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Here is the AP recap of the game:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Brian Lewerke ran for a touchdown and threw for a score in the first half and Michigan State held on to beat No. 7 Michigan 14-10 on Saturday night.
The Wolverines had the ball with a chance to drive for a go-ahead TD, but a heave from the Spartans 37 as time expired hit the turf near the goal line.
“Can’t say enough about our defense,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. “We did it the hard way, right down to the last second.”
The Spartans (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) have beaten Michigan eight times in a 10-year stretch for the first time in a series that dates to 1898.
“I am just thrilled for our football team and thrilled for our fans,” Dantonio said.
Michigan (4-1, 1-1) could not overcome many mistakes, including five turnovers and several costly penalties. John O’Korn, replacing injured starter Wilton Speight, threw three interceptions in the second half. Ty Isaac and Sean McKeon fumbled.
“When we got the momentum going, we turned it over,” Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said.
The Wolverines opened with a 16-play, 64-yard drive that took nearly 7 minutes off the clock, but they had to settle for a field goal and a 3-0 lead. They didn’t lead again against Dantonio, who has figured out how to take control of a rivalry that has historically been tilted in Michigan’s favor.
Lewerke scored a go-ahead TD on a 14-yard run late in the first quarter. He threw a 16-yard pass to Madre London to put the Spartans up 14-3 midway through the second quarter.
Michigan scored its first and only touchdown midway through the third quarter on Khalid Hill’s 1-yard run to cut it to 14-10.
The Spartans didn’t have a first down in the second half until their final drive of the game, a possession that started with 2:13 and ended with a punt from the Michigan 47 that went through the end zone with 34 seconds left.
Michigan started its last drive with 34 seconds and no timeouts left and picked up 30 yards on the first snap on a 15-yard pass to Karan Higdon and a 15-yard penalty on Chris Frey for tacking him out of bounds. The Wolverines wilted after that as Eddie McDoom dropped a pass and they had to back up 5 yards due to a delay-of-game penalty.
Michigan State: The Spartans have a chance to have a special season in what was expected to be a rebuilding season.
Michigan: The Wolverines may miss Speight more than expected. When he was ruled out for multiple games with an undisclosed injury, many fans seemed to be excited about having O’Korn under center after his solid performance at Purdue. The maize-and-blue clad fans were left groaning for much of the night because O’Korn simply struggled.
PLAYING IN THE RAIN
Strong winds and heavy rain affected the game in the third quarter, making it even more difficult for the offensively challenged teams to move the ball.
“It was different,” O’Korn said. “There was one point where there was a torrential downpour, but there’s no excuses.”
Michigan State: Plays at Minnesota.
Michigan: Plays at Indiana.
Here’s what you need to know:
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Time: 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Line: Michigan -10.5
Jim Harbaugh has had his share of heartbreaking losses as a player and a coach.
As a quarterback, he almost completed a Hail Mary in the 1995 AFC championship game that could have lifted the Indianapolis Colts into the Super Bowl. As Michigan’s coach two years ago, he watched from the sideline as his team botched a punt that would’ve sealed a win against Michigan State and a potential win turned into an improbable loss as time expired.
Where does that rank among disappointing setbacks?
“I didn’t bring that list with me,” Harbaugh said.
For the first time since that unforgettable game, the seventh-ranked Wolverines (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) will host the rival Spartans (3-1, 1-0) Saturday night.
Michigan lined up to punt with 10 seconds left and the leading, needing to snap the ball, punt it and avoid giving up a touchdown. The routine play turned out to be anything but as punter Blake O’Neill failed to handle the snap and Jalen Watts-Jackson grabbed the ball out of the air with his right hand, cradled it to his body and ran it into the end zone to give Michigan State the 27-23 victory.
“Just kind of sure the game was over that point, but it wasn’t,” Wolverines defensive tackle senior Maurice Hurst recalled.
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PLANNING A PAYBACK: Michigan won last year’s matchup 32-23, ending a three-game losing streak in the series. The Spartans have won seven of the last nine games in a series Michigan has historically handled, going 69-35-5.
“They have gotten the better hand since I’ve been here,” Hurst said. “It is exciting to get another opportunity to play these guys and get some revenge for past years.”
ROLLING OUT: Michigan prides itself on playing man-to-man defense. That could help Michigan State move the ball on the ground with quarterback Brian Lewerke. The sophomore leads the team with 62 yards rushing per game and two rushing touchdowns. If Lewerke rolls out and his teammates can keep defensive ends and outside linebackers on the inside, he may have room to run.
How does cornerback Lavert Hill handle the challenge of covering receivers down the field when the quarterback may tuck the ball and run?
“Just stay your eyes on the man at all times,” Hill said. “Just don’t look back at the quarterback until the ball’s in the air and you know you can get it.”
Lewerke played against Michigan last year as a backup, throwing for 100 yards and a touchdown, but broke his leg during the game and missed the rest of the season.
UNDER CENTER: Michigan quarterback John O’Korn will make his first start of the season, filling in for Wilton Speight, who is out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury.
“I don’t know if that changes who they are offensively or what they are going to call,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. “I think they are sort of similar in a lot of ways.”
SHUTTING IT DOWN: Michigan has not allowed its first four opponents to score in the fourth quarter and is allowing just 13.5 points per game.
PLEADING FOR PEACE: The emotionally packed rivalry, which divides the state and some households, will be played at night for the first time. That led to Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel and Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis teaming up to ask fans to behave.
“On behalf of both institutions, we invite you all to represent yourself and your favorite side in a manner befitting our proud communities,” they wrote in a letter addressed to the public.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)