ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For the first 15 minutes, the big brother act was well and truly on as Michigan, like most “elders” in a sibling rivalry, allowed its opponent to think as if it had a legitimate chance to earn bragging rights and pull off a stunning victory.
As soon as the second quarter started, big brother soon went into “no more “Mr. Nice Guy” mode, turning another rivalry game into another rout.
Shea Patterson threw for a season-high 384 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Wolverines to score 24 unanswered points between the second and third quarters in a 44-10 victory over Michigan State at Michigan Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Wolverines defense held the Spartans to 220 total yards while sacking Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke four times.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Saturday afternoon’s game, with all photos taken by Detroit-area photographer Aaron J. Thornton. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 23 pictures in total.