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Dec 31 2015

BCS Championship Semifinals: Michigan State University v. Alabama

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That’s the Michigan State University Marching Band at this year’s Big 10 Championships. They carry on in the great tradition of Leonard Falcone who not only wrote this fight song, but also the University of Michigan’s. I studied with him. He thought I was hopeless, but he was a good sport about it, didn’t even suggest I take up the Triangle or anything.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio arrived in East Lansing s Head Coach in 2006 and at his first press conference said- “My mission here is to win championships.”

Pretty big words from a team that has always been considered second rate, even in it’s home state.

But, as The Guardian puts it-

The check-list of achievement has been notable since the first year of his nine-season reign. Winning season and bowl game? Check, after his very first year. Big 10 champions? Check, after season four. Bowl win? Check, in year five. Rose Bowl victory? Check that in Dantonio’s seventh season. Playoffs reached? Yes, that box has now been ticked, too.

Tony Versaci, a former MSU assistant coach and now president of the Michigan chapter of the National Football Foundation, sums it up more succinctly: “Coaches win because of discipline, character, convictions, honesty and, of course, strategy. We’re all aware of the incredible record Mark has had at Michigan State. But you know, it kind of pales in comparison to the type of person he is.”

Having that broader view will not give the Spartans any extra edge against the Crimson Tide, who remain 10-point favourites to march on to the championship game, but it does serve as a reminder to the other college football powers that, win or lose, Michigan State will be back for more next year under Dantonio, and his track record suggests he won’t relent until that ambition “to win championships” is fully satisfied.

I root for them because Richard and Emily both went there and that’s where the met. I have several members of the family who are either active or emeritus faculty. You can root for The Crimson Tide if you like, but for me it’s “Go State!, “Green and White!“.

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  1. ek hornbeck

    Vent Hole

  2. TMC

    Alabama Wins the count toss. Will kick off to Michigan State

  3. TMC

    Touchback. Ball on MSU25.

  4. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 39

  5. TMC

    2nd&5 at MSU 44

  6. TMC

    3rd&4 at MSU 45

  7. TMC

    4th&4 at MSU 45
    Jake Hartbarger punts. No return. Ball on Ala20.

  8. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 20
    (12:41) Jake Coker pass completion to the middle to Calvin Ridley for 6 yards to the Ala26.

  9. TMC

    2nd&4 at Ala 26
    (12:30) Jake Coker pass completion to the right to Calvin Ridley for 7 yards to the Ala33.

  10. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 33
    (12:09) Jake Coker incomplete pass to the left.

  11. TMC

    2nd&10 at Ala 33
    (12:06) ArDarius Stewart rush right for 7 yards to the Ala40.

  12. TMC

    3rd&3 at Ala 40
    (11:28) Jake Coker pass completion to the left to ArDarius Stewart for -1 yard to the Ala39

  13. TMC

    4th&4 at Ala 39
    (10:40) JK Scott punts. No return. Ball on MSU5.

  14. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 5
    (10:25) Connor Cook pass completion to the left to Josiah Price for 14 yards to the MSU19

  15. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 19
    (9:58) Connor Cook pass completion to the right to Josiah Price for 3 yards to the MSU22.

  16. TMC

    4th&10 at MSU 19
    (8:24) Jake Hartbarger punts. Cyrus Jones returns -2 yards to the Ala29.

  17. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 42
    (7:31) Derrick Henry rush right for 1 yard to the Ala43.

  18. TMC

    4th&22 at Ala 30
    (6:10) JK Scott punts. No return. Ball on MSU32.

  19. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 32
    (5:58) Madre London rush right for 0 yards.

  20. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 38
    (4:14) Aaron Burbridge rush right for -3 yards to the Ala41.

  21. TMC

    4th&20 at Ala 48
    (2:42) Jake Hartbarger punts. No return. Ball on Ala4

  22. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 4
    (2:31) Derrick Henry rush middle for 3 yards to the Ala7.

  23. ek hornbeck

    ‘Bama 1st dpwn at the 30

  24. ek hornbeck

    End 1st Quarter

  25. TMC

    End of first quarter. No Score

  26. ek hornbeck

    ‘Bama 1st at the 45

  27. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 31
    (15:00) Jake Coker pass completion to the left to Kenyan Drake for 9 yards to the Ala40

  28. ek hornbeck

    ‘Bama 1st at State 45

  29. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 46
    (14:17) Derrick Henry rush right for 4 yards to the 50.

