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2009 Michigan State Spartans football
Alamo Bowl, vs. Texas Tech, L 31–41
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2009 record6–7 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coachMark Dantonio (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorDon Treadwell (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorPat Narduzzi (3rd season)
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium (c. 75,005 natural grass)
Seasons
← 2008
2010 →
2009 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5/5 Ohio State   7 1         11 2  
#7/7 Iowa   6 2         11 2  
#9/8 Penn State   0* 2         0* 2  
#16/16 Wisconsin   5 3         10 3  
Northwestern   5 3         8 5  
Michigan State   4 4         6 7  
Purdue   4 4         5 7  
Minnesota   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         3 9  
Michigan   1 7         5 7  
Indiana   1 7         4 8  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative

The 2009 Michigan State Spartans football team competed on behalf of the Michigan State University in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Spartans were coached by Mark Dantonio, who was in his third season with the Spartans. Michigan State played their home games in Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.

Previous seasonEdit

Recruiting classEdit

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Denicos Allen
LB
Hamilton, Ohio Hamilton (OH) 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.56 Oct 7,
2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Edwin Baker
RB
Oak Park, Michigan Oak Park (MI) 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.40 Feb 26,
2008 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 81
David Barrent
OT
West Des Moines, Iowa Valley (IA) 6 ft 7 in (201 cm) 285 lb (129 kg) -- Jul 29,
2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 82
Larry Caper
RB
Battle Creek, Michigan Battle Creek Central (MI) 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.55 Mar 6,
2008 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 80
Henry Conway
OT
Shaker Heights, Ohio Shaker Heights (OH) 6 ft 6 in (198 cm) 300 lb (140 kg) 5.10 Jan 21,
2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Dana Dixon
WR
Detroit, Michigan Renaissance (MI) 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.55 Jun 20,
2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 73
Denzel Drone
LB
Plant City, Florida Plant City (FL) 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.65 Jan 25,
2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 68
Bennie Fowler
WR
Beverly Hills, Michigan Detroit County Day (MI) 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.4 Jul 12,
2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Dan France
OT
North Royalton, Ohio North Royalton (OH) 6 ft 6 in (198 cm) 270 lb (120 kg) 4.9 Aug 3,
2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 73
Corey Freeman
DE
University Heights, Ohio Cleveland Heights (OH) 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 235 lb (107 kg) 4.55 Feb 4,
2009 
Scout:75px   Rivals:2/5 stars   ESPN grade: 40
Jeremy Gainer
LB
Livonia, Michigan Clarenceville (MI) 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.50 Dec 18,
2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 75
Tyquan Hammock
LB
Fort Wayne, Indiana Bishop Luers (IN) 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.7 Jul 22,
2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 75
Derek Hoebing
TE
Vermilion, Ohio Vermilion (OH) 6 ft 6 in (198 cm) 245 lb (111 kg) 4.9 Jul 13,
2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   ESPN grade: 67
Jairus Jones
S
Tampa, Florida Wharton (FL) 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.60 Jan 31,
2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 78
Nate Klatt
C
Canal Fulton, Ohio Northwest (OH) 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 280 lb (130 kg) 5.4 Jul 7,
2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 75
Andrew Maxwell
QB
Midland, Michigan Midland (MI) 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.9 Mar 2,
2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 80
Kevin Muma
K
Troy, Michigan Troy (MI) 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) 175 lb (79 kg) -- Jan 19,
2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   ESPN grade: 75
Chris Norman
LB
Detroit, Michigan Renaissance (MI) 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.60 Feb 5,
2009 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 79
Micajah Reynolds
OG
Lansing, Michigan J.W. Sexton (MI) 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) 317 lb (144 kg) 5.10 Jun 24,
2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Dion Sims
TE
Orchard Lake, Michigan St. Mary's Prep (OH) 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.60 Jan 13,
2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 79
Donald Spencer
WR
Ypsilanti, Michigan Ypsilanti (MI) 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 192 lb (87 kg) 4.5 Feb 23,
2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 78
Blake Treadwell
C
East Lansing, Michigan East Lansing (MI) 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 273 lb (124 kg) 4.90 Mar 16,
2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 77
Patrick White
WR
Pickerington, Ohio Pickerington (OH) 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) 171 lb (78 kg) 4.4 Jun 8,
2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 74
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 37   Rivals: 17
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.
Sources:


SeasonEdit

This season saw the Spartans schedule a Division I FCS opponent (Montana State) for the first time since the NCAA split Division I football in 1978. This left Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, and Washington as the only Division I FBS teams to never have played a lower-division opponent since the split.[1]

Regular seasonEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5* 12:00 PM[2] Montana State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI BTN[2] W 44–3   74,518[3]
September 12* 12:00 PM[2] Central Michigan Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, Michigan ESPN2[2] L 27–29   76,221[4]
September 19* 3:30 PM[5] at Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) NBC[5] L 30–33   80,795[6]
September 26 12:00 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN L 30–38   80,123[7]
October 3 12:00 PM #22 Michigan Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) BTN W 26–20 OT  78,629[8]
October 10 12:00 PM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN W 24–14   62,870[9]
October 17† 12:00 PM[10] Northwestern Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI ESPN2 W 24–14   71,726[11]
October 24 7:00 PM[12] #6 Iowa Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI BTN[12] L 13–15   74,411[13]
October 31 8:00 PM[12] at Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN BTN[12] L 34–42   50,805[14]
November 7* 12:00 PM Western Michigan Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI BTN W 49–14   73,910[15]
November 14 12:00 PM at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ESPN W 40–37   48,408[16]
November 21 3:30 PM #14 Penn State Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Land Grant Trophy) ABC L 14–42   73,771[17]
January 2* 8:00 PM vs. Texas Tech AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl) ESPN L 31–41   64,757[18]
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Regular seasonEdit

