2010 Michigan State Spartans football team

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2010 Michigan State Spartans football
MSUSpartans Logo.svg
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #14
AP #14
2010 record 11–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Mark Dantonio (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Don Treadwell (4th year)
Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi (4th year)
Captain Aaron Bates
Captain Kirk Cousins
Captain Greg Jones
Home stadium Spartan Stadium (c. 75,005 natural grass)
Seasons
« 2009 2011 »
2010 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 Wisconsin §   7 1         11 2  
#5 Ohio State   0* 1         0* 1  
#14 Michigan State §   7 1         11 2  
Iowa   4 4         8 5  
Illinois   4 4         7 6  
Penn State   0* 4         0* 6  
Michigan   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         7 6  
Purdue   2 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         5 7  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions
  • *All wins for Ohio State (12-1, 7-1) and Penn State (7-6, 4-4) in the 2010 season are vacated
    As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll[1][2]

The 2010 Michigan State Spartans football team competed on behalf of Michigan State University in the Big Ten Conference during the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Head coach Mark Dantonio was in his fourth season with the Spartans. Michigan State played their home games in Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

In the hours following the Spartans' September 18, 2010 victory over Notre Dame, Coach Dantonio suffered a heart attack for which he was hospitalized, and received a coronary stent. His recovery was complicated by the subsequent development of a blood clot in his leg. While he recovered, offensive coordinator Don Treadwell stepped in as acting head coach, leading the Spartans against Northern Colorado and Wisconsin. Dantonio resumed his head coaching duties for the sixth game of the season against Michigan, although he coached that game and the next week's game against Illinois from the press box instead of the head coach's traditional place on the sidelines. He returned to the sidelines for MSU's road win against Northwestern.

The Spartans finished the regular season with eleven wins (the most in school history), one loss, and secured their first share of the Big Ten Championship in twenty years.

Previous season[edit]

Roster[edit]

(as of 12/06/2010) [3]
Quarterbacks
Wide receivers
  • 2 Mark Dell - Senior
  • 3 B. J. Cunningham - Junior
  • 7 Keith Nichol - Junior
  • 13 Bennie Fowler - Redshirt Freshman
  • 15 Donald Spencer - Redshirt Freshman
  • 17 Kyle Nichol - Redshirt Freshman
  • 18 Jordan Benton - Redshirt Freshman
  • 21 Josh Perryman - Freshman
  • 25 Keith Mumphrey - Freshman
  • 33 Jeremy Langford - Freshman
  • 81 Brad Sonntag - Junior
  • 82 Keshawn Martin - Junior
  • 87 Milton Colbert - Sophomore
  • 89 Cam Martin - Junior
Running backs
  • 4 Edwin Baker - Sophomore
  • 20 Nick Hill - Freshman
  • 22 Larry Caper - Sophomore
  • 24 Le'Veon Bell - Freshman
  • 26 David Spears - Sophomore
  • 34 Andre Buford - Sophomore
  • 37 Chris Hessell (FB) - Sophomore
  • 38 Nick Palazeti (FB) - Freshman
  • 42 Nick Bendzuck (FB) - Senior
  • 44 Josh Rouse (FB) - Senior
  • 45 Jeff Bobek (FB) - Freshman
  • 47 Adam Setterbo (FB) - Junior
  • 48 Drew Stevens (FB) - Sophomore
  • 86 Fred Smith (FB) - Redshirt Sophomore
 
Offensive line
  • 54 Connor Kruse - Freshman
  • 58 Hugh Stangeland - Redshirt Freshman
  • 59 D.J. Young - Senior
  • 60 Micajah Reynolds - Redshirt Freshman
  • 61 Antonio Jeremiah - Junior
  • 62 Chris McDonald - Sophomore
  • 63 Travis Jackson - Freshman
  • 65 Michael Dennis - Freshman
  • 66 John Stipek - Senior
  • 67 Joel Foreman - Junior
  • 68 Ethan Ruhland - Sophomore
  • 69 Shawn Kamm - Freshman
  • 70 Skyler Schofner - Freshman
  • 71 John Deyo - Sophomore
  • 72 Nate Klatt - Redshirt Freshman
  • 73 Henry Conway - Redshirt Freshman
  • 74 Zach Hueter - Sophomore
  • 75 Jared McGaha - Junior
  • 77 J'Michael Deane - Senior
  • 79 David Barrent - Redshirt Freshman
Tight ends
  • 83 Charlie Gantt - Senior
  • 84 Derek Hoebing - Redshirt Freshman
  • 85 Garrett Celek - Junior
  • 88 Brian Linthicum - Junior
  • 92 Andrew Gleichert - Freshman
 
