Recap: Michigan State drops third straight in 27-13 loss to Maryland (2023)

Jared RamseyThe Detroit News

The offense moved the ball more successfully in the first half and the defense was more sound than in the last two weeks, but the result was the same for Michigan State. The Spartans lost to Maryland on the road, 27-13, for their third straight loss to fall to 2-3.

For the third straight week, Michigan State fell behind by a touchdown after giving up a touchdown on the opening drive. Maryland scored two of its three touchdowns in the first 10 minutes to take control and didn’t look back. MSU had a chance to tie the game in the second quarter but botched the snap — one of three missed kicks for the Spartans in the first half.

The Spartans' defense was better at getting stops instead of giving up touchdowns, but could not get off the field on third down. The Terrapins had 489 yards of offense and quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 314 yards and one touchdown.

On offense, MSU moved the ball successfully in the first half but couldn’t get anything going in the second half to mount a comeback. Payton Thorne struggled with accuracy and the offensive line couldn’t maintain a strong push to sustain the running game. Jayden Reed catching his first touchdown of the season was one of the lone bright spots.

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MSU will have to fight back to .500 and that will start next week at home against Ohio State.

End of 4th

Maryland ran the air out of the ball and burned the clock to walk away with its first win over Michigan State since 2016.

4:24 4Q: MSU tried to close the gap but couldn't convert on fourth down deep in Maryland territory. That'll be the game most likely unless MSU's defense can make a play.

Maryland added another field goal to go up two scores

7:54 4Q: Maryland hit a 51-yard field goal to extend its lead to 14.

10:54 4Q: MSU could not do anything backed up against its own goal line. The sky opened up and the heavy rain is now a factor. Maryland will take over at its own 48.

11:46 4Q: It looked like Maryland was about to deliver the dagger to MSU after Littleton broke a 68-yard run to put Maryland on the MSU two-yard line. The Terrapins tried to pound it in four straight plays, but MSU's defensive line led by Derrick Harmon and Simeon Barrow stuffed the run each time for a goal-line stop.

0:49 3Q: Michigan State could not sustain any momentum again on offense and punted.

1:22 3Q: Maryland could not add to its lead after missing a 50-yard field goal.

6:25 3Q: MSU had to punt thanks to back-to-back tackles for loss from the Maryland defensive line.

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Maryland adds field goal to go up two scores

8:41 3Q: Maryland was able to pick up a few first downs before MSU stopped them at the 25. Maryland made the 42-yard field goal to go up 24-13.

14:08 3Q: Michigan State didn't have much going on offense out of halftime and had to punt after three quick plays.

End of 1st half: Michigan State got a break from the referees, who called unnecessary roughness on Maryland on an interception that the Terrapins returned to the MSU two-yard line. MSU did not waste time with its second opportunity and drove the ball into field goal range with four seconds left in the half. Mel Tucker had Jack Stone kick this field goal after Patton missed earlier, but MSU's line did not get enough blocks up front and the kick was blocked.

MSU has not made a kick in the last three tries.

Maryland adds a touchdown right before half

0:42 2Q: Maryland found its swagger on offense again and effortlessly moved down the field to score right before half. MSU struggled to stay with receivers on crossing and out routes throughout the drive, which finished with a Tagovailoa touchdown pass to Rakim Jarrett on an out route.

Jayden Reed hauls in first touchdown of the season

4:24 2Q: Payton Thorne kickstarted the MSU drive with a scramble on third and eight to get the chains moving. From there MSU slowly moved down the field with the running game and screens to get into the Maryland redzone. MSU didn't shoot itself in the foot this time — Thorne found Jayden Reed on a fade for his first touchdown of the season. MSU fumbled the snap on the extra point and did not tie the game.

11:01 2Q: The Michigan State defense was able to get off the field on back-to-back drives thanks to a nice stop by the defensive line on third down.

11:48 2Q: Michigan State moved the ball well but the drive came to a halt inside the Maryland redzone thanks to a holding call. MSU settled for a 33-yard field goal but graduate transfer Ben Patton, who is kicking field goals and extra points this week instead of Jack Stone, hooked the kick badly and missed. The Spartans come away with no points on the eight-play drive.

0:34 1Q: The Michigan State defense finally got a stop. After stuffing two runs on first and second down, Tagovailoa threw his second incompletion of the day to stall the Maryland drive.

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1:56 1Q: Michigan State had no luck on its second drive and went three-and-out.

