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Michigan State Spartans Silence Michigan Wolverines With Dominating Defense

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Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan State Spartans hosted their hated rival Michigan Wolverines yesterday and silenced all of the talk coming out of Ann Arbor this week with a dominating 29-6 victory.

In the latest installment of this classic rivalry, it was all green all day long, as the Spartans were firing on all cylinders from start to finish. The defense once again made its case for being the top unit in the entire country, as they held the Wolverines to only 168 yards of total defense on the day. The Wolverines had -48 yards in total rushing on the day, which totaled the lowest rushing total in the programs storied history.

While there were many players that were playing at a high level for the Spartans yesterday, none made more of an impact than defensive end Shilique Calhoun. Calhoun set up shop in the Wolverine backfield and made sure he stayed there all afternoon, as he totaled six tackles, three tackles for loss, two and a half sacks, and two quarterback hurries. He dominated the Wolverine offensive line and created many opportunities for the defense.

While the defense was outstanding, the offense also quietly played a stellar game and continued to show improvement from the start of the season. The team totaled 394 yards of total offense on the day and did a great job of moving the ball against Michigan’s defense.

Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook was very  efficient on the day, completing 18 of 33 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown pass. He also had a rushing touchdown on the day.

Jeremy Langford also posted his fourth straight 100 yard rushing performance, running for 120 yards and a score on 26 carries.

This victory puts the Spartans in total control of the Big Ten Leaders Division and they control their destiny from here on out through the rest of the season.

Erik Sargent is a college football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Erik_Sargent, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.