The state of Michigan was stunned to rank 13th Michigan 27-24 in Ann Arbor on Saturday, doing so with the help of widespread recipient Ricky White.
Recipients Marietta, Georgia, had 196 yards and encountered in eight receptions in a win over rival Michigan State.
White had only once received 5 yards in the first match of the season before Rutgers but dominated against Wolverines. He is the first Sparta player to receive 190 yards or more in a single game since RJ Shelton took 190 yards against Northwestern in 2016 and is Michigan State’s most recipient since Mark Dell had 202 yards ago. Cal in 2008.
Michigan State midfielder Rocky Lombardi only completed 17 of his 32 pass attempts in the win but has 323 yards and three touches without interception. Lombardi had two interceptions and fumbles in defeat to Rutgers but handled the ball in Week 2.
Sparta’s defense gave up 300 meters to pass to Michigan midfielder Joe Milton, but Wolverines didn’t have a single touch. All three touches took place on the ground, but Michigan was kept at 4.5 yards per shot and 152 yards total in the game while struggling to run the ball up between the Michigan defenders.
This was the first match of Michigan head coach Mel Tucker against rival Michigan, and the victory helped Jim Harbaugh have a 1-6 record at home against Michigan and Ohio.
Tucker joined Nick Saban (1995) as the only Michigan head coach to beat Michigan in their first match against Wolverines at school.
@MSU_Football It JUST STARTED! Congratulations!!
Enjoy the HOME TO MSU trip! AND Bring Paul Bunyan with you!
– Mark Dantonio (@DantonioMark) October 31, 2020
Mark Dantonio, who retired as Sparta manager after 13 seasons, tweeted to congratulate his former team.