Maryland gashes MSU secondary for 2nd touchdown

3:41 1Q: Maryland's offense did not skip a beat on its second drive and carved up the MSU defense again. Maryland went 85 yards in five plays and just over two minutes thanks to blown coverages in the secondary and pounded the ball in from the two-yard-line to go up 14-7.

Elijah Collins, MSU answers immediately

5:45 1Q: Michigan State, unlike the last two weeks, had immediate answers to Maryland's opening jab. The Spartan offense attacked with a healthy blend of quick passes and runs between the tackles to move the ball effectively down the field. Senior running back Elijah Collins finished the drive with a patient, 12-yard run to bring the Spartans level.

Maryland strikes first

9:15 1Q: Maryland won the toss and elected to receive the ball first. It was the right move for the Terrapins, who marched right down the field to score on the opening possession. The shorthanded Spartan defense could not get off the field on third or fourth down and Maryland capitalized with a four-yard touchdown run from Antwain Littleton II.

It is the third straight game MSU has given up a touchdown on the first drive of the game.


After back-to-back embarrassing losses, it's gut-check time for Mel Tucker and Michigan State.

The Spartans were outscored 73-35 by Washington and Minnesota to drop to 2-2 on the season. In both games, Michigan State sputtered its wheels out of the gate and fell into early holes. The Spartans' defense gave up over 500 total yards and 30 points in both losses while the offense seems stuck in first gear, unable to stay on the field and keep up with the opposing offense.

Michigan State remains short-handed, primarily on defense as defensive tackle Jacob Slade will miss his third straight game while defensive tackle Jalen Hunt and defensive ends Khris Bogle and Jeff Pietrowski are also out. Defensive tackle Simeon Barrow, who got injured last week, will play, as will defensive tackle Maverick Hansen.

The Spartans will have to try to answer these questions on the road in Maryland. The Terrapins are 3-1 after dropping their Big Ten opener against Michigan. Maryland comes into the game with the No. 23 passing offense in the country led by junior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa and wide receiver Rakim Jarrett, and it will look to improve those numbers against MSU's secondary.

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Michigan State at Maryland

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, SECU Stadium, College Park, Maryland

TV/radio: FS1/760

Line: Maryland by 7½

Records: Michigan State 2-2 (0-1 Big Ten), Maryland 3-1 (0-1 Big Ten)

Series: Michigan State leads 10-2 (Last game: November 13, 2021 — (at) Michigan State 40, Maryland 21)

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Who did Michigan State lose to in 2013? ›

Ohio State

How many times has Michigan beat Michigan State? ›

In 115 meetings between the Wolverines and Spartans, U-M improved to 72-38-5 all-time including a 39-29-2 mark since the two teams began playing for the Paul Bunyan Trophy in 1953.

Who has the Paul Bunyan Trophy? ›

Michigan defeats Michigan State, 29-7, reclaiming the Paul Bunyan trophy.

Is Michigan vs Michigan State a night game? ›

The game will be featured as ABC's primetime night game. This will be the Wolverines' first night game since Week 2 when they hosted Hawaii, and their first game away from FOX's Big Noon Kickoff since the non-conference portion of the schedule. Michigan still has yet to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. this year.

What rank was Michigan when they lost to App State? ›

Put that way, Appalachian State's 34-32 win on Sept. 1, 2007 doesn't sound like such a monumental upset. As they headed to Ann Arbor, the Mountaineers didn't consider the fifth-ranked Wolverines the Goliath they were made out to be after the game.

What was Urban Meyer's record against Michigan? ›

Ohio State has sent twenty-one coaches into battle against Michigan - all but one with overall career winning records. Only four, however, have managed winning records against Michigan - ranging from Jim Tressel's 9-1-0 to Woody Hayes' 16-11-1 (1951-1978) and Urban Meyer's perfect 7-0.

Who is Michigan's biggest rival? ›

The Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry, referred to as The Game by some followers, is an American college football rivalry game that is played annually between the Wolverines of the University of Michigan and the Buckeyes of The Ohio State University.

Is MSU or U of M better? ›

If by better you mean overall ranking, Michigan is the better overall school. Michigan is ranked 4 in Top Public Universities ranking behind UCLA 1, Berkeley 2, and University of Virginia 3. Michigan State is ranked 35 (tied).

