Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner needed to play one of the best games of his career for the Wolverines to have a chance, and he did.
You win some, and you lose some, and Hoke got Michigan closer to a win Saturday than anyone expected.
Devin Gardner threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Devin Funchess to make it 42-41, but instead of kicking for the tie, Wolverines coach Brady Hoke went for the lead with his offense.
The Spartans (11-1, 8-0) finished a perfect Big Ten regular season for only the third time. They also did it in 1965 and 1966, when they only had to play seven conference games.
Not only did the Wolverines score first and lead the Buckeyes through much of the first half, the game also featured a nasty brawl following a kickoff.
Playing without leading scorer Nik Stauskas, No. 22 Michigan found plenty of offensive firepower to rout Coppin State, 87-45, on Friday afternoon.
Keith Appling came off the bench to score 17 points and Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice added 15 apiece Friday to power Michigan State to a 98-65 victory over Mount St. Mary’s …
“It’s such a great rivalry,” Hoke said. “I believe it to be the best rivalry in college sports.”
The season might be winding down but for some, it’s just getting started.
The Wolverines rank next to last in the Big Ten in rushing offense and just seventh in scoring defense.