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Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan State Spartans logo.svg
First season 1896
Athletic director Mark Hollis
Head coach Mark Dantonio
2nd year, 16–10  (.615)
Home stadium Spartan Stadium (East Lansing)
Stadium capacity 75,005
Stadium surface Grass
Location East Lansing, Michigan
Conference Big Ten
All-time record 592–403–44 (.591)
Postseason bowl record 7–13–0
Claimed national titles 6[1]
Conference titles 6
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 27[2]
Current uniform
Colors Green and White            
Fight song MSU Fight Song
Mascot Sparty
Marching band Spartan Marching Band
Rivals Michigan Wolverines
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Penn State Nittany Lions
Indiana Hoosiers

The Michigan State Spartans football program competes in NCAA Division I-A and the Big Ten Conference. Michigan State has won or shared a total of 6 national championships (1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1965, and 1966), two Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships (1903 and 1905), and 6 Big Ten championships (1953, 1965, 1966, 1978, 1987, and 1990). Currently 24 former Spartans are playing in the NFL.[3]

Today, the team competes in Spartan Stadium, a 75,005 person football stadium in the center of campus, though frequently the stadium holds more than 80,000 spectators. Michigan State hired Mark Dantonio on November 27, 2006 as head coach. MSU's traditional archrival is the University of Michigan, against whom they compete for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Michigan State is one of three Big Ten teams to have an annual non-conference football game against the University of Notre Dame. The Spartans also share a rivalry with Penn State University, against whom they compete for the Land Grant Trophy, with the game being the final contest for both teams during the Big Ten Conference regular season.



1913 Michigan Agricultural College (MSU) vs Michigan

Starting as a club sport in 1885, football gained varsity status in 1896.[4] During the 1950s when Detroit was known as the world's leading automobile manufacturer, Michigan State was often referred to as the nation's "football factory."[citation needed] It was then that the Spartans churned out such impressive models as Lynn Chandnois, Dorne Dibble, Don McAulliffe, Tom Yewcic, Sonny Grandelius, Bob Carey, Don Coleman, Earl Morrall and Dean Look. In 1951, the Spartans finished undefeated and untied to claim a share of the national championship with Tennessee.

Early teams at the then Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) competed in the Michigan Collegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) that was chartered in 1888 and it's currently the oldest of all collegiate leagues in the United States. Previously in 1884, Albion College and MSU (then MAC) had played in the first Intercolligiate Football game held within the State of Michigan. The MIAA's other charter members included Albion, Olivet and Hillsdale Colleges. The Association's first season of competitive football was in 1894 which by then also included Eastern Michigan University (then Michigan Normal School) and Alma College; Kalamazoo College was added in 1896. In those early years the MAC Aggies could only accomplish one outright league football championship (1905) and share another with Albion (1903). The first decade of the 20th Century generally saw the MIAA and MAC being dominated by either Albion or Olivet Colleges. MSU left the league and became an Independent in 1907.

The team was admitted into the Big Ten as a regular member in 1953. They promptly went on to capture the league championship (losing only one game during the season) and beating UCLA in their first Rose Bowl game. After the 1953 season Biggie Munn, the Spartan coach, turned the team over to his protégé Duffy Daugherty. The team won the Rose Bowl in 1954, 1956, and 1988.

From the creation of Division I-AA (now called Division I FCS) in 1978 through the 2008 season, Michigan State never played a I-AA/FCS opponent, holding out longer in doing so than all but four other FBS schools.[5] The Spartans ended their streak by opening the 2009 season against FCS member Montana State.

Head coach

On November 27, 2006, Mark Dantonio was hired from the University of Cincinnati to become Michigan State's new head coach. Dantonio served as an assistant coach at Michigan State from 1995-2000. Dantonio was Ohio State's defensive coordinator during their 2002 national championship season.[6] He was also an assistant at Kansas and Youngstown State University.

