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2001 Michigan State Spartans football
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Silicon Valley Football Classic Champions
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2001 record7–5 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coachBobby Williams
Defensive coordinatorBill Miller
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium (c. 72,027 natural grass)
Seasons
← 2000
2002 →
2001 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#12/12 Illinois   7 1         10 2  
#20/20 Michigan   6 2         8 4  
Ohio State   5 3         7 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Purdue   4 4         6 6  
Indiana   4 4         5 6  
Penn State   0* 4         0* 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 champion

The 2001 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 2001 college 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 7–5 record and a 44–35 victory in the 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic over the Fresno State Bulldogs of the WAC.

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.

ScheduleEdit

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 #23 Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) NBC W 17–10   80,795
September 29 3:30 PM at #16 Northwestern #23 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ABC L 26–27   40,103
October 13† 12:00 PM Iowa 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 #6 Michigan Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ABC W 26–24   75,262
November 10 12:00 PM Indiana #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. Fresno State Spartan StadiumSan Jose, CA (Silicon Valley Football Classic) FSN W 44–35   30,456[1]
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
  • NOTE: Missouri game originally scheduled for Sept 15 rescheduled to Dec 1 because of 9/11 attacks

2002 NFL DraftEdit

The following players were selected in the 2002 NFL Draft.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
T. J. Duckett 1 18 Running Back Atlanta Falcons
Chris Baker 3 88 Tight End New York Jets
Herb Haygood 5 144 Wide Receiver Denver Broncos
Josh Shaw 5 172 Defensive Tackle San Francisco 49ers
Craig Jarrett 6 194 Punter Seattle Seahawks

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