List of Michigan State Spartans bowl games

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The Michigan State Spartans college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing Michigan State University in the Big Ten Conference (Big Ten). Since the establishment of the team in 1896, Michigan State has appeared in 28 bowl games.[1] Included in these games are five appearances in the Rose Bowl Game.[1][2] Through the history of the program, eight separate coaches have led the Spartans to bowl games with Mark Dantonio having the most appearances with eleven. The Spartans currently have a bowl record of 12–16 (.429).

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Bowl games[edit]

List of bowl games showing bowl played in, score, date, season, opponent, stadium, location, attendance and head coach[A 1]
# Bowl Score[A 2] Date Season[A 3] Opponent[A 4] Stadium Location Attendance[3] Head coach
1 Orange Bowl L 6–0 January 1, 1938 1937 Auburn Miami Orange Bowl Miami 18,972double-dagger Charlie Bachman
2 Rose Bowl W 28–20 January 1, 1954 1953 UCLA Rose Bowl Pasadena 100,500 Clarence Munn
3 Rose Bowl W 17–14 January 1, 1956 1955 UCLA Rose Bowl Pasadena 100,809 Duffy Daugherty
4 Rose Bowl L 14–12 January 1, 1966 1965 UCLA Rose Bowl Pasadena 100,087 Duffy Daugherty
5 Cherry Bowl L 10–6 December 22, 1984 1984 Army Pontiac Silverdome Pontiac 70,332dagger George Perles
6 All-American Bowl L 17–14 December 31, 1985 1985 Georgia Tech Legion Field Birmingham 45,000 George Perles
7 Rose Bowl W 20–17 January 1, 1988 1987 USC Rose Bowl Pasadena 103,847 George Perles
8 Gator Bowl L 34–27 January 1, 1989 1988 Georgia Gator Bowl Jacksonville 76,236 George Perles
9 Aloha Bowl W 33–13 December 25, 1989 1989 Hawaii Aloha Stadium Honolulu 50,000dagger George Perles
10 John Hancock Bowl W 17–16 December 31, 1990 1990 USC Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso 50,562 George Perles
11 Liberty Bowl L 18–7 December 28, 1993 1993 Louisville Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis 34,216 George Perles
12 Independence Bowl L 45–26 December 29, 1995 1995 LSU Independence Stadium Shreveport 48,835 Nick Saban
13 Sun Bowl L 38–0 December 31, 1996 1996 Stanford Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso 42,271 Nick Saban
14 Aloha Bowl L 51–23 December 25, 1997 1997 Washington Aloha Stadium Honolulu 34,419 Nick Saban
15 Florida Citrus Bowl W 37–34 January 1, 2000 1999 Florida Citrus Bowl Orlando 62,011 Bobby Williams
16 Silicon Valley Classic W 44–35 December 31, 2001 2001 Fresno State Spartan Stadium San Jose 30,456dagger Bobby Williams
17 Alamo Bowl L 17–3 December 29, 2003 2003 Nebraska Alamodome San Antonio 56,226 John L. Smith
18 Champs Sports Bowl L 24–21 December 28, 2007 2007 Boston College Citrus Bowl Orlando 46,554 Mark Dantonio
19 Capital One Bowl L 24–12 January 1, 2009 2008 Georgia Citrus Bowl Orlando 59,681 Mark Dantonio
20 Alamo Bowl L 41–31 January 2, 2010 2009 Texas Tech Alamodome San Antonio 64,757 Mark Dantonio
21 Capital One Bowl L 49–7 January 1, 2011 2010 Alabama Citrus Bowl Orlando 61,519 Mark Dantonio
22 Outback Bowl W 33–30 January 2, 2012 2011 Georgia Raymond James Stadium Tampa 49,429 Mark Dantonio
23 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl W 17–16 December 29, 2012 2012 TCU Sun Devil Stadium Tempe 44,617 Mark Dantonio
24 Rose Bowl W 24–20 January 1, 2014 2013 Stanford Rose Bowl Pasadena 95,173 Mark Dantonio
25 Cotton Bowl Classic W 42–41 January 1, 2015 2014 Baylor AT&T Stadium Arlington 71,464 Mark Dantonio
26 Cotton Bowl Classic L 38–0 December 31, 2015 2015 Alabama AT&T Stadium Arlington 82,812 Mark Dantonio
27 Holiday Bowl W 42-17 December 28, 2017 2017 Washington State SDCCU Stadium San Diego 47,092 Mark Dantonio
28 Redbox Bowl L 7-6 December 31, 2018 2018 Oregon Levi's Stadium Santa Clara Mark Dantonio

Record by bowl game[edit]

Bowl Game # W L %
Alamo Bowl 2 0 2 .000
Aloha Bowl 2 1 1 .500
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl 1 1 0 1.000
Champs Sports Bowl 1 0 1 .000
Cherry Bowl 1 0 1 .000
Citrus Bowl 3 1 2 .333
Cotton Bowl 2 1 1 .500
Gator Bowl 1 0 1 .000
Hall of Fame Classic 1 0 1 .000
Holiday Bowl 1 0 0 1.000
Independence Bowl 1 0 1 1.000
Liberty Bowl 1 0 1 .000
Orange Bowl 1 0 1 .000
Outback Bowl 1 1 0 1.000
Redbox Bowl 1 0 1 .000
Rose Bowl 5 4 1 .800
Silicon Valley Classic 1 1 0 1.000
Sun Bowl 2 1 1 .500

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Statistics correct as of 2012–13 NCAA football bowl games.
  2. ^ Results are sortable first by whether the result was a Michigan State win, loss or tie and then second by the margin of victory.
  3. ^ Links to the season article for the Michigan State team that competed in the bowl for that year.
  4. ^ Links to the season article for the opponent that Michigan State competed against in the bowl for that year when available or to their general page when unavailable.

References[edit]

General
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records" (PDF). 2012 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA.org. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
Specific
  1. ^ a b Bowl/All-Star Game Records, p. 13
  2. ^ Bowl/All-Star Game Records, p. 3
  3. ^ Bowl/All-Star Game Records, pp. 31–37