EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Shilique Calhoun, Ed Davis and the rest of Michigan State’s defense battered rival Michigan on Saturday, and the No. 24 Spartans remained unbeaten in the Big Ten with a 29-6 victory over the 23rd-ranked Wolverines.
Michigan State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) has won five of the last six meetings with the Wolverines, and this was the Spartans’ most lopsided win in the series since 1967. They held Michigan (6-2, 2-2) to minus-48 yards rushing, the worst output in the Ann Arbor program’s history.
Connor Cook threw for a touchdown and ran for one, but this game belonged to Michigan State’s defense, which solidified its spot among the nation’s best with an overwhelming performance on a rainy afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Calhoun and Davis each had 2 sacks.
Michigan State was without starting defensive tackle Tyler Hoover against Michigan.
Hoover was not cleared to play because of a calf injury Saturday for the 24th-ranked Spartans against the 23rd-ranked Wolverines. The ailment also led to him missing last week’s win at Illinois.
The sixth-year senior has 3 sacks in seven games this season. He was granted a sixth year of eligibility because he missed most of the 2011 season with broken ribs. Hoover has started 19 of 44 games in his college career that started in 2008.
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