1999 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1999 Michigan State Spartans football
Florida Citrus Bowl Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #7
AP #7
1999 record 10–2 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Nick Saban (Regular season)
Bobby Williams (Bowl Game)
Defensive coordinator Bill Miller
Home stadium Spartan Stadium (c. 72,027 natural grass)
Seasons
« 1998 2000 »
1999 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Wisconsin   7 1         10 2  
#5 Michigan   6 2         10 2  
#7 Michigan State   6 2         10 2  
#11 Penn State   5 3         10 3  
#18 Minnesota   5 3         8 4  
#24 Illinois   4 4         8 4  
#25 Purdue   4 4         7 5  
Ohio State   3 5         6 6  
Indiana   3 5         4 7  
Northwestern   1 7         3 8  
Iowa   0 8         1 10  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1999 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1999-2000 college football season. The Spartans played their home games at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. This was the last year for head coach Nick Saban, who left the program on December 5 to take the head coaching position at Louisiana State. During the bowl game, the Spartans were coached by interim head coach Bobby Williams, who led the Spartans to a 37-34 victory in the 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl over the Florida Gators of the Southeastern Conference, with a last second, game winning field goal by kicker Paul Edinger.

This Spartan team featured the likes of Plaxico Burress, T.J. Duckett, and Renaldo Hill, and goes down as one of the best Spartan teams in the BCS era.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 8:00 PM Oregon* Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN W 27–20   72,923
September 11 1:00 PM Eastern Michigan* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 51–7   72,569
September 18 1:30 PM at #24 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) NBC W 23–13   80,012
September 25 3:30 PM at Illinois #19 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 27–10   52,417
October 2 12:10 PM Iowadagger #14 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN+ W 49–3   73,629
October 9 12:00 PM #3 Michigan #11 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ABC W 34–31   76,895
October 16 3:30 PM at #20 Purdue #5 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC L 28–52   68,216
October 23 12:10 PM at #4 Wisconsin #11 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN2 L 10–40   78,469
November 6 12:10 PM #20 Ohio State #19 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN W 23–7   74,639
November 13 1:00 PM at Northwestern #17 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL W 40–0   30,045
November 20 3:30 PM #13 Penn State #15 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Land Grant Trophy) ABC W 35–28   74,231
January 1 1:00 PM vs. #10 Florida #9 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Florida Citrus Bowl) ABC W 37–34   54,866
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Michigan[edit]

#3 Michigan at #11 Michigan State
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 10 0 21 31
Michigan State 7 6 14 7 34

Bill Burke threw for a school-record 400 yards and two touchdowns while Plaxico Burress set a new mark with 255 yards receiving. Burke broke Ed Smith's record of 369 against Indiana in 1979 while Burress surpassed Andre Rison's 252 yards against Georgia in 1989. Michigan State was now 6-0 for the first time since the 1966 national championship season. [1]


2000 NFL Draft[edit]

The following players were selected in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Plaxico Burress 1 8 Wide Receiver Pittsburgh Steelers
Julian Peterson 1 16 Linebacker San Francisco 49ers
Gari Scott 4 99 Wide Receiver Philadelphia Eagles
Greg Randall 4 127 Tackle New England Patriots
Aric Morris 5 135 Strong Safety Tennessee Titans
Paul Edinger 6 174 Kicker Chicago Bears
Robaire Smith 6 197 Defensive Tackle Tennessee Titans

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References[edit]

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