1927 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1927 Michigan State Spartans football
Conference Independent
1927 record 4–5
Head coach Ralph H. Young (5th season)
Seasons
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1928 →

The 1927 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State College in the 1927 college football season. In their fifth year under head coach Ralph H. Young, the Spartans compiled a 4–5 record and were outscored by their opponents 128 to 111.[1][2]

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Michigan State at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan 7 7 0 7 21

On October 8, 1927, Michigan State lost to Michigan by a 21-0 score. Michigan's first two touchdowns came on running plays by halfback Louis Gilbert and fullback George Rich, and the third came on a pass from quarterback Leo Hoffman to left end Bennie Oosterbaan.[3][4]

North Carolina State[edit]

Michigan State at North Carolina State
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 0 0 0 0 0
NC State 6 0 7 6 19

In the season's final game, Michigan State traveled south to Raleigh to play NC State, on a muddy, waterlogged field,[6] NC State won 19 to 0, the NC State team claims a Southern Conference title this year, with this contest arguably its biggest win. Their captain and hall of famer Jack McDowall was cited as the best player in this his final game, despite his only scoring play being a pass for an extra point.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 152. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ "1927 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Michigan Is Pressed". The New York Times. October 8, 1927. 
  4. ^ "Michigan Beats State Rivals By Score of 21 to 0: Gilbert Injured in First Half of Game". Chicago Tribune. October 9, 1927. 
  5. ^ a b "State Wins From Michigan Aggies" (PDF). The Technician. 8 (4). December 10, 1927. p. 7. 
  6. ^ "Waterlogged Field Faces Elevens In North Carolina". The Index-Journal. December 3, 1927. p. 4. Retrieved August 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read