Ice Hockey —  The Michigan State hockey team held its annual Green and White scrimmage on Sunday at Munn Ice Arena with the Green team coming away victorious, 5-2, in the two-period exhibition. JT Stenglein, Dylan Pavelek and Sam Saliba led the effort for the Green team as the trio combined for nine points.
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Women's Soccer —  he Michigan State women's soccer team fell in a 3-1 decision at Illinois on Sunday afternoon. Two goals by the Fighting Illini in the first half were too much to overcome for the Spartans. At the conclusion of the weekend, Michigan State now stands at 5-8-1 on the 2016 campaign, and 2-5-0 in the Big Ten Conference. Illinois now sits at 5-9-1 this season, and are 2-4-1 in conference play.
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Field Hockey —  The Michigan State field hockey team was defeated by No. 20 American, 3-2 on Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C. The Spartans drop to 5-8 on the year while the Eagles improve to 8-4. MSU cut the deficit to one with just over a minute to go, but American was able to hold on for the victory.
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Men's Golf —  No. 24 Michigan State men’s golf team travels west for the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in Fairfax, California. The Spartans will part of the 15-team tournament that will begin on Monday, October 1o. The tournament is hosted by the University of California. MSU is one of two Big Ten schools at the tournament along with Minnesota.
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Football —  A documentary film about Michigan State’s championship 1965 and ’66 season will be shown on campus during Homecoming week. And a number of those men will return to talk about their experiences a day earlier. The one-hour “Men of Sparta” will be shown Thursday, with a panel discussion slated for Wednesday evening. The documentary made its debut at the Traverse City Film Festival in late July. The 1966 team also will be honored during the MSU-Northwestern game next Saturday (3:30 p.m./Big Ten Network).
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Volleyball —  No. 21 Michigan State recorded its third straight victory, a 3-1 win over visting Maryland on Saturday night at Jenison Field House. The Spartans exploded for 12 blocks, tying their team high for the season, and hit .312, capturing their fourth Big Ten win of the season in six tries. MSU improves to 15-3 and sweeps the weekend action at Jenison Field House.

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Mark Dantonio says ride down mountain can be 'very quick' MLive
Imagine for a minute Michigan State's football program as an 18-wheeler climbing a mountain. Sure, there have been some potholes and rough terrain during Mark Dantonio's first nine years as head coach, but the Spartans have reached great heights with him in the driver's seat.

Henning: Shocking how Spartans got slapped around Detroit News
What seemed a certainty as long as Michigan State and Mark Dantonio were a couple no longer is a lock. The Spartans looked as if they had sealed a deal with their fans and with the fates. No more in East Lansing was winning a question. It was a matter of how many football games a year MSU would gulp down: Ten, 11, nine, maybe eight in a down year.

Couch: MSU's players, coaches face decision, as season nears collapse Lansing State Journal
Michigan State’s football team has to decide if it wants to play the rest of its season and grind out bowl-eligibility. Or if it wants to be known as the low point of Mark Dantonio’s tenure. It could go either way right now.

O’Connor pulled, MSU QB controversy brewing Detroit News
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he has no interest in dealing with a quarterback controversy, but that might be where things are headed after all. Following Michigan State’s 31-14 loss at home to BYU on Saturday – the first three-game losing streak for Michigan State since 2009 – Dantonio and the Spartans return to Big Ten play next week against Northwestern without a clear starting quarterback.

Michigan State report card: Problems get worse in loss to BYU Detroit Free Press
Chris Solari rates the Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10 after their 31-14 loss to BYU.

Michigan State looking for answers on defense, too Detroit News
While much of the focus is falling on Michigan State’s offense these days, it’s getting harder and harder to give the defense a pass. Following Michigan State’s 31-14 loss at home to BYU — the first three-game losing streak for the Spartans since 2009 — the defense was taking just as much heat as an offense that barely managed 200 yards against a defense ranked among the worst in the nation.

Spartans Vow to Keep ‘Fighting’ Following Loss to BYU
Games have been lost at an alarming rate no current Michigan State player has experienced while wearing Spartan green and white. But no matter what happens in the seven remaining regular season games, said fifth-year senior quarterback and co-captain Tyler O’Connor, “we can never forget who we are and what we’ve done here over the past few years, and just don’t lose that chip on our shoulder.”

Malik McDowell returns, but defense falters in 2nd half Lansing State Journal
Malik McDowell had to wait an extra 30 minutes to join his teammates on the field Saturday afternoon, but when he finally made his debut, he didn’t waste time making an impact. On his second snap of the day, the junior defensive tackle muscled through a double team and slipped off to meet BYU senior running back Jamaal Williams at the line of scrimmage, darkening what would have been a wide running gap and stopping Williams for no gain.

Rock bottom for Michigan State? Thinking so may prove premature MLive
There is no guarantee that this was rock bottom for a Michigan State football season now completely teetering at the cusp of irrelevance. Those guarantees do not come before leaves turn in October. It isn't a matter of culture, or some deeply imbedded problem which must be ripped out of this team's soul, beyond the one that can't be resolved outside of a recruiting season.

