2001 Michigan State Spartans football team

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2001 Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
Silicon Valley Football Classic champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
2001 record 7–5 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Bobby Williams (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Bill Miller (3rd season)
Home stadium Spartan Stadium (c. 71,007 AstroTurf)
Seasons
← 2000
2002 →
2001 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 12 Illinois $   7 1         10 2  
No. 20 Michigan   6 2         8 4  
Ohio State   5 3         7 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Purdue   4 4         6 6  
Penn State   4 4         5 6  
Indiana   4 4         5 6  
Michigan State   3 5         7 5  
Wisconsin   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   2 6         4 7  
Northwestern   2 6         4 7  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Spartans played their home games at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. This was the second year for head coach Bobby Williams, who led the Spartans to a 6-6 record and a 44–35 victory in the 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic over the Fresno State Bulldogs of the Western Athletic Conference.

The controversial final play of the home game against Michigan on November 3 led to a change in the official timekeeping policy of the Big Ten Conference. Beginning in 2002, a neutral official appointed by the Big Ten keeps track of the game time on the field.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 1:00 PM Central Michigan* Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 35–21   73,879
September 22 2:30 PM at No. 23 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) NBC W 17–10   80,795
September 29 3:30 PM at No. 16 Northwestern No. 23 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ABC L 26–27   40,103
October 13 12:00 PM Iowadagger Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN2 W 31–28   73,680
October 20 12:00 PM at Minnesota H. H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN L 19–28   47,385
October 27 12:00 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN+ W 42–28   79,108
November 3 3:30 PM No. 6 Michigan Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ABC W 26–24   75,262
November 10 12:00 PM Indiana No. 22 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Old Brass Spittoon) L 28–37   73,990
November 17 12:00 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPN2 L 14–24   55,660
November 24 3:30 PM Penn State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Land Grant Trophy) ESPN L 37–42   72,658
December 1 11:00 AM Missouri* Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN2 W 55–7   72,823
December 31 3:00 PM vs. No. 20 Fresno State* Spartan StadiumSan Jose, CA (Silicon Valley Football Classic) FSN W 44–35   30,456[1]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.
  • NOTE: Missouri game originally scheduled for Sept 15 rescheduled to Dec 1 because of 9/11 attacks

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 3 14 0 7 24
Michigan State 7 7 3 9 26