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Highest-graded players in the Michigan victory over Michigan State, 21-7

Oct 20, 2018; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines carry the Paul Bunyon Trophy out of Spartan Stadium. After a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

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Michigan kept their College Football Playoff hopes alive with a hard-fought 21-7 victory over rival Michigan State. Despite a long lightning delay in the first half, the Michigan defense limited the Spartans offense to very little all game long and forced 11 punts. The Wolverines improved to 7-1 on the season, dropping Michigan State's record to 5-3 this year.

[Editor's Note: While we grade every player on every game, to qualify for an overall game grade for this recap's purpose, a player must have played at least 20 snaps to be considered a full-time contributor to the game.]

Top 5 Overall

Michigan Offense

Jon Runyan, OT – 75.3 overall

Grant Perry, WR – 69.0 overall

Karan Higdon, RB – 69.0 overall

Nico Collins, WR – 62.6 overall

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR – 62.1 overall

Michigan Defense

Chase Winovich, Edge – 78.3 overall

David Long, CB – 78.1 overall

Lavert Hill, CB – 68.4 overall

Josh Metellus, S – 65.4 overall

Devin Bush, LB – 64.5 overall

Michigan State Offense

Matt Allen, C – 69.9 overall

Darrel Stewart Jr., WR – 61.9 overall

Jordan Reid, OT – 60.6 overall

Cam Chambers, WR – 60.0 overall

Luke Campbell, OG – 58.0 overall

Michigan State Defense

Kenny Willekes, Edge – 75.8 overall

Tyriq Thompson, LB – 74.6 overall

Raequan Williams, DI – 74.2 overall

Joe Bachie, LB – 72.6 overall

Justin Layne, CB – 72.2 overall

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