Mark Dantonio’s assistant coaches have been waiting to say “I told you so” for a while now. Thursday night — after MSU’s 42-17 Holiday Bowl win over Washington State — it was finally safe to say so. Safe to exhale. Safe to look anyone in the eye who questioned whether they should still be part of the Spartan football program and wonder … “Were you a doubter?” MSU co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett asked on the field after the Spartans’ 10th win this season.
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Michigan State didn’t want to be there. Not in San Diego, necessarily – who wouldn’t enjoy a little warmth and sun and sand this time of the year? Not even the Holiday Bowl. It’s a fine spectacle and offered a ranked opponent in Washington State and a week’s worth of festivities.
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“I’ll be back in East Lansing playing another season with my dawgs,” he said, erasing all speculation that he would bolt for the NFL draft. The declaration sent Michigan State fans into even more of a delirium. Scott’s teammates, though, weren’t taken aback. Wide receiver Felton Davis said he had known Scott’s intentions since the Minnesota game ― or so he thought. Who could blame him for not remembering for sure? That was all the way back on Oct. 14.
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Instant analysis: 3 things we learned from Michigan State’s dominating Holiday Bowl victory Land of 10
No. 16 Michigan State (10-3) ended its season on a high note on Thursday, beating No. 18 Washington State (9-4) 42-17 in the 2017 Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego. The win marked coach Mark Dantonio’s 100th at Michigan State and gave the Spartans their eighth season in program history with double-digit wins. All this after a 3-9 season in 2016.
Michigan State hammers Washington State in Holiday Bowl MLive.com
Tack an exclamation point on to the season of redemption. No. 16 Michigan State (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) hammered No. 18 Washington State (9-4, 6-3 Pac-12) 42-17 in the Holiday Bowl Thursday night at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium. With the victory, the Spartans, who finished last year 3-9, set a program record for the biggest single-season improvement at seven victories.
MSU slams Wazzu, puts up season-high points in 42-17 victory State News
A slow start had Spartan fans squirming in their seats amid a freezing tundra, but the offense exploded for its season-high point total en route to a blowout Holiday Bowl win. The Spartans scored on five straight drives spanning the second and third quarters. And from there, they never looked back. As the dust settled to conclude No. 16 MSU’s San Diego trip, it was the Spartans standing victorious, slamming No. 18 Washington State 42-17.
Michigan State-Washington State talking points: Brian Lewerke has second quarter for the ages MLive.com
Here’s what Michigan State fans are talking about after the Spartans’ 42-17 win over Washington State in the Holiday Bowl
Michigan State blasts Washington State in Holiday Bowl, 42-17 Detroit Free Press
Michigan State football saved perhaps its most dominant performance for its last game. The 19th-ranked Spartans scored touchdowns on five straight possessions over the second and third quarters en route to a 42-17 victory over No. 21 Washington State on Thursday night in the Holiday Bowl.
MSU caps turnaround with dominant Holiday Bowl win Detroit News
Michigan State’s remarkable turnaround was complete when it won nine regular-season games and finished second in the Big Ten East. On Thursday night at the Holiday Bowl, the program’s impressive revival was validated with a dominating performance in a 42-17 victory over Washington State in front of 47,092 at SDCCU Stadium.
Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s thumping of Washington State in the Holiday Bowl Lansing State Journal
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his initial thoughts on the Spartans’ 42-17 win Thursday night against Washington State in the Holiday Bowl.
Dantonio Wins 100th Game at MSU, Spartans Take Down Washington State in Holiday Bowl MSUSpartans.com
Brian Lewerke threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns, and LJ Scott ran for 110 yards and two scores for No. 18 Michigan State, which took advantage of Luke Falk’s absence to rout No. 21 Washington State 42-17 in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday night. Lewerke also rushed for 73 yards for Michigan State (10-3), which reached double digits in wins for the eighth time in program history.
Mark Dantonio reaches win No. 100 in Holiday Bowl Spartan Avenue
A season ago, angry fans and some uninformed media members were talking about just how hot Mark Dantonio’s seat was getting at Michigan State. He had just gone 3-9 and had a disastrous offseason while his rivals were getting stronger.
