1954 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1954 Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1954 record 3–6 (1–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Duffy Daugherty (1st season)
MVP John Matsock
Captain LeRoy Bolden, Don Kauth
Home stadium Macklin Stadium
(Capacity: 51,000)
Seasons
← 1953
1955 →
1954 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Ohio State $ 7 0 0     10 0 0
No. 9 Wisconsin 5 2 0     7 2 0
No. 15 Michigan 5 2 0     6 3 0
Minnesota 4 2 0     7 2 0
Iowa 4 3 0     5 4 0
Purdue 3 3 0     5 3 1
Indiana 2 4 0     3 6 0
Michigan State 1 5 0     3 6 0
Northwestern 1 5 0     2 7 0
Illinois 0 6 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1954 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State College in the 1954 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second season in the Big Ten Conference and their first season under head coach Duffy Daugherty,[1] the Spartans compiled a 3–6 overall record and 1–5 against Big Ten opponents.[2][3]

The Spartans' prospects were diminished when their best back, Leroy Bolden, was injured in the early in the 1954 season.[4] Michigan State tackle Randy Schrecengost was selected as a first-team player on the 1954 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[5]

The 1954 Spartans won one of their three annual rivalry games. In the annual Indiana–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Hoosiers by a 21 to 14 score to give Daugherty his first victory as head coach. In the Notre Dame rivalry game, the Spartans lost by only one point, 20-19, to a Fighting Irish team that finished the season ranked #4 in the final AP Poll.[6] And, in the annual Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans lost by a 33 to 7 score.[7]

In non-conference play, the Spartans routed Washington State by a 54 to 6 score,[8] and concluded their season with a 40-10 victory over Marquette.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 25 at No. 12 Iowa No. 7 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA L 10–14   50,000
October 2 No. 5 Wisconsin No. 13 Macklin StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 0–6   51,194
October 9 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN (Rivalry) W 21–14   25,000
October 16 at No. 8 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Rivalry) L 19–20   67,238
October 23 No. 13 Purdue Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI L 13–27   52,619
October 30 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 13–19   63,575
November 6 Washington State* Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 54–6   45,849
November 13 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) L 7–33   97,239
November 20 Marquette* Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 40–10   39,354
*Non-conference game.
Schedule Source:[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MSC Names New Coach". The Daily Sun, San Bernardino, Calif. January 16, 1954. p. 19. 
  2. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 154. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ "1954 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Daugherty To Speak at Elks' Grid Banquet". The News Palladium. November 17, 1954. p. 18. 
  5. ^ "Editors Pick Big Ten Squad". Daily Illini. November 23, 1954. p. 9. 
  6. ^ "Notre Dame noses Spartans, 20-19, in Rain". The Independent Record, Helena, Montana. October 17, 1954. p. 8. 
  7. ^ "Michigan Thumps MSC". Independent Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif. November 14, 1954. p. E6. 
  8. ^ "Michigan State Massacres Washington State, 54 to 6". San Bernardino Sun Telegram. November 7, 1954. p. 46. 
  9. ^ "Michigan State Rocks Marquette By 40-10 Score". The Pantagraph. November 21, 1954. p. 14. 
  10. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/michigan-state/1954-schedule.html
  11. ^ http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2009-2010/1954.html