Michigan Football: 3 takeaways from heart-wrenching loss to MSU

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Michigan’s run defense was decimated by Kenneth Walker

All the buzz that Kenneth Walker has been garnering this year was significantly worth it today. He ran roughshod through a formidable defense coming into the contest. He proved to the worldwide audience that he is arguably the best running back in the nation by gashing the maize and blue defenders.

Walker notched 197 yards and a whopping five touchdowns on the afternoon. He created lots of missed tackles and found holes to push through Mike MacDonald’s vaunted unit.

Michigan State won’t admit it, but he was also helped out a ton by loads of missed, egregious holding calls that impacted the outlook of the game.

Michigan’s defense did the opposite of what it did in last year’s meeting. They got sliced and diced by the pass, but this time it was the run that sealed their fate.

Michigan’s remaining opponents will try to copy that same success the Spartans had to identify their weakness when they meet up with them in the last month of the schedule.