1925 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1925 Michigan State Spartans football
Conference Independent
1925 record 3–5
Head coach Ralph H. Young (3rd season)
Seasons
← 1924
1926 →
1925 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Dayton         7 2 0
Marquette         7 2 0
Notre Dame         7 2 1
Haskell         9 3 1
Western State (MI)         6 2 1
Loyola (IL)         6 2 0
Central Michigan         4 1 3
Butler         5 2 2
Fairmount         3 1 4
Wabash         5 3 1
Detroit City College         4 3 1
Detroit         5 4 0
Michigan State         3 5 0
Saint Louis         2 6 1

The 1925 Michigan State Spartans football team was an American football team that represented Michigan State College as an independent during the 1925 college football season. In its third year under head coach Ralph H. Young, the team compiled a 3–5 record and was outscored by a total of 106 to 105.[1][2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance Source
September 26 Adrian W 16–0 [3]
October 3 at Michigan L 0–39 30,000 [4]
October 10 Lake Forest
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
L 0–6 [5]
October 17 Centre
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 15–13 [6]
October 24 at Penn State L 6–13 [7]
November 1 Colgate
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
L 0–14 [8]
November 8 Toledodagger
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 58–0 [9]
November 15 at Wisconsin L 10–21 [10]
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Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Michigan State at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan 13 0 26 0 39
  • Date: October 3, 1925
  • Location: Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 30,000
  • Referee: H. B. Hackett (West Point)

On October 3, 1925, the Spartans lost to Michigan by a 39 to 0 score before a crowd of 30,000 persons for a Ferry Field record.[11] The game was the 20th meeting in the Michigan – Michigan State football rivalry. Michigan had won nine straight games, eight by shutouts, dating back to 1916.[12] Michigan scored twice in the first quarter. The first touchdown came on a 65-yard run by Benny Friedman.[11][13] Later in the quarter, Friedman completed a pass to Charles Grube for a 20-yard gain and then completed another pass to Bruce Gregory for a 30-yard gain and a touchdown. After a scoreless second quarter, Michigan led 13–0 at halftime.[14] In the third quarter, Michigan scored three touchdowns. The first came on a pass from sophomore halfback Louis Gilbert to fellow sophomore Bennie Oosterbaan for a 40-yard gain and a touchdown. On the next drive, George Babcock ran 68 yards for a touchdown after "scooping up a fumble on the dead run."[11][15] Gilbert kicked the extra point, and Michigan led, 27–0. Later in the quarter, Friedman intercepted a pass and then completed a pass to Oosterbaan for a 24-yard gain and a touchdown.[14] The New York Times noted that Oosterbaan "sparkled in his play" and that both of his touchdowns came on "clever catches and smart running."[11] Gilbert kicked two extra points, and Frederic Fuller kicked one.[11][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 152. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "1925 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "M.S.C. Scores 16-0 Victory". Detroit Free Press. September 27, 1925. p. 21 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "State College Crushed Under Melting Assault of Michigan Eleven, 39 to 0". Detroit Free Press. October 4, 1925. p. 20 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Lake Forest Downs State By a Touchdown". Detroit Free Press. October 11, 1925. p. 20 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "State College Beats Centre By Late Rally". Detroit Free Press. October 18, 1925. p. 23 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Nittany Lions Celebrate With Victory Over Michigan State". Pittsburgh Gazette Times. October 25, 1925. p. III-10 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ George S. Alderton (November 2, 1925). "Michigan State Gives Colgate Great Fight But Lose to Crack Eastern Team, 14-0". The Lansing State Journal. p. 17 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "State Eleven Getting Ready for Badgers: Toledo Offers But Little Opposition to Green Team". Lansing State Journal. November 9, 1925. p. 11 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Badgers Conquer Stubborn Aggies, 21 to 10". The Wisconsin State Journal. November 15, 1925. p. 25 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ a b c d e "30,000 See Michigan Take Opener, 39–0: Friedman Stars as Wolverines Beat Michigan State Before Record Crowd". The New York Times. October 4, 1925.
  12. ^ "Michigan vs Michigan St". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2014-11-11.
  13. ^ The account of the game in the Chicago Daily Tribune stated that Friedman's touchdown run was for 50 yards.
  14. ^ a b c "YOSTMEN STRIKE THROUGH AIR TO NIP STATE, 39–0: EASY FOR MICHIGAN". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 4, 1925. p. A3.
  15. ^ The account of the game in the Chicago Daily Tribune indicates that Babcock's touchdown came on a 40-yard interception return.