No. 2 Michichan thumps Michigan State, stays unbeaten
Amara Darboh caught eight passes for a career-high 165 yards, and De’Veon Smith ran for two touchdowns to help No. 2 Michigan beat Michigan State 32-23 on Saturday.
The Wolverines (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) scored every time they had the ball in the first half, beating the Spartans (2-6, 0-5) for only the second time in the last nine meetings. Michigan avenged last year’s loss in which the Spartans scored the winning touchdown on the final play when the Wolverines botched a punt.
Michigan won the Paul Bunyan Trophy for the first time since 2012.
Michigan led 30-10 in the fourth before the Spartans scored a pair of touchdowns, the last of which came with only a second left. Michigan State attempted a 2-point conversion and fumbled, and Jabrill Peppers returned it the other way for a defensive conversion.
Michigan State’s LJ Scott rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown. and punted to Pettis, who ran parallel toward the far sideline, broke a tackle and outran everyone else.
Browning threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns, and Myles Gaskin ran for 151 and a touchdown.
Utah quarterback Troy Williams threw for 163 yards and two touchdowns, and Joe Williams continued his remarkable post-retirement career with 172 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers celebrates after sacking Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke during the second half Saturday.