Defensive line
  • 52 Denzel Drone - Redshirt Freshman
  • 55 Corey Freeman - Sophomore
  • 57 Jonathan Strayhorn - Junior
  • 58 Jordan Sanders - Freshman
  • 65 Doug Curtis - Sophomore
  • 69 Blake Pacheco - Junior
  • 83 R.J. Kelly - Sophomore
  • 87 Todd Anderson - Junior
  • 89 Colin Neely - Senior
  • 91 Tyler Hoover - Sophomore
  • 93 Blake Treadwell - Sophomore
  • 94 Taylor Calero - Freshman
  • 96 Kevin Pickelman - Junior
  • 97 Dan France - Redshirt Freshman
  • 98 Anthony White - Sophomore
  • 99 Jerel Worthy - Sophomore
Linebackers
  • 2 William Gholston - Freshman
  • 10 Chris Norman - Sophomore
  • 28 Denicos Allen - Redshirt Freshman
  • 36 John Misch - Senior
  • 40 Max Bullough - Freshman
  • 41 Kyler Elsworth - Redshirt Freshman
  • 42 Ty Hamilton - Freshman
  • 43 Eric Gordon - Senior
  • 45 Marcus Rush - Freshman
  • 47 Jeremy Gainer - Redshirt Freshman
  • 49 TyQuan Hammock - Redshirt Freshman
  • 50 Steve Gardiner - Sophomore
  • 53 Greg Jones - Senior
  • 54 Chad Setterbo - Sophomore
 
Defensive backs
  • 2 Mylan Hicks - Freshman
  • 5 Johnny Adams - Sophomore
  • 9 Isaiah Lewis - Freshman
  • 11 Marcus Hyde - Senior
  • 12 Dana Dixon - Redshirt Freshman
  • 14 Chase Parker - Junior
  • 14 Tony Lippett - Freshman
  • 16 Chris D. Rucker - Junior
  • 19 Danny Folino - Redshirt Freshman
  • 22 Josh Bodell - Senior
  • 23 Jarius Jones - Redshirt Freshman
  • 26 Jesse Johnson - Senior
  • 27 Kurtis Drummond - Freshman
  • 29 Chris L. Rucker - Senior
  • 31 Darqueze Dennard - Freshman
  • 32 Mitchell White - Sophomore
  • 39 Trenton Robinson - Junior
Punters
  • 3 Mike Sadler - Freshman
  • 18 Aaron Bates - Senior
  • 20 Kyle Selden - Junior
Place kickers
  • 4 Dan Conroy - Sophomore
  • 17 Kevin Muma - Redshirt Freshman
Long snappers
  • 51 Steve Moore - Sophomore
  • 56 Alex Shackleton - Senior

Schedule[edit]

Michigan State came into the 2010 season after a 6–7 (4–4 Big Ten) 2009 campaign which saw the team qualify for its third straight bowl game, something that had not occurred since the 1995–97 seasons.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 12:00 PM Western Michigan* Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN2 W 38–14   75,769
September 11 12:00 PM vs. Florida Atlantic* Ford Field[4]Detroit, MI ESPNU W 30–17   36,124
September 18 8:00 PM Notre Dame* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) ABC/ESPN2 W 34–31 OT  78,411
September 25 12:00 PM Northern Colorado* #25 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI BTN W 45–7   70,926
October 2 3:30 PM #11 Wisconsin #24 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ABC/ESPN W 34–24   73,108
October 9 3:30 PM at #18 Michigan #17 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ABC/ESPN W 34–17   113,065
October 16 12:00 PM Illinoisdagger #13 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI BTN W 26–6   74,441
October 23 12:00 PM at Northwestern #8 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN W 35–27   41,115
October 30 3:30 PM at #18 Iowa #5 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ABC/ESPN L 6–37   70,585
November 6 12:00 PM Minnesota #16 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI BTN W 31–8   71,128
November 20 12:00 PM Purdue #11 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI BTN W 35–31   71,111
November 27 12:00 PM at Penn State #11 Beaver StadiumState College, PA (Land Grant Trophy) ESPN2 W 28–22   102,649
January 1 1:00 PM vs. #15 Alabama* #7 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Capital One Bowl) ESPN L 7–49   61,519
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.. All times are in Eastern Time

Note: Michigan State was the designated road team versus Florida Atlantic at Ford Field[5].

Game notes[edit]

Western Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 7 7 0 14
Spartans 7 21 7 3 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–2 2009 MSU, 49–14

The Spartans rushing attack was the theme of the day. To open up the scoring, Edwin Baker scampered for 28 yards for a TD. WMU responded with 1-yd TD pass from Alex Carder to Juan Nunez on 4th down. The Spartans would strike early in the 2nd quarter when QB Kirk Cousins hit QB turned WR Keith Nichol on a 20-yd TD pass.

Both offenses then struggled until late in the 2nd quarter when true freshmen Le'Veon Bell broke a 75-yd run. The drive ended with a 7-yd Edwin Baker TD run and the following Spartan drive ended with a 2-yd TD run by Le'Veon Bell. MSU drove down the field at the beginning of the 3rd quarter which ended with an 18-yd TD run by Le'Veon Bell.

WMU would score once more with 2-yd TD reception Blake Hammond and that would be it offensively for the Broncos. The Spartans would add a field goal by Dan Conroy and walk away with a season opening win. Le'Veon Bell became the first freshman running back at Michigan State to rush for more than 100 yards in his opening game. He finished with 141 yards on 10 carries and 2 TD's. Edwin Baker also had over 100 yards with 117 yards on 17 carries with 2 TD's.

