"That's B.S.", Dantonio said.
From the outset the two teams traded possessions back and forth.
Both sides exchanged words during the walk and again after MSU's players made their way back across the field toward the stadium tunnel.
"I just got caught up in the moment in my emotions", Bush continued. "They tried, it just wasn't enough". It was pure emotion.
Harbaugh said the altercation might have added some extra motivation for his team, but "it certainly wasn't going to intimidate us". A few hours ago, the midfield logo at Spartan Stadium was pristine and proud.
Michigan State, on the other hand, has gotten off to a rocky start to the 2018 season which has included losses to Arizona State and Northwestern, but a recent win on the road over No. 8 Penn State has shifted momentum back into the Spartans' favor. Dantonio responded to that comment by telling reporters "pride comes before the fall".
Michigan State utilized a trick play to knot the score at 7-7 with 11:12 to go in the third quarter when a reverse wound up with a 4-yard scoring pass from wide receiver Darrell Stewart Jr.to quarterback Brian Lewerke. The visiting team has lost the past four games.
Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich is the latest Wolverine to revive the "little brother" comments about inter-state rival Michigan State.
"Sometimes your little brother starts acting up, and you've got to put them in place", Winovich said.
Michigan's defense stole the show for the rest of the game.