1987 Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 20-17 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 8
Record9–2–1 (7–0–1 Big Ten)
Head coach
Defensive coordinatorNick Saban (5th season)
Base defenseStunt 4–3
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium
(c. 76,000 AstroTurf)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 8 Michigan State $ 7 0 1 9 2 1
No. 16 Iowa 6 2 0 10 3 0
Indiana 6 2 0 8 4 0
No. 19 Michigan 5 3 0 8 4 0
Ohio State 4 4 0 6 4 1
Minnesota 3 5 0 6 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0 3 7 1
Illinois 2 5 1 3 7 1
Northwestern 2 6 0 2 8 1
Wisconsin 1 7 0 3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team went 9–2–1 overall and 7–0–1 in conference play, becoming Big Ten Conference champions.[1] Michigan State beat USC to win the 1988 Rose Bowl, and finished the season ranked #8 in the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll. The first game of the season, also against USC, was the first night game ever at Spartan Stadium.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 78:00 p.m.No. 19 USC*ABCW 27–1377,922
September 197:45 p.m.at No. 9 Notre Dame*No. 17ESPNL 8–3159,075
September 261:00 p.m.No. 6 Florida State*
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
L 3–3176,887
October 312:30 p.m.at No. 17 IowaW 19–1467,700
October 103:30 p.m.No. 12 Michigan
ABCW 17–1177,424
October 172:05 p.m.at NorthwesternNo. 19W 38–029,113
October 241:00 p.m.IllinoisdaggerNo. 14
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
T 14–1476,513
October 313:30 p.m.at No. 15 Ohio StateNo. 20ABCW 13–789,915
November 71:00 p.m.PurdueNo. 15
  • Spartan Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
W 45–376,933
November 143:30 p.m.No. 16 IndianaNo. 13
ABCW 27–376,411
November 212:05 p.m.at WisconsinNo. 11W 30–945,385
January 1, 19885:00 p.m.vs. No. 16 USC*No. 8NBCW 20–17103,847
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Personnel

1987 Michigan State Spartans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 17 Willie Bouyer Jr
QB 4 Dan Enos Fr
RB 26 Blake Ezor So
TE Rich Gicewicz
OL David Houle
WR 14 Jeff Jacobs Sr
OL 63 Bob Kula
OT 79 Tony Mandarich Jr
QB 8 Bobby McAllister Jr
RB Steve Montgomery
RB James Moore
RB Joe Pugh
WR 1 Andre Rison Jr
OT 71 Kevin Robbins Jr
TE 49 Mike Sargent Sr
C 60 Pat Shurmur Sr
OL Vince Tata
RB 34 Lorenzo White Sr
WR Bernard Wilson
FB 29 Duane Young Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 36 Harlon Barnett So
DL Joe Bergin
DL John Budde
DL 75 Travis Davis
LB 57 Dixon Edwards Fr
DB 9 Mike Iaquaniello Fr
LB 51 Carlos Jenkins Fr
S 35 Todd Krumm Sr
LB 3 Kurt Larson Jr
S 44 Josh Miller Jr
LB Tim Moore
DT 77 Eric Moten Fr
DL 83 Mark Nichols
DB Lenier Payton
DB Derrick Reed
LB 48 Percy Snow So
DL Chris Soehnien
DE 91 Jim Szymanski So
LB 66 Matt Vanderbeck So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 10 John Langeloh Fr
P 23 Greg Montgomery Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

Game summaries

USC

See also: 1987 USC Trojans football team

at Notre Dame

Michigan State at Notre Dame
1 234Total
Spartans 0 008 8
Fighting Irish 19 570 31

See also: 1987 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, Michigan State–Notre Dame football rivalry, and Megaphone Trophy

Florida State

Florida State at Michigan State
1 234Total
#6 Seminoles 0 71014 31
Spartans 0 300 3

See also: 1987 Florida State Seminoles football team

at Iowa

Michigan State at Iowa
1 234Total
Spartans 7 066 19
#17 Hawkeyes 7 700 14

See also: 1987 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

[2] [3]

Michigan

See also: 1987 Michigan Wolverines football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 3 0 0 8 11
Michigan St 7 7 0 3 17

[4]

at Northwestern

See also: 1987 Northwestern Wildcats football team

Michigan State Spartans at Northwestern Wildcats
1 2 34Total
Michigan St 10 7 14738
Northwestern 0 0 000

at Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois

  • Date: October 17
  • Game attendance: 29,113
  • Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 18.
Game information

Illinois

at Ohio State

See also: 1987 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

Michigan State Spartans at Ohio State Buckeyes
1 2 34Total
Michigan St 10 3 0013
Ohio St 7 0 007

at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

  • Date: October 31, 1987
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Sunny, 60 °F (16 °C)
  • Game attendance: 89,915
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV: ABC
  • Box Score
Game information

Purdue

Indiana

Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan State Spartans
1 2 34Total
Indiana 3 0 003
Michigan St 0 17 10027

at Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan

  • Date: November 14
  • Game attendance: 76,411
  • [5]
Game information

at Wisconsin

Rose Bowl vs. USC

Main article: 1988 Rose Bowl

1988 NFL Draft

The following players were selected in the 1988 NFL Draft.[6] Team members Tony Mandarich, Andre Rison and Percy Snow were drafted in later years.

Player Round Pick Position NFL Team
Lorenzo White 1 22 Running Back Houston Oilers
Greg Montgomery 3 72 Punter Houston Oilers
David Houle 6 145 Guard New York Giants
Tim Moore 8 206 Linebacker Phoenix Cardinals
Mark Nichols 8 209 Nose Tackle Pittsburgh Steelers

References

  1. ^ "Michigan State Historical Scores".
  2. ^ "Who'll Be Counted Out In Big 10?". Chicago Tribune. October 2, 1987. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "White, MSU defense too much for Iowa". Chicago Tribune. October 4, 1987. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 11. Retrieved 2019-Jan-07
  5. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 15. Retrieved 2019-Jan-06.
  6. ^ "1988 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2007-12-21.