October 31st, 2020

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Record performance carries Michigan State to major upset of No. 14 Michigan, 27-24 Detroit Free Press
What a difference a week makes. And what a way for Mel Tucker to get his first win with Michigan State Spartans. On the road. At Michigan Stadium. As a heavy underdog. Tucker did what only his mentor, Nick Saban, accomplished 25 years ago. The first-year MSU coach beat Michigan on Saturday in his first try behind a career-high 323 passing yards from Rocky Lombardi and a record-setting performance from freshman receiver Ricky White — shocking the 14th-ranked Wolverines 27-24.

Michigan State beats Michigan 27-24 in Ann Arbor Spartans Wire
Mel Tucker took his Spartans into Ann Arbor, in a game where they were more than 20 point underdogs, and Michigan State Football picked up the win in the Big House against No. 13 Michigan. What a way for Mel Tucker to earn his first win at MSU, in a game where his predecessor Mark Dantonio said it ‘has a way of defining you.’

Michigan State knocks off No. 13 Michigan for Mel Tucker’s first win Mlive.com
is may not have been the way many drew it up. But Michigan State fans will surely take it. The underdog Spartans, fresh off a sloppy, seven-turnover loss to Rutgers in their season opener, turned in a clean game and hit enough big plays to upset 13th-ranked Michigan, 27-24, on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

Underdog Michigan State upends No. 13 Michigan, 27-24 Detroit News
If anyone was lulled into thinking Michigan State was really a three-plus touchdown underdog, they were wrong. Way wrong. Sure, the Spartans had seven turnovers in an opening season loss at home to Rutgers, and Michigan looked solid in a victory at Minnesota, but those outcomes would have zero bearing on Game 2 as the in-state rivals met at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.

Michigan State stuns rival Michigan, 27-24 State News
Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi told the media this Tuesday that he thought the point spread was much larger than it should have been. After a mistake riddled game last Saturday, Michigan State stunned their rival Michigan, winning 27-24 on Saturday.

Spartans stun the Wolverines to bring Paul Bunyan home to East Lansing The Only Colors
What a difference a week makes. Many Spartan fans wrote off the entire season after a crushing and embarrassing loss to perennial Big Ten East doormat, Rutgers. Almost exactly a week later, the Spartans are bringing the Paul Bunyan Trophy back to East Lansing.

Michigan State observations from stunning upset win at No. 13 Michigan MLive.com
What a change a week made. Seven days after committing seven turnovers in a 38-27 season-opening loss to Rutgers, Michigan State punched back. The Spartans (1-1) went on the road as 21.5-point underdogs and pulled out a stunning 27-24 win at No. 13 Michigan (1-1) on Saturday.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s stunning 27-24 win at Michigan Lansing State Journal
It turns out that Michigan State’s football team is pretty good, Rocky Lombardi can spin a deep ball and Mel Tucker is a genius. Juxtapose that with how you felt last week. Or yesterday. MSU is football king in this state again. The Spartans didn’t look anything like three-touchdown underdogs in their 27-24 win in Ann Arbor. This was an epic upset but never felt like one on the field.

Michigan State takes down Michigan for Mel Tucker’s first win Spartan Tailgate
Through two games of the Mel Tucker era, Michigan State has offered up a pair of divergent yet equally emphatic statements. This one will be ringing through East Lansing — and the rest of the state — for some time. A week after a disastrous debut loss to Rutgers in which the Spartans turned the ball over a comical seven times, Tucker’s group rebounded about as decisively as one could imagine, taking down rival Michigan 27-24 in Ann Arbor.

Mel Tucker outfoxed us all as Michigan State football did the unthinkable Detroit Free Press
Jim Harbaugh got outcoached against Michigan State on Saturday afternoon. Again. This time as a 25-point favorite. He got outfoxed and outflanked by a coach who had a month with his teams in pads, as the Spartans stunned the Wolverines, 27-23, on Saturday in Ann Arbor. A month.

Spartans Knock Off No. 13/14 Wolverines, 27-24 To Reclaim Paul Bunyan Trophy
Boosted by Rocky Lombardi, Ricky White and Connor Heyward on offense, and a relentless, resolute and tenacious defense spearheaded by Antjuan Simmons and Noah Harvey, Michigan State knocked off No. 13/14 Michigan, 27-24, Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium to reclaim the Paul Bunyan Trophy.

No flukes. No excuses. This was MSU football beating UM in its own Super Bowl in its own home. The Only Colors
Michigan State just won a game maybe six people thought they could win. But, shockingly, the better team won. Make no mistake about it. There were no missed calls from the refs. There was no clock keeper to blame. There was no weather that seemingly only impacted one team to point fingers at. There was no crowned field. No flukes. No anything.

Michigan State will never forget the day Ricky White, Rocky Lombardi slayed Michigan Detroit Free Press
Rocky to Ricky. Over and over. A star was born. A quarterback validated. And Michigan State football pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the 113-game rivalry against Michigan, a 27-24 victory Saturday that Rocky Lombardi and Ricky White dominated from start to finish.

How Michigan State football’s Connor Heyward went from transfer portal to glory vs. U-M Detroit Free Press
A year ago, Connor Heyward’s football future was in limbo. He had left the Michigan State football program after four games and entered the NCAA transfer portal. When Mel Tucker took over as coach in February, Heyward had a change of heart and stayed with the Spartans. And Saturday, the junior contributed three of the biggest plays of the upset of Michigan — and of his MSU career.

This is how Michigan State football dominated Michigan Wolverines from start to finish Detroit Free Press
How did the Wolverines — a 21½-point favorite (at their lowest) at Michigan Stadium — look so disinterested at the start and so unconcerned late, down four points as time flowed off the clock? How did Mel Tucker outthink, outscheme and outcoach Jim Harbaugh in his own house to become just the second Michigan State coach in history — and first since Nick Saban 25 years ago this week — to beat U-M in his first try?

Heyward assumes unlikely starring role in Spartans victory Detroit News
“He’s about the team,” Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said. “That’s why he’s out there and that’s why he has a role. He embraces his role and he does it to the best of his ability. That’s what he’s shown in practice and that’s why he’s able to carry it over to the game.

‘He does not flinch’: Antjuan Simmons comes up big for Michigan State’s defense vs. Michigan MLive.com
Michigan State senior Antjuan Simmons was all over the field in the Spartans’ 27-24 win over Michigan on Saturday, recording a team-high 11 tackles, plus a half tackle for loss and two pass breakups. He tipped a halfback pass in the end zone in the second quarter to thwart a likely Michigan touchdown, plus stopped Michigan runs at two yards or fewer on seven different occasions. Yet somehow Simmons didn’t make much of an impression on the opposing quarterback.