Michigan Wolverines have -41 yards rushing in first half against Michigan State Spartans

Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) is chased down by Michigan State Spartans cornerback Trae Waynes (15) during the 1st quarter of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines traveled to East Lansing today for their annual showdown with the rival Michigan State Spartans for a game with some serious Big Ten implications on the line in the Legends Division.

So far, through the first half, it’s been a tightly played contest, with the Michigan State taking a 13-6 lead into the half.

Wolverines QB Devin Gardner isn’t having a bad day passing the ball so far, going 8-of-12 for 161 yards in the half, but he can’t do it all on his own. As with anything, they’re going to need help from the rushing game.

So far, that’s not exactly working out as planned. In the first 30 minutes, Michigan has been held to a jaw-dropping -41 yards rushing. Yes, you read that correctly, -41 yards.

Off of sacks, Gardner is responsible for -32 of those.

Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has 13 yards on five carries to kind of ease the pain, if that’s even possible.

Saying that Michigan needs to protect Gardner just a little bit more in this one would be a giant understatement.

Topics: Big Ten, College Football, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines

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