Coaching history

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct. Conf. Record Pct. Conf. Titles Bowl Games National Titles Conference
Henry Keep 1897–1898 1 0–0–0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MIAA
Charles Bernies 1899–1900 1 0–0–0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MIAA
George Denham 1901–1902 1 0–0–0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MIAA
Chester Brewer 1903–1910 7 60–23–7 0 0 0 0 0 0 Left MIAA in 1907
John Macklin 1911–1915 4 0–0–0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Independent
Frank Sommers 1916 1 4–2–1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Independent
Chester Brewer 1917 1 0–0–0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Independent
George Gauthier 1918 1 0–0–0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Independent
Chester Brewer 1919 1 0–0–0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Independent
George Clark 1920 1 4–6 0 0 0 0 0 0 Independent
Albert Barron 1921–1922 1 70–34–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 Independent
Ralph Young 1923–1927 4 18–22–1 .451 0 0 0 0 0 Independent
Harry G. Kipke 1928 1 3–4–1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Independent
Jim Crowley 1929–1932 3 22–8–3 0 0 0 0 0 0 Independent
Charlie Bachman 1933–1942, 1944–1946 11 70–34–10 0 0 0 0 1 0 Independent
Clarence Munn 1947–1953 6 54–9–2 0 5–1 0 1 0 2 Joined Big Ten in 1949
Duffy Daugherty 1954–1972 18 109–69–5 .609 72–50–3 0 2 3 4 Big Ten
Denny Stolz 1973–1975 2 19–13–1 14–9–1 0 0 0 0 Big Ten
Darryl Rogers 1976–1979 3 24–18–2 0 19–12–1 0 1 0 0 Big Ten
Muddy Waters 1980–1982 2 10–23 0 0 0 0 0 0 Big Ten
George Perles 1983–1994 11 68–67–4 0 53–42–2 0 2 7 0 Big Ten
Nick Saban 1995–1999 4 34–24–1 0 23–16–1 0 0 3 0 Big Ten
Bobby Williams 2000–2002 2 16–17 0 6–15 0 0 2 0 Big Ten
Morris Watts 2002 1 1–2 0 0 0 0 0 0 Big Ten
John L. Smith 2003–2006 3 22–26 0 12–20 0 0 1 0 Big Ten
Mark Dantonio 2007–present 3 22–17 0 13–11 0 0 3 0 Big Ten
Totals 1896–present 113 592–403–44 .591 0–0–0 0 6 20 6


Until the 1920s, Michigan State's football team played on Old College Field just northwest of the current stadium. In the early 1920s school officials decided to construct a new stadium to replace Old College Field. College Field, the future Spartan Stadium was ready in the fall of 1923 with a capacity of 14,000. Over the years the stadium grew. In 1935 the seating capacity was increased to 26,000 and the facility was dedicated as Macklin Field. By 1957, upper decks were added to the east and west ends, boosting the capacity to 76,000. That same season Michigan State dropped the name Macklin Stadium in favor of Spartan Stadium.[7]

After the addition of luxury boxes and club seating in 2004-05 the capacity of the stadium grew from 72,027 to 75,005, making it the Big Ten's fifth largest stadium.[citation needed] Spartan Stadium is so loud that Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960) uses a recording of the crowd noise during the 1959 Michigan State-Notre Dame game.[citation needed] For the 2007 football season the student section had around 13,000 members.[citation needed]


Corner Blitz

Corner Blitz

The Corner Blitz was the name of a section of students at Michigan State University football home games at Spartan Stadium. The Corner Blitz was only a section of the student seats, which as a whole included sections immediately to the east of the Corner Blitz as well as the southernmost sections on the east upper deck. Although Corner Blitz season tickets cost more than regular student season tickets, advantages included receiving a Corner Blitz t-shirt and priority entrance to the game. It was originally formed in 2000 as Bobby's World (named after former Michigan State football coach Bobby Williams). Following Williams' firing in 2002, the section's name was changed to Corner Blitz.

Corner Blitz was affiliated with the Izzone, as it was also sponsored by the Michigan State Student Alumni Foundation.

Following John L. Smith's firing in 2006, the Corner Blitz was united with the normal student section under the new coach, Mark Dantonio. The entire student section now receives a special t-shirt.


All-Time record

As of December 9, 2007, Michigan State's all-time win/loss/tie record is 598-405-4.

National Championships

Michigan State claims a total of six national championships. Three of which are consensus national championships after being declared the national champion by the AP and Coaches Polls in 1952, the Coaches Poll in 1965 and the National Football Foundation in 1966 [8].

