Michigan State's Mark Dantonio credits Michigan's Denard Robinson for key fourth-quarter plays
Still, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio pointed to fourth-quarter plays that Robinson made in crunch time that changed the course of game during Michigan's 12-10 win.
Robinson had a 44-yard run to change the field position because when the Wolverines got the ball back with two minutes left, he was able to complete a 20-yard pass to Drew Dileo that put them in position for the game-winning field goal.
"That's probably the difference," Dantonio said. "Last year, he didn't make that. That's why I'm glad he's gone. He's tough to defend. Credit Denard Robinson. He made a lot of plays."
In past games, the Spartans bottled up Robinson and roughed him up. He was knocked out of last year's Michigan State win.
On Saturday, Robinson threw for 163 yards and an interception while rushed for 96 yards. On the 20-yard completion, he was able to have enough time to hit Dileo on a curl route, getting the Wolverines down to the Michigan State 21 after facing a 2nd-and-11 with 18 seconds left.
"For the most part, we did a great job," linebacker Max Bullough said.
"That's just Denard making a play on the field throwing the ball ... That's life."
Said defensive tackle Anthony Rashad White: "We've just got to finish. That's one thing we talk about always is finishing. We didn't finish, so that's something we'll have to work on."
Robinson, on the other hand, finished his career with the Paul Bunyan Trophy returning to Ann Arbor.