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The Michigan State Spartans pulled out all the stops last night, but it jsut wasn’t enough. They out-gained the Wisconsin Badgers in yardage by a wide margin, and took advantage of some trick plays, but it still didn’t yield a W.
Like I said in my B1G Title game preview on Wednesday:
This game has that Mark Dantonio “trickeration” feel. Like they could win the game on a trick play with a cool name like “little giants” (Notre Dame) or “mouse trap” (Northwestern)
Perhaps it’s time to give the nickname “riverboat gambler” to Dantonio after his gutsy 2nd quarter to remember. (After all, he did say at NU in ’10 “I’ve always been a risk-taker.”)
A cajones call on a critical 4th-1 set up one touchdown. Another touchdown on a lateral from Keith Nichol to B.J. Cunningham. Followed by a direct snap to Sontag for a 2-pt conversion that no one saw coming.
In the regular season, MSU outscored Wisconsin 23-0 in second quarter. Last night the gutsy play-calling yielded a 22-0. Odd numbers to a
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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio met with the media Friday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium to preview the Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin. Dantonio discussed several topics, including the excitement surrounding the inaugural title game, the leadership of Kirk Cousins, and the challenge of matching up against the Badger offense.
On the eve of the inaugural Big Ten Championship game, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio address the media prior to Saturday night's kickoff.
Friday afternoon Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio released several things about his team leading up to Saturday nights Big Ten Championship Game. Dantonio, who has the Spartans in the first ever battle for a conference championship game under the new conference format, made sure his team got the message about what is at stake.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio knows Wisconsin is going to add new wrinkles to its offense. The Spartans have to be ready for whatever the Badgers have in store with Russell Wilson, the Big Ten's quarterback of the year, and Montee Ball, the conference's running back and offensive player of the year.
Despite their loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten Football Championship Game, Mark Dantonio's team proved it belongs in talks when BCS bowl bids are handed out on Sunday. Why should the Spartans be given the chance to represent if the BCS looks to take two teams from the Big Ten?
Despite the loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten Conference Football Championship Game, Michigan State has another major goal to achieve under head coach Mark Dantonio.
Mark Dantonio saw Wisconsin's history and raised it with a bit of Michigan State karma.
If you’re a Spartan, you’re probably still recovering from what was a difficult weekend, at best, in college football.
The heartbreaking loss to Wisconsin, followed by neglect from the BCS during Sunday’s selection show has Michigan State fans stunned and on the verge of depression heading into bowl season.
Instead of playing in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1989 and...
Conference championship game losers Georgia and Michigan State have landed in the Outback Bowl.
The 18th-ranked Bulldogs (10-3) and 12th-ranked Spartans (10-3) will play in the Jan. 2 bowl in Tampa, a matchup of 10-win teams that had a chance to earn berths in the Bowl Championship Series. Instead, they dropped below the Capital One Bowl. The Capital One chose Nebraska over Michigan...
Mark Dantonio said today that the Spartans need to move past the disappointment of losing the Big Ten championship game. The Spartans (10-3) will face Georgia (10-3) in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2 in Tampa.
By MICHAEL MAROT,
AP Sports WriterINDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- When Mark Dantonio took the Michigan State job in 2007, he had a simple plan -- follow Wisconsin.
He wanted a tough, physical offense. He expected the Spartans to win with defense and special teams. He hoped to shed the image of a periodic Big Ten contender and become a regular powerhouse, just like Wisconsin.
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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said sophomore cornerback Darqueze Dennard will start tomorrow in the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio took questions from the media during Monday's coaches call for this year's Outback Bowl to be played on January 2nd. You can listen to the entire call here.
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In a radio interview shortly before the start of the first ever Big Ten Championship game, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio promised a Spartan win over the Badgers later that night.
Well after one half of play, Michigan State was halfway to backing up that guarantee as they led Wisconsin 29-21 at the break.
On the first drive it looked...