Instant analysis: Michigan 12, MSU 10
October, 20, 2012
By Chantel Jennings | ESPN.com
Michigan held off a second-half Spartans surge to end Michigan State's four-year winning streak. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson led a final-minute drive down the field and a field goal gave the Wolverines a 12-10 win.
It was over when: Brendan Gibbons' 31-yard field goal attempt sailed through the uprights with nine seconds remaining. The rivalry game went down to the wire, and at any given point an interception or fumble seemed as though it were on the horizon. A few times, they were. But the Wolverines were able to close out a sometimes shaky game with a solid final drive and an even more solid field goal.
Game ball goes to: Jake Ryan. With his team trailing 10-9, Jake Ryan forced a fumble on the 8-yard line, and although Michigan State recovered, it forced Michigan State to punt with about two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. It kept the Wolverines' chances alive, and gave Michigan a final chance.
Stat of the game: 31 yards. Gibbons also should get a share of the game ball, but without Ryan's forced fumble he would've never gotten the opportunity to try the field goal. But he gets props with the stat of the game. It was Gibbons' second field goal of the night, and the most clutch kick since his game-winning field goal in the Allstate Sugar Bowl last season.
What it means: The Wolverines move to 3-0 in the Big Ten and are setting themselves up nicely for a marquee game with Iowa on Nov. 17 to find out which team could be headed to Indianapolis in December to represent the Legends Division in the Big Ten championship game.
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6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
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12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
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