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Game Recap: Michigan outmuscles Michigan State 21-7

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It wasn’t a pretty game, but Michigan pulled away and got the W

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

The Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans had themselves an odd game on Saturday. The game was delayed in the first half due to a lightning strike and subsequent rain storm. When play resumed, plenty of fumbles ensued, a battle of field position commenced, but only one team pulled away when things were all said and done.

First Quarter

- Michigan’s first drive after the rain delay results in points. Mixing pass and run, they march right down the field. Patterson throws a 6-yard touchdown pass to Nico Collins, who leaps and boxes out the defender for the grab. Michigan leads 7-0

Third Quarter

- Chris Evans fumbles, MSU recovers and they have goal to go to score. The Spartans run a trick play, appearing to be the same as the “Philly Special” the Eagles used in the Super Bowl. RB Darrell Stewart gets the ball on a pitch-reverse and throws a touchdown to QB Brian Lewerke. Game is tied 7-7

- The game has been ugly, multiple fumbles have now transpired with the game still tied. But Michigan didn’t mess around on this drive, as Shea Patterson let it fly and delivered a strike deep down the field to Donovan Peoples-Jones. DPJ hauls in the pass, breaks a shoe-string tackle and takes it to the house for 79 yards. Michigan leads 14-7

Fourth Quarter

- The ground game is now churning for Michigan. They have themselves a 13 play, 84-yard drive, lasting 6:41, capped off by a 5-yard Ben Mason TD run right up the gut. Michigan leads 21-7

FINAL SCORE: Michigan 21 - MICHIGAN STATE 7