1978 Michigan State Spartans football team
|1978 Michigan State Spartans football|
Big Ten co-champion
|1978 record||8–3 (7–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Darryl Rogers (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Spartan Stadium |
|1978 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 5 Michigan +||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 12 Michigan State +||7||–||1||–||0||8||–||3||–||0|
|No. 13 Purdue||6||–||1||–||1||9||–||2||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1978 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University during the 1978 Big Ten Conference football season. Finishing the season on a seven-game winning streak, the Spartans won their fourth Big Ten Conference championship, which they shared with in-state rival Michigan. The Spartans finished number 12 in the final AP Poll.
Quarterback Ed Smith led the Big Ten in 1978 with 2,226 passing yards, a 139.0 passing efficiency rating, and 2,247 yards of total offense. He was also selected as the most valuable player on the 1978 Michigan State team. He finished his career as Michigan State's and the Big Ten's all-time leader with 5,706 passing yards.
|September 16||at Purdue||L 14–21||60,365|
|September 23||Syracuse*||W 49–21||74,511|
|September 29||at No. 3 USC*||L 9–30||65,319|
|October 7||Notre Dame*||L 25–29||77,087|
|October 14||at No. 5 Michigan||W 24–15||105,132|
|October 21||Indiana||W 49–14||76,013|
|October 28||Wisconsin||W 55–2||70,114|
|November 4||at Illinois||No. 18||W 59–19||48,077|
|November 11||Minnesota||No. 17||W 33–9||72,122|
|November 18||at Northwestern||No. 16||W 52–3||14,157|
|November 25||Iowa||No. 14||W 42–7||57,007|
- DB #16 Mark Anderson, Jr.
- WR Kirk Gibson, Sr.
- QB Ed Smith
- OG James "Jody" McCulloh
- LB #57 Larry Savage
- Dan Underwood (asst)
- "1978 Michigan State Spartans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
- Kyle Austin (January 9, 2017). "Kirk Gibson voted into College Football Hall of Fame". Mlive.com.
- "1978 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
- Roy Damer (December 25, 1978). "Michigan's Leach wins Tribune Silver Football". Chicago Tribune. p. 5-3.
- "Ticats sign highly-rated passer". Ottawa Journal. February 13, 1979. p. 16.
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