Spartans complete 10-win turnaround in Holiday Bowl victory Impact Sports
No. 16 Michigan State tied their own postseason record in a Holiday Bowl blowout of No. 18 Washington State on Thursday night, earning Mark Dantonio’s 100th win as head coach of the Spartans. The 42-17 win also marked the 10th win of a 2017 season for a Michigan State team that has reached double-digit wins for the fifth time under Dantonio.
Michigan State report card: Spartans deliver most complete effort of ’17 Detroit Free Press
Chris Solari rates the 19th-ranked Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10 after their 42-17 win over No. 21 Washington State in Thursday night’s Holiday Bowl.
Lewerke shakes off hit, puts on MVP-worthy show Detroit News
Brian Lewerke was back in front of his friends and family on Thursday night, and he wasn’t about the let them leave disappointed. The Michigan State quarterback and Phoenix native had a large cheering section on hand at SDCCU Stadium for the Holiday Bowl and he made the most of it, throwing for 213 yards and three touchdowns, running for 73 yards and being named the offensive MVP in Michigan State’s 42-17 victory over Washington State.
Michigan State’s complete game reels in milestone win in Holiday Bowl Detroit Free Press
Michigan State saved its most well-rounded, and most dominant, performance for its last game. The 19th-ranked Spartans scored touchdowns on five straight possessions between the second and third quarters en route to a 42-17 victory over No. 21 Washington State on Thursday night in the 40th annual Holiday Bowl.
Overheard outside the Michigan State locker room: A complete game and not wanting to take jersey off MLive.com
Michigan State routed Washington State 42-17 on Thursday in the Holiday Bowl at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium. Here are notable quotes from Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and players following the win
Overheard: What Michigan State football said after beating Washington State Detroit Free Press
Here’s what Michigan State players and coaches had to say about their 42-17 win over Washington State in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday
Michigan State football notes: Lewerke injury gets Terry one last TD Detroit Free Press
Brian Lewerke took a big hit and fell to the ground. Damion Terry came in and found the end zone.A scary moment for the sophomore starter led to a special memory for his senior backup in Terry’s final collegiate game, a touchdown in Michigan State’s 42-17 Holiday Bowl win over Washington State on Thursday night.
Michigan State caps resurgent season with 10th win, No. 100 for Mark Dantonio MLive.com
Brian Lewerke knew exactly what was being said about his team before the season began. And, it wasn’t very flattering. The Michigan State redshirt sophomore quarterback read about mediocre expectations and a 6-6 ceiling.
Grading Michigan State’s Holiday Bowl win against Washington State MLive.com
Michigan State capped a resurgent season with a 42-17 win against Washington State in Thursday’s Holiday Bowl in San Diego. Here are snap-judgement grades for the No. 16 Spartans (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten), who set a program record for the biggest single-season turnaround at seven victories following a 3-9 record in 2016.
Spartans dominate Washington State in 42-17 Holiday Bowl win Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State left no doubt Thursday night in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. The No. 16 Spartans scored five straight touchdowns in the second and third quarters on the way to a dominant 42-17 win over No. 18 Washington State. With the victory, Michigan State reached the 10-win barrier for the eighth time in program history and the sixth time under head coach Mark Dantonio. And, in the last game of his 11th season in East Lansing, Dantonio recorded his 100th win as MSU’s head coach.
Michigan State women’s basketball captured its Big Ten opener with a convincing, 68-46, win over Indiana in Bloomington on Thursday. MSU improves to 18-18 in B1G openers. The Spartans have now won a season-high six-straight games, improving to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in league action. Indiana falls to 7-7 overall and 0-1 in Big Ten play. This was the Spartans first win in Bloomington since 2013.
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team plays its first game after the Christmas holiday on Friday, Dec. 29, hosting Cleveland State at the Breslin Center. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. The game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network, with Kevin Kugler calling the play-by-play and Jon Crispin serving as the color analyst.
Turnovers, spacing and defending the 3-point line. If Tom Izzo had it his way, those three areas would be completely fixed before conference play gets underway again.Michigan State has two non-conference games left to work on those areas but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be content with his team when he knows there’s no ceiling.