Mark Dantonio stands by Dave Warner as Michigan State's playcalling comes under fire MLive
ark Dantonio was noncommittal on his starting quarterback going forward. He said he can't say exactly what went wrong defensively without looking at the game film. Michigan State's coach didn't have a lot of definitive answers after his team's 31-14 loss to BYU on Saturday. But to one question, he gave a direct a unequivocal response:

Gerald Holmes gets first start, unsatisfied with end result Detroit Free Press
For the first time this season, Michigan State junior running back Gerald Holmes received more carries than sophomore running back LJ Scott. Holmes, who knew before the game that he would be starting, rushed a season-high 15 times for 57 yards and a touchdown during MSU's 31-14 loss to BYU at Spartan Stadium on Saturday. His previous high was 13 carries against Notre Dame.

Michigan State football 3 questions: Yes, 2016 still matters Detroit Free Press
MSU’s coaching staff is asking role players to replace NFL-level players while the young talent develops. But following three straight Top 5 finishes and a playoff appearance with a 4-8 or 5-7 record would undermine much of what Dantonio’s accomplished. Success has a short shelf life. Dantonio has to find a way to get to at least six wins. That’s still possible.

Mark Dantonio has quarterback decision to make Land of 10
Mark Dantonio didn’t want a quarterback controversy but that’s exactly what the Michigan State coach has on his hands. The Spartans lost their third consecutive game Saturday, this time falling to Brigham Young 31-14 at Spartan Stadium. Junior Damion Terry replaced senior Tyler O’Connor in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t so much that O’Connor was playing poorly but he certainly wasn’t lifting the play of those around him either. Quarterbacks have to make their teammates better. O’Connor wasn’t able to bring that out of the rest of the offense.

Michigan State defense still struggling to finish plays, drives, games Land of 10
“How do you make a play?” Michigan State co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett repeated the question. Then he sighed. Then he smiled a little bit, the kind of smile you see from someone too flummoxed to try to make sense of the situation.

Michigan State injuries keep piling on Land of 10
Michigan State was already down two starting linebackers, a starting cornerback and a key defensive lineman because of injuries heading into its game against Brigham Young on Saturday. Watching senior offensive lineman Kodi Kieler walk off the field to the locker room late in the second half only added to the Spartans’ pain.

Video: Matt Charboneau and Lynn Henning on MSU's loss to BYU

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Football —  Jamaal Williams ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns, and Brigham Young beat Michigan State 31-14 on Saturday, sending the Spartans to their third straight loss.

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Tyler O'Connor benched as Michigan State stumbles to third straight loss MLive
For a brief moment, a mostly full Spartan Stadium sat in the afternoon sun and saw a Michigan State offense and team that resembled the 11-win squads it's used to seeing. By early in the fourth quarter, it was filing out en masse as the Spartans continued a downward spiral and the starting quarterback was benched.

Spartans’ offense stale in loss to BYU Detroit News
Michigan State was looking for the spark that would turn around its season at home Saturday against BYU. Instead, the Spartans suffered their third straight loss, 31-14, suddenly creating a scenario where just getting to bowl eligibility might be a question mark as Big Ten play looms again next week.

Spartans manhandled on offensive, defensive lines MLive
A quick roundup of Michigan State's 31-14 loss to BYU on Saturday at Spartan Stadium

3 in a row?!? Sluggish Michigan State loses again, 31-14 Detroit Free Press
It was too late by the time Damion Terry replaced struggling Tyler O’Connor in Saturday’s fourth quarter. And it was all over when the junior quarterback got picked off with less than 10 minutes to play. And the residual damage, beyond simply a growing quarterback question and the Spartans’ first three-game losing streak under coach Mark Dantonio since 2009, is much more significant.

Thoughts on BYU Game What is Your Profession?
OK, this season is over. BYU is not a great team but they dominated on both sides of the ball. MSU is now getting regularly dominated on both sides. I don't know how it came to this and I don't know how MSU recovers, even next year. What may disappoint me most about it is that I did not see this coming at all. I cannot believe how blind I was to all the holes on this team.

MSU football drops third straight, upset by BYU, 31-14 State News
On a blustery afternoon in East Lansing, Mich., fans at Spartan Stadium saw MSU return home for a non-conference tussle against the BYU Cougars. The Spartans couldn’t overcome the injuries on defense and dropped their third straight game by a score of 31-14.

Seidel: For Michigan State offense, it's an all-around failure Detroit Free Press
This was beyond embarrassing. This was a complete failure, a total butt whupping, as Brigham Young demolished Michigan State, 31-14, on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans' offense had no rhythm. No nothing. The problems with the offense were scattered all across the field

Damion Terry enters at QB, still no pass rush MLive
Quick thoughts following Michigan State's 31-14 loss to BYU at Spartan Stadium on Saturday

Windsor: It’s shocking how Michigan State is getting pushed around Detroit Free Press
Michigan State is in a free-fall. And it’s hard to tell what is more stunning: that the Spartans have now lost three in a row for the first time since 2009 or that this program was in the College Football Playoff less than a year ago. Brigham Young came to Spartan Stadium this afternoon and absolutely throttled MSU. Embarrassed them by dominating them up at the point of attack.

