Michigan & Michigan State Week One Recap

Michigan wins big and MSU gets embarrassed in their opening games of the season


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Oct 24, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Zach Charbonnet (24) rushes with the ball for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Brendan Moore, Editor

Big Ten football is back, which means Michigan and Michigan State kicked off their respective seasons this past Saturday.

Michigan has some momentum after they defeated Minnesota 49-24 on the road to open the season. New quarterback Joe Milton had one passing and one rushing touchdown. Running back Hassan Haskins added two touchdowns and Zach Charbonnet had one touchdown to lead the Michigan offense. 

On defense, Michigan totaled five sacks and eight tackles for loss. Defensive Lineman Kwity Paye led the charge as he had two sacks and three tackles for loss. The Michigan defense forced two turnovers, an interception by linebacker Josh Ross and a forced fumble by linebacker Michael Barrett which was returned for a touchdown by Donovan Jeter.

Michigan State suffered a disappointing 38-27 loss to Rutgers last Saturday. They had a total of seven turnovers, two interceptions and five fumbles. There were a few positives from this game though. Quarterback Rocky Lombardi threw three touchdown passes, two of which were to wide receiver Jayden Reed. 

Defensively, the Spartans forced three turnovers. Cornerback Shakur Brown had an interception, linebacker Antjuan Simmons and defensive tackle Naquan Jones both recovered a fumble.

Next up will be a meeting for the Paul Bunyan Trophy on Saturday as Michigan and Michigan State collide in Ann Arbor. 

MSU has won eight of the last 12 games, but Michigan has won three of the last four meetings. The Wolverines are heavy favorites in this game. The game will be this Saturday at noon from an empty Michigan Stadium.