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Michigan State pours gasoline on rivalry following win over Michigan

It took seven days and four quarters of football, but Michigan State and Michigan finally have some major beef. Michigan because it got spanked 35-11 and Michigan State because of a spear planted on its field by the Wolverines just prior to kick.

So, you decide who came in caring about this game more.

However, after the game it was clear who took this one more personally — and that was Michigan State.

After all, what was the point of jamming Jeremy Langford in for another touchdown with the game well in hand? Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio made that point very clear following the game.

“It just felt like we needed to put a stake in them at that point,” Dantonio said.

Don’t worry though, that was the tame version of what Dantonio unleashed following the win.

“I can only be diplomatic for so long,” Dantonio said. “The little brother stuff, all the disrespect, it didn’t have to go in that direction.

“We try to handle ourselves with composure. That doesn’t come from a coach. It comes from the program. Throwing the stake down in our backyard out here and coming out there like they’re all that. That got shoved up… It got shoved in the last minute and a half.”

No minced words from Dantonio, but that wasn’t the case for his counterpart…whose players started something they couldn’t finish on the field.

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke was asked to address the “spear” incident following the game and his non-statement spoke as loud as the touchdown that Jeremy Langford scored to put the exclamation point on the Spartans win.

“I was aware of something happening, but not fully aware,” said Hoke following the game.

Whatever that means coach. At least Hoke wasn’t bitter about what happened to his team at the end of the game, chalking it up to 11 players vs. 11 players trying to compete on the football field.

Still, the spear planting and the butt kicking speak volumes as to what is happening with Hoke and Wolverines. There’s a lot of bluster and very little bang for its buck.

Perhaps the Wolverines chalk it up to a lesson learned?

Don’t tick off your rival at their home — especially when you don’t have an offense to back it up.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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