Nov 2, 1996
Ninth-Ranked Michigan Flattens MSU 45-29
Scott Dreisbach threw for 203 yards and a school-record-tying four touchdowns, including three in a 2:01 span late in the first half, to lead ninth-ranked Michigan to a 45-29 Big Ten victory over Michigan State.
Trailing 10-7, Michigan (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) took the lead for good with 2:09 remaining in the second quarter on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Dreisbach to Russell Shaw on a slant pattern. Clarence Williams had a 21-yard run to the Spartan 20 in the 11-play, 72-yard drive.
The Wolverines regained possession of the ball when safety Marcus Ray picked off a Todd Schultz pass and returned it 35 yards to the MSU 18. After a three-yard run, Dreisbach hit tight end Jerame Tuman on a 15-yard slant to make it 21-10 with 15 seconds to play in the half.
"All week I studied their quarterback and he was telegraphing the ball," said Ray. "If his first guy wasn't open -- Carter or Mason -- he'd come to the back. I gambled that he'd do that. Once we get up, we have to keep the other team down. A few weeks ago we didn't do that and we got our first loss (against Northwestern). Now we seem to have that killer instinct."
The ensuing kickoff was fumbled by Aric Morris and recovered by Michigan's Kevin Bryant at the 26. On the next play, Dreisbach found two-way player Charles Woodson open in the end zone as the Spartans were attempting to call time out.
"When you've got the ball inside the 30 like that, you've got to take it and punch it in," said Woodson. "It (the TD play) was something we worked on all week. I've been getting open, Scott put this one right on the money."
Dreisbach, who was 14-for-23, matched the Michigan record for touchdown passes in a game, held by six others (Elvis Grbac did it three times). He also moved into 10th place on the school's all-time passing yardage list with 2,430.
"I had no interceptions, I completed the passes I should have and I didn't make any stupid decisions," said Dreisbach. "But I don't want to say it was my best game. I just feel I played like a quarterback at Michigan is supposed to."
The Wolverines won their third straight game overall and improved to 58-26-5 all-time against Michigan State (5-4, 4-2). The Spartans had a three-game win streak halted and haven't won in Ann Arbor since 1990.
"What I liked best today was what we did with our touchdown opportunities in the red zone," said Michigan coach Lloyd Carr. "We've put up points, but haven't always gotten the touchdowns. The difference was the turnovers. We didn't have any and they had four. That was the ballgame."
Michigan got on the board 4:24 into the game when Dreisbach hit Tuman from 28 yards away for a 7-0 lead. The Spartans responded 4:47 later with Chris Gardner's 35-yard field goal and then 7:05 into the second period on a seven-yard scoring strike from Schultz to Derrick Mason that made it 10-7.
Chris Howard extended the Michigan advantage to 35-10 with 8:52 left in the third quarter when he capped an 11-play, 57-yard drive with a 13-yard TD run.
The Spartans answered on its next series with a four-yard scoring run by Sedrick Irvin. They cut it to 35-23 3:33 into the fourth when Schultz rolled out and hit Nigea Carter from three yards out, but the extra point missed wide left.
"I'm very disappointed with the outcome of the game," said Michigan State coach Nick Saban. "The last 2:09 of the first half when they scored three touchdowns obviously made a big difference in the game. The two turnovers were a big part of that. But I'm proud of our players for battling back. Five turnovers is too much to overcome. We made too many mistakes to beat a good football team."
After Remy Hamilton's 44-yard field goal bumped the lead back to 15 points with 8:11 remaining, Ray and linebacker Clint Copenhaver had interceptions to stop Spartan drives. The latter set up a 12-yard scoring run by Howard that made it 45-23 with 3:32 left.
Howard rushed 24 times for 100 yards and two scores, while Williams collected 97 yards on 19 carries.
Michigan State fullback Travis Reece's one-yard TD run 44 seconds later capped the game's scoring. The two-point conversion throw by Schultz was incomplete.