  30. ek hornbeck

    Touchback. State at their 20.

  31. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 43
    (12:30) Jake Coker incomplete pass to the middle.

  32. TMC

    4th&8 at MSU 41
    (10:57) JK Scott punts. Touchback. Ball on MSU20.

  33. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 20
    (10:48) Delton Williams rush left for 5 yards to the MSU25.

  34. ek hornbeck

    State at Tide 39. 1st

  35. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 40
    (10:09) Delton Williams rush left for 1 yard to the MSU41.

  36. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 42
    (8:42) Michigan State penalized -5 yards.

  37. TMC

    1st&15 at Ala 47
    (8:36) Connor Cook incomplete pass to the right.

  38. ek hornbeck

    Touchback. Tide at their 20.

  39. TMC

    4th&15 at Ala 47
    (8:23) Jake Hartbarger punts. Touchback. Ball on Ala20.

  40. ek hornbeck

    1st at 35

  41. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 20
    (8:14) Jake Coker pass completion to the middle to Richard Mullaney for 15 yards to the Ala35.

  42. ek hornbeck

    1st at 45.

  43. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 35
    (7:47) Derrick Henry rush left for -1 yard to the Ala34.

  44. ek hornbeck

    Tide at the 1.

  45. ek hornbeck

    7 – 0 Tide

  46. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 49
    (6:14) Jake Coker pass completion to the right to Calvin Ridley for 50 yards to the MSU1.

  47. TMC

    1st&1 at MSU 1
    (5:58) Michigan State penalized 0 yards.

  48. TMC

    1st&1 at MSU 1Ala 6-0
    (5:41) Derrick Henry rush middle for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN.

  49. TMC

    Point AfterAla 7-0
    (5:36) Adam Griffith PAT – GOOD.

  50. ek hornbeck

    State from their 35

  51. TMC

    Kick Return
    (5:36) Alabama kicks off. No return. Ball on MSU35.

  52. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 35
    (5:36) LJ Scott rush middle for 2 yards to the MSU37.

  53. ek hornbeck

    Tide from their 26

  54. ek hornbeck

    Tide from the 41

  55. TMC

    4th&12 at MSU 33
    (4:17) Jake Hartbarger punts. Cyrus Jones returns 5 yards to the Ala27.

  56. ek hornbeck

    Tide at State 25

  57. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 27
    (4:04) Jake Coker pass completion to the left to O.J. Howard for 14 yards to the Ala41.

  58. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 41
    (3:35) Alabama penalized -5 yards.

  59. ek hornbeck

    Field Goal. Tide 10 – 0.

  60. TMC

    1st&15 at Ala 36
    (3:22) Derrick Henry rush for 4 yards to the Ala40.

  61. ek hornbeck

    Touchback. State from their 20.

  62. ek hornbeck

    State from their 37.

  63. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 24
    (2:21) Jake Coker pass completion to the right to ArDarius Stewart for -1 yard to the MSU25

  64. TMC

    4th&16 at MSU 30Ala 10-0
    (1:30) Adam Griffith 47 yard FIELD GOAL.

  65. ek hornbeck

    State at Tide 48

  66. TMC

    Kick Return
    (1:25) Alabama kicks off. Touchback. Ball on MSU25.

  67. ek hornbeck

    State at Tide 30

  68. ek hornbeck

    State at Tide 12

  69. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 25
    (1:25) Connor Cook pass completion to the left to Aaron Burbridge for 12 yards to the MSU37.

  70. ek hornbeck

    INT

  71. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 37
    (1:12) Connor Cook pass completion to the left to Gerald Holmes for 3 yards to the MSU40.

  72. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 48
    (0:53) Connor Cook incomplete pass to the left.

  73. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 12
    (0:16) Connor Cook pass to the left intercepted by Cyrus Jones Returned 21 yards.

  74. TMC

    Halftme Alabama 10 – Michigan State 0

  75. BobbyK

    Good grief. I can’t watch.

  76. ek hornbeck

    Touchback. Tide from their 20

  77. ek hornbeck

    Tide at State 49

  78. TMC

    3rd Quarter

    Kick Return
    (15:00) Michigan State kicks off. Touchback. Ball on Ala25.

  79. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 25
    (15:00) Jake Coker pass completion to the right to Richard Mullaney for 26 yards to the MSU49.