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl
1951 Biggie Munn Helms 9-0-0
1952 Biggie Munn AP, Coaches Poll, Helms, National Championship Foundation, United Press 9-0-0
1955 Duffy Daugherty Boand 9-1-0 Won Rose
1957 Duffy Daugherty Billingsley, National Championship Foundation 8-1-0
1965 Duffy Daugherty Coaches Poll, Football Writers Association, Helms, United Press 10-1-0 Lost Rose
1966 Duffy Daugherty Helms, National Football Foundation, College Football Researchers Association 9-0-1
National championships claimed 6

Big Ten Championships

Bowl Games [9]

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1938 Orange L Auburn 0 6
January 1, 1954 Rose W UCLA 28 20
January 2, 1956 Rose W UCLA 17 14
January 1, 1966 Rose L UCLA 12 14
December 22, 1984 Cherry L Army 6 10
December 31, 1985 Hall of Fame Classic L Georgia Tech 14 17
January 1, 1988 Rose W USC 20 17
January 1, 1989 Gator L Georgia 27 34
December 25, 1989 Aloha W Hawaii 33 13
December 31, 1990 John Hancock W USC 17 16
December 28, 1993 Liberty L Louisville 7 18
December 29, 1995 Independence L LSU 26 45
December 31, 1996 Sun L Stanford 0 38
December 25, 1997 Aloha L Washington 23 51
January 1, 2000 Citrus W Florida 37 34
December 31, 2001 Silicon Valley Classic W Fresno State 44 35
December 29, 2003 Alamo L Nebraska 3 17
December 28, 2007 Champs Sports L Boston College 21 24
January 1, 2009 Capital One L Georgia 12 24
January 2, 2010 Alamo L Texas Tech 31 41
Total 20 Bowl Games 7-13 378 488

Trophy games

The Land Grant Trophy is named so because both Penn State University and Michigan State University are the nation's oldest land-grant universities, both founded in 1855 (Michigan State on February 12 and Penn State on February 22).[citation needed] Since Penn State joined the Big Ten Conference in 1993, the Nittany Lions and Spartans have played each other for the trophy in the last week of conference play. The trophy, designed by former Michigan State coach George Perles, features pictures of Penn State's Old Main and Michigan State's Beaumont Tower. Current series: Penn State leads 12-4 but all-time is PSU 14 MSU 12 with 1 tie
The Megaphone Trophy is awarded each year to the winner of the football game between the University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University. The rivalry includes games such as the Game of the Century, arguably the greatest college football game ever played. Notre Dame currently leads the all-time series 45-27-1.
The Old Brass Spittoon is presented to the winner of the Indiana-Michigan State football game. First presented in 1950, it was Michigan State's idea to start up the trophy[citation needed] and Indiana quickly accepted. Michigan State currently leads the all-time series 40-12-1.
The Paul Bunyan-Governor of Michigan Trophy is a college rivalry trophy awarded to the winner of the annual American football game between the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State University Spartans. The winner retains possession of the trophy until the next year's game. Michigan State currently trails the trophy series (which only dates back to 1953) 34-21-2, and the overall series 67-30-5.

Biggest Comeback in NCAA History

Biggest Comeback in NCAA History
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 3 0 14 24 41
Northwestern 7 17 14 0 38
Date October 21, 2006
Stadium Ryan Field
Location Evanston, Illinois

The 2006 edition of the Michigan State Spartans / Northwestern Wildcats football game featured the biggest comeback in NCAA history. The Michigan State Spartans, after falling behind to the Wildcats 38-3 with 9:54 remaining in the 3rd quarter, rallied to score 38 unanswered points to defeat the Wildcats 41-38.

Game of the Century

The "Game of the Century" (1966 version)
1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 0 7 0 3 10
Michigan State 7 3 0 0 10
Date November 19, 1966
Stadium Spartan Stadium
Location East Lansing, Michigan

The 1966 Michigan State vs. Notre Dame football game ("The Game of the Century") remains one of the greatest, and most controversial, games in college football history.[10] The game was played in Michigan State's Spartan Stadium on November 19, 1966. Michigan State entered the contest 9-0 and ranked #2, while Notre Dame entered the contest 8-0 and ranked #1. Notre Dame elected not to try for the endzone on the final series, thus the game ended in a 10-10 tie with both schools recording national championships.[11][12]



Brad Van Pelt[13] - 1972
Charles Rogers[14] - 2002
Percy Snow - 1989
Percy Snow[15] - 1989
Ed Bagdon - 1949
Eric Allen - 1971
Larry Bethea - 1977
Lorenzo White - 1987


Duffy Daugherty - 1965

College Football Hall of Famers

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Michigan State's All-Time Team

Chosen in 2001 by Athlon Sports [1]

