near the left sideline, broke another tackle and after a spin move then dragged two defenders into the end zone.
Michigan's Drew Henson was 17-of-31 for 138 yards. David Terrell caught seven of those passes for 78 yards.
Michigan State's Ryan Van Dyke completed 26 of 37 passes for 292 yards. Lavaile Richardson caught seven passes for 78 yards.
On the opening drive, Thomas capped a 12-play, 80-yard possession with a 1-yard touchdown. It marked Thomas' 48th career rushing touchdown, which broke Tyrone Wheatley's school record.
The Spartans had to be pleased to be trailing by just seven at halftime.
Thomas had rushed for 97 yards, Henson completed over 50 percent of his passes for 103 yards and Terrell had four catches for 43 yards.
Michigan downed two punts at the Spartans' 1 in the second quarter, but couldn't capitalize on the field advantage.
The Wolverines missed two field goals in the first 30 minutes and Michigan State missed one.
The Spartans wasted an opportunity to score in the third quarter when they recovered Ron Bellamy's fumble at Michigan's 28. A personal foul prevented them from even attempting a field goal.
Michigan also foiled Michigan State's next chance to score. The Spartans drove 70 yards, but couldn't convert on a fourth-and-2 from the Wolverines' 9.
Michigan's DeWayne Patmon ended the Spartans' final scoring chance by intercepting a pass in the end zone in the final minute.
|Michigan didn't need a big day from Drew Henson to top State.|