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Michigan State Spring Game Outdraws Michigan by 16,000

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"People come to watch winners, because that's the way the world is."

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The team in Ann Arbor may have the bigger stadium, but the Michigan State Spartans easily outdrew their in-state rival when it comes to spring game attendance.

According to MLive.com, MSU drew a crowd of 51,000 last Saturday, good for seventh in the country in spring game attendance. The Spartans crowd was also a school record. Michigan? The Wolverines drew 35,000.

Head Coach Mark Dantonio said the winningest class in school history deserved the credit for the record turnout:

"People come to watch winners, because that's the way the world is, and you've set that standard in terms of what you've been able to accomplish."

MSU's wasn't the biggest crowd in the conference, however. Big Ten rivals Ohio State (100,189), Nebraska (72,992) and Penn State (65,000) all outdrew the Spartans.