WR Gene Washington 1964-66
WR Andre Rison 1985-88
TE Billy Joe DuPree 1970-72
E Robert Carey 1949-51
OL Sidney Wagner 1933-35
OL Don Coleman 1949-51
OL Dan Currie 1955-57
OL Ed Budde 1960-62
OL Tony Mandarich 1985-88
OL Flozell Adams 1994-97
QB Earl Morrall 1953-55
QB Steve Juday 1963-65
RB John Pingel 1936-38
RB Sonny Grandelius 1948-50
RB Lorenzo White 1984-87
K Morten Andersen 1978-81

DL Blake Miller 1912-15
DL Ed Bagdon 1946-49
DL Bubba Smith 1964-66
DL Larry Bethea 1974-77
LB Dan Bass 1976-79
LB Carl Banks 1980-83
LB Percy Snow 1986-89
LB Julian Peterson 1998-99
DB Lynn Chandnois 1946-49
DB George Saimes 1960-62
DB George Webster 1964-66
DB Brad Van Pelt 1970-72
P Greg Montgomery 1985-87

Notable players

Current NFL players

Other famous players

Future schedules

2010 season

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 4* Western Michigan Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI    
September 11* vs. Florida Atlantic Ford Field[18]Detroit, MI    
September 18* Notre Dame Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy)    
September 25* Northern Colorado Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI    
October 2 Wisconsin Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI    
October 9 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy)    
October 16 Illinois Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI    
October 23 at Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL    
November 6 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA    
November 13 Minnesota Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI    
November 20 Purdue Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI    
November 27 at Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Land Grant Trophy)    
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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George Denman QC, PC (23 December 1819 - 21 September 1896) was an English rower, barrister, Liberal politician and High Court Judge.

Denman was born at 50 Russell Square, London, the fourth son of Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman of Dovedale and his wife Theodosia Anne Vevers.[1] He was educated at Repton School and at Trinity College, Cambridge.[2] At Cambridge he was an energetic rower and in 1840 rowed for Trinity in the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. In 1841 he rowed for Cambridge in the Boat Race. Four days before the event he was injured in a collision on the river in a training outing with his brother. He was leeched by the junior footman and recovered sufficiently that Cambridge won the race.[3] He was also bow in the Cambridge Subscription Rooms crew that won the Grand Challenge Cup that year.[4] In 1842, he won the Colquhoun Sculls, stroked his college boat to the head of the Cam, and rowed for Cambridge again in the Boat Race and in the Grand at Henley. In 1843 he rowed for Trinity again in the Grand in a crew down to seven oarsmen because the stroke went ill and substitutions were not permitted. Trinity lost to a full O.U.B.C. eight that won by two lengths. Denman became a Fellow of Trinity College and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1846. He was appointed Cambridge University counsel in 1857.

In 1856 Denman stood for parliament unsuccessfully for Cambridge University. He was elected Member of Parliament for Tiverton at the 1859 UK general election and held the seat until 1865.[5] He became a Queen's Counsel (Q.C.) in 1861. In 1866 he was re-elected MP for Tiverton. He translated Gray's Elegy into Greek and dedicated the work in 1871 to Sir Alexander Cockburn, the Lord Chief Justice. In 1872 he was appointed Justice of the Court of Common Pleas and resigned his seat in the House of Commons. Denman translated of Pope’s “Iliad” into Latin and in 1873 dedicated it to W.E. Gladstone, the Prime Minister. In 1875 he was appointed a Judge of the High Court. In 1881 he provided an English translation of H. Kynaston’s Latin hexameters for the fiftieth anniversary of the Boat Race. He retired as a judge in 1892 and in 1893 was invested as a Privy Counsellor.

It was said of Denman that "He looked a model Judge. But he was never quite so good a Judge as he looked.[6]

Denman died at the age 76.

Denman married Charlotte Hope, daughter of Samuel Hope, on 19 February 1852. Denman's brother Joseph Denman was an admiral.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b the
  2. ^ Denman, the Hon. George in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
  3. ^ G. Denman, quoted in G.C. Drinkwater & T.R.B. Sanders, The University Boat Race: Official Centenary History, pp. 19-21
  4. ^ R C Lehmann The Complete Oarsman
  5. ^ Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by George Denman
  6. ^ Vanity Fair He Was an Ornament on the Bench (Stuff), November 19, 1892

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Heathcote
Lord Palmeston
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
With: Lord Palmeston
Succeeded by
John Walrond
Lord Palmeston
Preceded by
Lord Palmeston
John Walrond
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
With: John Walrond 1866-1868
John Heathcote-Amery 1868-1872
Succeeded by
William Nathaniel Massey
John Heathcote-Amery


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