Saturday, October 17, 2015

Halftime: No. 12 Michigan 10, No. 7 Michigan State 7

                                                    Photo Credit: Geno Green

On a brisk, cool Saturday October afternoon which rivaled winter more than fall, Michigan and Michigan State played a first half with a flare of power football fans are accustomed to seeing in the Big Ten Conference.

Not a lot of flashy plays occurred in the first quarter as both teams went scoreless, but MSU's passing game dominated the quarter with 76 compared to Michigan's 20.

First Quarter Recap:

A false start on Michigan's offensive line did not help any matters on its first drive as it could not get into a rhythm and ended on a sack by Demetrius Cooper and Riley Bullough to force a three and out.

Just when things seemed dull and ordinary like the normal flow of a game, Michigan's Blake O'Neill delivered a booming 80-yard punt all the way down to the MSU 2.

MSU's drive which started at its own 2-yard line ended as a gutsy call by the coaching staff to go for it on 4th and 8 as Connor Cook overthrew the ball out of bounds as Burbridge was the intended receiver and turned the ball over on downs. 

As the sun started beaming on the field on the final play of the quarter, Rudock found an open A.J. Williams for a 21-yard reception.

Second Quarter Recap:

Williams' reception would set up a two-yard touchdown run by fullback Siome Houma for a 2-yd touchdown, capping an eight-play, 72-yard drive in 3:46.

Joe Bolden's 15-yard penalty and subsequent ejection for targeting on Cook halfway into the second quarter helped set up an 11-yard touchdown run by Spartans running back LJ Scott, which ended the Wolverines' defense shutout streak at 13 quarters.

Kenny Allen's 38-yard field goal put Michigan back up 10-7 with 5:34 left in the first half.

Michigan State and Michigan failed to convert any points on its final drives of the half.

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