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Brian Lewerke watched Michigan celebrate with the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Some Wolverines waved from midfield to the senior quarterback and his Michigan State football teammates as they quickly headed up the Michigan Stadium tunnel to a somber locker room. It burned. It stung. It hurt. Even more than the four straight losses before Saturday’s stomping.

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Five takeaways from The Detroit News’ Matt Charboneau after Michigan State’s 44-10 loss to Michigan on Saturday.

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Looking back at Michigan State’s 44-10 loss at Michigan and looking ahead to the Spartans’ game Saturday at Rutgers
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Michigan State football suffers worst loss to Michigan in Dantonio era, 44-10 Detroit Free Press
Michigan State football shot itself in the foot late a week ago. The Spartans did it repeatedly and throughout Saturday’s game against No. 14 Michigan. And their last chance to get one memorable win out of this season vanished with every penalty, missed tackle, blown coverage and poor coaching decision. The Wolverines were sharks to blood, and things went from bad to worse for MSU in a 44-10 loss at Michigan Stadium.

Big Housed: Hapless Michigan State pummeled by Michigan Spartans Wire
Paul Bunyan is staying in Ann Arbor. Wins over Michigan built Mark Dantonio’s Michigan State football program. Perhaps it’s right that a thudding loss to Michigan will be the punctuation on Danonio’s final chapter.

Spartans blasted by rival Michigan in Ann Arbor Spartan Tailgate
In a game that’s supposed to be different than any other, the same, tired problems kept Michigan State from being competitive against its archrival. Once the bluster and bravado dissipated, the Spartans had nothing to conceal their well-established weaknesses. They got shredded along the perimeter of their defense, missing tackles in bunches and letting receivers roam free for easy catches. Offensively, MSU was as dull as its fans have come to expect after an early nine-play touchdown drive.

Spartans Fall at No. 15 Michigan MSUSpartans.com
Michigan State was defeated by No. 15 Michigan, 44-10, Saturday at Michigan Stadium in the annual rivalry game for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Michigan State got on the board first with a 1-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Brian Lewerke to sophomore fullback Max Rosenthal with 1:48 left in the opening quarter. It was Rosenthal’s first career TD catch.

‘We ain’t folding’: Spartans vow to keep fighting after latest beatdown Detroit News
There was no spin outside the Michigan State locker room on Saturday. The Spartans had just been humbled in a way that has rarely taken place under coach Mark Dantonio, getting dominated by their biggest rival in a 44-10 loss to No. 14 Michigan at Michigan Stadium.

The End of an Era The Only Colors
There’s no questioning the fact that Mark Dantonio built this program from the ground up. He wanted to make a living off of beating the Wolverines. He wanted to be the program people bragged about, not Michigan. He wanted so desperately to flip the script in this state for Spartan fans, and he did it. He did it. Time and time again, he beat Michigan. He beat the odds. He proved everyone wrong and brought MSU football to national relevance. So I guess it makes sense for the Wolverines to put the nail in the coffin.

Michigan State ‘shot ourselves in the foot’ with string of penalties vs. Michigan MLive.com
The history of animosity between these two schools is well known, and the officiating crew that came to Michigan Stadium on Saturday acted accordingly. Michigan State and Michigan were flagged for four unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and 15 total penalties in a chippy game between the two rivalry schools.

Michigan State observations from blowout loss at Michigan MLive.com
he battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy was one-sided. No. 15 Michigan (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) rolled to a 44-10 win against Michigan State (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten) on Saturday in Ann Arbor. The loss was Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio’s most lopsided defeat in his 13 games in the rivalry and the Spartans’ worst against the Wolverines since a 49-3 loss in 2002.

Michigan State vows to fight on after worst loss to Michigan in Mark Dantonio’s tenure MLive.com
While Michigan State players filtered to the visiting locker room at Michigan Stadium, the opposition close behind was much more vocal. Michigan players stormed up the tunnel at home with the Paul Bunyan Trophy following a 44-10 blowout win on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor.