Schultz finished 24-of-45 for 260 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. Mason had 10 catches for 151 yards, while Irvan had 18 carries for 51 yards.
"I'm really disappointed in myself," said Schultz. "I threw two or three interceptions and they turned them into touchdowns. That's inexcusable and it won't happen again."
NCAAF FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MICHIGAN ST 3 7 7 12 29 MICHIGAN (9) 7 21 7 10 45 FINAL SCORING SUMMARY 1ST QTR: MICH - TD, JERAME TUMAN 28 YD PASS FROM SCOTT DREISBACH (REMY HAMILTON KICK), 4:24 MICS - FG, CHRIS GARDNER 35 YD, 9:11 2ND QTR: MICS - TD, DERRICK MASON 7 YD PASS FROM TODD SCHULTZ (CHRIS GARDNER KICK), 7:05 MICH - TD, RUSSELL SHAW 8 YD PASS FROM SCOTT DREISBACH (REMY HAMILTON KICK), 12:51 MICH - TD, JERAME TUMAN 15 YD PASS FROM SCOTT DREISBACH (REMY HAMILTON KICK), 14:45 MICH - TD, CHARLES WOODSON 26 YD PASS FROM SCOTT DREISBACH (REMY HAMILTON KICK), 14:52 3RD QTR: MICH - TD, CHRIS HOWARD 13 YD RUN (REMY HAMILTON KICK), 6:08 MICS - TD, SEDRICK IRVIN 4 YD RUN (CHRIS GARDNER KICK), 7:32 4TH QTR: MICS - TD, NIGEA CARTER 3 YD PASS FROM TODD SCHULTZ (PAT FAILED), 3:33 MICH - FG, REMY HAMILTON 44 YD, 6:49 MICH - TD, CHRIS HOWARD 12 YD RUN (REMY HAMILTON KICK), 11:28 MICS - TD, TRAVIS REECE 1 YD RUN (TWO-POINT CONVERSION FAILED), 12:12 NCAAF 1 2 3 4 F - - - - -- Michigan St 3 7 7 12 29 Michigan (9) 7 21 7 10 45 FINAL Michigan-Tuman 28 pass from Dreisbach (Hamilton kick) Michigan St-FG Gardner 35 Michigan St-D Mason 7 pass from Schultz (Gardner kick) Michigan-Shaw 8 pass from Dreisbach (Hamilton kick) Michigan-Tuman 15 pass from Dreisbach (Hamilton kick) Michigan-Woodson 26 pass from Dreisbach (Hamilton kick) Michigan-Howard 13 run (Hamilton kick) Michigan St-Irvin 4 run (Gardner kick) Michigan St-N Carter 3 pass from Schultz (kick failed) Michigan-FG Hamilton 44 Michigan-Howard 12 run (Hamilton kick) Michigan St-Reece 1 run (two-point conversion failed) Michigan St Michigan First downs 19 19 Rushed-yards 32-98 48-206 Passing yards 260 203 Sacked-yards lost 0-0 0-0 Return yards 15 64 Passes 24-45-4 14-24-0 Punts 3-42.3 6-34.8 Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0 Penalties-yards 5-61 9-100 Time of possession 27:39 32:21
RUSHING: Michigan St-Irvin 18-51, Goulbourne 12-44, Gould 1-2, Reece 1-1. Michigan-Howard 24-100, C Williams 19-97, Woodson 1-11, Butterfield 1-0, Anes 1-0, Dreisbach 2-minus 2.
PASSING: Michigan St-Schultz 24-45-4-260. Michigan-Howard 0-1-0-0, Dreisbach 14-23-0-203.
RECEIVING: Michigan St-D Mason 10-151, N Carter 4-48, Irvin 4-26, Long 2-19, Goulbourne 2-4, Keur 1-7, Gould 1-5. Michigan-Tuman 3-67, Shaw 3-28, Woodson 2-28, C Williams 2-19, Streets 2-18, Campbell 1-25, Howard 1-18.