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Defense, Special Teams Pace Spartans to 34-10 Victory in Happy Valley

Things got off to a quick start for Michigan State Saturday afternoon, as RJ Shelton returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

Michael Geiger added two field goals, one from 36 and the other from 39 yards out, in the first quarter as the Spartans raced out to a 13-0 lead. Read More…

Seniors Show Out in 45-3 Win Versus Rutgers

Nothing but pressure and expectations has been placed on this year’s Michigan State football senior class. After last season’s Big Ten and Rose Bowl championships, the Spartans failed to live up to the unfair hype assigned to them in 2014.

Although there was no big stage or trophy to be played for, in their last game together at Spartan Stadium, the seniors stole the show in a dominating 45-3 win against Rutgers. Read More…

Spartan Football Bounces Back at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – Special teams and defense were key in No. 12 Michigan State’s road to a 37-15 victory over Maryland.

A rarity for this season, Connor Cook was unable to find the end zone for the entire game.  Cook had sixteen consecutive games with a touchdown pass until Saturday. Michael Geiger picked up the slack for Michigan State’s offense, making three out of four field goal attempts, all in the first half. Read More…

Spartan Defense Can’t Contain Buckeyes

The first half was a shootout, but the Buckeyes’ offense was too much for the Spartans as they went on to win on the road in East Lansing 49-37.

MSU looked as if they were taking control of the game, as Jeremy Langford ran in a touchdown to give Michigan State a 28-14 lead.  The play was called back, however, on a holding penalty by center Jack Allen. Michael Geiger then missed a field goal, and on the next play from scrimmage J.T. Barrett found MIke Thomas for a 79-yard touchdown. Read More…

No. 7 Michigan State Falls to No. 13 Ohio State

Big plays by J.T. Barrett and Ezekiel Elliott were too much for Michigan State’s defense as the Spartans lose to the Buckeyes 49-37.

After heading into halftime trailing by one touchdown, MSU was only able to tack on three points via Michael Geiger field goal in the third quarter. Ezekiel Elliott added a touchdown run late in the third quarter giving OSU a 10-point lead. Read More…

Spartans Face Buckeyes in Big Ten East Battle

The biggest Big Ten game of the year will be in played in East Lansing this Saturday.

September 6, 2014: The Death Of the Big Ten

Two months ago, the Big Ten’s two top dogs, Michigan State and Ohio State, both suffered losses in only their second game of the 2014 season. That was believed to be the death of the Big Ten. Read More…

Dantonio and Players Talk Importance of Budding Ohio State “Rivalry”

Michigan State has developed brief “rivalries” with Big Ten opponents over the years.

Most recently was with Wisconsin, a series that reached it’s peak in 2011 when the teams faced off in two classic matchups. The Spartans took the first game after Keith Nichol caught a hail mary from Kirk Cousins as time expired. The two teams faced off again in the inaugural Big Ten Championship, with Wisconsin barely edging the Spartans. Read More…

It’s Personal: No. 8 Spartans Win 35-11 Against Rival Wolverines

The No. 8 Michigan State Spartans knew they needed a win against their in-state rivals on Saturday. Although the Spartans have seemingly taken control of the rivalry in the Mark Dantonio era, the team made sure they were not overlooking the Wolverines. MSU was in control for all four quarters, winning 35-11.

Michigan State opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown drive, capped off with a Jeremy Langford two-yard rush. Read More…

Kurtis Drummond: “What We Did Last Year Means Nothing This Year”

It is clear that the change in trend of Michigan State’s rivalry with Michigan has not changed MSU’s attitude about the game.

Kurtis Drummond was one of five MSU players who joined Mark Dantonio in his weekly press conference on Tuesday.  Drummond alongside fellow seniors Travis Jackson and Jeremy Langford answered questions after Mark Dantonio’s laughter filled Q&A. Read More…

Spartan Red Zone – #25 – 10/21/14

The Spartan Red Zone trio of Dan Tyler, Andre Sims, and Brad Allen welcome quarterback Connor Cook to the studio.

