Mark Dantonio

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…

Dantonio Takes More “Diplomatic” Approach While Discussing Michigan Rivalry

The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry has always been a heated one on the football field, but when Mark Dantonio took over as head coach of the Spartans in 2007, the teams were headed in different directions.

Michigan State was annually competing to simply make a bowl game while the Wolverines were focused on winning Big Ten titles and beyond. Read More…

Opinion: An MSU Football Fan’s Reason to Worry

It’s finally here – Michigan Week.

Every season, there is one game labeled on the calendars for the Michigan State football team and its fans as a ‘must-win’ when the Spartans face in-state rival, University of Michigan.  This year, the game seems to be losing its luster because of the collapse of the Michigan football program. It is the ultimate role reversal.

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Dantonio Addresses Fourth Quarter Struggles

Fourth quarter woes have kept Michigan State’s perfect start to the Big Ten season seeming imperfect.

The Spartans stayed at the No. 8 spot in the AP Top 25 poll after a 45-38 win at Purdue last Saturday, in a game that was a lot closer than expected. Much like the previous week against Nebraska, MSU had a large lead turn into to a one-possession game and had to rely on a defensive stop in the final minutes to survive with a victory. 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…

Opinion: It’s on MSU

Sometime during Saturday’s game, probably during one of those extra long TV timeouts, you might have seen a PSA video on the big screens with a handful of celebrities repeating “It’s On Us.” Then President Obama appeared, a loud booing rang from the student section, and the video was over. You may have thought it was a campaign about environmental change, drunk driving or even the ebola virus.  It was not about any of those topics.

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Dantonio Moving Forward After Near Collapse Against Nebraska

The Spartans kicked off their Big Ten season last Saturday night with a primetime matchup against the undefeated Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The first three quarters looked great for Michigan State, as they dominated in every facet of the game and held a 27-3 lead.  However, Nebraska clawed their way back in the 4th fourth quarter before finally going down 27-22. 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…

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…

Dantonio Talks “Program Game” vs Nebraska

No more cupcake games for the Spartans.

After scoring 73 points against Eastern Michigan, and 56 points against Wyoming in back-to-back weeks, the red-hot MSU offense will see their first conference action against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who are ranked no. 19 in the AP Poll, and no. 17 in the USA Today Poll. 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…

Dantonio Talks Depth Chart Changes

Head coach Mark Dantonio was all smiles at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, and it’s no wonder why.

After a Week 2 loss to Oregon followed by a bye week, Dantonio had an extra week to preach to his players and the media that Saturday’s matchup with Eastern Michigan was a chance to “make a statement”.

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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…

MSU to face EMU Ready to Play and Ready to Win

Two weeks after suffering a loss at Oregon, Michigan State football will hit the field in an in-state matchup against the Eagles of Eastern Michigan University.

In his weekly press conference on Tuesday, MSU head coach Mark Dantonio emphasized that the key goal is to win the game, as well as to live up to expectations.

In preparation for the game against Eastern, Dantonio noted that MSU’s opponent in this game will not roll over despite being huge underdogs.

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Athlete of the Week: Jason Bull

Jason Bull is in his second year as a member of the MSU Underwater Hockey Club. Currently, Jason serves as the vice president of the club and is a senior majoring in computer science.

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Dantonio Discusses Ducks

This is one of the most important weeks in Mark Dantonio’s career.

Coming off a Big Ten Championship, Rose Bowl Championship and most recently a 45-7 victory in his first game of the season against Jacksonville State, Michigan State is ranked No. 8 in the AP top 25.

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Spartans Make Statement against Gamecocks

It has been nearly eight months since Kyler Elsworth made the stop on fourth-and-one. Since Andrew Maxwell, after losing the starting quarterback position, came out to take the final kneel down for Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.

Friday night, the Spartans finally got to play again.

“First off, I thought we made a statement,” head coach Mark Dantonio said to the press after Michigan State’s 45-7 win over Jacksonville State.

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Dantonio Holds Week One Presser

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio addressed the media in his first weekly press conference of the season late Tuesday morning. The topic of conversation was Friday’s game against Jacksonville State, as well as the new facilities at Spartan Stadium.

It was the first press conference in the new media center located in the north end zone expansion.

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Way-Too-Early Predictions: Penn State (Nov. 29)

Happy Valley will be the last stop for the Spartans, and it may be the most important stop. Michigan State football will reignite their rivalry with Penn State to wrap up the 2014 season.

The last time the Nittany Lions and the Spartans faced off in 2010, Michigan State won, clinching their first Big Ten championship in nearly two decades.

Head coach Mark Dantonio will hope to clinch a Big Ten East Division championship with a win in State College, Pa. during rivalry week.

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