EAST LANSING (CCN) — Michigan State University's football coach, Mark Dantonio, called it "B.S." but allegations leveled by the head coach of the arch rival Michigan Wolverines have led to a $10,000 fine to MSU by the Big 10 Conference's commissioner. A statement released Wednesday by Commissioner Jim Delaney said as follows: "We are fortunate the series of events that occurred prior to the Michigan-Michigan State game did not escalate into a much more serious matter. While traditions hold great importance on our campuses, traditions do not supersede the values of good sportsmanship or the requirement for player safety. We expect more from our coaches, students and administrators and will continue to work with our institutions to prioritize good sportsmanship moving forward.” READ MORE
ANN ARBOR (CCN) — Michigan Wolverines football Coach Jim Harbaugh reacted to a statement by Michigan State University's athletic department by calling for an investigation into the controversial incident before Saturday's game in East Lansing. Harbaugh called for the investigation during the "Inside Michigan Football" radio show when learning that MSU officials had issued a statement after he doubled down on his post-game comments during a Monday press conference in Ann Arbor. READ MOR
EAST LANSING (CCN) — New quarterback Shea Patterson led the Michigan Wolverines to their seventh straight victory Saturday at East Lansing with his 79-yard touchdown pass breaking a 7-7 tie en route to a 21-7 triumph over the arch rival Michigan State Spartans. Patterson's TD connection came in the third quarter to Donovan Peoples-Jones. MSU had tied it before halftime on a trick play where quarterback Brian Lewerke caught his first TD pass. Lewerke had one of his worst passing days by completing only 5-of-26 attempts for just 66 yards. UM also held MSU's running game to only 15 yards. While holding MSU to only 94 yards in total offense, UM was led by Karan Higdon running for 158 yards to with Patterson's 14-of-25 passing racked up 212 yards to eight different receivers. He had an 11-yard TD strike to Nico Collins to go with the 79-yard TD bomb. Ben Mason punched in a 5-yard TD run for the other UM touchdown.
WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA (CCN) — The Purdue Boilermakers lost to Northwestern in their opener, then dropped a one-point game to Eastern Michigan. That made them unlikely candidates to upset the No. 2 college football team in all the land, but that's exactly what they did Saturday night in West Lafayette with a 49-20 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Purdue moved to 3-1 in the Big Ten Conference's West Division while Ohio State dropped out of a first-place tie in the East Division with Michigan. It was the most points Purdue has ever scored against the Buckeyes (besting their 1967 total of 41) and their first victory over a No. 2 ranked team since beating Ohio State 28-23 in 1984. Students flooded the field in a wild celebration after the upset in front of a national TV audience. D.J. Knox rushed for 128 yards and scored three touchdowns while quarterback David Blough threw for three more scores. Purdue, 3-3 coming into the game, dropped Ohio State to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in Big Ten play while snapping their 12-game regular season winning streak.
STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA (CCN) — Brian Lewerke's 25-yard touchdown pass to Felton Davis with 19 seconds gave the Michigan State Spartans a 21-17 victory at Penn State Saturday. MSU Coach Mark Dantonio converted a fake punt early in the game. tried a fake field goal later instead of going for a tie and went for the end zone instead of preserving a shot at a potential game-tying field goal in the closing minute. Penn State, which blew a lead and lost last week to Ohio State, was ranked No. 8 in the nation coming into the game against No. 22 MSU.
ANN ARBOR (CCN) — Quarterback Shea Patterson had his best day with the Michigan Wolverines Saturday when leading them to a 38-13 romp over No. 15 ranked Wisconsin in front of a national TV audience on ABC TV. Patterson bolted free on an 81-yard run , scored on a 7-yard run and connected on a 2-point conversion pass as UM built a 21-7 lead. He finished with 214 total yards, rushing for a career-high 90 yards and going 14-of-21 passing for 124 more. UM, ranked No. 12 in the nation, beat a ranked opponent for the first time in two years and ended Wisconsin's record streak of 17 straight regular season victories in Big Ten play. The Badgers dropped to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten's West Division. UM improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten's East Division. The Wolverines have now won six straight since losing to Notre Dame which is 6-0 and ranked No. 5 in the country.
KALAMAZOO (CCN) — Western Michigan's hockey team stunned the Michigan Wolverines with a 5-4 victory Saturday night in Kalamazoo in front of a near-sellout crowd of 3,426 fans after dropping a one-goal game one night earlier in Ann Arbor. UM, beaten 4-3 on a goal with six seconds remaining last season in a Frozen Four matchup with Notre Dame, was ranked No. 11 in the country heading into the weekend action. Austin Rueschoff scored 1:51 into the game, UM defenseman Quinn Hughes tied it and Western went ahead 2-1 after one period on a power play tally by Hugh McGing. Ethen Frank gave the Broncos a 3-1 edge at the 2:18 mark of the second period. UM got within 3-2 near the midway mark on a power play goal of its own by Brendon Warren, then struck twice in the final four minutes on goals by Josh Norris and Nick Pastujov to take a 4-3 lead into the final period. Colt Conrard cashed in during a five-on-three advantage early stages in the final period to tie it at 4-4 and Josh Passolt scored what proved to be the game winner with 13:21 remaining.
ANN ARBOR (CCN) — New quarterback Shea Patterson will be gunning for his sixth straight victory when leading the Michigan Wolverines to a Big 10 Conference date with Wisconsin at 7:30 pm Saturday in front of a national TV audience on ABC. The game will be at the Big House in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are ranked No. 12 in the latest college football poll while WIsconsin is No. 15. Patterson lost his UM debut to Notre Dame which is now 6-0 and No. 5 in the country, but the Wolverines have since beaten Western Michigan 49-3, SMU 45-20, Nebraska 56-10, Northwestern 20-17 and Maryland 45-21.
ANN ARBOR (CCN) — A capacity crowd of 5,800 fans watched the Michigan Wolverines win a wild 6-5 decision over Western Michigan Friday night at Red Berenson Rink inside Yost Arena in Ann Arbor. It was the first victory of the season for the Wolverines who are ranked No. 11 in the nation. They lost 5-2 to Vermont in their opener in Ann Arbor on Oct. 6. "One thing I really liked was our bounce-back," Coach Mel Pearson said after beating Western. "They came back and we'd get another goal to extend the lead, so it was some good bounce-back from our guys tonight." UM trailed 2-1 after one period but scored three times in the second period to go ahead 4-2. Western scored early in the third period to trim the margin to 4-3 and UM twice built two-goal margins, only to be answered by the Broncos. The two teams will have a non-conference rematch Saturday night in Kalamazoo.