Improvement Week turned into Disappointment Week rather quickly for the Wolverines last Saturday, as they dropped a crucial game to Michigan State 14-10. In what looked like a monsoon to many viewers, it was tough to run any offensive plays in the second half for either team as only seven total points were scored on Michigan’s lone touchdown. The defense carried the team up until that point, but maybe this was the straw that broke the camel’s back; Spartans quarterback Brian Lewerke ran for 61 yards, and the team rushed for 158 yards total. This is uncharacteristic of the Wolverine defense, as they had only given up an average of 69 per game before last Saturday. Michigan was prepared for LJ Scott, but he was banged up for the game and didn’t see one carry.
As for Michigan’s offense goes, it was fairly nonexistent as the Michigan State defense came out ready to play. They forced five turnovers, three of which were John O’Korn interceptions. Running back Ty Isaac rushed the ball only four times for nine yards and lost a fumble. The team averaged only 2.6 yards per carry, but was led by the emerging Karan Higdon, who rushed for 65 yards. Many might say the heavy rain caused the Wolverines to alter their offensive game plan, but in the end, they were lucky to still have a shot to win the game on the final play after turning it over five times to Michigan State’s zero. The Spartans have now won eight of the last ten games played between the two teams, but this is something the Wolverines will just have to look past for now as they prepare for the Indiana Hoosiers this Saturday.
The Big Ten season doesn’t get any easier for Michigan as they travel to Bloomington to face an Indiana team that is looking for its first conference win. This is a game that the Hoosiers want right now while Michigan is looking more vulnerable than they have all season. Quarterbacks Peyton Ramsey and Richard Lagow have been splitting snaps up until this point, but Lagow didn’t play in their 27-0 win over Charleston Southern last week. The Wolverines have won the last 21 games of the series between the two, and the Hoosiers are fed up. This might be the perfect time for Indiana to strike while Michigan is knocked down.
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