MSU senior linebacker Josh Thornhill was selected Monday as the recipient of the John S. Pingel Award by the Michigan Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The Pingel award, based on academic and athletic performance, is named in honor of the former Spartan All-America halfback and National Football Foundation Hall of Famer.
The MSU football team scored on every possession in the first half, except its last when sophomore quarterback Jeff Smoker took a knee.Then it put up a doughnut in the third quarter.Even though Penn State allowed the most points in a half Saturday since MSU scored 35 in the second half in 1997, MSU turned complacent in the third quarter, sophomore linebacker Mike Labinjo said.We came out in the third quarter and a different team showed up, Labinjo said.
West Lafayette, Ind. - One inexperienced quarterback and loads of mistakes left MSU one more week out of the bowl hunt. The Spartans (5-4 overall, 3-4 Big Ten) racked up six turnovers Saturday as they failed to clinch the sixth win needed to become bowl eligible for the second straight week.
West Lafayette, Ind. - The MSU football team failed to become bowl eligible for the second straight week Saturday as it fumbled the ball five times in a 24-14 loss to Purdue at Ross Ade Stadium.Redshirt freshman quarterback Damon Dowdell started the game because sophomore quarterback Jeff Smoker sprained his left shoulder last week against Indiana.
Sophomore cornerback Tyrell Dortch had a lot of time to think as he lay in a Madison, Wis. ,hospital bed for more than two weeks.
It isnt officially rivalry week until Grambling and Southern duel it out in the Battle of the Bands, but many big-time rivalries are this week, including Florida vs.
They are definitely not blockbuster movies by any means. But regardless, MSU will take plenty of time this week analyzing film to try and correct the mistakes made in Saturdays 37-28 loss to Indiana.
Indiana had more to play for Saturday than just its third conference win of the season. After embarrassing MSU 37-28 at home, the Hoosiers (3-6, 3-3 Big Ten) waited on the field until they received a dingy, yet coveted award that has been in the Spartans grasp since 1994.
Indiana head football coach Cam Cameron was exhausted just watching his team rush for 489 yards - a season worst for MSUs defense.You know what, Id rather sit down, Cameron said at his postgame press conference, Im worn out, Im worn out.Camerons weariness came watching quarterback Antwaan Randle El as he tirelessly scrambled up and down the field for 149 yards and one touchdown rushing and set up two other major ground performances.Running back Levron Williams flew 251 yards for three touchdowns and fullback Jeremi Johnson tallied 96 yards and a score of his own.
Hazelwood East High (St. Louis) fullback David Richard planned on continuing his football career at Tennessee.But the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder axed those plans Friday when he decided to commit to MSU football head coach Bobby Williams and make East Lansing his new football home next season.The reason for the change was because I didnt know a lot about (Tennessee), Richard said.
Regardless of the outcome in MSUs football game against Indiana on Saturday, one player with the last name Rasmussen wont be happy.Thats because sophomore defensive tackle Kyle Rasmussens older brother Kemp is the Hoosiers starting defensive end.This game will be the only time the brothers will get a chance to stand on opposite sidelines.This is the last time were going to get to play each other so its kind of for bragging rights - forever, Kyle said.Thats why theyve been looking forward to it for so long, Kemp told The Associated Press.Ive had this game circled on my calendar since last year, Kemp said.
Nothing can really compare to last weekends sporting events, especially MSUs 26-24 upset over Michigan and ex-Detroit Tiger Luis Gonzalezs game-winning hit in game seven of the World Series. But with plenty of college football left on the schedule and the Spartans rolling, there should still be plenty of excitement.