  80. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 49
    (14:31) Derrick Henry rush middle for -1 yard to the 50.

  81. ek hornbeck

    Tige at 18

  82. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 30
    (13:21) Jake Coker pass completion to the right to Calvin Ridley for 6 yards to the MSU24.

  83. TMC

    1st&8 at MSU 8
    (11:14) Derrick Henry rush middle for 2 yards to the MSU6.

  84. ek hornbeck

    17 – 0 Tide

  85. TMC

    Touchdown Alabama 17 – 0

  86. TMC

    2nd&6 at MSU 6Ala 16-0
    (10:43) Jake Coker pass completion to the left to Calvin Ridley for 6 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.

    Point AfterAla 17-0
    (10:36) Adam Griffith PAT – GOOD.

  87. ek hornbeck

    Touchback. State from their 20

  88. TMC

    Kick Return
    (10:36) Alabama kicks off. Touchback. Ball on MSU25.

  89. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 25
    (10:36) Madre London rush for 1 yard to the MSU26.

  90. TMC

    4th&5 at MSU 30
    (8:43) Jake Hartbarger punts. Cyrus Jones returns 0 yards. Cyrus Jones fumbles, Cyrus Jones of Alabama recovers and returns 0 yards.

  91. ek hornbeck

    Tide from their 39

  92. ek hornbeck

    Tide from their 40

  93. ek hornbeck

    Tide from State 49

  94. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 26
    (8:34) Derrick Henry rush for 14 yards to the Ala40.

  95. TMC

    1st&10 at Ala 40
    (8:07) Derrick Henry rush left for 1 yard to the Ala41.

  96. ek hornbeck

    State from their 15

  97. TMC

    1st&25 at Ala 36
    (6:03) Jake Coker incomplete pass to the right.

  98. TMC

    4th&20 at Ala 41
    (4:49) JK Scott punts. Macgarrett Kings Jr. returns 9 yards to the MSU15.

  99. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 15
    (4:37) Michigan State penalized -5 yards.

  100. ek hornbeck

    Punt returned for TD. 24 – 0 Tide

  101. TMC

    4th&22 at MSU 3Ala 23-0
    (3:39) Jake Hartbarger punts. Cyrus Jones returns 57 yards for a TOUCHDOWN

  102. TMC

    Point AfterAla 24-0
    (3:24) Adam Griffith PAT – GOOD.

    Alabama 24 – 0

  103. ek hornbeck

    State from their 21

  104. TMC

    1st&10 at MSU 22
    (3:19) Connor Cook pass completion to the middle to Aaron Burbridge for 1 yard to the MSU23.

  105. ek hornbeck

    Tide from State’s 49

  106. ek hornbeck

    TD, 31 – 0 Tide

  107. TMC

    4th&9 at MSU 23
    (2:41) Jake Hartbarger punts. Cyrus Jones returns 18 yards to the 50.

  108. TMC

    1st&10 at 50Ala 30-0
    (2:29) Jake Coker pass completion to the middle to Calvin Ridley for 50 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.

  109. TMC

    Point AfterAla 31-0
    (2:20) Adam Griffith PAT – GOOD.

  110. ek hornbeck

    Touchback. State from the 20

  111. ek hornbeck

    State to their 35

  112. ek hornbeck

    State to their 46.

  113. TMC

    Kick Return
    (2:20) Alabama kicks off. Touchback. Ball on MSU25.

    1st&10 at MSU 25
    (2:20) LJ Scott rush for 3 yards to the MSU28.

  114. ek hornbeck

    4th Quarter

  115. ek hornbeck

    State at Tide 34

  116. ek hornbeck

    Over on Downs. Tide at their 28

  117. ek hornbeck

    State from their 14

  118. BobbyK

    Well at least they are not being beat by Ohio State.

  119. ek hornbeck

    Tide from their 31

  120. ek hornbeck

    Tide from the State 11

  121. ek hornbeck

    TD. 38 – 0 Tide

  122. ek hornbeck

    State from their 25

  123. ek hornbeck

    State from their 39

  124. ek hornbeck

    State from Tide 42

  125. ek hornbeck

    Over on Downs. Tide from their 25

  126. ek hornbeck

    Tide from their 43

  127. ek hornbeck

    State from their 20.

  128. ek hornbeck

    State from their 45

  129. ek hornbeck

    INT. Tide from their 39

  130. ek hornbeck

    Tide 38 – 0 Final

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