Michigan QB Wilton Speight Has 3 Fractured Vertebrae

Michigan State running back LJ Scott escapes a tackle in the first quarter of their Big Ten football game against Iowa at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Saturday

Two years later, Michigan thought its Michigan State troubles were over. Despite the recent slump, the Wolverines are 69-36-5 in the series. They're the team on the upswing again. One also has to assume that MI will get a big energy boost from the home crowd and will use it to outlast their in-state rival.

We expect Michigan to squeak out a win, but we like Michigan State against a double-digit spread.

Michigan State picked off three passes and recovered two fumbles in a 14-10 upset of No. 7 Michigan on Saturday night at the rain-soaked Big House.

The CFP selection committee will not release its first set of rankings until the end of the month, so we'll have a clearer picture of where things stand in the Big Ten by then. MI needed a miracle of its own on Saturday to beat the Spartans, but it wasn't to be. Our goal was four turnovers coming in and we exceeded that, so that was great to see. "It's definitely played before the game and something that motivates us", said quarterback Brian Lewerke. For all the MI fans who wanted to see O'Korn take over for the injured Wilton Speight, the senior looked like a quarterback who hadn't played regularly in almost three years and was making his first start of the season.

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Then O'Korn found a wide-open Eddie McDoom ... but he dropped the ball. Gary is proving to be as legit as all MI fans hoped he would be.

"Just kind of sure the game was over that point, but it wasn't", Wolverines defensive tackle senior Maurice Hurst recalled.

Lewerke's third-down scramble for a gain of 4, on third-and-three, after initially fumbling the ball while trying to execute a zone read option, allowed Michigan State to burn most of what remained on the clock. MSU carried that 14-3 lead into halftime.

After losing a fumble on its first second-half possession, MI finally got on the board with a touchdown, taking advantage of good field position as Khalid Hill ran it in for a one-yard score with 8:09 left.

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MI backup QB John O'Korn fills in again for the injured Wilton Speight. He also leads Michigan State in rushing at 61.8 yards per game with 53 carries for 309 yards and three touchdowns. The Spartans turned things around last week, grinding out a 17-10 win over Iowa in which they won the turnover battle 2-0. They can't work on bad play-calling; that's on the coaching staff. The game was delayed for 1 hour, 28 minutes after rain and lightning moved into the area - just moments after Purdue made a 19-yard field goal to take a 16-14 lead with 9:58 left in the fourth quarter.

O'Korn finished the game 16-of-35 passing for 198 yards and three interceptions.

Saturday's win lifted Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio to 8-3 against Michigan during his time in East Lansing and dealt a big initial blow to yet another year of lofty expectations for Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor-Harbaugh is now a combined 1-4 against Michigan State and Ohio State. Even with its 3-1 record, it seemed like an afterthought in the conference, plummeting to the basement previous year after spending much of the last decade near the top of the Big Ten.

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