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Spartans cap 'clean sweep'

Michigan State’s Edwin Baker, who has 167 yards, eludes Michigan’s Desmond Morgan.

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Michigan State’s Edwin Baker, who has 167 yards, eludes Michigan’s Desmond Morgan.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Jerel Worthy and No. 23 Michigan State charged across the field, holding four fingers in the air.

"A clean sweep!" he yelled after he and his fellow defensive linemen shut down Denard Robinson and No. 11 Michigan for a 28-14 victory.

The Spartans handed the Wolverines their first loss of the season and have won four straight in the series for the first time since 1959-62 (part of a 6-0-2 stretch from 1956-63), equaling their longest streak in the series.

"For the rest of our life, we can walk the streets of Michigan," said Kirk Cousins, Michigan State's first starting quarterback to win three straight over Michigan.

Edwin Baker ran for 167 yards and a touchdown. Keshawn Martin ran for two touchdowns in the third, and then the Spartans held on. The Wolverines had a chance to tie, but Robinson was sacked on fourth and 1 from the Michigan State 9 with 6:16 to play.

He later threw an interception Isaiah Lewis returned 39 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-14.

"I just have to make throws," Robinson said. "We had a lot of opportunities to keep the game within reach."

Last year, Robinson was averaging 181 rushing yards until the Spartans limited him to 86 on 21 carries and forced three interceptions. Robinson entered Saturday averaging 120 yards, ninth in Division I-A, but was held to 42.

He ran for a 15-yard score on the game's first series. But he didn't have a longer run from there and was 9-of-24 for 123 yards.

"We knew he wasn't going to be able to pass the ball," Lewis said. "And nobody can run the ball on us."

The Wolverines haven't beaten the Spartans since 2007, when then-Michigan running back Mike Hart compared Michigan State to a "little brother" and coach Mark Dantonio shot back by saying the Wolverines needed "to check themselves." Dantonio said after that game that "pride comes before the fall" — and now it's Michigan State holding onto the Paul Bunyan Trophy.

"They need to feel this one," said Michigan coach Brady Hoke, whose team is off next week. "We all need to feel this one for a while. But we'll turn the page."

23 Mich. St. 28

11 Michigan 14

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