1954 Michigan State Spartans football team
|1954 Michigan State Spartans football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1954 record||3–6 (1–5 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Duffy Daugherty (1st season)|
|Captain||LeRoy Bolden, Don Kauth|
Macklin Stadium |
|1954 Big Ten football standings|
|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|
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, the Spartans compiled a 3–6 overall record and 1–5 against Big Ten opponents.
The Spartans' prospects were diminished when their best back, Leroy Bolden, was injured in the early in the 1954 season. Michigan State tackle Randy Schrecengost was selected as a first-team player on the 1954 All-Big Ten Conference football team.
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. And, in the annual Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans lost by a 33 to 7 score.
|September 25||at No. 12 Iowa||No. 7||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||L 10–14||50,000|
|October 2||No. 5 Wisconsin||No. 13||Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI||L 0–6||51,194|
|October 9||at Indiana||Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN (Rivalry)||W 21–14||25,000|
|October 16||at No. 8 Notre Dame*||Notre Dame Stadium • South 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 Stadium • Minneapolis, MN||L 13–19||63,575|
|November 6||Washington State*||Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 54–6||45,849|
|November 13||Michigan||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Rivalry)||L 7–33||97,239|
|November 20||Marquette*||Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 40–10||39,354|
- "MSC Names New Coach". The Daily Sun, San Bernardino, Calif. January 16, 1954. p. 19.
- "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 154. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
- "1954 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
- "Daugherty To Speak at Elks' Grid Banquet". The News Palladium. November 17, 1954. p. 18.
- "Editors Pick Big Ten Squad". Daily Illini. November 23, 1954. p. 9.
- "Notre Dame noses Spartans, 20-19, in Rain". The Independent Record, Helena, Montana. October 17, 1954. p. 8.
- "Michigan Thumps MSC". Independent Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif. November 14, 1954. p. E6.
- "Michigan State Massacres Washington State, 54 to 6". San Bernardino Sun Telegram. November 7, 1954. p. 46.
- "Michigan State Rocks Marquette By 40-10 Score". The Pantagraph. November 21, 1954. p. 14.
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