No. 8 Badgers post 4th shutout in 38-0 win over Spartans
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he knew the Spartans were going to have to stop Jonathan Taylor if they were going to have any shot at stealing a win at No. 8...
Spartans’ re-tooled offense to face No. 8 Badgers’ No. 1 D
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Mark Dantonio made some changes on the offensive side of the ball during the offseason.
The 13th-year Michigan State coach placed all five offensive assistants from 2018...
Judge: Dantonio’s deposition can wait until after season
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio can wait until after the football season to give a deposition in a former employee's lawsuit.
No. 25 Michigan State seeks another upset of No. 4 Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Ryan Day wants his players to understand Michigan State has a history of spoiling the Buckeyes' plans.
No. 25 Michigan State gears up for tough October schedule
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Forget about waiting until the stretch run in November. Michigan State will find out right now how it measures up against the Big Ten's top teams.
No. 25 Spartans out to prove this season is different
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio is now the winningest coach in Michigan State history, and tight end Matt Seybert now has a scholarship.
Lewerke’s 3 TDs lead Michigan State over Northwestern 31-10
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Michigan State was determined to get back on track following a stunning loss last week.
Brian Lewerke had three touchdown passes, Elijah Collins added a rushing TD and...
Ex-staffer: Michigan St, Dantonio was warned about recruit
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former football recruiter who is suing Michigan State says he urged coach Mark Dantonio to reject a player who subsequently was convicted of sexual assault.
After tough loss, Spartans look to rebound at Northwestern
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio isn't losing faith in his team.
He has seen the Spartans bounce back from difficult losses to make a run in Big Ten play and is...
Spartans moving on to Big Ten opener after loss
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio can look back on plenty of miscues from Michigan State's loss last weekend.
The big concern now for the Spartans is what happens next. They'll try to...
Michigan State OL Jarvis expected to miss 6-7 weeks
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State offensive lineman Kevin Jarvis is expected to miss 6-7 weeks with a leg injury.
Coach Mark Dantonio said Jarvis isn't lost for the season, but he...
Close finishes galore _ with mixed results for Big Ten
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio will have to wait a bit for his next milestone after the last couple minutes went terribly wrong for Michigan State.
Arizona State edges No. 18 Spartans 10-7 in wild last minute
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Jayden Daniels and Arizona State spoiled Mark Dantonio's bid for a milestone.
Instead, the Michigan State coach was left to explain a chaotic finish to a...
No. 18 Michigan State set for rematch with Arizona State
This was the moment early last season when Michigan State's offense hit its first major snag.
Faced with a tricky nonconference test on the road, the Spartans wasted opportunities throughout...
Dantonio win away from all-time wins mark at Michigan State
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio's name will soon stand alone atop the list of all-time winningest football coaches at Michigan State.
Offense responds for No. 19 Spartans in 51-17 win over WMU
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Brian Lewerke understood why his coach was so annoyed after an uneven performance last week in the season opener.
No. 19 Spartans have room for improvement against WMU
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio made it clear this week that No. 19 Michigan State needs to approach this next game with a sense of urgency.
Dantonio can tie record when No. 19 Spartans host WMU
Western Michigan (1-0) at No. 19 Michigan State (1-0), Saturday at 7:40 p.m. EDT (BTN).
Dantonio blunt about Spartans’ mistakes in opener
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One more win would give Mark Dantonio a share of the school record.
The Michigan State coach is in no mood to celebrate.
Spartans saying little about offense that needs improvement
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Later this week, the mystery surrounding Michigan State's offense will finally end.
Changes abound as Michigan State tries to fix offense
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Seven months ago, Mark Dantonio shook up his offensive staff, keeping his assistants but switching their roles around.
Dantonio keeps offensive changes under wraps at media day
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Raequan Willams bluntly outlined the expectations for Michigan State this coming season.
"Big Ten championship," the senior defensive end said. "That's what we...
Salem taking over as Michigan State offensive coordinator
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio is standing by his assistant coaches after a disappointing season for Michigan State.
Dantonio announced several changes within his staff Thursday, but they all involved current assistants taking on new roles. The Spartans did not announce any firings or new hires from outside the program.
