TV station apologizes for saying Michigan won football game

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By: Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A TV station in western Michigan is apologizing after a reporter who didn’t see the crazy, final play told viewers that Michigan had defeated Michigan State.

Jamal Spencer of WZZM-TV was reporting live Saturday from outside Michigan Stadium. He said Michigan was “able to run out the clock.”

Spencer said, “People are spilling out of Michigan Stadium into the streets of Ann Arbor celebrating.” Back at the Grand Rapids studio, colleague Eric Lloyd quickly told the audience that the Spartans had won the game by returning a fumble for a touchdown on the final play.

News director Taz Painter says “we screwed up” but notes the mistake was immediately corrected.

Spencer acknowledged the mistake on Twitter, saying: “Gotta take the bad with the good.”