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Game Balls: Michigan vs MSU

Another Michigan win

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Another Michigan win means more game balls have to be handed out.

The Wolverines took care of business on the road against their hated rival, Michigan State, and had more than a few impressive performances in the process.


Offense- QB Shea Patterson & RB Karan Higdon

Patterson and Higdon got the job done.

Although Higdon fumbled during the game, he grinded time and time again, taking a beating but picking up hard-fought yards in the process.

Michigan’s running game wasn’t doing all that well in the first half, but by midway through the third quarter, MSU was gassed, the o-line and Higdon started having their way with Sparty and throwing them around.

Higdon finished the game with 33 carries for 144 yards.

Patterson was clutch, converting key third downs with his feet and his legs. The biggest play of the day came with the game locked up at 7-7. Patterson let a long throw fly and it was an absolute dart to Donovan Peoples-Jones.

The field conditions were bad, the wind was blowing at a heavy clip, it rained for good chunks of the game, but Patterson was able to endure the elements and still go 14-of-25 for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns.


  • Josh Uche- 2 sacks
  • Chase Winovich- 3 QB hits
  • Devin Bush- 4 tackles, 1 sack
  • Michael Dwumfour- 1 sack
  • Tyree Kinnel- 5 tackles

Michigan’s secondary was beyond dominant, only allowing 79 yards passing and a measley 7 completions. MSU had absolutely nothing going on the ground either, totaling 15 yards rushing.

This was truly a team effort on defense, no player stood out much more than another in pass coverage or run support, the unit was in sync and playing as one. This was one of the most impressive defensive showings of the past quarter century for Michigan, and because of that, the whole unit should get the game ball this week.

Special Teams- P Will Hart

Hart has been just about the best punter in college football all season, and he proved it once again. In what was a battle of field position for a large portion of the game, Hart kept booming punts in inclement weather to set MSU up in less than an ideal situation. On the day, Hart had 8 punts with an average of 45.8 per punt. Hart had 3 punts inside the twenty, 3 of over 50 yards, and a long of 65 yards.