That’s because I have never considered Michigan-Michigan State a rivalry. To me, all it was was a game between two teams that call Michigan home. That’s all it was. Nothing more, nothing less.
The Michigan Wolverines (3-5) were embarrassed on Saturday afternoon, 35-11, by their instate rival the Michigan State Spartans (7-1) in East Lansing.
Michigan topped Penn State, 18-13, seventh game of the season on Oct. 11, 2014. Below is a photo gallery comprised of shots taken throughout the night by Photo Editor Rebecca Gallagher.
The Michigan Wolverines (3-4, 1-2 Big Ten) outshined the Penn State Nittany Lions (4-2, 0-2 Big Ten), 18-13, in a battle of defenses Saturday night under the lights in a Big Ten Conference matchup.
Russell Bellomy promptly replaced Gardner, but with all due respect, was not going to cut it. Not with Derrick Green out for the season. Not with an ever-more predictable offense. Things looked bleak. The tailspin, it appeared, would continue in a game Michigan could not afford to lose.
It has been one of the longest and craziest weeks in Michigan football history as the Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke saga continues. Not since Rich Rodriguez has a Wolverines football coach been under such scrutiny, and since Ed Martin has an athletic director taken so much heat.
Michigan has never had three losses to start the month of October. Ever.
135 years later, that’s no longer the case.
Michigan did exactly what fans were clamoring for leading up to kickoff Saturday against Minnesota — give Shane Morris the starting nod at quarterback. And throughout the afternoon, the sophomore did not fare much better than his predecessor, Devin Gardner. Yet it was Michigan’s staff, not its quarterback, that dropped the ball in a 30-14 embarrassment to Minnesota.