Two skids down, 1 to go for No. 20 Michigan

Associated Press Modified: October 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm •  Published: October 21, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has taken care of two skids in two seasons under Brady Hoke.

The Wolverines beat Michigan State 12-10 on Saturday, ending a four-game losing streak in the series, and ended the regular season last year with their first win over rival Ohio State in eight years.

Hoke acknowledged it was important to finally beat the Spartans, but wasn't ready to celebrate.

"We have bigger expectations," he said.

Michigan — ranked No. 20 in The Associated Press college poll Sunday — has one more drought it desperately wants to end.

The Wolverines (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) haven't won a Big Ten title since 2004. They can take a big step toward winning the Legends Division and playing for the conference championship Dec. 1 in Indianapolis with a win at Nebraska (6-2, 3-1) Saturday night.

That's why kicker Brandon Gibbons, who made the game-winning field goal with 5 seconds left against the Spartans, was quickly moving his mind to the big picture following the team's first win in the series since 2007.

"Our bigger goal is to win the Big Ten championship, not just beat Michigan State," Gibbons said.

Michigan is the only Legends team without a loss in the division. The Cornhuskers and Iowa are tied for second place in the division with one setback each in conference play. Michigan has road games left against Nebraska, Michigan and the Buckeyes along with home games against Northwestern and Iowa.

As much as the Wolverines are focusing on winning their 43rd Big Ten title, junior receiver Drew Dileo acknowledged finally beating Michigan State and getting to keep the trophy that comes with the victory was satisfying.



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