Michigan State football grades: Offense, defense, coaching fail vs. Michigan Detroit Free Press
Free Press sports writer Chris Solari rates Michigan State football on a scale of 1 to 10 after the Spartans’ 44-10 loss at No. 14 Michigan on Saturday

Michigan makes easy work of the Spartans in blowout fashion State News
Michigan State came into Saturday’s game knowing it needed to fight to pull off an upset. But for that to actually happen, the Spartans had to fight for more than a quarter. Michigan State held a 7-0 lead against No. 14 Michigan through 15 minutes. But, it was all Wolverines after that. Michigan tacked on 24-straight points en route to a 44-10 win to retain The Paul Bunyan Trophy for the second consecutive year.

Rash of Injuries kick-start MSU’s youth movement against Michigan Detroit News
After a fifth straight loss, there was plenty of talk around the Michigan State locker room about recollecting and moving forward. It’s fitting, then, that after Saturday’s 44-10 loss to No. 14 Michigan there was plenty of focus on the number of young players who continue to get significant action for the Spartans. Twelve true freshmen saw the field against the Wolverines with three — linebacker Charles Willekes, defensive end Michael Fletcher and tight end Adam Berghorst — all playing for the first time.

With no room for error, Michigan State is focusing on what happens next State News
For the Spartans (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten), there is no more room for error — not if they want to play in a bowl game. So, his team needs to wave goodbye to whatever occurred in Ann Arbor on Saturday afternoon, and whatever has happened over the course of MSU’s five-game losing streak, and focus on the final two challenges that remain on its schedule.

‘That’s not Spartan Dawg defense’: Another rough day for Michigan State secondary and defense as a whole State News
There was a point where the big plays and long conversions were finally getting to them. Already on their way to a blowout victory, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson and the Wolverine offense had a few more big plays in them. On third-and-20 from the Michigan State 48-yard line, Patterson connected with a wide-open Sean McKeon, who slipped behind the Spartan linebackers, for a 27-yard gain. All Antjuan Simmons and Tyriq Thompson could do was look up to the sky in frustration.

Michigan State football post-game grades: Michigan Spartan Tailgate
The Paul Bunyan Trophy is staying here for at least another year, as Michigan walloped rival Michigan State 44-10 on Saturday. A season that started with Big Ten title aspirations has been a train wreck, as the Spartans have dropped to 4-5 amid a five-game losing streak. They need to win both of their remaining games — at Rutgers, home against Maryland — to reach a bowl game.

Mark Dantonio’s best days are behind him, and Michigan State has a big decision to make CBS Sports
Dantonio’s Spartans fall to No. 15 Michigan 44-10 on Saturday. Michigan State was embarrassed by its in-state rival only a week after it blew a 31-10 lead against Illinois in the fourth quarter. Saturday’s loss dropped MSU to 4-6 on the season, meaning the Spartans need to win out to finish at 6-6 and get to a bowl game. It also felt like the last time we’ll see Dantonio coaching in the Michigan State-Michigan game.

Brian Lewerke left wanting more after final loss to Michigan Detroit Free Press
Brian Lewerke looked to his left. Julian Barnett had a step on his defender down the sideline. The Michigan State quarterback cocked the ball and let it fly. The pass fluttered hopelessly short, into the waiting arms of Michigan’s Ambry Thomas for a third-quarter interception. It was a rough final game in the rivalry for Lewerke, who won at Michigan Stadium in 2017. The senior quarterback will finish 1-3 against Michigan in his time at MSU after Saturday’s 44-10 trouncing by the Wolverines. “Obviously, I’m upset,” Lewerke said. “This is the last time I’ll ever play them.”



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Homefield advantage has never meant so little. At least that’s the way it feels these days when Michigan State and Michigan square off on the football field. Entering Saturday’s noon kickoff at Michigan Stadium, the road team has won four in a row, and as Michigan State scrambles to find a signature win in an otherwise disappointing season, it will have solace in the fact it has lost in Ann Arbor only once under coach Mark Dantonio.

