Jake Moody scored five goals from the game as fourth-placed Michigan Wolverines (UM) beat Michigan State Spartans (MSU) 29-7 on Saturday, October 29. UM’s 22 point win was exactly like most pre-game sportsbooks.
MSU was the first to receive the ball and showed signs of life at first, but three penalties turned the Spartans and they were forced to punch.
UM also ran his first possession, but Cornelius Johnson buried from the sidelines, giving the ball to MSU. The Spartans turned the ball over during the falls and UM received the ball in enemy territory.
The Wolverines took advantage of the first of five goals from Moody’s field.
However, MSU replied. Payton Thorne and Keon Coleman joined in two deep passes, the second of which took the form of a 26-yard touchdown with the Spartans leading 7-3.
While the momentum was shifting in favor of the MSU, UM responded with an 8-play, 80-yard touch on the touchdown, culminating in a two-meter pass from JJ McCarthy to Blake Corum.
Moody added his second game goal towards the end of the first half and UM was 13-7 at the break.
The Spartans struggled to attack in the second half and UM organized three straight field kicks to increase their lead to 22-7.
MSU felt his chance was slipping away, but was forced to rebound fifteen in the fourth quarter. However, Spartan’s backup long snapper Michael Donovan ran the ball over the head of player Bryce Baringer.
Baringer was unable to control the wild jump and was knocked down on his own eight-yard line.
Corum ran in his second touchdown in the game as UM flexed his muscles and pushed his opponent away.
However, the main plot of this game may not even be the game itself. When the clock struck triple zeros, there were extracurricular activities on the pitch between the two teams, as in any competitive game.
It didn’t take long, however, before reports of activities taking place in the tunnel leading to both locker rooms began to appear.
UM defensive defenders Ja’Den McBurrows and Gemon Green were “attacked,” Jim Harbaugh said in a post-game press conference.
“Two of our players were attacked,” said Harbuagh after the team’s victory.
The UM coach described the event as a “10v1” event in which McBurrows endured beatings by many MSU players.
“I know it was a hot game, everything was hot, we tried to get our guys to the dressing room – we need to find out what happened,” said MSU head coach Mel Tucker.
“As Spartans, our show is committed to maintaining the highest level of sporting competition,” Tucker said in a tweet on Sunday. “While the excitement at the end of our competitive match at the Michigan Stadium was very high, there is no excuse for a behavior that puts our team or our opponents at risk.
“In full cooperation with law enforcement, the Big Ten Conference and MSU and UM management, we will evaluate the events at Ann Arbor and take swift and appropriate action.”
The Paul Bunyan trophy is now at Ann Arbor and now the Wolverines 8-0 is directly in the discussion of the College Football Playoff, but Saturday’s competitive game seems to have faded into the background after the game.