Florida Atlantic[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 10 10 7 3 30
Owls 7 0 7 3 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2008 MSU, 17–0

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Notre Dame 7 0 14 7 3 31
Michigan St 0 7 14 7 6 34


Overall record Last meeting Result
27–45–1 2009 ND, 33–30


Northern Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 0 7 7
#23 Spartans 14 21 7 3 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–0 1st meeting

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Badgers 0 10 7 7 24
#21 Spartans 3 17 7 7 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
27–21 2009 WIS, 38–30

With Coach Dantonio out for a second week following his heart attack, Michigan State hosted eventual co-champs Wisconsin at Spartan Stadium in the conference opener. MSU rolled up 444 yards of offense on the Badgers in a 34-24 win. The Spartans took the lead for good with 8:11 left in the 2nd quarter when Keshawn Martin returned a punt 74 yards for a TD. A clock-draining 15-play TD drive late in the 4th quarter put MSU up by 10 and set the tone for the rest of the Big Ten season.

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Spartans 0 17 14 3 34
#17 Wolverines 3 7 0 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–67–5 2009 MSU, 26–20

In week 6, Michigan hosted their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans for the coveted Paul Bunyan Trophy. This year's meeting marked the 103rd game between the two schools. This was only the second time in the history of the rivalry that both teams enter the game undefeated.[6] The last time was in 1999 when MSU beat Michigan 34–31 in East Lansing. The only score of the first quarter was Michigan's 34-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Michigan State responded with a 61-yard rushing touchdown by Edwin Baker. Michigan briefly took the lead minutes later with a 12-yard catch by Martell Webb. The Spartans responded with a 41-yard run by Le'Veon Bell to take the lead for good. They added to their lead with a 38-yard field goal by Dan Conroy just before halftime. MSU built on their lead in the third quarter with 2 touchdowns: first a 41-yard catch by Mark Dell, and then an 8-yard rush by Larry Caper. Michigan's only points of the second half came on a 4-yard rushing TD by Denard Robinson. Michigan State capped their win with a 28-yard field goal midway through the fourth. Denard Robinson threw three interceptions and was held to only 84 yards rushing.

With this win, Michigan State has defeated Michigan three years in a row, the first time that Michigan State has accomplished that since 1965–67.

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 3 3 0 0 6
#11 Spartans 0 3 13 10 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–17–2 2009 MSU, 24–14

Michigan State came back from a 3–6 deficit while not allowing any second half points to defeat the Illini by 20 points and advance to 7–0 for the first time since 1966, the year they won the national championship.

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Spartans 0 7 7 21 35
Wildcats 7 10 7 3 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
34–16 2009 MSU, 24–14

The Spartans found themselves down 17–0 late in the first half, before Kirk Cousins found Mark Dell for a touchdown with 2:34 to go in the second quarter to make it a 17–7 game at halftime. With a ten-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, the Spartans were situated with a 4th and 6 at the Northwestern 30 yd line, but out of field goal range because of a heavy wind. After calling a timeout and taking a delay of game, MSU went out in punt formation. After punter Aaron Bates received the snap, he faked the punt and threw a 15 yd pass to Bennie Fowler for a first down. During the post game interview, Coach Dantonio was asked about the play, when he replied "That's called Mousetrap, and we let 'em take the cheese." The Spartans scored on a Kirk Cousins pass on the next play to make it 24–21. After a Northwestern field goal, the Spartans drove 88 yards in five minutes to take the lead 28–27. The Wildcats went four and out on their next possession, but had another chance to tie the game after Edwin Baker ran for a 25 yd touchdown with a minute left to make it 35–27. However, Michigan State's Eric Gordon intercepted the ball two plays later to ice the game.

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Spartans 0 0 0 6 6
#19 Hawkeyes 17 13 7 0 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–21–2 2009 Iowa, 15–13

Minnesota[edit]

Michigan State vs. Minnesota
1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 0 0 8 8
#15 Spartans 7 14 3 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
25–17 2009 MINN, 42–34

Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 14 7 7 3 31
#11 Spartans 7 6 0 22 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–28–3 2009 MSU, 40–37

The Spartans overcame a 15-point deficit to secure their first 7 win undefeated home season.

Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Spartans 7 7 7 7 28
Nittany Lions 3 0 0 19 22
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–14–1 2009 PSU, 42–14

The Spartans secured a share of the Big Ten title, their first conference championship since 1990.

Capital One Bowl vs. Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Crimson Tide 7 21 14 7 49
#7 Spartans 0 0 0 7 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–0 1st meeting -

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP NR RV RV 25 24 17 13 8 5 16 10 11 11 7 7 14
Coaches RV RV RV 23 21 16 11 8 5 15 10 11 10 7 7 14
Harris Not released 12 8 5 16 10 10 10 7 7
BCS Not released 7 5 14 11 12 10 8 9

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

The following players were selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Greg Jones 6 185 Linebacker New York Giants
Chris L. Rucker 6 188 Cornerback Indianapolis Colts

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