1957 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1957 Michigan State Spartans football
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 3
AP No. 3
1957 record 8–1 (5–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Duffy Daugherty (4th season)
MVP Dan Currie
Captain Patrick Burke
Home stadium Spartan Stadium
(Capacity: 76,000)
Seasons
← 1956
1958 →
1957 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Ohio State $ 7 0 0     9 1 0
No. 3 Michigan State 5 1 0     8 1 0
No. 6 Iowa 4 1 1     7 1 1
No. 19 Wisconsin 4 3 0     6 3 0
Purdue 4 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 3 1     5 3 1
Illinois 3 4 0     4 5 0
Minnesota 3 5 0     4 5 0
Indiana 0 6 0     1 8 0
Northwestern 0 7 0     0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1957 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1957 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fourth season under head coach Duffy Daugherty, the Spartans compiled an 8–1 overall record (5–1 against Big Ten opponents), finished in second place in the Big Ten Conference, and were ranked #3 in both the final AP Poll and the final Coaches Poll.[1][2]

Six Spartans were selected as first-team players on the 1957 All-Big Ten Conference football team: quarterback Jim Ninowski (AP-1, UP-1); fullback Walt Kowalczyk (AP-1, UP-1); center Dan Currie (AP-1, UP-1); tackle Pat Burke (AP-1, UP-1); end Sam Williams (UP-1); and guard Ellison Kelly (UP-1).[3]

The 1957 Spartans won all three of their annual rivalry games. In the annual Indiana–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Hoosiers by a 54 to 0 score. In the Notre Dame rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Fighting Irish by a 34 to 6 score. And, in the annual Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Wolverines by a 35 to 6 score.[2]

In non-conference play, the Spartans also defeated California, 19-0, and Kansas State, 27-9.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 28 Indiana No. 4 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Old Brass Spittoon) W 54–0    
October 5 at California* No. 2 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 19–0    
October 12 at No. 6 Michigan No. 2 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) W 35–6    
October 19 Purdue No. 1 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI L 13–20    
October 26 No. 16 Illinois No. 8 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 19–14    
November 2 at Wisconsin No. 6 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 21–7    
November 9 No. 15 Notre Dame* No. 4 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) W 34–6    
November 16 Minnesota No. 4 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 42–13    
November 23 Kansas State* No. 1 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 27–9    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 155. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "1957 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Coaches' All-Big Ten Team". The Sandusky Register. November 30, 1957. p. 8.