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Michigan State touchdown proves football a funny game

Michigan State touchdown proves football a funny game

One moment lost in analysis of Jalen Watts-Jackson’s Ranger Rescue was he benefitted from Michigan offensive lineman Ben Braden doing his job.If that sounds incongruous, it should. It helps explain how Michigan State’s inexplicable game-winning touchdown unfolded with a 10...

Banks on Michigan State rivalry with Michigan and more

Banks on Michigan State rivalry with Michigan and more

Tony Banks remembers precisely the moment on Nov. 4, 1995 when he fully understood the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry.Prior to that day the Spartans’ senior quarterback from San Diego failed to separate Michigan from other Big Ten schools on the schedule. He had grown up far...

The Student and his Professor

The Student and his Professor

Michigan State and Michigan meet for the 108th time Saturday in Ann Arbor, but it has been only since 1953 that the Great Lake State schools have faced each other as fellow members of the Big Ten Conference. That journey to Michigan State's membership is a fascinating story that...

Homecoming weekend honors national championship teams

Homecoming weekend honors national championship teams

Michigan State's 1965 and 1966 national championship teams broke too much ground to be limited to a ceremony for homecoming against Purdue Saturday at Spartan Stadium.So the school began recognizing the old-timers on Friday. The weekend began when Michigan State president Lou...

Michigan State celebrates past and present national stature

Michigan State celebrates past and present national stature

What symmetrical timing.This is not the first season players representing Michigan State’s 1965 and 1966 national teams– the legends and backups alike from these tight units that were a leader in the integration of college football under College Football Hall of Fame coach Duffy...

Cutcliffe plans to address targeting rule on rules committee

Cutcliffe plans to address targeting rule on rules committee

DURHAM, N.C. – The thoughts Duke coach David Cutcliffe expressed responding to a question about the targeting rule sounded similar to what other coaches believe.“Intent,” is the word he says is missing from the rule interpretation of helmet-to-helmet contact. ... Click...

Air Force game family reunion for Michigan State alum

Air Force game family reunion for Michigan State alum

Former Michigan State All-Big Ten linebacker Paul Rudzinski reveled in the Spartans’ Top 10-matchup win over Oregon Saturday as much as any fan.But the “really” big game in the Rudzinski family is this Saturday when Air Force visits Spartan Stadium. Paul’s son John Rudzinski is...

Myths that grew out of 1970 Alabama game with USC

Myths that grew out of 1970 Alabama game with USC

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the USC-Alabama game that grew into mythical proportions long after it was played Sept. 12, 1970.The enduring myth is Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant made a calculated move inviting USC as the first integrated team to play at Legion Field in...

Michigan State adds Hall of Famer to Ring of Fame

Michigan State adds Hall of Famer to Ring of Fame

Clinton Jones will take to the Spartan Stadium turf Saturday night with wobblier legs than the purpose the two-time All-American halfback ran with a half-century ago in Michigan State’s season-opening 13-3 win Sept. 18, 1965 against UCLA.Emotion, not age, will turn his legs to...

Through the Banks of the Red Cedar discussion

Through the Banks of the Red Cedar discussion

Filmmaker Maya Washington, daughter of Michigan State College Football Hall of Famer Gene Washington, will show a trailer of her upcoming documentary, "Through the Banks of the Red Cedar," on Sept. 10 at the Conrad Hall auditorium on the Michigan State campus. Conrad Hall is the...