2 weeks ago

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio held his weekly press conference Tuesday inside the Izzo Family Media Center at the Spartan Stadium North End Zone Complex to review Michigan State’s win at Rutgers and preview this Saturday’s game vs. Maryland on MSU’s Senior Day in the regular-season finale.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

2 weeks ago

Michigan State continues to fill offensive needs in its 2020 recruiting class. On Monday, the Spartans added a verbal from Mississauga (Ontario) Clarkson Football North offensive tackle Justin Stevens. Stevens moved from his native Nova Scotia to Mississauga to pursue his dream of playing college football. After arriving as a 230-pound defensive end, the 6-foot-6 Stevens moved to offensive tackle and has gained 50 pounds since then.

Source: Detroit News

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2 weeks ago

Former Spartan player and assistant coach Henry Bullough, a member of the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 24. He was 85 (1934-2019). A three-year letter-winner from 1952-54 and a 12-year assistant coach (1959-69, 1994), Bullough was inducted into the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

2 weeks ago

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Michigan State football ends losing streak by shutting out Rutgers, 27-0 Detroit Free Press
Brian Lewerke to Cody White. Lewerke to White. Lewerke to White. That’s how Michigan State overpowered Rutgers from the outset Saturday. And the Spartans’ workmanlike 27-0 victory assured next week’s game against Maryland on senior day in East Lansing will be for a bowl berth.

MSU shuts out Rutgers to snap five-game losing streak Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State will go into its final game of the season with something tangible to play for. The Spartans shut out Rutgers 27-0 Saturday in Piscataway, New Jersey, to snap their five-game losing streak. With a win next weekend at home against Maryland, they can reach six wins and become bowl eligible.

Spartans end five-game slump on Cody White’s stellar day in shutout at Rutgers Detroit News
A nearly two-month drought finally ended for Michigan State on Saturday. Behind a career-high 11 catches and three touchdown receptions from junior Cody White, Michigan State ended a five-game skid by knocking off Rutgers, 27-0, at SHI Stadium on Saturday to move one win from becoming bowl eligible.

Michigan State blanks Rutgers to snap five-game losing streak MLive.com
For the first time in almost two months, the Spartans picked up a win. Michigan State (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) dominated Rutgers (2-9, 0-8 Big Ten) for a 27-0 victory at SHI Stadium on Saturday afternoon. That snapped a five-game losing streak for its first win since a Sept. 28 victory against Indiana and kept the team’s postseason hopes alive, needing a win at home against Maryland next week to become bowl eligible.

Spartans Blank Scarlet Knights, 27-0 MSUSpartans.com
Boosted by three touchdown passes from Brian Lewerke to Cody White and a dominate defense, Michigan State football posted a 27-0 shutout over Rutgers, Saturday afternoon at SHI Stadium. The shutout was the first for the Michigan State defense since 2016, also against Rutgers, in East Lansing.

Game Recap: Michigan State, Cody White torch Rutgers 27-0 Spartans Wire
Michigan State Football demolished Rutgers in a 27-0 shutout today. Before this victory, the Spartans were on a five-game losing streak. Michigan State was sluggish and sloppy in the first half. Then, in the second half, Cody White exploded in an impressive showing.

Michigan State handles Rutgers to keep bowl eligibility alive State News
Michigan State seals it first win since September, against Rutgers. The Spartans’ determination for bowl eligibility took over, and they overcame the Scarlet Knights 27-0.

Joe Bachie’s appeal for failed drug test denied, ending college career MLive.com
Joe Bachie’s appeal for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance was denied, coach Mark Dantonio announced after Saturday’s 27-0 win at Rutgers. Dantonio said he heard that decision about a week and a half ago.

How Michigan State football cleansed itself after going winless nearly two months Detroit Free Press
Yes, Cody White went off. Didn’t matter. Yes, Brian Lewerke found some extra zip on his passes and Elijah Collins ran with rhythm. Didn’t matter. Yes, Michigan State’s defense managed its first shutout win since 2016 and the program’s first on the road in more than 20 years. Didn’t matter.

Cody White paces Spartans offense with record-equaling game Detroit News
It didn’t take long to realize the sort of day it was going to be for Cody White. The Michigan State junior entered Saturday’s game at Rutgers just four catches behind senior Darrell Stewart for the team lead, but with Stewart out for the third straight week because of a foot injury, the path has been clear for White to take over.

The only Michigan State football grade that matters: Keeping a bowl berth alive Detroit Free Press
Free Press sports writer Chris Solari rates Michigan State football on a scale of 1 to 10 after the Spartans’ 27-0 win at Rutgers on Saturday

Overheard outside Michigan State’s locker room: Itching to sing and a goose egg MLive.com
Michigan State snapped a five-game losing streak with a 27-0 win at Rutgers on Saturday. With the victory, the Spartans (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) kept their hopes of extending the season alive. They need to win their regular-season finale at home against Maryland next week to become bowl eligible.

