Michigan kept out of end zone, beats Michigan State
Wolverines kick FG with five seconds left for win
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Brendan Gibbons kicked a 38-yard field goal with five seconds left as the Wolverines edged the visiting Spartans for their 900th win in program history.
Denard Robinson passed for 163 yards and rushed for another 96. After the Michigan defense stopped Michigan State deep in its own territory and forced a punt, Robinson converted a first down with his legs and set up the go-ahead field goal with his arm, firing a 20-yard strike down the middle to Drew Dileo.
The Spartans (4-4, 1-3 Big Ten), who kept the Wolverines out of the end zone, were stopped on third-and-goal with 6:14 left in the game and had to settle for a 19-yard field goal by Dan Conroy, taking their final lead at 10-9.
Michigan (5-2, 3-0) got on the board with a pair of field goals in the first half and took a 6-0 lead into the break. Sophomore Matt Wile, who is usually in charge of kickoffs and punts, booted a 48-yard kick through the uprights with 1:07 left in the half after Gibbons had converted a 24-yard try 9:13 earlier.
Michigan State finally scored with 7:19 left in the third quarter when Andrew Maxwell guided a 10-play, 80-yard drive. Maxwell went 5-for-5 on the drive, including a 2-yard pass to Paul Lang for the touchdown and a 7-6 lead.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Maxwell completed 21 of 34 passes for 192 yards and was intercepted once, while Spartans running back Le’Veon Bell was held to 68 yards on 26 carries. … Michigan State has dropped back-to-back conference games for the first time since October 2009. … For the 40th time in the last 43 meetings, the team with the most rushing yards (163 to 112) won. … Michigan, which snapped a four-game losing streak in the series, has the most wins among FBS teams.