Michigan State Overview: Health A Concern
Zach: Before we get into arguably the most anticipated matchup between both Michigan and Michigan State since 2003, let’s focus on the fact that the Wolverines are ranked No. 12 in the latest Associated Press Poll. The highest ranking for U-M since September 11, 2013 when they were ranked No. 11. The catastrophic climb from being counted out in the preseason to now becoming a bonafide Big Ten contender in just half a season under Jim Harbaugh has been nothing more than impressive. You cover Michigan football on a regular basis with the Michigan Journal and SB Nation, how much fun has it been to follow this team this year?
Recap: Michigan State 31, Rutgers 24
For the second straight week, MSU had to grind out a Big Ten game that, on paper, it should have won handily. This time, it was Rutgers, who gave the Spartans a hell of a fight.
Tied at 24-24 with under a minute remaining in the game, LJ Scott found the end zone on a three-yard scamper for the MSU win.
Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano had a strong game against Spartan defensive backs. He went 15-for-24 passing for 208 yards and three touchdowns. But Laviano will be remembered for a boneheaded play with just seconds remaining; he spiked the ball on fourth down to kill the potential comeback drive.
MSU quarterback Connor Cook picked up a lackluster running game, passing for 357 yards and two scores.
MSU’s Aaron Burbridge and Rutgers Leonte Carroo duked it out at wide receiver. Burbridge bested his foe by two receptions and 12 yards, but Carroo caught three touchdown passes.