Last week’s big 56-17 win over Indiana is discussed, as well as this Saturday’s rivalry matchup with the Wolverines and even what all the guys are being for Halloween. Read More…

No. 8 Michigan State Avoids Fourth Quarter Collapse at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Exactly one week after a chaotic near collapse in East Lansing versus Nebraska, Michigan State avoided a shocking upset at the hands of Purdue.

Against Nebraska, it took an interception by Trae Waynes in the Cornhuskers’ final drive to seal the deal for MSU. A late interception, this time by Darien Harris, sealed the deal for MSU against Purdue. Harris returned the pick for six, making the final score 45-31 in favor of the Spartans. Read More…

Spartans Survive Scare at Ross-Ade Stadium

WEST LAFAYETTE – In what appeared to be a deja-vu of Michigan State’s near collapse against Nebraska, the MSU defense was forced to stop Purdue in the final minutes, holding on to a one-possession lead for dear life.

In the end, Darien Harris intercepted Austin Appleby, returning the pick for a 15-yard touchdown.  Michigan State held on to the lead, winning 45-31. Read More…

MSU Leads Purdue 24-17 at Halftime

WEST LAFAYETTE – Connor Cook has connected with six different receivers in the first half at Purdue, throwing for 179 yards and two touchdowns. The No. 8 Spartans lead the Boilermakers 24-17 at halftime. Tony Lippett leads the way for receivers with five receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown, while Josiah Price added a touchdown of his own. Read More…

Spartans Dodge Bullet Against No. 19 Nebraska

No. 10 Michigan State had several chances to put this one away early.  They had more chances to put it away late.  After failing to put the nail in the coffin, No. 19 Nebraska nearly stole an upset victory in East Lansing.

With 5:47 to go in the fourth quarter, the Spartans sat comfortably on defense with a 27-9 lead. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw a pass and safety Kurtis Drummond jumped in the air to get his hands on it – he had a clear path to the end zone. Read More…

Spartan Football Withstands Nebraska Comeback

The No. 19 Nebraska Cornhuskers nearly made a miraculous comeback to upset the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans, eventually falling short 27-22.

The Spartan defense was nearly perfect in the first half, but nearly gave up the Spartans’ big lead in the fourth quarter. Read More…

Defense Carries Spartans to Halftime Lead over Nebraska

Despite three turnovers, No. 10 Michigan State leads No. 19 Nebraska, 17-0, at halftime.

Connor Cook threw an interception on Michigan State’s first drive to Nebraska defensive end, Randy Gregory. In the second quarter, running back Jeremy Langford lost a fumble and wide receiver MacGarrett Kings Jr. muffed a punt. Read More…

Spartans Continue New Rivalry with Nebraska Saturday

Michigan State is set to face Nebraska for the fourth time in four years tomorrow, and it will be Mark Dantonio’s fourth time facing Nebraska in his career.  Although it will only be their fourth meeting, Nebraska has quickly become a staple opponent for the Spartans in Big Ten play.

In his weekly news conference last Tuesday, Dantonio spoke about his experience playing Nebraska and their emergence as a new Big Ten rival. Read More…

MSU Closes Non-Conferece Schedule with Big Win

Another explosive offensive performance by the Michigan State Spartans led to a 56-14 win in their homecoming game against Wyoming. The Spartans finished with 533 yards of total offense and zero turnovers in the convincing win.

Unfortunately for Michigan State, with Big Ten play beginning next week, the days of convincing wins might be over from now until the end of the season. Read More…

Cowboys No Match for No. 9 Spartans

Michigan State moved to 3-0 at Spartan Stadium with their 56-14 homecoming victory over Wyoming.

Jeremy Langford had his first 100-yard rushing performance of the season, the ninth of his career, finishing with sixteen carries, 137 yards and one touchdown. Connor Cook completed eight of  12 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns alongside one rushing touchdown of his own.

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New Faces for Spartans Help Finish Out Blowout Against EMU

Sixty-three players played in the first half. Seven freshmen defenders played at one time.

The No. 11 ranked Spartans bounced back after their a bye week following loss in Eugene with a 73-14 dominating performance against Eastern Michigan. Connor Cook, who only attempted six passes, ended up with 83 yards and two touchdowns.  He also had a rushing touchdown of his own. Cook sat out the majority of the second quarter and the entire second half while MSU maintained a comfortable lead. Read More…

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