October 20th, 2018

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 21-7 loss to Michigan Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch breaks down the Spartans’ performance in Saturday’s loss to Michigan.

No. 6 Michigan Tops No. 24 Michigan State Michigan State Official Site
The Spartans (4-3, 2-2) struggled to move the ball, getting held to 94 yards and failing to convert any of its 12 third downs.

Michigan came to play, Spartan offense didn’t Spartan Avenue
As soon as the ball was kicked, Michigan had a certain edge. The Spartans, too, were playing with high energy, but the Wolverines just had the pieces on defense that Michigan State couldn’t respond to.

Trick TD is lone highlight for Michigan State football against Michigan Detroit Free Press
There were deflected passes that went for receptions against Michigan State’s defense. There was another major injury — this time, it was Felton Davis III — that challenged an already stagnant offense. There was a defacing of the midfield logo after a pregame confrontation.

Brian Lewerke played with shoulder injury vs. Michigan Detroit Free Press
Brian Lewerke played injured against Michigan on Saturday, Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said. Dantonio, speaking to reporters after MSU’s 21-7 loss to the Wolverines, said Lewerke did not practice from Monday-Thursday but was “well enough to play.” “Yeah, he was dinged,” Dantonio said, adding that Lewerke did not ask to come out of the game.

MSU loses in ugly fashion to UM, 21-7 The Only Colors
By the time the final whistle blew, Michigan State’s starting quarterback had been benched and the star wide receiver was likely lost for the rest of the season. Fresh off of their upset win over Penn State, the Michigan State Spartans fell flat against the Michigan Wolverines. MSU lost its third game of the year, going down 21-7 to its rival at Spartan Stadium. Possibly even more importantly, the offense may have lost their two most important players under very different circumstances.

MSU offense dominated by Wolverines in rivalry loss Impact Sports
Coming off an upset win over Penn State last week, Michigan State looked to carry their momentum over into Saturday’s matchup against in-state rival Michigan. Michigan was coming off an important Big Ten win themselves against Wisconsin and traveled to East Lansing, where they last won their most recent matchup against the Spartans in 2016.

Felton Davis tears Achilles, out for season Detroit Free Press
The Michigan State football team lost its best receiver during its rivalry game against the Michigan Wolverines. Spartans wideout Felton Davis III went down with a non-contact injury in the second quarter of Saturday’s 21-7 loss at Spartan Stadium. After being looked at by trainers, Davis was carted off the field. Coach Mark Dantonio confirmed after the game the senior ruptured his Achilles’ tendon on his left leg.

‘Bush league’: UM-MSU rivalry boils over into war of words Detroit News
Earlier in the week, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio suggested there has been more civility in the rivalry with Michigan over the previous three years. Those days appear to be long gone following No. 6 Michigan’s 21-7 victory over No. 24 Michigan State Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

Mark Dantonio says ‘BS’ to Jim Harbaugh’s ‘bush league’ claim MLive.com
The animosity between Michigan and Michigan State started with a confrontation two hours before the game. It continued with words exchanged after the outcome was decided and No. 6 Michigan beat No. 24 Michigan State 21-7 on Saturday afternoon in East Lansing.

Michigan State report card: Offense fails in loss to Michigan Detroit Free Press
Chris Solari rates the 24th-ranked Michigan State Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10 after their 21-7 loss to No. 6 Michigan.

Brian Lewerke can’t wait for all the injuries to stop Detroit Free Press
As Michigan State wide receiver Felton Davis III attempted to accelerate when the ball was snapped, he crumpled down immediately, grabbing at his left leg. After being looked at by trainers, he was carted off the field, head down late in the second quarter.

Dantonio, MSU players give their side of pre-game incident Spartan Tailgate
Before every game, MSU’s players link arms and walk the length of the field together. When they did so Saturday, a group of Michigan players and personnel did not move out of the way, causing the dust-up that allegedly included a Wolverine player getting clotheslined and another getting his headphones ripped off.