October 29, 2013

Bully Ball? 'It goes on both ends'

EAST LANSING - Much of the coverage and conversation from Monday's Wolverine football press conference in Ann Arbor centered around Michigan State's toughness, and the belief that the Wolverines were "bullied" in their last trip to Spartan Stadium in 2011, a 28-14 MSU victory.

During his weekly press conference on Tuesday at Spartan Stadium, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio was asked immediately whether he took those words as a compliment.

"You know, I stay away from those things," Dantonio said. "I'm going to worry about our football team right now."

Michigan State had a decided edge in the rushing department in 2011, out-gaining Michigan 213-82.

After the game, Michigan captain Jordan Kovacs conceded that the Spartans had out-toughed the Wolverines.

That advantage was offset by 124 yards in MSU penalties.

In last year's game, Michigan was flagged three times for 15-yard penalties while Michigan State was flagged once for a personal foul. But Michigan State's penalties of 2011 have been back in focus this week.

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