The Wolverines were locked in a 7 - 6 battle with the Spartans at the Big House going into halftime. The third quarter continued the trend the defensive struggle. However the final frame was all Michigan as they put 24 on the scoreboard behind solid defensive play after Michigan State connected on a 47 yard field goal to take the 9 - 7 lead with 7:51 to go in the game. On the next offensive play Michael Turner flipped the ball out to WR Shane Douglas (aka The Franchise for you old school ECW fans) for a 74 yard gain on a WR screen. A couple plays later Thomas Rawls scored on a one yard run to give Michigan a 14 - 9 lead. Michigan DE Aaron Anderson has been having a good season coming off the edge but was held in check until he exploded for sack jarring the ball loose. LB Chris Hagen scooped up the pigskin and took it in for the 13 yard score. From there Michigan's defensive line was able to pin its ears back and get after the MSU QBs while the secondary jumped routes and racked up a total of four Connor Cook INTs on the day. Down 24 - 9 Michigan State had fight left as Roger Williamson scored on a 1 yard plnuge into the endzone. Michigan looked to run some clock while trying to protect its 8 point lead. Thomas Rawls had other thoughts as he broke free on a 50 yard run setting Michigan up in the red zone. That drive and the game were capped by a Turner to Hutchinson 2 yard pass. Michigan will head to Minnesota to take on the Gophers and try to put the Little Brown Jug next to Paul Bunyan's Axe in the trophy case. GG JCspartan2 Mumphrey is a scary player and I dont look forward to trying to stop him in the future.