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)
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The 1925 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State College in the 1925 college football season. In their third year under head coach Ralph H. Young, the Spartans compiled a 3–5 record and were outscored by their opponents 106 to 105.[1][2]


September 26AdrianW 16–0
October 3at Michigan (rivalry)L 0–39
October 10Lake Forest
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
L 0–6
October 17Centre
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 15–13
October 25at Penn State (rivalry)L 6–13
November 1Colgate
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
L 0–14
November 8Toledodagger
  • College Field
  • East Lansing, MI
W 58–0
November 15at WisconsinL 10–21
  • daggerHomecoming

Game summaries[edit]


Michigan State at Michigan
1 234Total
Michigan State 0 000 0
Michigan 13 0260 39

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.[3] 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.[4] Michigan scored twice in the first quarter. The first touchdown came on a 65-yard run by Benny Friedman.[3][5] 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.[6] 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."[3][7] 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.[6] The New York Times noted that Oosterbaan "sparkled in his play" and that both of his touchdowns came on "clever catches and smart running."[3] Gilbert kicked two extra points, and Frederic Fuller kicked one.[3][6]


  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. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Michigan vs Michigan St". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2014-11-11. 
  5. ^ The account of the game in the Chicago Daily Tribune stated that Friedman's touchdown run was for 50 yards.
  6. ^ a b c "YOSTMEN STRIKE THROUGH AIR TO NIP STATE, 39–0: EASY FOR MICHIGAN". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 4, 1925. p. A3. 
  7. ^ The account of the game in the Chicago Daily Tribune indicates that Babcock's touchdown came on a 40-yard interception return.