Mad Dog Tells Large Why CMU Will Lose To MSU Saturday
I graduated from CMU way back in '93. David "Mad Dog" DeMarco graduated from CMU way way way back in '82. Mad Dog is the afternoon host on our sister station The Game 730AM. And according to the interview above, the news won't be good come the end of the 4th quarter for my old alma marter.
This weekend will be my FIRST SPARTAN STADIUM FOOTBALL GAME EVER! And I'm feeling nostalgic. Because you see, when I attended CMU (1988-1993) we actually beat The Spartans two times back to back.
Sept. 14, 1991 – CMU 20, No. 18 Michigan State 3
In the greatest gridiron triumph in CMU history, the Chippewas stunned the 18th-ranked Spartans, controlling all facets of the game. The Chippewas outgained MSU, 346-281, led by tailback Billy Smith’s 162 yards and a fierce rush that sacked MSU quarterbacks four times. Smith’s high school classmate at Detroit Henry Ford, Lamar Sally, registered three of those sacks as both players reaped MAC Player of the Week honors. CMU’s defense set the tone on the first series when Doug Adler stuffed Tico Duckett on fourth-and-goal at the CMU one-yard line. Smith opened the scoring with a 15-yard TD run just before halftime, and the Chippewas made it 14-0 on a 57-yard pass from Jeff Bender to Ken Ealy in the third period. From there, the defense took over.
Sept. 12, 1992 – CMU 24, Michigan State 20
A great moment in CMU football history occurred when the Chippewas accomplished what few people thought they could do – repeat 1991’s startling victory over Michigan State. But CMU did just that. Outstanding performances on both sides of the ball helped the Chippewas stun Michigan State 24-20 for CMU’s second consecutive win over the Big Ten school. Safety Darrall Stinson paced the CMU defense with 14 tackles, including a jarring hit that forced a MSU fumble at the Central goal line in the second quarter. Quarterback Joe Youngblood connected with split end Bryan Tice for touchdown passes of 6 and 15 yards to give CMU a 14-7 halftime lead. Youngblood would earn Mid-American Conference Player of the Week honors for his performance which included 163 yards passing and two TDs on 17-of-22 attempts and a pass reception for 29 yards. Youngblood also led CMU on a crucial 69-yard drive in the second half which took 6:33 off the clock and ended with a seven-yard TD scamper by Brian Pruitt to put the game out of reach. Junior tailback Leo Griffin gained 90 of CMU’s 141 rushing yards. (Source: cmuchippewas.cstv.com)
And then in 2009, lightning struck again for the 3rd time!
Sept. 12, 2009 – CMU 29, Michigan State 27
Andrew Aguila’s 42-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining, in front of a national audience on ESPN2, gave the Chippewas their third victory in seven all-time meetings against Michigan State. Dan LeFevour’s touchdown pass to Paris Cotton with 32 seconds remaining drew the Chippewas within a point, 27-26, but a two-point conversion pass to Antonio Brown was incomplete. Bryan Anderson recovered a perfectly executed onside-kick, and LeFevour completed three straight passes to move the Chippewas into field goal range and set up Aguila’s game-winner. (Source: cmuchippewas.cstv.com)
Could there be a forth? Could my being there be the good luck charm my Chippewas need? Or will this be the game the Spartans show their absolute dominance? They are a 28.5 point favorite at the time of this writing. On paper and according to Mad Dog, it's a solid NO for CMU.
But....THAT'S WHY...we play the game!
How to watch the game (Lansing State Journal)
The No. 18/21 Michigan State Spartans football team is 2-1 (1-0 Big Ten) on the year as they play host to Central Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Spartans lead the all-time series 7-3, including a 30-10 win in 2015.
When: Noon, Saturday
Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
TV: FS1 (1652 AT&T U-verse, 223 Comcast XFINITY, 219 DirecTV, 150 DISH Network)
Streaming: FOX Sports GO
Radio: 1240 WJIM-AM, 94.9 WMMQ-FM, Sirius 134, SiriusXM 202, SiriusXM.com 971
Spread: Michigan State -28.5
Tailgating/Parking: Opens at 7 a.m.
Game tracker: Here