Posted by Adam Jacobi
Coming into today, Michigan's pass defense was ranked dead last in the FBS, allowing over 300 yards a game through the air. But while the Michigan pass defense has been adequate today, the Michigan State Spartans have used two big rushes to take a 17-10 lead into the locker room at the break.
Edwin Baker ran untouched for a 61-yard score in the second quarter, and on Sparty's next drive, freshman sensation Le'Veon Bell took one to the house from 41 yards out. On both of those plays, Michigan State was able to get Michigan's linebackers moving in the wrong direction, and a hole opened wide for the tailback. And really, tricking the Michigan linebackers into running themselves out of a play has been pretty easy over the last few years.
As for Denard Robinson, he's looked shockingly human so far. Robinson threw an awful interception in the end zone in the first quarter, then overthrew another sure TD later in the first quarter. He's only rushed for 49 yards on 12 carries, and only one of his 11 completions has been for more than 15 yards. Not many big plays here.
But that won't keep up forever, in all likelihood; Robinson's too good of a player to be bottled up for 60 minutes, even against a real defense like Michigan State's. It just remains to be seen if MSU can keep victimizing the Michigan defense well enough to maintain their lead.