EAST LANSING, Mich. — University of Michigan starts the rivalry game off strong, but Michigan State wasn't far behind.
The two undefeated teams rose to the occasion, leaving State and Michigan fans alike on the edge of their seat Saturday afternoon.
Michigan scored a touchdown less than four minutes into the game. Cade McNamara passed to Andrel Anthony from the 7-yard line.
Anthony beat his defenders and ran, scoring a 93-yard touchdown. It was his first career catch in a Michigan uniform.
U-M's kicker Jake Moody scores four points in the first quarter and three in the second.
State starts off slowly with no points in the first quarter. Into the second, they find their groove and Payton Thorne hands off a pass to Kenneth Walker III, who scores an 27-yard touchdown.
Walker does it again shortly after, another handoff pass and an 8-yard. Kicker Matt Coghlin helps with two field goals in the second quarter.
Michigan Anthony jumps above his defender, catching a 17-yard touchdown in the end zone. Quite a memorable first three collegiate receptions for him.
Nearing the end of the second quarter, at the State 14-yard line, Thorne is sacked and the ball is picked up by Michigan. Aidan Hutchinson recovers it in the end zone, but the touchdown is denied by refs who said Thorne's shin was down.
Moody gets Michigan another field goal, solidifying their lead over State by halftime.
Still, the second quarter ends in a real nail-biter: Michigan 23, State 14.
The third quarter got off to a slow start.
Michigan scored with 7 minutes left in the quarter. Cade McNamara throws his second touchdown of the day to Mike Sainristil at 19 yards out.
Three minutes later, State was set up on the 1-yard line thanks to Thorne's pass to Jayden Reed through defenders. Walker then scores his third touchdown of the day, bringing State back into the game at 23 to 30, with Michigan up.
For the first time since the start of the game, State and Michigan were tied in the fourth quarter. Walker strikes again with a 58-yard touchdown.
Moody brings Michigan back on top with a field goal, but not for long. Walker takes a handoff and clenches a 23-yard touchdown, bringing State to the top for the first time in the game 33-30.
Walker now has all five of their touchdowns, making it quite the game for the MSU junior.
Michigan State wins it all 37 to 33. They are 8-0 for the first time since 2015.
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