How many years in a row has Michigan State beat Michigan in football? ›

Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry
All-time recordMichigan leads, 72–38–5
Trophy seriesMichigan leads, 39–29–2
Longest win streakMichigan, 14 (1916–1929)
Current win streakMichigan 1, (2022–present)
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Where is the slab of Bacon? ›

Although allegedly "lost," it had been maintained: as the scores of every Wisconsin-Minnesota game from 1930 through 1970 were evident on the back of the slab. The Slab of Bacon is currently housed in the Wisconsin football office at Camp Randall Stadium.

What is the tallest trophy in sports? ›

The world record trophy is 44 ft 6 inches. The worlds tallest trophy was built in Omaha Nebraska for the Champions Run Swim and Dive Team, and is called the KRAKEN CUP.

What is the story behind the Paul Bunyan trophy? ›

The Paul Bunyan Governor's Trophy was first presented by then-Governor (and Michigan alum) G. Mennen Williams in 1953 as a means of welcoming Michigan State to the Big Ten Conference. Deemed by many a political publicity stunt, the trophy traveled between Ann Arbor and East Lansing to little fanfare for a few years.

Can you drink in Michigan Stadium? ›

University of Michigan's Regents Ordinance: NO alcohol, possession and/or consumption in any University facility, arena or stadium where any event is taking place, athletic or otherwise.

Can you drink at Michigan football stadium? ›

Alcohol is served at MSU football games now, but only if you're lucky enough to watch the game in a suite. Beer at the game should be allowed for more than just rich donors. Beyond that, there is overwhelming evidence that shows selling alcohol inside the stadium significantly reduces binge drinking on game days.”

Is alcohol allowed at Michigan football games? ›

Curtis Hertel, a Democrat from Ingham County. Michigan and Michigan State are not allowed to sell alcohol at sporting events as the state has a ban on it. Of the 14 schools in the Big Ten, eight schools allow alcohol sales at football games.

How much did Michigan pay Hawaii? ›

McCarthy was one pass away from a flawless performance in the first start of his career as Michigan dismembered the Rainbow Warriors in exchange for a guaranteed payment of $1.9 million dollars.

Who is App State's biggest rival? ›

The Appalachian State–Georgia Southern football rivalry, also known as Deeper Than Hate, is a college rivalry between the Mountaineers of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and the Eagles of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.

Who blocked Michigan field goal? ›

BLOCKED FIELD GOAL: Indiana's James Head, Jr. blocks a Michigan field goal attempt following the interception. Indiana's defense got a stop on 1st and goal to force the field goal.

Did Urban Meyer not know who Aaron Donald was? ›

There were countless stories out of the Jacksonville Jaguars surrounding Urban Meyer's disastrous tenure, but perhaps the most fascinating was the tidbit that Meyer didn't know who Aaron Donald was.

How many times has Nick Saban lost to Urban Meyer? ›

Head-to-Head Record

Meyer and Saban are 2-2 against one another all-time. In their first meeting, Meyer's Florida Gators defeated Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide 31-20 in the 2008 SEC Championship Game.

Why did Urban Meyer's leave? ›

It has been a long time since an Urban Meyer coaching tenure ended happily. At Florida, where he won two national championships, he resigned in 2009 for health reasons, a product of what he called a “self-destructive” lifestyle as a college football coach.

What is the oldest rivalry in football? ›

The Yale-Princeton rivalry is the oldest in college football, dating back to 1873. Yale and Princeton dominated the college football scene when this rivalry began, with Yale claiming 13 outright national titles and Princeton claiming eight between 1869 and 1894.

What is Michigan infamous for? ›

What Is Michigan Known For? Michigan is known for the home of the automobile industry, beautiful Great Lakes shorelines, and a bustling college town atmosphere. The state is also known for its agriculture, with cherries, apples, and blueberries being some of the most popular crops.

What is the hardest school to get into at University of Michigan? ›

Though these three campuses share a name, it's U-M Ann Arbor that is the most highly acclaimed and receives the most attention from students worldwide. And of course, U-M Ann Arbor is the hardest to get into.

What is the #1 school in Michigan? ›

SchoolRanking (2022 vs 2021)
RankSchoolAverage Standard Score (2022)
1International Academy99.9
2Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy99.3
3Community High School99
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What is the most prestigious college in Michigan? ›

Here are the best colleges in Michigan
  • University of Michigan--Ann Arbor.
  • Michigan State University.
  • Michigan Technological University.
  • University of Detroit Mercy.
  • Central Michigan University.
  • Wayne State University.
  • Grand Valley State University.
  • Western Michigan University.

