MSU defense slows U-M's Robinson in first half
Ann Arbor, Mich. — Through 30 minutes, MSU trails the No. 23 Wolverines 6-0, but the defense has been able to contain quarterback Denard Robinson’s fabled running attack.
In the first half, Robinson rushed 12 times for 17 yards, averaging 1.4 yards per carry, his lowest output since week one against then-No. 2 Alabama. However, Robinson has completed eight-of-13 passes for 108 yards and an interception on a hail mary attempt right before the end of the half.
In a matchup where the previous winner has been decided by the team with the most rushing yards in 39 of the past 42 games, stopping Robinson on the ground will be key as MSU moves forward.
Still, the Wolverines have out-rushed the Spartans 60-25 thus far, largely thanks to a 38 yard scamper by running back Fitz Toussaint to set up a Michigan field goal.
Junior running back Le’Veon Bell has carried the ball 12 times for 31 yards in the first half behind an offensive line weakened even further by the absence of senior offensive tackle Dan France, who’s missing the game with a concussion. Redshirt freshman Donavan Clark is starting in his place.
Michigan will receive the ball to begin the second half.