Michigan State men’s soccer (8-6-2, 2-2-2 B1G) travels to Ann Arbor for a Halloween battle with Michigan on Saturday at U-M Soccer Stadium at 5 p.m. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
A game ball from Michigan State's dramatic win over Michigan on Oct. 17 is being sold on the Spartans' official online auction site. The high bid on Tuesday afternoon was $1,750, and bidding ends Thursday at 7 p.m.
Former Spartans Mike Sadler and Travis Jackson recap Michigan State's improbable last second 27-23 comeback victory over Michigan. In the Huddle Report segment, the guys talk about what MSU did during the game on offense, defense and special teams to get themselves to the last play which they break down. In the Wild Card segment, the guys goes on a rant about the role of fans for their team. In the Ask the Huddle segment, Mike and Travis answer questions from the fans.
“It was a decision by them to match (Lewis) up on Burbridge,” Dantonio said. “’AB’ did a good job of catching the ball for us and I thought it was a great matchup. … I think the matchup was one of the more interesting matchups of the game.”
In two of the three phases of the game, MSU had clearly outplayed their in-state rivals on offense-defense by a decent margin, both statistically and via ‘eye-test’, and only a disastrous special teams disparity had preserved the Michigan lead right up until that disparity stopped being so disastrous.
The guys break down the botched punt and MSU's game-winning touchdown at Michigan from all angles and how it compares to other great plays in Spartan history, look at what the win over U-M means in the big picture, discuss additional big plays from the game that have since been forgotten and much, much more.
Wow. What a game and what a finish. Everyone that (correctly) thought that the game would be a battle of attrition got exactly what they expected. Obviously we will get to the miraculous final play but let’s look at some of what happened before that.
Believe it or not, Mark Dantonio actually thought his guys had a chance. Yes, even with Michigan State down 23-21 with 10 seconds to go – and with Michigan set to punt the ball deep into Spartan territory – Dantonio felt it wasn’t over. And it wasn’t.
This Michigan State team is better than the first six weeks of S&P+ or Sagarin ratings would tell you, for reasons that are now becoming clear. MSU's strength offensively is throwing the football with Connor Cook and Aaron Burbridge.
Michigan State football had a statement win over the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday night when the Spartans recovered and returned a last-second fumbled punt for a touchdown to beat the hated rival, 27-23.
The shock has worn off. Those who managed to sleep Saturday night have awakened to discover that, yes, that final play at Michigan Stadium really happened. Michigan State is now officially enjoying its most dominant run in the history of its football rivalry with Michigan, winning seven of eight games against the Wolverines for the first time ever.
The Saturday showdown between No. 7 Michigan State and No. 12 Michigan reached far beyond the just the state of Michigan. Michigan State's stunning 27-23 win, sealed on the wild final play, resonated across the country. ESPN announced today that the game, with its 5.1 overnight rating, was the top-rated October game ever on the network.
Michigan State Looks Like Team of Destiny After Miracle Win at Michigan Bleacher Report
Michigan State beat Michigan, 27-23, on a fluky last-second fumble return Saturday night in Ann Arbor, but the nature of the win does nothing to diminish the takeaway: Sparty looks like a College Football Playoff contender, and MSU is officially this season's team of destiny.
MSU’s stunning finish: ‘It was like a dream’ Detroit News
Mark Dantonio said his jaw dropped. Connor Cook felt like he was living a dream. Riley Bullough wasn’t sure what happened. Demetrious Cox jumped on Darien Harris, who was streaking onto the field. Those were just some of the reactions as No. 7 Michigan State pulled off one of the more stunning victories in recent memory when it beat No. 12 Michigan, 27-23, for the seventh time in the last eight meetings against its top rival.
A finish for the ages at the Big House ESPN
Michigan and Michigan State fans -- and anyone else who was still watching their game -- will probably never forget what they saw in the final 10 seconds of the Spartans' improbable 27-23 victory at the Big House.
MSU shocks Michigan with last-second touchdown in epic fashion 247 Sports
The Michigan State-Michigan rivalry has its share of crazy pages in the history books – from comebacks to clock controversy to utter domination. Saturday in Ann Arbor brought a whole new page and one that will be talked about for a long, long time.
Cook on wild victory: "Honestly, it just felt like a dream" State News
No.7-ranked MSU defeated No. 12-ranked Michigan 27-23 in what could go down as the craziest college football game of the year. With 10 seconds left on the clock and the game all but over, Michigan's senior punter Blake O'Neill muffed the snap and sophomore defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson took it all the way to the house to give the Spartans a win.
