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The state of Michigan avoided a bullet in Saturday’s game against Michigan at the Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, which could cause a big swing.
Late in the second quarter, when the Spartans faced 2nd and 20th from the 14-yard line of Michigan State, David Ojabo fired Spartans defender Payton Thorn for losing 11 yards when Thorne lost the ball and rolled into the end zone.
Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson returned the ball for a virtual touch of Wolverines, but officials went to the inspection booth and found that Thorne’s right shin had hit the lawn before the ball flew off.
The result would give Michigan a lead of at least 26-14 with a minute to halftime.
Instead, the Wolverines went to the break with a pillow 23-14.