Michigan versus Michigan State Rivalry: “The Desmond Trip”


With the 106th game between in-state rivals the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans only days away, we decided to highlight three pivotal games in the historic rivalry.

The first game is the 1990 match-up that saw the highly favored Wolverines fall to the Spartans 28-27, after a controversial no-call during two-point conversion attempt that would have given the Wolverines the 29-28 lead.

The loss ended the Wolverines national title hopes and propelled the Spartans to an eventual 8-3-1 season.

The Wolverines went into the game 3-1 and was the top team in the nation despite losing to then #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish to kick off the season 28-24.

Quarterback Elvis Grbac and All-American wide receiver Desmond Howard led the high powered Wolverines offense that the week before dismantled the Wisconsin Badgers 41-3 and were looking to continue their good fortunes as they faced a struggling Spartans that lost to an Iowa program the week before 12-7.

The Spartans, who were lead by the two-headed running back tandem of Hyland Hickson and Tico Duckett, proved to be a worthy opponent for the top ranked Wolverines as they controlled most of the game.

It has been speculated that a referee after the game admitted to Wolverines coach Gary Moeller that they did miss the pass interference call… but we will let you the fan decide:

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