2001 Michigan State Spartans Football Team
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2001 Michigan State Spartans Football Team
2001 Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
Silicon Valley Football Classic champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2001 record7-5 (3-5 Big Ten)
Head coachBobby Williams (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorBill Miller (3rd season)
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium (c. 71,007 AstroTurf)
Seasons
← 2000
2002 →
2001 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 12 Illinois $   7 1         10 2  
No. 20 Michigan   6 2         8 4  
Ohio State   5 3         7 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Purdue   4 4         6 6  
Penn State   4 4         5 6  
Indiana   4 4         5 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 conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A 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 including a 44-35 victory in the 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic over the Fresno State Bulldogs of the Western Athletic Conference.

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.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 81:00 p.m.Central Michigan*W 35-2173,879
September 222:30 p.m.at No. 23 Notre Dame*NBCW 17-1080,795
September 293:30 p.m.at No. 16 NorthwesternNo. 23ABCL 26-2740,103
October 1312:00 p.m.Iowadagger
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
ESPN2W 31-2873,680
October 2012:00 p.m.at MinnesotaL 19-2847,385
October 2712:00 p.m.at WisconsinESPN+W 42-2879,108
November 33:30 p.m.No. 6 Michigan
ABCW 26-2475,262[1]
November 1012:00 p.m.IndianaNo. 22
L 28-3773,990
November 1712:00 p.m.at PurdueESPN2L 14-2455,660
November 243:30 p.m.Penn State
ESPNL 37-4272,658
December 111:00 a.m.Missouri*
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
ESPN2W 55-772,823
December 313:00 p.m.vs. No. 20 Fresno State*FSNW 44-3530,456[2]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
  • NOTE: Missouri game originally scheduled for Sept 15 rescheduled to Dec 1 because of 9/11 attacks

Roster

References

  1. ^ "Michigan vs. Michigan State". USA Today. November 3, 2001. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Michigan State vs. Fresno State Box Score". Michigan State University Department of Athletics. December 31, 2001. Retrieved 2012.



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