Every Saturday throughout the fall, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions from every Big Ten game. See his immediate thoughts from Michigan’s 12-10 comeback victory over Michigan State and Indiana’s narrow defeat at Navy in this post.
Brendan Gibbons made a 38-yard field goal with 5 seconds left, lifting No. 23 Michigan to a 12-10 win over Michigan State on Saturday. The Wolverines (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) beat the Spartans (4-4, 1-3) .for the first time since 2007, avoiding a school-record, five-game losing streak in the series.
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Michigan State held Michigan to 20 yards through the air during the third quarter and the Spartans have taken a 7-6 lead. Andrew Maxwell’s two-yard touchdown pass to Paul Lang finished off a 10-play, 80-yard drive and gave Michigan State the lead, 7-6.
Michigan stuffed the run, giving up just 10 yards on the ground in the second quarter and the Wolverines now lead 6-0. Michigan struck first when Brendan Gibbons drilled a 24-yard field goal, the final play of an 11-play, 77-yard drive. The Wolverines made their lead 6-0 when Matt Wile kicked a 48-yard field goal on the last play of a five-play, 39-yard drive.
There were more punts than points in the first quarter and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. With neither team able to move the ball, there were five punts in the quarter.
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It was rumored to happen Saturday at Michigan, and it’s official: Michigan State is wearing new HydroChrome helmets for this afternoon’s rivalry game. Watch a quick video of the new helmet that we grabbed from our exclusive BTN Field Pass camera that was live from Michigan Stadium prior to kickoff.
Earlier this week BTN football analyst Glen Mason sat down with Michigan football coach Brady Hoke in advance of today’s game against Michigan State (3:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go). The feature aired Saturday morning on “The Big Ten Football Pregame Show” presented by Auto-Owners Insurance, and we now present their conversation to you in full online.
Tonight on “#BTNLive” the radio show at 7 p.m. ET, BTN’s Rick Pizzo and Gerry DiNardo talk to Detroit News sports reporter Angelique Chengelis (@chengelis on Twitter) for a deeper look at the Michigan-Michigan State game. Also, former Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark discusses Penn State’s challenge at Iowa. “#BTNLive” is radio show Mondays through Fridays and airs as a TV simulcast Tuesdays and Thursdays. In this post, listen to all of the shows from this week and get the complete radio listings, too.
The latest football game between Michigan and Michigan State airs live Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go at 3:30 p.m. and you can catch Glen Mason’s full interview with Brady Hoke at 11 a.m. ET on our Saturday pregame show. But you don’t have to wait to watch a few classics between these two Big Ten rivals right here and right now.
Week 8 in the Big Ten is chock full of intriguing games. Michigan-Michigan State has arguably been the most talked-about rivalry in the conference over the last five years – from Mike Hart’s “little brother” quip in 2007 all the way through the early-season derogatory comments about Denard Robinson on Twitter by some Michigan State players this season. I can’t wait to get it going Saturday at 3:30 ET on BTN/BTN2Go.
Make your plans now, Michigan State and Michigan fans. Big Ten Field Pass on BTN2Go goes live from the Big House on Saturday one hour before Michigan takes on Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. ET. If you haven’t been following this season, Field Pass is when BTN turns on a BTN TV camera one hour before kickoff at a selected Big Ten football game. This live video will only be available online at BTN2Go at 2:30 p.m. ET, so be sure you have access ahead of time (more details on BTN2Go here).
A week or so ago, it would have been crazy to entertain such a topic. But with a 4-3 record and a grueling slate of games remaining, will Michigan State get bowl eligible? It’s a fair question, especially when one takes a look at the team’s final six games: at Michigan, at Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern and at Minnesota.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After seven weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 8 predictions and choose your winners in this post.
This shapes up as an interesting week, with two key Legends Division clashes on a Big Ten menu that has six games. The headline clash is Nebraska at Northwestern.