1959 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1959 Michigan State Spartans football
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 16
1959 record 5–4 (4–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Duffy Daugherty (6th season)
MVP Sam Williams
Captain Donald Wright
Home stadium Spartan Stadium
(Capacity: 76,000)
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Wisconsin $ 5 2 0     7 3 0
Michigan State 4 2 0     5 4 0
Purdue 4 2 1     5 2 2
No. 13 Illinois 4 2 1     5 3 1
Northwestern 4 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 3 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 2 4 1     4 4 1
Ohio State 2 4 1     3 5 1
Minnesota 1 6 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1959 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1959 Big Ten Conference football season. In their sixth season under head coach Duffy Daugherty, the Spartans compiled a 5–4 overall record (4–3 against Big Ten opponents), finished in second place in the Big Ten Conference, and were ranked #16 in the final Coaches Poll.[1][2]

Quarterback Dean Look was selected by the Associated Press (AP) as a first-team player on the 1959 All-Big Ten Conference football team. Three other Spartans were selected for the third team: halfback Herb Adderly; tackle Palmer Pyle; and center Dave Manders.[3][4]

The 1959 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 14 to 6 score. In the Notre Dame rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Fighting Irish by a 19 to 0 score. And, in the annual Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Wolverines by a 34 to 8 score.[2]

In non-conference play, the Spartans lost to Texas A&M, 9–7, and the Miami Hurricanes, 18–13.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 26 Texas A&M* Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 7–9    
October 3 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) W 34–8    
October 10 at No. 10 Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA L 8–37    
October 17 Notre Dame* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) W 19–0    
October 24 Indiana Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Old Brass Spittoon) W 14–6    
October 31 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 24–30    
November 7 No. 14 Purdue Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 15–0    
November 14 No. 6 Northwestern No. 19 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 15–10    
November 20 at No. 18 Miami (FL)* No. 11 Burdine StadiumMiami, FL L 13–18    
*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 "1959 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  3. ^ Charles Chamberlain (November 24, 1959). "Lanphear Unanimous AP All-Big Ten Choice". The LaCrosse Tribune. p. 12.
  4. ^ Ed Sainsbury (November 27, 1959). "4 Northwestern gridders make UPI all-Big 10 team; Norton, Jeter place". Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa. p. 12.