What is the biggest rivalry in college football? ›

The granddaddy of all college football rivalries is the University of Michigan vs. Ohio State University. These two midwestern Big Ten powerhouses have been at it since 1897, with the Wolverines and Buckeyes meeting for "The Game" around Thanksgiving weekend for over a century.

Who has the most wins in college football history? ›

Measured in total wins, the Michigan Wolverines lead all other football programs across all divisions with 985 wins.

Who has more championships Ohio State or Michigan? ›

19: Ohio State and Michigan national championships

Michigan is tied for second-most in FBS history with 11 national championships. Alabama has 18 championships is No. 1 all-time, while Michigan, Notre Dame and USC are tied at second.

What is an uncut slab of bacon called? ›

Slab Bacon

This is a large slab of cured, smoked pork with the rind still attached—basically uncut bacon.

What is a slab of bacon called? ›

lab bacon is whole smoked pork belly before it's sliced into familiar bacon strips. In other words, this is bacon in its natural state. The benefit of slab bacon is that you can slice it how you like: thick, ultra-thin, or somewhere in between.

How heavy is a slab of bacon? ›

Avg. 4lb . Price of product is based on actual weight in pounds. Estimated average weight is 3 lbs per package.

What is the hardest sport trophy to win? ›

The Stanley Cup is without a doubt the hardest championship trophy to win in all of professional sports. Harder than winning the Superbowl, harder the winning the World Series, and harder than winning the NBA Title. There are 16 teams in playoff contention, only other sport that can claim the same would be the NBA.

What is the oldest sporting trophy in the world? ›

The oldest sports trophies in the world are the Carlisle Bells, a horse racing trophy dating back to 1559 and 1599 and were first awarded by Elizabeth I. The race has been run for over 400 years in Carlisle, Cumbria, United Kingdom.

Why is it called the Paul Bunyan AXE? ›

In the interim, the two schools decided to create the Paul Bunyan Axe in 1948, which has an inscription of a capital M or W depending on how it's held. The axe is named after fabled hero Paul Bunyan, a giant lumberjack who, according to myth, created the Grand Canyon, the Black Hills and the Puget Sound.

Where is Paul Bunyan really from? ›

Historians believe Bunyan was based in large part on an actual lumberjack: Fabian Fournier, a French-Canadian timberman who moved south and got a job as foreman of a logging crew in Michigan after the Civil War.

Why was Paul Bunyan considered a hero? ›

Paul Bunyan was a hero of North America's lumberjacks, the workers who cut down trees. He was known for his strength, speed and skill. Tradition says he cleared forests from the northeastern United States to the Pacific Ocean.

Can you sneak alcohol into a stadium? ›

Most stadiums won't let you bring food or beverages inside the gate with you, but you might be able to convince security personnel to let you finish a soda inside. In that case, you can always go with the Liquor Skin.

Can you take blankets into Michigan Stadium? ›

Permitted Items:

Binoculars – cases are not permitted. Cell phones and pagers. Small cameras (those with a lens shorter than 6 inches) and radios. Blankets and rain apparel – umbrellas are not permitted.

Do they sell alcohol at the Big House in Michigan? ›

Sorry, Michigan fans. According to Kellie Woodhouse of, athletic director Dave Brandon confirmed on Monday that alcohol will not be sold in any section of The Big House: Alcohol isn't sold anywhere in America's largest football venue, not even to donors who pay up to $85,000 a season for a luxury box.

Can you vape at Michigan Stadium? ›

For the comfort and health of all fans, Ford Field is a smoke-free facility as required by the Michigan State Law. Smoking is not allowed inside the stadium including all seating areas, restrooms, club lounges, bars and suites. This includes, but is not limited to, electronic cigarettes, vaporizers and tobacco.

Can you bring Vapes into Michigan Stadium? ›

Smoking and E-Cigarettes

Smoking is prohibited in ALL areas of Michigan Stadium.

Can you take your own drinks to a football match? ›

Food (sandwiches in a bag, crisps, etc) should be fine. Glass bottles are a no no, and aluminum cans could be a problem. Plastic bottles should be ok. Some clubs may take a dislike to bringing food and drink in, preferring that you buy it there.

What colleges allow beer at football games? ›

West Virginia, Texas, Maryland, Minnesota, Colorado, Wake Forest, Miami, Syracuse and Louisville now sell beer at games. West Virginia is one of a relatively small number of college teams that sell alcohol to general admission ticketholders. The team makes about $500,000 a year in beer sales.

