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The fifth and final installment of this year’s series looking back at the football rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State takes us back to 2000. Prior to the new year, there were widespread fears about Y2K, and what it would mean to computers around the world. There were fears of mass transit problems, complete with concerns that Y2K could seriously hurt the trains in this country.
As it turned out, the Y2K computer problems never materialized, and computer problems were really Michigan State’s only hope of stopping the A Train, Anthony Thomas. In his final game against the Spartans, Thomas rushed 25 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns, averaging a whopping seven yards per carry. Throw in a Michigan defense that had bad memories of the previous year in East Lansing, and it was the perfect recipe for a 14-0 shutout of the Spartans.
The game started with junior quarterback Drew Henson deftly mixing the run and the pass, but the Wolverines failed to score very much. In the first quarter, Thomas punched the ball over from the 1-yard line, and that was really all Michigan would need. Later in the game, the Wolverines’ defense put its stamp on this game with a goal line stand that ended with Michigan linebacker Victor Hobson stripping the ball away and Eric Wilson making the recovery to give Michigan possession of both the ball and the momentum. In the third quarter, Thomas scored on a 31-yard run that was just icing on the cake. The Wolverines’ defense had already established which team was better.
All in all, the Wolverines were young in 2000 and struggled when playing away from Michigan Stadium. The Pasadena heat doomed them in an early season loss to UCLA, and losses to Big Ten foes Purdue and Northwestern prevented the Wolverines from going to a more serious bowl. The season ended with a 31-28 win over Auburn in the Citrus Bowl, hardly a fitting conclusion to the careers of Thomas and offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson. Henson left school permanently in the offseason, lured by the baseball dollars of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
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The fourth installment of this year’s series looking back at the football rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State takes us to 1986. Wall Street was roaring and Americans were feeling good. On the gridiron, Michigan was enjoying a very good season, though we don’t hear much about it. I suspect that’s due to a loss the Little Brown Jug game and a loss to Arizona State in the Rose Bowl. Other than those games, the Maize & Blue were hitting on all cylinders that year.
The Spartans came to Ann Arbor in 1986 much as they will this week, fresh off a loss to Iowa. They had a pair of good receivers in Andre Rison and Mark Ingram, Sr., and they had an All-Big Ten linebacker in Shane Bullough, whose family is required to send players to Michigan State every 10 years or so. Michigan had Jim Harbaugh at quarterback, with diminutive tailback Jamie Morris running behind massive offensive tackle Jumbo Elliott. Harbuagh also had a reliable tight end in 6-foot-8 Paul Jokisch, and a pair of underrated receivers in John Kolesar and Greg McMurtry. The Wolverines also had an excellent secondary, featuring All-America cornerback Garland Rivers, and Erik Campbell, who split time at safety and cornerback.
Once the game started, it was pretty clear that Harbaugh & Company would rule the day. Harbaugh connected with a wide open Kolesar early, while Morris and Thomas Wilcher each found easy running lanes outside the tackles., and placekicker Pat Moons kicked a field goal to give the Wolverines the early lead. The play that best illustrated Michigan’s dominance was the Wolverines’ first touchdown, which came when Jim Harbaugh dove into the end zone on a busted play. Even when the Wolverines didn’t perform perfectly, they were still able to ad lib their way to success.
That’s not to say that Michigan was flawless. Harbaugh threw an interception when he was hit while throwing, which ultimately led to a Michigan State field goal.
The Wolverines led by 10 in the third quarter when Harbaugh broke the game open with a 42-yard touchdown pass to John Kolesar in the north end zone to give Michigan a 20-3 lead. In the fourth quarter, Harbaugh found sophomore tight end Jeff Brown for a short touchdown pass to close out the scoring in a game in which the Wolverines dominated play much more than the score would indicate.
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