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Flashing across a computer screen, a photo shows a towheaded kid wearing a black and yellow football uniform. Two fingers wrap around the bottom of his facemask. His helmet rests on the back of his left shoulder pad. Blake Ezor calls this the look of disinterest. It can be found in nearly every childhood picture the former Michigan State running back scrolls through. “I hated sports,” Ezor said, leaning back in a black chair in the office of his south Las Vegas home. “I never wanted to play. Look at my face in these. The pictures say a million words.”
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As Michigan State was wrapping up its final practice of the season on Tuesday night, there was a different feeling.It was the last practice in preparation for Thursday night’s Holiday Bowl matchup with Washington State, but it was the last practice ever for 15 seniors, the group that has seen Michigan State at the highest of highs, rode the roller coaster to last season’s depths and propelled back to where it is today.
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Mark Dantonio took his players bowling, even before Michigan State’s turnaround football season began. It was a team bonding exercise to improve chemistry. They formed teams by position groups. Yes, it was friendly competition, but college athletes are wired to take each other to task over everything from video games to basketball.
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The number 10 is a powerful number. It’s at the top of the counting ladder, the start of the double-digit numbers, the number of years in a decade, a singular, dominant letter X in roman numerals. For Michigan State football, it represents a summit that the 2017 Spartans are climbing towards. Entering Thursday night’s Holiday Bowl game against No. 18 Washington State, 16th-ranked MSU has nine wins, going for win number 10. The Spartans are in position to record their sixth double-digit win season in the last eight years with a victory in the Holiday Bowl. It marks the 10th bowl bid in 11 seasons under Mark Dantonio.
We have two games left in the 2017 calendar year for the Michigan State Spartans. But, 2018 is honestly a very important year and one to get very excited about for MSU. In a year that could see a very high seeding for the Spartans if the season continues to go how it has, we could be talking about a memorable run in March and early April. Izzo’s ability to transform a team into the opponent’s worst nightmare has been seen time and time again.
Tonight’s showdown between the Spartans and Cougars marks the first bowl game of the year between two ranked teams, and it’s set up to be an evenly-matched battle. Both teams rank in the top 15 in total defense and have been solid across the board on that side of the ball most of the season with some lapses sprinkled in. Offensively, MSU and WSU are very different teams, but both units did enough to help their teams to 9-3 overall records entering the first-ever bowl game between the two programs.
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Chris Frey’s first two bowl game experiences were quite different.As a true freshman, he was part of Michigan State’s thrilling 42-41 comeback win against Baylor in the Cotton Bowl to cap the 2014 season. The following season, the Spartans defeated Iowa in the Big Ten championship game and returned to the Cotton Bowl – this time a College Football Playoff semifinal against Alabama. The Crimson Tide routed the Spartans 38-0 en route to a national title.
After a week enjoying sunny San Diego, the No. 16 Michigan State football team is ready to take on No. 18 Washington State on Thursday night in the 40th annual San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.
After a one-year hiatus from bowl play, Michigan State earned a 13th game this season after flipping its 3-9 record from 2016.No. 16 Michigan State (9-3, 7-2 Big Ten) will face No. 18 Washington State (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) in Thursday’s Holiday Bowl (9 p.m. EST, FS1) at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium.
They are father and son. But they are parent and college student as well. So when their paths cross on Michigan State’s campus — usually inside the Duffy Daugherty Football Building, where Cody White is a freshman wide receiver and Sheldon White works as the Spartans’ executive director of player personnel — the interactions are about what you’d expect.
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Sally Nogle was a college student in the Athletic Training Program at San Diego State when she got her first taste of working the sidelines for the Holiday Bowl. The years were 1980 and ’81, and Nogle was a trainer liaison for BYU for its two thrilling wins — 46-45 over SMU and 38-36 over Washington State. Those games put the Holiday Bowl on the must-watch list for fans.
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The Press Quarters Podcast crew (minus one) breaks down the matchup between Michigan State and Washington State in Thursday’s Holiday Bowl and also runs through and predicts each Big Ten bowl game.