Montana StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Montana St 0 0 3 0 3
Michigan St 7 21 6 10 44
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
0-0 First meeting -


Central MichiganEdit

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
4-2 2004 MSU, 24-7
by Quarter1234 Total
Central Michigan 3 10 0 16 29
Michigan St 10 7 3 7 27


Notre DameEdit

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
27-44-1 2008 MSU, 23-7
by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan St 3 14 6 7 30
Notre Dame 13 3 10 7 33


WisconsinEdit

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
27-20 2008 MSU, 25-24
by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan St 0 7 10 13 30
Wisconsin 7 14 3 14 38


MichiganEdit

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
29-67-5 2008 MSU, 35-21
by Quarter1234

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Total
Michigan 3 3 0 14

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20
Michigan St 7 3 3 7

<td>6</td>

26
  • Date: October 3
  • Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m. EST

Michigan came into the game 4-0 (1-0 Big Ten) and ranked #22, looking to reclaim the Paul Bunyan trophy after losing to MSU the previous year. Michigan State dominated the first 55 minutes of regulation, building a 20-6 lead. Michigan rallied with two TDs in the final minutes to send the game to OT, but MSU quickly intercepted a pass and running back Larry Caper rushed 23 yards through multiple tackles for the game-winning score.


IllinoisEdit

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
23-17-2 2006 Illinois, 23-20
by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan St 14 3 7 0 24
Illinois 0 0 7 7 14



NorthwesternEdit

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
33-16 2008 MSU, 37-20
by Quarter1234 Total
Northwestern 0 7 0 7 14
Michigan St 0 0 17 7 24


IowaEdit

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
18-20-2 2008 MSU, 16-13

Final Seconds: With 2 seconds remaining in the game, on 4th and Goal from the Michigan State 7 and a half yard line, Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi snapped the ball and passed the ball to Iowa WR Marvin McNutt into the end zone as the time expired to win the game.

by Quarter1234 Total
Iowa 0 3 0 12 15
Michigan St 3 0 3 7 13


MinnesotaEdit

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
25-16 2006 UM, 31-18
by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan St 3 7 21 3 34
Minnesota 14 7 7 14 42


Western MichiganEdit

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
8-2 2003 MSU, 26-21
by Quarter1234 Total
Western Michigan 0 0 14 0 14
Michigan St 21 14 7 7 49


PurdueEdit

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
30-29-3 2008 MSU, 21-7
Michigan State at Purdue
by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan St 7 10 6 17 40
Purdue 10 10 7 10 37


Penn StateEdit

Overall Record Last Meeting Result
12-13-1 2008 PSU, 49-18
by Quarter1234 Total
Penn St 0 7 28 7 42
Michigan St 0 7 0 7 14


Alamo BowlEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan St 7 7 14 3 31
Texas Tech 7 13 7 14 41


2010 NFL DraftEdit

Only one Spartan was selected in the 2010 NFL Draft. However, wide receiver Blair White signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Jeremy Ware 7 215 Cornerback Oakland Raiders


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Huguenin, Mike (February 23, 2009). "Even the SEC's best are not looking good". Rivals.com. Archived from the original on July 31, 2009. http://collegebasketball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=915586. Retrieved February 23, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Kickoff Times Set For Montana State, CMU". Michigan State Sports Information. June 24, 2009. Archived from the original on July 31, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5igy7VaQy. Retrieved June 24, 2009.
  3. "Montana State vs. Michigan State - Football 2009". Archived from the original on September 8, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5jdPKp6Vk. Retrieved September 6, 2009.
  4. "Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Michigan State Spartans Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292550127. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Notre Dame Announces Kickoff Times For 2009 Home Football Schedule". Notre Dame Sports Information. February 14, 2009. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20090219053424/http://und.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/021409aab.html. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
  6. "Michigan State Spartans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 13, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100413130745/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292620087. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  7. "Michigan State Spartans vs. Wisconsin Badgers Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292690275. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  8. "Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292760127. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  9. "Michigan State Spartans vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292830356. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  10. "MSU homecoming game against Northwestern at noon". The Detroit News. June 5, 2009. Archived from the original on July 31, 2009. http://detnews.com/article/20090605/SPORTS0202/906050418/1132/sports0202/MSU-homecoming-game-against-Northwestern-at-noon. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
  11. "Northwestern Wildcats vs. Michigan State Spartans Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292900127. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 "Spartan Football Schedule Features Two Prime-Time TV Games". Michigan State Sports Information. April 15, 2009. http://msuspartans.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/041509aaa.html. Retrieved April 15, 2009.
  13. "Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292970127. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  14. "Michigan State Spartans vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293040135. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  15. "Western Michigan Broncos vs. Michigan State Spartans Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293110127. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  16. "Michigan State Spartans vs. Purdue Boilermakers Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293182509. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  17. "Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan State Spartans Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293250127. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  18. "Michigan State Spartans vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 7, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100307082105/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=300022641. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
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