It’s a defensive slobberknocker here in Ann Arbor, with a pair of Michigan field goals and one Dan Conroy miss the difference for Michigan State in a 6-0 halftime deficit.
Conroy missed his sixth field goal of the season, a 38-yarder from the right hash mark that the fifth-year senior pushed wide left after a long MSU drive late in the first half.
Two drives later, Michigan’s Matt Wile drilled a 48-yarder down the middle with 1:07 left before half. Teammate Brendan Gibbons kicked the Wolverines’ other field goal, a 24-yarder, earlier in the second quarter.
Michigan holds a 168-121 edge in total offense. Wolverines QB Denard Robinson has completed 8 of 13 passes for 108 yards, but the Spartans have held him to 17 yards of rushing on 12 carries.
MSU’s offense can’t find running room behind its sixth offensive line combination in eight games. Le’Veon Bell has 11 carries for 31 yards, and QB Andrew Maxwell is 10 of 16 for 96 yards. Michigan’s Jake Ryan sacked Maxwell once and has a team-high six tackles.
Max Bullough leads the Spartans with seven tackles and intercepted Robinson on the last play of the half. And fellow linebacker Denicos Allen has been flying all over the field – he has five tackles, one for a loss, and a pass breakup.