Michigan–Michigan State men's soccer rivalry

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Michigan-Michigan State soccer rivalry
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Michigan Wolverines Michigan State Spartans

Sport(s) Soccer
Total meetings 18 (40 including club games)
Series record

Michigan State leads, 12-5-1 [1]

Michigan State leads, 29-6-5 (including club totals)[2]
Trophy series record Michigan State leads, 10-3-1[3]
First meeting October 13, 1956 (Club)
Michigan State 3, Michigan 1
Last meeting November 9, 2013
Michigan State 2, Michigan 0
Current win streak Michigan State, 1
Trophy Big Bear Trophy since 2000

The Michigan–Michigan State soccer rivalry is an American college soccer rivalry between the University of Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State University Spartans. The winner of each year's game receives the Big Bear Trophy. The first game in the rivalry was played October 13, 1956 which saw the Spartans defeat the Wolverines 3-1 in East Lansing. However, the first meeting between the two schools as varsity programs was on October 15, 2000 with the Spartans winning 2-1 in double overtime in East Lansing. The trophy originated in 2000 when Michigan head coach Steve Burns purchased the wooden-bear sculpture to commemorate the revival of the rivalry.[4] Burns said that he and Michigan State head coach Joe Baum collaborated on a trophy game because they "wanted to have some kind of trophy for this rivalry that the teams can pass back and forth. We hope that it takes a life on its own."[5] The Spartans dominated the series prior to 2000 with an 18-1-4 record against Michigan's club team.[6] Michigan added their varsity Men's Soccer program in 2000.

Big Bear Trophy Match Results[edit]

See footnotes[7][8]

Michigan victories are shaded ██ blue, Michigan State victories are shaded in ██ green, and tie games are shaded white.

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series Attendance
October 15, 2000 East Lansing Michigan State 2 Michigan 1 MSU 1-0 2,173
October 14, 2001 East Lansing Michigan State 4 Michigan 2 MSU 2-0 675
October 13, 2002 Ann Arbor Michigan State 2 Michigan 1 MSU 3-0 1,506
October 12, 2003 East Lansing Michigan 4 Michigan State 2 MSU 3-1 1,806
October 17, 2004 Ann Arbor Michigan State 3 #22 Michigan 2 MSU 4-1 2,306
October 16, 2005 East Lansing Michigan State 2 Michigan 0 MSU 5-1 2,131
October 8, 2006 Ann Arbor Michigan State 1 Michigan 1 MSU 5-1-1 3,009
October 14, 2007 East Lansing Michigan State 5 #21 Michigan 0 MSU 6-1-1 2,200
October 18, 2008 Ann Arbor Michigan State 1 #18 Michigan 0 MSU 7-1-1 1,078
October 25, 2009 East Lansing Michigan State 2 Michigan 1 MSU 8-1-1 2,310
October 30, 2010 Ann Arbor Michigan 3 #23 Michigan State 2 MSU 8-2-1 2,615
October 30, 2011 East Lansing Michigan State 1 Michigan 0 MSU 9-2-1 2,411
November 3, 2012 Ann Arbor Michigan 1 Michigan State 0 MSU 9-3-1 2,225
November 9, 2013 East Lansing #18 Michigan State 2 Michigan 0 MSU 10-3-1 2,445

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