Madison, Wis. - The MSU football team rallied behind another fallen Spartan soldier Saturday as it beat Wisconsin 42-28 at Camp Randall Stadium. A season-ending injury stung sophomore cornerback Tyrell Dortch when he broke his leg in the second quarter. After doctors reset his leg in the field, Dortch was taken to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, where he underwent surgery.
Madison, Wisc. - A starters leg broke, but MSUs spirit held firm, as the Spartans rolled to an erratic 42-28 victory at Wisconsin on Saturday. Sophomore cornerback Tyrell Dortch suffered the injury to his right leg while covering Badger wide receiver Lee Evans, who caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jim Sorgi to give Wisconsin a 14-7 with about seven minutes remaining in the first half.
MSUs Duffy Daugherty Football Building is operating more like an infirmary these days. With at least 10 players injured - six of them out for at least three weeks or more - the prognosis is shaky for a strong second half of the season. The Spartans latest spell of doom came Saturday in a 28-19 loss at Minnesota. And nobody was hit harder than MSUs quarterbacks.
Minneapolis - Things have been rough for me lately. I took the toughest midterm of my life Friday morning,Then about an hour later, I began an 11-hour Midwest highway trek with my fellow State Newsers to cover the MSU-Minnesota game.Then shortly after the Spartans disappointing 28-19 loss Saturday, I found out my girlfriend didnt receive the flowers I bought her - so much for a little bit of sweetness on Sweetest Day.
Minneapolis - Minnesotas 6-foot-3 wide receiver Ron Johnson was on the cover of the game program in MSUs 28-19 loss to Minnesota in the Metrodome. Maybe his smaller teammates Marion Barber III and Tellis Redmon should have been. Granted, Johnson had four catches for 73 yards and a touchdown, was a preseason All-American and is the schools all-time leader in receptions with 176. But in Saturdays win over MSU, Johnson took the backseat to 5-foot-11 Barber and 6-foot Redmon, who both had late fourth quarter touchdown runs to regain the lead and seal a much-needed conference victory. Barber had 158 yards on 15 carries and Redmon had 134 yards on 22 carries. Substituting both running backs made a difference, especially late in the game, Redmon said. The mixing up of Marion and I was good because it was the small things that made the difference, Redmon said.
Minneapolis - The MSU football team went down to the wire in its fourth straight game Saturday, but unlike last weekend, this game ended with 28-19 loss at Minnesota in front of 47,385 fans at the Hubert H.
When sophomore tailback Tyrell Dortch played cornerback last week against Iowa, it wasnt just an isolated experiment. After recording five tackles in 39 plays at cornerback, head coach Bobby Williams said Dortch will start there at Minnesota on Saturday. I thought Tyrell Dortch did some very good things at that corner position, Williams said.
Deadlines need to be met for the Spartans to enjoy their first full season on natural turf in 32 years.Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Greg Ianni - one of the masterminds behind the $2 million Spartan Stadium transformation - said the project should begin next spring if weather permits.
Kyle Brown, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver from West Bloomfield High School is so highly sought that football powerhouses around the nation didnt renege scholarship offers after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament early this season.