For some reason I held out hope that our Wolverines could muster something reminiscent of fortitued and somehow overcome the low expectation placed upon them and rise to the challenge and beat the Spartans of Michigan State on the road in East Lansing.
I was obviously wrong. Big time!
Instead, what the faithful remaining supporters of the Maize and Blue received was a blatant reminder of just how far the mighty have fallen and just how much will be needed to recover.
Michigan was defeated for the 6th time in seven tries against the in-state rivals and have now lost their forth straight game played away from home in East Lansing.
The Wolverines were incapable of mounting any type of offense and finished the day with 186 total yards. The Spartans by comparison passed for 227 yards to go with their 219 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Devin Gardner tossed two interceptions, one of which was returned 29 yards for a touchdown by Spartan defender RJ Williamson early in the third quarter which extended the MSU lead to 21-3. That pretty much eliminated any chance of a comeback for Michigan.
Gardner completed 13 of his 28 pass attempts for 121 yards for a 4.3 per-attempt average.
Michigan ran the ball 28 times for 65 yards, a 2.3 yard-per-carry average. Either way, the Spartans’ defense never allowed the Wolverines to move the ball with consistency.
With the loss, Michigan falls to 3-5 on the season and 1-3 in the Big Ten West Division.
The only way now this program does not undergo a major renovation after the season would be if somehow they run the table and finish the year with a huge victory on the road against Ohio State. Anything outside of that and we will all be watching a team starting over again for the third time in 8 seasons.
Truly not “Leaders and Best” quality football.