Michigan State Spartans Win National Weekly Award

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Beating their “big brother” and in-state rival for the fourth consecutive time, and also assuming the driver seat of legends division race propelled the Michigan State Spartans (5-1) to earn the Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 15.

Keshawn Martin scored twice in the third quarter, redeeming himself for his dropped touchdown pass on the first Sparty drive of the game. And the Spartans held off the Wolverines late for a 28-14 win, matching Michigan State’s longest win streak in the series since a four-game win streak from 1959-62.

Sparty came into this game #1 in the nation in total defense, #2 in pass defense, #3 in rush defense and scoring defense. They held the Wolverines well below their averages of 491 yards per game (14th nationally) and 39 ppg (19th nationally).

Denard Robinson had one of his typical sub .500 completion rate and meager yards-per-attempt passing games going 9-24 for 123 yards, 1 TD, 1 COSTLY pick-six INT that sealed the win for State. He also carried the ball 14 times for 76 yards and a touchdown. Mich St held him to almost half of his usual 135 yards per game. (He entered the game 4th nationally in rushing).

“For the rest of our life, we can walk the streets of Michigan,” Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins said after the game.

Well I hope so. Just don’t go walking late at night in Flint or Ypsilanti, MI.

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