1972 Michigan State Spartans football team
|1972 Michigan State Spartans football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1972 record||5–5–1 (5–2–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Duffy Daugherty (19th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Denny Stolz (2nd season)|
|Captain||Billy Joe DuPree, Brad Van Pelt|
Spartan Stadium |
|1972 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 6 Michigan +||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|No. 9 Ohio State +||7||–||1||–||0||9||–||2||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1972 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1972 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 19th season under head coach Duffy Daugherty, the Spartans compiled a 5–5–1 overall record (5–2–1 against Big Ten opponents) and finished in fourth place in the Big Ten Conference.
Five Spartans were selected by either the Associated Press (AP) or the United Press International (UPI) as first-team players on the 1972 All-Big Ten Conference football team: tight end Billy Joe Dupree (AP-2, UPI-1); offensive guard Joe DeLamielleure (AP-1, UPI-1); linebacker Gail Clark (AP-1, UPI-1); and defensive backs Bill Simpson (AP-1, UPI-1) and Brad Van Pelt (AP-1, UPI-1).
On November 3, 1972, Duffy Daugherty announced that he would resign as Michigan State's head football coach at the end of the 1972 season. In 19 years as the head coach, he compiled a 109–69–5 record and won two Big Ten championships. Denny Stolz, who had been the Spartans' defensive coordinator for two years, was hired in December 1972 to replace Daugherty.
|September 16||at Illinois||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||W 24–0|
|September 23||Georgia Tech*||No. 18||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||L 16–21|
|September 30||at No. 1 USC*||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||L 6–51|
|October 7||No. 7 Notre Dame*||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy)||L 0–16|
|October 14||at No. 5 Michigan||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy)||L 0–10||103,735|
|October 21||Wisconsin||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 31–0|
|October 28||at Iowa||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||T 6–6|
|November 4||Purdue||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 22–12|
|November 11||No. 5 Ohio State||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 19–12|
|November 18||at Minnesota||Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis, MN||L 10–14|
|November 25||Northwestern||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 24–14|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
On October 14, 1972, Michigan State lost to Michigan, 10–0, in front of a crowd of 103,735 at Michigan Stadium. The game was Michigan's first shutout victory over Michigan State since 1947. Michigan scored on a 22-yard field goal by Mike Lantry in the second quarter and a 58-yard touchdown run by Gil Chapman in the fourth quarter. The Wolverines totaled 334 rushing yards, including 107 by Ed Shuttlesworth, 81 by Chuck Heater, and 64 by Dennis Franklin. The Spartans had a 24-yard touchdown run called back due to a clipping penalty, and their only other scoring threat ended when a hit from Dave Brown forced the Spartans' ball carrier to fumble into the end zone.
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- "UM, State, Buckeyes Dominate UPI's All Big Ten Team". Ludington Daily News (UPI story). November 28, 1972. p. 5.
- "Duffy's Last Season With Mich. State: Only One Winner Since '66 Title". The Des Moines Register. November 4, 1972. p. 17.
- "Michigan State Selects Stolz as Grid Coach". News-Herald, Panama City, Florida. December 13, 1972. p. 23.
- Curt Sylvester (October 15, 1972). "U-M Whips Spartans . . . But It's A Battle, 10–0". Detroit Free Press. p. 1D, 6D.