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)|
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||Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN||L 14–21||60,365|
|September 23||Syracuse*||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 49–21||74,511|
|September 29||at No. 3 USC*||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||L 9–30||65,319|
|October 7||Notre Dame*||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy)||L 25–29||77,087|
|October 14||at No. 5 Michigan||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy)||W 24–15||105,132|
|October 21||Indiana||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 49–14||76,013|
|October 28||Wisconsin||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 55–2||70,114|
|November 4||at Illinois||No. 18||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||W 59–19||48,077|
|November 11||Minnesota||No. 17||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 33–9||72,122|
|November 18||at Northwestern||No. 16||Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL||W 52–3||14,157|
|November 25||Iowa||No. 14||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 42–7||57,007|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
- "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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