Report: MSU had already dropped off rivalry trophy to Michigan before comeback

Michigan State tight end Paul Lang holds up the Paul Bunyan trophy after defeating Michigan 27-23 in Ann Arbor on Saturday.

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Michigan State’s crazy, 27-23 comeback win against Michigan on Saturday meant the Spartans not only improved to 7-0, but also got to keep the Paul Bunyan Trophy for winning their in-state rivalry game.

Except they had already given it up, apparently.

Sam Webb of reports the trophy had already made its way to the Michigan locker room before the Wolverines lined up for their ill-fated punt attempt. It resulted in a fumble being returned for a Michigan State touchdown with no time left.

That sealed the game for the Spartans, who have won seven of the past eight in the series, including three in a row.