1979 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1979 Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1979 record 5–6 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Darryl Rogers (4th season)
Captain Dan Bass, Mark Brammer
Home stadium Spartan Stadium
(Capacity: 76,000)
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Ohio State $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
No. 10 Purdue 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 18 Michigan 6 2 0     8 4 0
No. 19 Indiana 5 3 0     8 4 0
Iowa 4 4 0     5 6 0
Minnesota 3 5 1     4 6 1
Michigan State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 1 6 1     2 8 1
Northwestern 0 9 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1979 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fourth season under head coach Darryl Rogers, the Spartans compiled a 5–6 overall record (3–5 against Big Ten opponents) and finished in a tie for sixth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1][2]

Three Spartans were selected by either the Associated Press (AP) or the United Press International (UPI) as first-team players on the 1979 All-Big Ten Conference football teams: tight end Mark Brammer (UPI-1); linebacker Dan Bass (AP-1); and punter Ray Stachowitz (AP-1).[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 8 Illinois No. 10 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 33–16    
September 15 Oregon* No. 10 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 41–17    
September 22 Miami (OH)* No. 8 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 24–21    
September 29 at No. 15 Notre Dame* No. 7 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Megaphone Trophy) L 3–27    
October 6 No. 11 Michigan No. 16 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) L 7–21    
October 13 at Wisconsin No. 19 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 29–38    
October 20 No. 16 Purdue Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI L 7–14    
October 27 at No. 4 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 0–42    
November 3 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 42–7    
November 10 Minnesota Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 31–17    
November 17 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA L 23–33    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Roster[edit]

1979 Michigan State Spartans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 91 Mark Brammer
T 53 Angelo Fields
WR 6 Mark Jones
FB 33 Joe Kolodziej
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 49 Dan Bass
CB 28 James Burroughs
LB 40 John McCormick
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 8 Morten Andersen
P 19 Ray Stachowicz
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michigan State Yearly Results (1975-1979)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ "2015 Michigan State Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. p. 147. Retrieved July 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Blue lands four All-Big Ten spots: OSU places six, Purdue five". The Michigan Daily. November 29, 1979. p. 9.