Draft-bound Layne to miss Michigan State’s bowl
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State cornerback Justin Layne will miss the team's bowl game after declaring his intention to leave for the NFL draft.
Layne, a junior, said on Twitter last week that he would be entering the draft. Coach Mark Dantonio said Wednesday that Layne wouldn't be playing in the Redbox Bowl against Oregon on Dec. 31.
Dantonio said the decision to miss the bowl disappointed him.
Dobbs, Barnett highlight Michigan State class
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State has signed offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs of Detroit as part of its 2019 recruiting class.
Dobbs, a five-star recruit according to 247Sports,...
Michigan State’s LJ Scott says he’ll enter NFL draft
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State running back LJ Scott says he will enter the NFL draft after this season.
Scott, a senior, injured his ankle in September and has played in only four games this year. Coach Mark Dantonio said last month that Scott would redshirt , but Scott said on social media Wednesday night that he has decided to enter the draft.
Michigan State scores late TD, beats Rutgers 14-10
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Down by three against lowly Rutgers in the last home game of the season, Michigan State pulled out all the stops.
"I think we called every play out there on the sheet," Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said. "Some more than once, but you've got to execute."
Spartans hope to give seniors good send-off against Rutgers
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — As a senior at Michigan State, Khari Willis has certainly experienced college football's ups and downs.
His freshman season, the Spartans won the Big Ten and went...
Dantonio calls for perspective as Spartans sputter
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — At times like this, when Michigan State is dealing with a disappointing game or season, coach Mark Dantonio sometimes becomes philosophical.
That was certainly the case Tuesday. When asked whether his team has underachieved this year, Dantonio went on for more than 3 1/2 minutes, discussing injuries, the Spartans' offensive struggles and his players' academic performance.
Former Michigan State football employee brings lawsuit
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan State football employee Curtis Blackwell has filed a lawsuit claiming his employment agreement was violated when he was disciplined while the school addressed sexual assault allegations against three players in 2017.
Injuries make it tough to evaluate Michigan State’s woes
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio often shies away from talking about injuries. This year, the topic is unavoidable.
The question is whether Michigan State's offensive woes can be blamed mostly on poor health — or if there are deeper problems the Spartans need to resolve.
"Obviously we're playing very well on the defensive side of the ball," Dantonio said Tuesday. "We've got to get better on the offensive side of the ball, but that's where really all of our injuries have occurred."
Dantonio says Michigan State’s Scott will redshirt
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says running back LJ Scott will redshirt this season and return in 2019.
Scott did not play Saturday when the 24th-ranked Spartans lost 26-6 to eighth-ranked Ohio State. He hurt his ankle in early September and has appeared in only four games this year.
Spartans lean on Buckeye Joe Bachie for Ohio State game
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — When No. 24 Michigan State hosts No. 8 Ohio State, the Spartans will be leaning on an Ohio guy.
Middle linebacker Joe Bachie spearheads Michigan State's top-ranked defense. He is the team's leading tackler and an unquestioned leader. His work ethic and preparation are exemplary.
In fact, the player from Brook Park, Ohio, reminds Spartans coach Mark Dantonio of a Buckeyes star from the 1980s.
Big Ten fines Michigan St 10K, reprimands Harbaugh, Dantonio
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten fined Michigan State $10,000 and reprimanded the Spartans football team, coach Mark Dantonio, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Wolverines linebacker Devin Bush for their actions and comments regarding a confrontation before last week's game.
Dantonio lets Harbaugh have last word, sets sights on Purdue
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio is letting Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh have the last word after Saturday's dustup.
The Michigan State coach opened his news conference Tuesday saying he was done talking about the pregame flap when several Wolverine players on the field were caught up in the Spartans' traditional stadium walk. Dantonio then tried to direct attention to Michigan State's game this Saturday against Purdue.
Patterson-led No. 6 Michigan tops No. 24 Michigan State 21-7
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan had plenty of reasons to be motivated to beat Michigan State, barely defeating its in-state rival over the last decade and losing to every ranked team on the road for a dozen years.
The Wolverines, though, were even more fired up to win after a pregame spat with the Spartans.
Spartans, Wolverines showing respect before big matchup
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio began his news conference this week by talking about how well Michigan is playing, and how the No. 6 Wolverines certainly deserve a lofty ranking.
