Big Ten: Michigan State football falls to Michigan Wolverines 12-10

October 20, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans linebacker Max Bullough (40) is tackled by Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Jeremy Gallon (10) after he intercepts a pass in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

What a heartbreaker for Spartan fans.

Michigan State football held on until the final seconds, but was unable to keep Michigan from scoring the go-ahead field goal with five second remaining in the game, and had to walk out of Michigan Stadium without a win. Michigan beat the Spartans 12-10, but MSU did its best to play spoilers in the Wolverines bid for the Rose Bowl.

Andrew Maxwell had one of his best outings of the year. He completed 21 of 34 attempts for 193 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Aaron Burbridge reeled in six catches for 51 yards, and Le’Veon Bell rushed for 68 yards on 26 carries. It wasn’t the offenses best day, but there were plenty of signs of life that head coach Mark Dantonio can teach from.

For the sixth time this season, the Spartans defense held its opponents to under 20 points. This game was not lost because of the defense, however. Michigan State held Denard Robinson to zero touchdowns and only 163 yards in the air. The entire Wolverines offense was held to 326 yards, and linebacker Max Bullough was able to seize a first half interception from Shoelace.

Michigan State (4-4, 1-3 Big Ten) will travel to Wisconsin next Saturday to take on the Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Michigan (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) will play against Nebraska next Saturday.

Topics: Football, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines

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