Harbaugh: "You Can Criticize" Play-Calling In Loss To Michigan State


It was the latest solid outing for a defense that has been good all year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nick Chubb ran for two touchdowns and 138 yards, and fifth-ranked Georgia routed Vanderbilt 45-14 Saturday despite missing three players from the Bulldogs' stingy defense. Evans finished with 97 yards rushing and two scores on the ground on 14 carries.

Michigan State and Michigan will square off in a Big Ten rivalry game in Ann Arbor on Saturday night. O'Korn threw three interceptions in three consecutive offensive series, Michigan State could not get a first down.

Faced with a similar punt situation, Michigan State did what Michigan couldn't in 2015 and successfully got it away, into the end zone for a touchback.

But even right before the half, when a field goal would have made it a one-score game for MI, tight end Sean McKeon also committed a costly fumble that ensured the margin stayed at 11 points and maintained a steep uphill climb for the Wolverines.

This year, the Spartans entered 3-1, while MI entered 4-0. O'Korn started the game 10-of-19 for 112 yards in Speight's place.

UNDER CENTER: Michigan quarterback John O'Korn will make his first start of the season, filling in for Wilton Speight, who is out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury.

There were no post-game bulletin board quotes from the Spartans to rival Hart's line a decade ago.

For the first time, it resulted in a MI loss. O'Korn was initially able to escape, but was quickly stopped.

The play was reviewed and it stood as a first down.

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Sophomore offensive guard Mike Onwenu allowed a sack on a critical second down during Michigan's final possession of the second quarter.

MSU's first defensive drive was a long win, holding U-M to a field goal.

The second half didn't get much better, either.

Dantonio's first game in the rivalry was in 2007 as MI rallied for a 28-24 win in East Lansing, after which Wolverines running back Mike Hart infamously compared the Spartans to "little brother".

O'Korn said the rain "was definitely a factor" in terms of his ability to throw.

Running backs LJ Scott and Madre London will continue to be the focal point of Michigan State's offense, but the Spartans are getting much better play out of the quarterback spot as well. He carried Texas on his back for nearly the entire game, plus two extra frames, hitting 30-of-50 throws for 380 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while leading the 'Horns with 107 yards on 20 carries. After missing the final month-plus of the 2016 season with a broken tibia, Brian Lewerke is adding a new dynamic to Michigan State's offense. Michigan State is the team that declined to 3-9.

Texas accepted the ball to open overtime and scored on its first snap, a 25-yard strike from Ehlinger to Jerrod Heard.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Josh Adams ran for 118 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown, and No. 21 Notre Dame beat North Carolina.

· Redshirt freshman kicker Quinn Nordin is now 12-of-14 on field goals this season. During spring, Gary reportedly ran a 4.5-second 40, but he wasn't fast enough to catch Lewerke, who also outran Hurst.

Bachie forced a Ty Isaac fumble and Chris Frey recovered at the MI 46. Karan Higdon gained 65 yards on 12 carries for the Wolverines (4-1, 1-1). He completed 16 of 35 passes for 198 yards.