1974 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1974 Michigan State Spartans football
Conference Big Ten
Ranking
Coaches No. 18
AP No. 12
1974 record 7–3–1 (6–1–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Denny Stolz (2nd season)
Home stadium Spartan Stadium
(Capacity: 76,000)
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →
1974 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Ohio State + 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 3 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 1 0
No. 12 Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Wisconsin 5 3 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 3 1     6 4 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 2 6 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Indiana 1 7 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1974 Michigan State Spartans football team was an American football team that represented Michigan State University in the 1974 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second season under head coach Denny Stolz, the Spartans compiled a 7–3–1 record, finished in third place in the Big Ten, and were ranked No. 12 in the final AP Poll. Quarterback Charley Baggett was selected as the team's most valuable player.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 14 Northwestern Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 41–7   49,103
September 21 Syracuse* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 19–0   66,847
September 28 at UCLA* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 14–56   44,026
October 5 No. 7 Notre Dame* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) L 14–19   77,431
October 12 at No. 4 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) L 7–21   104,682
October 19 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL T 21–21   55,677
October 26 Purduedagger Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 31–7   63,321
November 2 at No. 20 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 28–21   78,848
November 9 No. 1 Ohio State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ABC W 16–13   78,533
November 16 at Indiana No. 15 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN (Old Brass Spittoon) W 19–10   25,492
November 23 Iowa No. 14 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 60–21   51,002
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 0 0 0 7 7
• Michigan 7 14 0 0 21

On October 12, 1974, Michigan State lost to Michigan by a 21-7 score. The game, played at Michigan Stadium, attracted a crowd of 104,682, reported to be "the second largest crowd in modern N.C.A.A. history" behind the 1973 Michigan-Ohio State game.[2] Gordon Bell led Michigan's rushing attack with 73 yards on 16 carries, including a 13-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Dennis Franklin completed five of nine passes for 84 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jim Smith in the second quarter, but left the game in the third quarter with bruised ribs. Linebacker Dan Jilek also scored in the second quarter when he forced a fumble on a punt attempt and then recovered it in the end zone.[2]

Ohio State[edit]

Michigan State manages a considerable upset at home, topping then #1 Ohio State, 16-13. Fullback Levi Jackson scores the final points of the game on an 88-yard TD run, followed by a Hans Neilsen point after touchdown. In a tumultuous finish, Ohio State fails to convert at the Spartans' 1-yard line as time expires. Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke went to referee Gene Calhoun and the team of officials to confirm that the Buckeyes had not attempted their second-down play before the clock ran out.

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 3 0 3 7 13
Michigan State 0 3 0 13 16

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 Michigan State media guide.
  2. ^ a b Roy Damer (October 13, 1974). "Wolverines win 21-7". Chicago Tribune. p. 3-3 and 3-11. 
  3. ^ "Ohio State Defeated By Spartans, Ruling." Ocala Star-Banner. 1974 Nov 10.
  4. ^ "Spartans Stop No.1 Team...Buckeyes Lose, 16-13." Gadsden Times. 1974 Nov 10.