1971 Michigan State Spartans football team
The 1971 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1971 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 18th season under head coach Duffy Daugherty, the Spartans compiled a 6–5 overall record (5–3 against Big Ten opponents) and finished in a tie for third place in the Big Ten Conference.
|1971 Michigan State Spartans football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1971 record||6–5 (5–3 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Duffy Daugherty (18th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Denny Stolz (1st season)|
|Captain||Eric Allen, Ron Curl|
|Home stadium||Spartan Stadium |
|1971 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 6 Michigan $||8||–||0||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
Four Spartans were selected by either the Associated Press (AP) or the United Press International (UPI) as first-team players on the 1971 All-Big Ten Conference football team: running back Eric Allen (AP-1, UPI-1); offensive guard Joe DeLamielleure (AP-1, UPI-1); defensive tackle Ron Curl (AP-1, UPI-1); and defensive back Brad Van Pelt (AP-1, UPI-1).
|September 11||Illinois||W 10–0|
|September 18||at Georgia Tech*||No. 18||L 0–10|
|September 25||Oregon State*||W 31–14|
|October 2||at No. 4 Notre Dame*||L 2–14|
|October 9||No. 2 Michigan||L 13–24||80,093|
|October 16||at Wisconsin||L 28–31|
|October 23||Iowa||W 34–3|
|October 30||at Purdue||W 43–10|
|November 6||at No. 9 Ohio State||W 17–10|
|November 13||Minnesota||W 40–25|
|November 20||at Northwestern||No. 19||L 7–28|
- LB #98 Gail Clark, Jr.
On October 9, 1971, Michigan State lost Michigan, 24–13, in front of 80,093 spectators, the largest crowd to that time in the history of Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. Billy Taylor rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Tom Slade started his first game at quarterback, completed three of nine passes for 45 yards, and rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown. With Michigan State athletic director Biggie Munn in critical condition following a stroke, the Spartans kept the came close. Michigan State trailed 10–7 late in the third quarter and had the ball at Michigan's 14-yard line. At that point, Michigan's Butch Carpenter forced a fumble that was recovered by Mike Keller. The Wolverines then sealed the game with a two-yard touchdown run by Taylor and a seven-yard touchdown run by Slade. Michigan kicker Dana Coin converted three point after touchdown attempts and kicked a 27-yard field goal.
- "Michigan State Yearly Results (1970-1974)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- "2015 Michigan State Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. p. 146. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "All Big Ten Selected". Daily Illini. November 24, 1971.
- "Unbeaten Michigan Dominate UPI Team Picked by Coaches: Ohio State Places 7 On All-Big Ten Teams". The Times Recorder, Zanesville, OH. November 25, 1971. p. 9D.
- Charlie Vincent (October 10, 1971). "It's U-M, 24–13". Detroit Free Press. p. 1C, 4C – via Newspapers.com.
- "Munn Shows Improvement". Detroit Free Press. October 10, 1971. p. 4C – via Newspapers.com.
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