CMU vs. MSU: History of the rivalry
CMU 20, MSU 3
The Spartans were coming off of being co-Big Ten Champions and ranked No. 18 in the nation. The Chippewas running back Billy Smith shocked MSU with 162 yards on 40 carries and a touchdown to propel CMU in its first game in East Lansing. CMU also scored on a 57-yard pass in the third quarter.
CMU 24, MSU 20
Quarterback Joe Youngblood was the hero in the Chippewas second straight win against MSU in the two schools’ second meeting. He hit Bryan Tice for two touchdown passes, one six yards and another from 15 yards out. On defense, Darrall Stinson had 14 tackles. His biggest play came when he forced a fumble in the second quarter as the Spartans were knocking on the door to score.
CMU 34, MSU 48
With starting quarterback Joe Youngblood out with a sprained ankle backup Eric Timpf stepped in and delivered — just not enough for a third-straight win over MSU. The backup rushed for 147 yards and threw for another 214 yards. Even though the CMU offense put up points, the Spartan offense did better, racking up 584 total yards and staying in front of CMU throughout the game.
CMU 7, MSU 38
The Chippewas came out to a 7-0 lead thanks to a CMU interception and an Eric Flowers 28-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. It was all MSU after that though. Spartan wide out Plaxico Burress reeled in two touchdown passes as they scored 38 unanswered points. Spartan quarterback Bill Burke finished with 259 passing yards and four touchdowns.
CMU 21, MSU 35
MSU offensive playmakers T.J. Duckett and Jeff Smoker helped get the Spartans 486 total yards of offense and eventually the win. The Chippewas were aided by a NCAA Division I-record four blocked punts by James King – including two blocks that were returned for touchdowns. MSU used a four minute span in the second quarter to put up 21 points and earned its third-straight victory.
CMU 7, MSU 24
MSU quarterback Stephen Reaves completed nine passes for 183 yards and a touchdown while the Spartans rushed for two more scores. The lone CMU touchdown came on a 90-yard touchdown run by Jerry Seymour, who finished with 164 yards. Backup quarterback Drew Stanton had a key fourth-down scramble for 38-yards, sealing the victory.
CMU 29, MSU 27
The Chippewas scored nine points in the final 32 seconds of the game to upset the Spartans 29-27. Coach Butch Jones elected to go for two, down one with 32 second remaining. The Chippewas did not convert but did on the ensuing onside kick. CMU quarterback Dan LeFevour threw for 328 yards, ran for 10 and had 24 receiving yards in a game in which he overtook the Mid-American Conference record for total yards.
CMU 7, MSU 45
Ryan Radcliff and A.J. Westendorp each threw two interceptions and MSU running back Le’Veon Bell rushed for three touchdowns as MSU rolled in East Lansing last season. Spartans backup quarterback Andrew Maxwell – the current starter – was very efficient, completing seven of his eight pass attempts for 71 yards and a touchdown. David Blackburn caught the lone CMU touchdown from five yards out.
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