Felix Baez of USF: “A guy jumped in my car. He looked at me, almost apologised. It was just a brawl. Then [another] guy – he got jumped. Someone else in a car, he jumped in the car, too.”
Felix Baez: “A guy jumped in my car. He looked at me, almost apologised. It was just a brawl. Then [another] guy – he got jumped. Someone else in a car, he jumped in the car, too.”
Rory Keller: “I thought it was cool. The weight. He just crushed the guy. He was in tears.”
Felix Baez: “I heard it was going to be a tough game, kind of like Bucky Badger. He is one of those schools that are well known.
“My whole family came. Mom, Dad, sister, brother, our friends, even our kids are coming. It was crazy. First time we’ve all been out together. It was like we were in Michigan State.”
“It’s one of those games that you’ve been waiting on since August or whatever. You are the best, right? It was a tough game. Michigan is a great college team. It was a team game.”
Felix Baez: “Like I said, it was a tough game. I’ve been waiting for a long time.”
Michigan won the National Championship in 2004, Michigan State won in 2000.
The excitement over this year’s return to the site of last year’s title-decider was set to become so wild and uncontrollable that it degenerated into a mini-riot in time for kick-off at Michigan Stadium.
The ESPN broadcast said at least 14 people were injured, with one fan reportedly hit with a police cruiser. Michigan fans also reportedly smashed a bus window and one police car.
There were also unconfirmed reports of stabbings and arrests, involving fans and members of law enforcement.
Addressing the crowd, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh looked to quell the situation.
“You all love the game. Love the game too much,” he said. “And we need to come to football games with class. That’s what we’re here for.
“It’s a great experience to be here and to be able to celebrate and to enjoy and enjoy yourself and come to the game with class and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Michigan fans invade the field after the game in Ann Arbor