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It’s Hate Week. Michigan State Spartans versus Michigan Wolverines. The programs are not fond of each other to say the least, and generally you can throw records and past performances out the window when it comes to this game. However, this year feels kind of different given the current state of MSU football. Still, nothing is guaranteed on Saturday afternoon with the Paul Bunyan Trophy on the line.

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Michigan State has lost four straight but understands a win would not only soften the blow of a disappointing season but move the Spartans closer to bowl eligibility and likely improve their bowl game, with Maryland and Rutgers to close the season.

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Rivalry week. Catch the fever. Woohoo. Alright, if you’re like me, all the wind in the sails of rivalry week has kind of been taken out. To say this injury-riddled MSU team is stumbling into this game after the last month of games would be putting it very kindly.

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Mark Dantonio built his Michigan State football empire on one thing. By beating Michigan. Even in the toughest of his first 12 seasons, the Spartans remained competitive in their annual rivalry game, responding to Dantonio’s demands to “measure up” to the Wolverines.

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4 days ago

Michigan State will look for its ninth win in the last 12 meetings against Michigan as the Spartans take on the No. 15 Wolverines Saturday, Nov. 16 in Ann Arbor. Kickoff is set for 12:05 p.m. in Michigan Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on FOX, with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft on the call.

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Entering last week’s game the Spartans decided to commit to some changes up front as true freshmen Nick Samac and J.D. Duplain made their first career starts. Some of it was forced because of injuries and illness, but the early returns were promising with Samac at center and Duplain at left guard.

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4 days ago

You could see, during those weary weeks in autumn, 1972, that a coaching deity in East Lansing was out of energy and out of time. And maybe it’s not coincidental to events in 2019 that Duffy Daugherty’s Michigan State football team was a root canal on offense in that fall of ’72, even with 10 players on both sides of the ball who were about to be grabbed in the NFL draft. The team’s record: a dank 5-5-1.

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Elijah Collins’ starting debut was memorable. The Michigan State redshirt freshman running back racked up 192 yards on 17 carries in a 51-17 blowout win against Western Michigan on Sept. 7. That was two months ago and six games went by without Collins reaching triple digits in rushing. He snapped that streak by rushing for 170 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 28 carries in a 37-34 loss to Illinois last week.

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Antjuan Simmons grew up in the shadow of Michigan Stadium. Almost literally. The Michigan State junior linebacker could walk out the doors of Ann Arbor Pioneer High every day and look across South Main Street and see the Big House. He would be in class and hear about the Michigan Wolverines. From his peers, from his teachers, from almost everyone in town. “It’s interesting,” he said Tuesday. “I think Ann Arbor as a whole is like 95% Michigan fans. And everybody else is a fan of some other team.”

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The Wolverines come in as the number 50 scoring offense in the nation, averaging 31.8 points per game. They are 58th in rushing offense, at 170.67 yards per game and 77th in yards per carry at 4.23 yards per rush.

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Things never have seemed to line up for Brian Lewerke when Michigan State has taken the field against Michigan. Regardless of the trajectory of a season, the Spartans quarterback hasn’t been able to make an impact against the team’s biggest rival.

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Raequan Williams sees a different Mark Dantonio when Michigan week arrives. “I see him step back a lot, actually, this week,” the fifth-year Michigan State senior defensive tackle said Tuesday. “He’s not as wound up or worried, because he knows he’s gonna get the best out of everybody, I think. He doesn’t really have to do too much to get us going this week.”
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The string of four straight losses began with three in a row against top-10 teams, then culminated with last week’s collapse against Illinois. Nope, nothing is going to take away that sting, especially handing away last week’s game. “Very disappointed,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. “It’s one that I’ll carry with me for probably the rest of my life, but that’s coaching.”

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