Ah yes, our first cameo from the school down the road.
There are eight of these wins in the top 20, and we’re starting off with Hoke’s Last Dance in Spartan Stadium.
You can catch wins No. 100-21 right over here.
Win No. 20
Oct. 25, 2014: No. 8 MSU 35, UM 11
No intro here, let’s just cut to the chase.
First, Let’s Talk About The Stake
Let us never, ever forget this moment.
In a season where UM dropped three of its last four games as MSU was chasing another double-digit win season, the inspiration factor the Wolverines opted for was...aerating Spartan Stadium’s turf.
Everyone in the stadium — save the few players beating their chests like they won another off-season championship — was confused. What did they just do? Why did they do it? Hell, why are we even playing this game?
As a fan, this game seriously had the build-up of a mid-October game against Minnesota. UM was lousy. It’s almost as if we forgot why we despise them, until they put a railroad spike into the ground like they own the place right before kickoff.
The only thing funnier the rest of the game was them acting like their late touchdown to make it 28-11 was the game-clincher in the Rose Bowl. What a program.
How They Won
This was an ass-kicking. There’s no other way to dress that up and make it sound nicer than it was.
MSU gained 446 yards to UM’s 186.
Jeremy Langford had 177 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Their top running back had 39 yards.
Connor Cook went 12-22 with a 70-yard touchdown to Tony Lippett. Devin Gardner was Devin Gardner, who connected with RJ Williamson for a 29-yard pick-six touchdown for MSU.
MSU was elite. UM was horrid. And that’s exactly what played out in those 60 minutes.
What This Win Meant
Well, it just about meant the end of Brady Hoke’s time in Ann Arbor.
Next week, Dave Brandon’s departure was announced.
Another short reign of dominance, another changing of the guard at head coach.
This win also meant Mark Dantonio was now 6-2 against the school he’s woken up determined to dominate every day of his life as a Spartan.