Dantonio noncommittal on Michigan State's starting QB going forward MLive
Mark Dantonio says he doesn't want a quarterback controversy, but he's got one five games into the season. The Spartans benched starting quarterback Tyler O'Connor in the fourth quarter of its 31-14 loss to BYU on Saturday and inserted Damion Terry.

Brigham Young defeats Michigan State 31 to 14 Land of 10
Michigan State took a 7-0 lead on its opening possession of the game but that was the only positive aspect of a 31-14 loss to Brigham Young Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. The loss was the third straight for Michigan State, the first time the Spartans have lost three in a row since 2009.

Michigan State drops third straight with 31-14 loss to BYU Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State football has lost three straight games for the first time in seven years. The offense continued to struggle mightily, and a defense being asked to carry the team wore down in the second half, as the Spartans lost to BYU 31-14 Saturday at Spartan Stadium. For Michigan State (2-3), it's the first three-game losing streak since falling to Central Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin in consecutive weeks back in 2009.

Michigan State football: BYU game recap isportsweb
Third downs proved to be a problem on both sides of the ball for MSU, as they dropped a third straight game, 31-14 to BYU. BYU finished the game 10-16 on 3rd down conversions after struggling offensively in the first half, while the Spartans converted just 6-14.

The good and bad from Michigan State football’s loss to BYU isportsweb
MSU didn’t look great in this game and the BYU took advantage of the Spartans’ bad play. One of the things that hurt the Spartans in this game was the lack of pressure the defensive line was getting on the quarterback.

Video: MLive writers break down Michigan State's 31-14 loss to BYU
MLive's Kyle Austin and Scott Decamp break down the action.

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Football —  In 2010, Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio brought in what might be the most important recruiting class of his career. Of the 21 members, more than half were key players during the 2013 Rose Bowl season — a season that ushered in a new era of success for the program. Two members of that recruiting class, Mike Sadler and Mylan Hicks, have died tragically this year. Today, a third member — former offensive lineman Travis Jackson — reflected on the lives of his fallen teammates.
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Men's Soccer —  Michigan State men’s soccer continues its three-game homestand against Big Ten rival Wisconsin on Sunday, Oct. 9. The Spartans will celebrate Alumni Day by welcoming back former players.
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Football —  To family and friends, Mylan Hicks was more than just No. 6 for the Michigan State football team. Hicks was a loyal friend, a selfless young man and an inspiration to everyone around him. On Friday mourners at his funeral all agreed that heaven has gained an MVP.
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Football —  Michigan State's hopes of winning a Big Ten title are likely gone, and this Saturday's game against BYU doesn't count in the conference standings anyway. But Mark Dantonio still wants to make it clear that the focus this Saturday is on the scoreboard, and not preparing for the future by playing younger players. "We need to win the football game, so we're going to do what we have to do to win the football game," Dantonio said. "It's paramount that we win."
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Volleyball —  No. 21 Michigan State swept visiting Ohio State on Friday night at Jenison Field House, downing the No. 14 Buckeyes 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-23). The Buckeyes fall to 12-5 and 2-3 in Big Ten play, while the Spartans improve to 14-3, 3-2 in Conference action.

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Football —  Family, friends and football teammates at Detroit Renaissance and MSU gathered Friday at New Providence Baptist Church
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Football —  Michigan State’s offense was reeling, dealing with inconsistent quarterback play and offensive frustration. Then came a road game at Iowa. Connor Cook asserted himself, and the Spartans did not lose again. That was the fifth game of the 2013 season. It has been a trend over the past nine seasons for Mark Dantonio’s team to find its identity after four games, and MSU will try to do that again when it hosts BYU on Saturday (3:30 p.m./ABC).
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Softball —  Eight Spartan softball players have earned NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors, which was released by the Association on Thursday, Oct. 6.
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Field Hockey —  The Michigan State field hockey team was defeated by No. 7 Maryland, 3-1, on Friday night in College Park, Maryland. MSU falls to 5-7 on the year and 1-3 in Big Ten play, while UMD improves to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference.
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Football —  It's not something you would expect from a Michigan State football team under head coach Mark Dantonio, but it happened. The Spartans, after winning a second Big Ten title in three years and starting this season 2-0 with a road win over Notre Dame, got overconfident. Their play and attitude the last two weeks showed it, and their words this week confirmed that some players in the MSU locker room had the misinformed notion that winning would come easy.
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Football —  On Saturday, the MSU football team will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they face the BYU Cougars at Spartan Stadium. Midfield will display a number six in honor of Mylan Hicks. At the last home game against Wisconsin, the helmet donned the number three for Mike Sadler.
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