He later pointed out that recent matchups between the Spartans and Wolverines have been played in good spirit.
Lewerke rallies Michigan State over No. 8 Penn State, 21-17
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Each Michigan State player brought a poker chip to Happy Valley and coach Mark Dantonio encouraged the Spartans to push them all to the center of the table Saturday.
As the evening wore on against No. 8 Penn State, it was clear the Spartans were all-in.
Izzo says he never tried to cover up sex assault allegations
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo insisted Thursday he was never part of an effort to cover up allegations of sexual misconduct within the school's athletic department.
The Hall of Famer said the idea that he would be involved sickens him.
Shaky offensive line a big part of Spartans’ struggles
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio had plenty of reasons for his frustration after Michigan State's loss to Northwestern.
One particular stretch stood out.
Down by three in the latter half of the fourth quarter, the Spartans twice had the ball and went nowhere. Quarterback Brian Lewerke was under heavy pressure, and Michigan State couldn't even make a first down.
Michigan State’s Hartbarger likely done for the season
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says punter Jake Hartbarger's leg injury from last month is likely to end his season.
Hartbarger hurt his lower leg Sept. 8 at Arizona State. Shortly after that, Dantonio said the fifth-year senior would be out six to eight weeks, but on Tuesday, he said Hartbarger was unlikely to return in 2018.
The plan for now is for Hartbarger to get a medical redshirt and play again next year.
Spartans, Wildcats have plenty of room for improvement
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two years ago, Michigan State and Northwestern combined for 94 points. Last season, they threw for over 800 yards.
Their next meeting is this weekend, but both teams have issues that could prevent another shootout.
"I think, for our football team, we got to get some players back who are hurt," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "I think we're going to do that."
Top Big Ten defenses thrive with focus on stopping run first
In an era of high-scoring, pass-happy offenses, some of the Big Ten's top teams keep it old school: Their defenses are big, stout and focus first on stopping the run.
The conference has three of the top seven run defenses and four of the top 18 in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Dig deeper and six of the league's 14 teams are in the top 50.
No. 20 Michigan State again looks strong against the run
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One thing Mark Dantonio can often count on is that Michigan State will be able to stop the run.
No. 20 Michigan State still struggling to finish strong
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — For a third straight game, Michigan State was outscored in the fourth quarter.
If that worries coach Mark Dantonio, he did a pretty good job hiding it.
Dantonio was generally unruffled after the Spartans beat Central Michigan 31-20 on Saturday. It was a reasonably routine win for Michigan State, but the ending left a lot to be desired. The Spartans were outscored 17-0 in the final period.
No. 21 Spartans try to avoid letdown against CMU
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After starting Big Ten play with a win over Indiana, No. 21 Michigan State takes a break from the conference schedule for a matchup with Central Michigan.
Coach Mark Dantonio isn't exactly thrilled about it.
"I think that that's not a perfect scenario to go into. I'd rather play our out-of-conference games and go into it," Dantonio said. "You need to prepare yourself for that mentally and focus accordingly and that's what we'll do."
No. 24 Michigan St. gets tricky to hold off Indiana 35-21
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio went deep into his bag of tricks Saturday night.
Brian Lewerke made each one look like magic.
The junior quarterback threw two touchdown passes, had his first career reception and made a perfectly timed pitch to kicker Matt Coghlin for a 6-yard touchdown run, helping the 24th-ranked Spartans pull away from Indiana 35-21.
No. 24 Michigan State again has to shake off an early loss
Win or lose, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio understands the importance of moving on.
That's part of the reason his program has been so successful.
"I've said this before: What are you going to do after big moments? What are you going to do after you win a big game? How are you going to respond the next week?" Dantonio said Tuesday. "Same thing when we've lost a game, when we've lost a moment. You know, how do you handle yourselves? What's the next step for you as a person?"
No. 25 Michigan State struggling to find its stride
After a closer-than-expected win over Utah State in the season opener, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio pointed out that this was nothing new for the Spartans.
"You want to pound somebody 50 to nothing, that's not happening too often," he said. "It certainly hasn't happened here in my time. We're just eking, just trying to find those inches."
Then last weekend, Michigan State found itself in another close game — and came up short.