If you believe in moral victories, then Michigan ending its 1,106-day streak without a touchdown against Michigan State is the only one that was on display Saturday.
A one-yard run from De'Veon Smith late in the fourth quarter ended the streak that stood since 2011.
Michigan State (7-1, 4-0) proved once again that it is the state and arguably the conference's best by dispatching the Wolverines (3-5, 1-4) 35-11.
"We made some progress during the week we thought, but we have to go back to work," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "We didn't tackle as well as we needed to at all, give them some credit. All those things that we need to get back to work on are things are important for us next week. That is tackling, that's our front seven playing better.
Offensively, we had some opportunities and turnovers you don't want to have."
Although the turnovers were huge, the offense didn't exactly help itself throughout the game.
Only mustering 186-yards of total offense. Quarterback Devin Gardner struggled with his decision making and threw two interceptions, one ending up returned for a touchdown and the other on a highly questionable shovel-pass to no one but the Spartan defender.
He finished the game with 122-yards passing.
Much like a season ago, the Spartans ended the first half strong and opened up the second with the same intensity. Taking a 14-3 lead into the half after a one-yard Jeremy Langford touchdown run, who finished with three on the night, with 21-seconds left, the Spartans will go on to score another 14 unanswered points to extend its lead to 28-3.
"We've got to stop somebody before halftime momentum-wise," Hoke said.
The Spartans seemed to add a little salt to the wound late in the game when it answered back Michigan's touchdown with a lengthy drive of its own in the waning minutes of the game. A five-yard Jeremy Langford touchdown secured the rout.
"We have 11 guys out there and they have 11 guys out there, we're trying to compete and they're trying to compete," Hoke said. "That's what athletics and competition is."
"That's something you expect. It's a rivalry game," defensive end Frank Clark said. "Everyone has something to prove, and they want to prove something. I guess they got their job accomplished. They did what they had to do tonight and they got the job done."
Michigan State also held Michigan to zero total rushing yards in the first half.
When asked whether Morris will once again be competing for Gardner's job. Hoke said that he thinks that it's his job for now and wanted to give it a day before Michigan starts thinking about the logistics.
Michigan welcomes Indiana to Michigan at 3:30 p.m.