Michigan Suffers First Loss of 2010 to No. 17 Spartans

Oct. 9, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Score: #17 Michigan State 34, #18 Michigan 17
Records: U-M (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten), Michigan State (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten)
Attendance: 113,065 (sellout)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Oct. 16 -- vs. Iowa - Homecoming (Michigan Stadium), 3:30 p.m. (TV: ABC/ESPN)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football team (No. 18 AP/No. 17 Coaches) led 10-7 midway through the second quarter, before Michigan State (No. 17 AP/No. 16 Coaches) put up 24 straight points as U-M fell for the first time in 2010, 34-17, on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 9) at Michigan Stadium. Three interceptions in the contest by the Wolverines, including two in the red zone, halted the Michigan offense.

Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) put up strong numbers for the sixth week in a row with 215 yards passing, 86 yards rushing and two touchdowns (one pass, one rush).

On the other side of the ball, the Michigan defense allowed three touchdown plays of 40 yards or more in surrendering 24 straight points to the Spartans. The Wolverines sacked Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins twice but ceded scoring plays of 61, 41 and 41 yards. Senior/junior Ryan Van Bergen (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) recorded a solo sack and junior Mike Martin (Redford, Mich./Cahtolic Central) and sophomore Craig Roh (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) assisted on another, but the Wolverines surrendered 249 yards on the ground and 287 through the air in the loss.

Michigan opened scoring on their second drive, marching from the U-M 10-yard line to set up a 34-yard field goal from sophomore/freshman placekicker Seth Broekhuizen (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) -- the first of his career -- to take a 3-0 lead with 1:25 remaining in the first quarter.

The Wolverines responded to a long MSU touchdown play with a Robinson touchdown pass to senior tight end Martell Webb (Pontiac, Mich./Northern) -- his first catch of the year -- taking a 10-7 lead midway through the second quarter. The Spartans reached the end zone less than four minutes later on a 41-yard touchdown run to take a 14-10 lead -- the beginning of a 24-point scoring streak for MSU.

The Maize and Blue tried to mount a late rally as Robinson punched in his second touchdown of the contest with a four-yard rush -- set up by a 17-yard, fourth-down completion to senior/junior slot receiver Kelvin Grady (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) -- on the first play of the fourth quarter to make the score 31-17. The Michigan defense forced a three-and-out, giving the offense a chance to cut Michigan State's lead to one score, but Robinson threw his third interception on a deep pass intended for junior/sophomore wide receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison). The Spartans added a field goal for a final score of 34-17.

Michigan finishes up its two-game home stand next Saturday (Oct. 16) when it hosts Iowa at Michigan Stadium for homecoming. The Wolverines and Hawkeyes kick off at 3:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on ABC/ESPN.

Contact: Dave Ablauf (734) 763-4423

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