Shutout effort has Michigan State’s defense ‘feeling good’ again Detroit News
You won’t hear anyone around Michigan State apologizing for pitching a shutout, especially considering how this season has played out. For one afternoon, at least, the Spartans’ defense was back to its usually dominant self, limiting Rutgers to 140 total yards, forcing a pair of turnovers, recording three sacks and holding the Scarlet Knights without a first down in the first half in Saturday’s 27-0 win.

Michigan State gets first win in two months to keep bowl hopes alive Mlive.com
After the final seconds ticked off the clock, Michigan State players gathered on their sideline facing the crowd at SHI Stadium and sang the fight song. It had been a while for the Spartans. “We’ve been itching to sing that,” junior linebacker Antjuan Simmons said.



2 weeks ago

It’s a delicate balancing act right now, almost a Catch-22 for Dantonio and his staff. Play the trusted veterans to beat the Scarlet Knights and Maryland and get the bowl berth and extra practices, while also giving experience to freshmen and other inexperienced backups to prepare them for bigger roles next season.
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3 weeks ago

Mark Dantonio didn’t shy away from it. Neither did his assistant coaches, nor did his players. Back before preseason camp began in early August, Michigan State believed big things were in store for the 2019 season.

Source: Detroit News

3 weeks ago

No disrespect intended, but there should never be a point when fans are actually worried about potentially losing to Rutgers, but here we are. I don’t personally see this happening, but it wouldn’t be too shocking at this point…but still pretty surprising.

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3 weeks ago

James Kratch covers Rutgers for NJ Advance Media. He breaks down the Scarlet Knights for The Detroit News, answering five questions heading into Saturday’s Michigan State-Rutgers game at SHI Stadium.

Source: Detroit News

3 weeks ago

In the four years since Michigan State football reached the 2015 College Football Playoff, they are 24-24, partially due to an inconsistent and unreliable offensive line. MSU has finished 104th, 96th, and 126th in scoring offense in the country. This season, it is 110th. Without a strong offensive line, the Spartans have struggled to score. That could be changing.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 weeks ago

This game has a good amount of parallels to that 2016 game against Rutgers where MSU came out swinging despite a lost season. 49-0 was the score of that game and the postgame celebration suggested this team just locked up another trip to Indy. What I’m trying to say is that I hope we see a MSU team that doesn’t have quit in them

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3 weeks ago

In one week, offensive lineman Justin Stevens has earned his first two Big Ten offers. Indiana and Michigan State offered scholarships back-to-back when the 6-foot-6, 280-pound senior from Mississauga (Ontario) Clarkson Football North visited both campuses.

Source: Detroit News

3 weeks ago

Recap of Michigan, Preview of Rutgers. Student Athletes Sophomore Safety Xavier Henderson and Freshman WR Tre Mosley

3 weeks ago

MSU needs to win its final two games to become bowl eligible for the 12th time in coach Mark Dantonio’s 13 seasons. The only year the Spartans did not qualify for one was in 2016, when they endured a seven-game losing streak. They have not lost to Rutgers since 2004, squeaking out a 14-10 win a year ago in East Lansing, but they did lose to final opponent Maryland in that 2016 season.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 weeks ago

Oddsmakers feel that a matchup against the Scarlet Knights is exactly what MSU needs to get back on track as the Spartans are a big 20.5 point favorite against lowly Rutgers.

Source: Spartans Wire

3 weeks ago

Ray — who was hired in July as offensive line coach at Division II Northwood in Midland — was driving to his hometown Chicago to recruit on Monday but first stopped at his second home to pay Dantonio an unannounced visit. He took in practice, and Dantonio invited him to speak with the team. Just as surprising, the student became the teacher. And Ray provided Dantonio — as well as the Spartans’ staff and players — with his own lesson. One he learned from his mentor.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 weeks ago

The Spartans returned eight starters from a veteran group that was one of the best in the nation while losing cornerback Justin Layne and safety Khari Willis to the NFL draft and graduating Andrew Dowell, a three-year starter at weak-side linebacker. However, the production has dropped off and defensive coordinator Mike Tressel noted a different shift from last year.

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3 weeks ago

The Michigan State football seniors know things haven’t gone as planned this season. It was visible in their eyes, evident in their voices and clear in their words. “Nobody expected it to be like this,” senior defensive tackle Raequan Williams said. Yet it is. The Spartans are 4-6, have lost five straight, and need wins over Big Ten doormats Rutgers and Maryland just to reach bowl eligibility. It is a low only one Mark Dantonio team, the lowly 3-9 squad in 2016, has reached.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 weeks ago

Michigan State heads back on the road to take on Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Saturday, Nov. 23 at noon in SHI Stadium. The game will be televised on FS1 with John Strong and Evan Moore on the call. The Spartans (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten) fell at No. 15 Michigan last Saturday, 44-10, while the Scarlet Knights (2-8, 0-7 Big Ten) had a bye week.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

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3 weeks ago

Mark Dantonio chose his words carefully. His plan, his intentions are to be Michigan State’s football coach next season. He left open the possibility that it might not happen. Athletic director Bill Beekman told the Lansing State Journal less than two weeks ago that the decision to return for a 14th season would be up to Dantonio.

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