1961 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1961 Michigan State Spartans football
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 9
AP No. 8
1961 record 7–2 (5–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Duffy Daugherty (8th season)
Captain Ed Ryan
Home stadium Spartan Stadium
(Capacity: 76,000)
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Ohio State $ 6 0 0     8 0 1
No. 6 Minnesota 6 1 0     8 2 0
No. 8 Michigan State 5 2 0     7 2 0
No. 12 Purdue 4 2 0     6 3 0
Wisconsin 4 3 0     6 3 0
Michigan 3 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 2 4 0     5 4 0
Northwestern 2 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 0 6 0     2 7 0
Illinois 0 7 0     0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1961 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1961 Big Ten Conference football season. In their eighth season under head coach Duffy Daugherty, the Spartans compiled a 7–2 overall record (5–2 against Big Ten opponents), finished in third place in the Big Ten Conference, and were ranked #8 in the final AP Poll.[1][2]

Two Spartans were selected as first-team players on the 1961 All-Big Ten Conference football team. Halfback George Saimes received first-team honors from the Associated Press (AP) and United Press International (UPI), and tackle Dave Behrman received first-team honors from the AP. Halfback Sherman Lewis received second-team all-conference honors from the AP.[3][4] Dave Behrman also received first-team recognition from the AP and Football Writers Association of America on the 1961 College Football All-America Team.[5][6][7]

The 1961 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 35 to 0 score. In the Notre Dame rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Fighting Irish by a 17 to 7 score. And, in the annual Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Wolverines by a 28 to 0 score.[8] In non-conference play, the Spartans also defeated Stanford, 31-3.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 30 at Wisconsin No. 10 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 20–0    
October 7 Stanford* No. 6 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 31–3    
October 14 at No. 6 Michigan No. 5 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) W 28–0    
October 21 No. 6 Notre Dame* No. 1 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) W 17–7    
October 28 Indiana No. 1 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Old Brass Spittoon) W 35–0    
November 4 at Minnesota No. 1 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 0–13    
November 11 at Purdue No. 6 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 6–7    
November 18 Northwestern No. 9 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 21–13    
November 25 Illinois No. 8 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 34–7    
*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 "1961 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Stephens Unanimous Choice on Big Ten". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 28, 1961. 
  4. ^ "Saimes and MacRae Selected on All-Big Ten Football Team". The Holland, Michigan, Evening Sentinel. November 29, 1961. p. 16. 
  5. ^ "Big Line Tops Classy AP All-America Team". AP. 
  6. ^ "Miami's Bill Miller Chosen As All-American". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. December 8, 1961. p. 36. 
  7. ^ Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Michigan State Yearly Results (1960-1964)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 12, 2015.