1940 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1940 Michigan State Spartans football
Conference Independent
1940 record 3–4–1
Head coach Charlie Bachman (8th season)
Offensive scheme Notre Dame Box
Seasons
← 1939
1941 →

The 1940 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State College in the 1940 college football season. In their eighth season under head coach Charlie Bachman, the Spartans compiled a 3–4–1 record and lost their annual rivalry game with Michigan by a 21 to 14 score. In inter-sectional play, the team lost to Temple (21-19) and Kansas State (32-0), played Santa Clara to a scoreless tie, and defeated West Virginia (17-0).[1][2]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
October 5at Michigan L 14–21
October 12PurdueW 20–7
October 18at TempleL 19–21
October 25Santa Claradagger
  • Macklin Field
  • East Lansing, MI
T 0–0
November 2Kansas State
  • Macklin Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 32–0
November 9at Indiana L 0–20
November 16at MarquetteL 6–7
November 23West Virginia
  • Macklin Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 17–0
  • daggerHomecoming

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Week 2: Michigan State at Michigan
1 234Total
Michigan State 0 707 14
Michigan 7 770 21

On October 5, 1940, Michigan State lost to Michigan by a 21 to 14 score. The game was the 35th played between the two programs.[3] Tom Harmon scored all 21 points for Michigan on three touchdowns and three kicks for extra point. Michigan gained 312 rushing yards compared to 49 rushing yards for Michigan State. Both Michigan State touchdowns were scored by right halfback Walt Pawlowski.[4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 153. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ "1940 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Michigan vs. Michigan St". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Tom Harmon's Scores Whip State, 21-14". Chicago Tribune. October 6, 1940. p. 2-1. 
  5. ^ "65,438 See Michigan Gain 21-14 Triumph; Harmon Scores All Points on Michigan State, Making His Two-Game Total 49; Spartans' Passes Click; Sophomore Pawlowski Grabs Tosses for Advances of 45 and 37 Yards to Tally". The New York Times. October 6, 1940. 
  6. ^ 1941 Michiganensian, page 195.