|1985 Michigan State Spartans football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1985 record||7–5 (5–3 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||George Perles (3rd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Nick Saban (3rd season)|
|Captain||Anthony Bell, John Wojciechowski|
|Home stadium||Spartan Stadium
|1985 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 10 Iowa $||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 2 Michigan||6||–||1||–||1||10||–||1||–||1|
|No. 14 Ohio State||5||–||3||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
The 1985 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1985 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third season under head coach George Perles, the Spartans compiled a 7–5 overall record (5–3 against Big Ten opponents), finished in a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten Conference, and lost to Georgia Tech in the 1985 Hall of Fame Classic.
Six Spartans were recognized by the Associated Press (AP) and/or the United Press International (UPI) on the 1984 All-Big Ten Conference football team: running back Lorenzo White (AP-1; UPI-1); offensive guard John Wojciechowski (AP-1); offensive tackle Steve Bogdalek (AP-2); linebacker Shane Bullough (AP-2); defensive back Phil Parker (UPI-1); and punter Greg Montgomery (AP-1).
|September 14||Arizona State*||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 12–3|
|September 21||at Notre Dame*||Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Megaphone Trophy)||L 10–27|
|September 28||Western Michigan*||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 7–3|
|October 5||at No. 1 Iowa||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||L 31–35||66,044|
|October 12||No. 3 Michigan||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy)||L 0–31||78,235|
|October 19||Illinois||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||L 17–30|
|October 26||at Purdue||Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN||W 28–24|
|November 2||Minnesota||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 31–26|
|November 9||at Indiana||Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN (Old Brass Spittoon)||W 35–16|
|November 16||Northwestern||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 32–0|
|November 23||at Wisconsin||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||W 41–7|
|December 31||vs. Georgia Tech*||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Hall of Fame Classic)||L 14–17|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
On October 12, 1985, Michigan State lost to Michigan, 31–0, in front of a crowd of 78,235 at Spartan Stadium. The victory was regarded at the time as revenge for the Spartans' 19–7 upset of the Wolverines in 1984. Michigan struck early after Michigan State quarterback Bobby McAllister fumbled the snap on the second play of the game, Andy Moeller recovered the ball on the Spartans' 16-yard line, and Jim Harbaugh threw a touchdown pass to tight end Eric Kattus. Less than two minutes after Michigan's first score, Dieter Heren blocked a Greg Montgomery punt, and Ed Hood recovered the ball in the end zone for Michigan's second touchdown. Harbaugh completed 13 of 23 passes, threw two touchdown passes to Kattus and gave up three interceptions. Jamie Morris rushed for 84 yards on 19 carries. Mike Gillette also kicked a field goal. On defense, Michigan held Lorenzo White (who set a Big Ten record with 2,066 yards in 1985) to a season-low 47 yards on 18 carries. The Wolverines' defense also sacked Bobby McAllister three times, intercepted him once, and held him to 83 passing yards.
- "Michigan State Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
- "2015 Michigan State Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. p. 147. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Soph White, Station, Unanimous Choices". Toledo Blade (AP story). December 3, 1985. p. 33.
- "Long Nips Everett For Spot On All-Big Ten First Team". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. November 26, 1985. p. 10.
- Jack Saylor (October 13, 1985). "Wolverines get revenge: U-M defense manhandles MSU, 31–0". Detroit Free Press. p. G1.
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