In a game that left much to be desired, the Michigan State Spartans lost 49-0 to in-state rival, the Michigan Wolverines. It moved the Spartans to 2-5 on the season. The loss was the worst the team has suffered at the hands of the Wolverines in 75 years, and it’s their worst ever home loss to Michigan.
Michigan dominated the game from the start, scoring on the opening drive en route to the blowout victory. The Spartans defense did not have any answers for the potent Michigan offense, nor did the offense have an answer for punching through the stifling Wolverines defense. Quarterback play continued to be a problem, as the team’s two quarterbacks, Katin Houser and Sam Leavitt, only combined for 133 yards and two interceptions.
The Spartans can still become bowl eligible by winning six games, but it will be a tall order, as two of the five remaining games are against two of the Big 10’s best teams – 3rd ranked Ohio State and 10th ranked Penn State. For their next game, Michigan State will head to Minnesota, for a conference matchup with the 4-3 Golden Gophers on Saturday, October 28th.