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Michigan/Michigan State notes

10/15/2011

Michigan breaks out "Legacy Road Uniforms"

After warming up in their normal road uniforms, Michigan returned to the field in full white uniforms, near replicas of the uniforms worn in the "Under The Lights" game against Notre Dame.

“Our players really enjoyed the uniforms from the night game with Notre Dame so we decided to surprise them and the country with a new-look design for the Michigan State game,” coach Brady Hoke said in a news release from the athletic department. “This is such a great in-state rivalry that we decided to honor the former players that played in this game.”

The large block M on the front of the jersey was replaced with a larger number and the block M was moved to the top left of the uniform. The white pants are paying tribute to the teams that wore white on white during the 1974 and 1975 seasons.

But it was a surprise for the Wolverines as well, who found out about the uniforms only moments before they put them on.

"When we came back in from warm-ups they were in our lockers," defensive tackle Mike Martin said.

MSU also broke out new jerseys -- Nike Pro Combat uniforms. The Spartans were surprised and unimpressed by Michigan's uniform change.

"They tried to match ours, but I still think ours are better," defensive tackle Jerel Worthy said. "Maize and blue doesn't really go together in my book."

Spartans take fourth in row in series

Following the game, a few Spartans joked that Paul Bunyan was making his home in East Lansing. And with Michigan State's 28-14 win over Michigan, it will be four consecutive years that the Paul Bunyan Trophy has resided at Michigan State.

"You have to play this game a little bit angry, regardless of who you are playing," Michigan coach Mark Dantonio said. "Michigan is a well=coached team. ... But you have to bring your A game and you have to bring your mentality."

Dantonio spoke about how much the win means to the Spartan fan base and what it means for former players. Several Michigan players spoke throughout the week about how they wanted to win this game for their former players as well.

But Michigan will have to wait another year to get a crack at its in-state rival.

"They have a right to celebrate," Martin said. "They won, and they were excited. I tip my hat to them."