Albom: MSU wins on craziest play ever in rivalry with U-M Detroit Free Press
Rub your eyes. Shake your head. Rub your eyes again. You will never see a play like that again and you will never see an end like that again and there may never be a game in this storied Michigan-Michigan State rivalry like that again, not one that ends more strangely or turns more fortunes than the final seconds of this chilled Saturday evening.
Michigan State-Michigan was quintessential college football USA Today
College football happened Saturday night at Michigan Stadium, in all of its glory and folly and heart-pounding tension. It happened as Michigan’s hair-on-fire defense brilliantly stopped Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook on three consecutive passes to seemingly win the game. It happened as Michigan punter Blake O’Neill — needing to do nothing more than get off a punt with 10 seconds left, or just fall on the ball if somehow the worst happened — mishandled a snap. It happened as Michigan State swarmed him, scooping up the fumble, taking it toward the goal line. And it happened as Michigan State safety Jalen Watts-Jackson got a block, fell into the corner of end zone and broke his hip all in one glorious, painful, miraculous play. And at the end, it was simply college football. It is the best. It is the worst.
Red Wings' Spartans learn of crazy ending during their game Detroit Free Press
Justin Abdelkader did not find out the jaw-dropping result until intermission. The Detroit Red Wings were underway at Bell Centre Saturday evening -- they ended up losing, 4-1, to the Canadiens -- when U-M and MSU were wrapping things up in Ann Arbor.
Spartans' defense posts best outing yet Detroit News
If Michigan State would have ended up losing on Saturday against Michigan, it wouldn't have been because of its defense. Even starting two true freshmen in the secondary, No. 7 Michigan State turned in its best defensive performance of the season in its 27-23 victory over No. 12 Michigan. The Spartans allowed only 230 total yards, their best outing of the season, and held the Wolverines to 62 yards on the ground, 27 coming on one carry from Michigan fullback Sione Houma.
MSU 27 - UM 23 Kneejerk Reactions The Only Colors
This team is 7-0 with a road win over a top-15 team. During the offseason, Mark Dantonio coined the phrase "Reach Higher" as the team motto, presumably with reference to making the College Football Playoff. Despite the close games and the injuries, that dream is still alive and kicking. November 21st at Ohio State still looms.
MSU notes: Frosh Willis, Miller get first starts at safety Detroit Free Press
The last time Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock peered at a Michigan State defense, he saw this in the secondary — Darqueze Dennard, Trae Waynes, Isaiah Lewis and Kurtis Drummond. That was a 26-14 win for MSU over Rudock and the Hawkeyes in 2013, and it was one of the best defensive backfields in MSU history. On Saturday when Rudock surveyed the MSU defense, he saw Demetrious Cox (starter all season), Arjen Colquhoun (backup turned starter), Khari Willis (true freshman making first start) and Grayson Miller (true freshman making first start).
There's no more vocal leader on Michigan State's football team than Shilique Calhoun, and as the 11 members of Michigan State's punt block team took the field for the final time Saturday night, he gave them one final message. "I told them 'Just believe,'" the senior defensive end said. "I knew God would have a hand over us, and we were in his favor."
Michigan State's improbable win at Michigan of historic proportion MLive
Michigan State's miraculous 27-23 victory over Michigan will go down as one of the most unlikely finishes in the history of the rivalry, if not all of college football. Ten seconds left, the Spartans reduced to the desperation of an 11-man rush against a rugby-style punter, and more than 100,000 blue-and-maize clad fans willing the Wolverines to the sort of victory that would confirm new coach Jim Harbaugh a true messiah.
If you haven't yet listened to the Spartan Sport's Network radio call for the last play, you won't be disappointed by Jason Strayhorn's enthusiasm:
And if you're one for schadenfreude you can also listen to the Michigan playcall:
Le'Veon Bell reflects the state of Spartan Nation following the win.
MSU has been studying film of its 24-20 Rose Bowl victory Jan. 1, 2014, over Stanford — a program that continues to go by the blueprint of its former coach, Harbaugh — to prepare this week. But if the Wolverines watch any film of that game and compare it with footage of this season's MSU defense, they might not detect many similarities.
Mark Dantonio says it’s possible. But he didn’t promise it’d be peaceful. And with the stakes as high as they’ve been in years for today’s showdown in Ann Arbor, with seventh-ranked Michigan State squaring off against No. 12 Michigan — the highest combined national rankings for this Mitten State matchup since 1999 — the noise is only going to get louder from here.