Why do stadiums open your beer? ›

This is for health and safety reasons. If a bottle is thrown on the ground with the lid still on and someone steps on it, they could cause injury to themselves, but if the lid is removed and a person stands on it the bottle will crush under the weight."

Can you take beer into a football stadium? ›

Currently, drinking alcohol is permitted in the concourses of grounds in the Football League but not in seats, meaning fans can drink before the match and quickly at half-time.

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Who won the OSU Michigan game in 2013? ›

A 42–41 victory over Michigan in The Game gave Ohio State a 12–0 regular season record for the second consecutive season.

Who won Michigan or Ohio State in 2013? ›

Michigan 2013 final score: Buckeyes foil last-minute upset attempt, 42-41.

Why did Michigan lose to Villanova? ›

The Wolverines came up short against the Wildcats in this one, losing 63-55. To summarize it simply, they beat themselves by missing too many layups and too many free throws.

Who did Michigan State lose to in 2015? ›

The Spartans were selected to play in the College Football Playoff, where they were defeated by eventual National Champion Alabama, 38–0, finishing with a record and achieving their fifth 11-win season in six years.

How many years has OSU beat Michigan in a row? ›

Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry
All-time seriesMichigan leads, 59–51–6
Largest victoryMichigan 86, Ohio State 0 (1902)
Longest win streakMichigan, 9 (1901–1909)
Current win streakMichigan, 1 (2021–present)
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Who won Bedlam 2013? ›

Oklahoma State 2013 results: Sooners come back to take Bedlam, 33-24. Oklahoma has given Oklahoma State fits over the past decade, and the 2013 matchup was no different. Blake Bell engineered a late drive to take Bedlam 33-24 for the Sooners, their ninth win in the last 11 meetings with the Cowboys.

Who won Bedlam in 2014? ›

The Oklahoma State Cowboys defeated the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday in the Battle of Bedlam. The Cowboys never led until they kicked the game-winning field goal. Down by 14 points for much of the second half, freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph hit receiver Brandon Shepard for a touchdown to trim OU's lead to seven.

When was the last time Michigan beat Ohio in football? ›

The last time Michigan beat Ohio State football was 2011.

Who won the Ohio State Michigan game in 2014? ›

After a 42–28 win over rival Michigan, Ohio State completed their third consecutive undefeated Big Ten regular season, and earned their second consecutive berth in the Big Ten Championship Game, where they defeated Wisconsin 59–0.

Who won the Ohio State Michigan game in 2012? ›

Carlos Hyde ran for 146 yards and Ohio State's (No. 4 AP) defense shut out Michigan (No. 19 BCS, No. 20 AP) in the second half to grab a bruising 26-21 victory on Saturday, completing an improbable 12-0 season for the Buckeyes.

How many times did John Cooper lose to Michigan? ›

However, Cooper has also been remembered for his 3–8 bowl record and his 2–10–1 record against archrival Michigan. His most disappointing losses to the Wolverines came in 1993, 1995, and 1996.

What happened to Justin Moore Villanova? ›

Villanova's Justin Moore has 'no timetable' for a return but he's grateful to be on the 'road to recovery' Nearly seven months after a right Achilles tendon tear ended Moore's season and stunted Villanova's title dreams, the senior guard is still working to get back on the court.

What FCS team did Michigan lose to? ›

They also became the first FCS team to receive votes in the final AP Poll, tying South Florida for the 34th overall ranking. Michigan finished their season 9–4, winning the Capital One Bowl, and ranked No.
2007 Appalachian State vs. Michigan football game.
Appalachian State MountaineersMichigan Wolverines
Head coach: Jerry MooreHead coach: Lloyd Carr
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Who was the running back for Michigan in 2014? ›

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2countess blakeDB
3dever boWR
4smith de'veonRB
5hayes justiceRB
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Why is Michigan split two? ›

Because of the Toledo war. The Toledo war occurred when Michigan (at the time only the mitten) wanted the city of Toledo for their own, while Ohio wanted to keep it. Ohio won the “war” and got to keep the city of Toledo. To compensate for this loss, Michigan was offered the (seemingly) useless upper peninsula.

When did Michigan State lose as a 2 seed? ›

Middle Tennessee State became the eighth No. 15 seed to upset a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, topping Michigan State 90-81 in the first round on Friday.


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