1962 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1962 Michigan State Spartans football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1962 record 5–4 (3–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Duffy Daugherty (9th season)
MVP George Saimes
Captain George Saimes
Home stadium Spartan Stadium
(Capacity: 76,000)
Seasons
← 1961
1963 →
1962 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Wisconsin $ 6 1 0     8 2 0
No. 10 Minnesota 5 2 0     6 2 1
Northwestern 4 2 0     7 2 0
Ohio State 4 2 0     6 3 0
Michigan State 3 3 0     5 4 0
Purdue 3 3 0     4 4 1
Iowa 3 3 0     4 5 0
Illinois 2 5 0     2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0     3 6 0
Michigan 1 6 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1962 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1962 Big Ten Conference football season. In their ninth season under head coach Duffy Daugherty, the Spartans compiled a 5–4 overall record 3–3 against Big Ten opponents) and finished in fifth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1][2]

Two Spartans were selected as first-team players on the 1962 All-Big Ten Conference football team. Halfback George Saimes received first-team honors from the Associated Press (AP) and United Press International (UPI), and center Dave Behrman received first-team honors from the AP.[3][4][5] Saimes was also a consensus first-team selection for the 1962 College Football All-America Team.[6] Guard Ed Budde was selected by Time magazine as a first-team All-American.[7]

The 1962 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 26 to 8 score. In the Notre Dame rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Fighting Irish by a 31 to 7 score. And, in the annual Michigan–Michigan State football rivalry game, the Spartans defeated the Wolverines by a 28 to 0 score.[2] In non-conference play, the Spartans also defeated North Carolina (38-6) and lost to Stanford (16-13).[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 29 at Stanford* No. 6 Stanford StadiumPalo Alto, CA L 13–16    
October 6 North Carolina* Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 38–6    
October 13 Michigan Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) W 28–0    
October 20 at Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Megaphone Trophy) W 31–7    
October 27 at Indiana No. 10 Seventeenth Street Football StadiumBloomington, IN (Old Brass Spittoon) W 26–8    
November 3 Minnesota No. 7 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI L 7–28    
November 10 Purdue Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI L 9–17    
November 17 at No. 9 Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 31–7    
November 24 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 6–7    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 155. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "1962 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Gophers Ring the Bell". The Blade, Toledo, Ohio (AP story). November 27, 1962. p. 24. 
  4. ^ Joe Mooshil (November 27, 1962). "Spartans Saimes and Behrman Get All-Big Ten Team Berths; Bell-Richter, Unanimous". The Owosso Argus-Press (AP story). 
  5. ^ "Pick Big Ten All-Star Squad". Galesburg Register-Mail. November 27, 1962. p. 12. 
  6. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Time All-America Teams: Picked by the Pros". Time.