'93 Thumping Left UMAA With No Excuses

'93 Thumping Left UMAA With No Excuses

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'93 Thumping Left UMAA With No Excuses

Spartans 17-7 domination in ’93 slugfest left UMAA without any viable excuse for the non-win.

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The 1993 Michigan State Spartans concluded the season with a maddening record of 6-6 after a lackluster appearance in a lackluster matchup with Louisville in the lackluster Liberty Bowl.

Head scratching was the norm throughout the season, starting with a sleepwalking performance at South Bend in Michigan State’s second game that led to a crummy 36-14 loss that wasn’t even that close.

An inspired showing at #5 Ohio State came up just short after the Buckeyes pulled out a 28-21 win that left Michigan State with a 3-2 mark midway through October.

A typically strange 10-0 loss at Indiana on Halloween weekend suggested that the Spartans’ minds were anywhere but in Bloomington, perhaps the least-hostile environment in the Big Ten then and always.

Michigan State led Penn State 37-17 in the final home game on a frigid afternoon but managed to give the game away after Penn State rattled off three unanswered touchdowns to escape with a 38-37 win in the Land Grand Trophy battle.

And a weird 41-20 loss to Big Ten Champion, Wisconsin, ended the season at 6-5.  Why was the loss to the Badgers “weird?”  The game was played in Tokyo.  For some reason.

But the 1993 season did have a bright spot.

And George Perles – as he did more times than the UMAAers want to acknowledge – found a way to get his players, his staff, and the entire program focused and fiery for the October 9th matchup with UMAA in East Lansing.

UMAA came to Spartan Stadium as the #9 team in the nation.

At 2-1 after three games, Michigan State was unranked.

On a raw, blustery afternoon, the Spartans pounded the ball all day, punished the UMAA offense, played efficiently on Special Teams, and East Lansing celebrated a memorable 17-7 win that wasn’t as close as the final score.

UMAA’s shiny star, Tyrone Wheatley, fumbled a kickoff, handing the ball over to Michigan State deep in UMAA territory early on and he never was a factor due to the stifling and smothering performance from the Green & White defense.

The Spartans were led by future NFLers and chaps who chose to make it the game of their lives – Jim Miller was razor sharp at quarterback; Rob Fredrickson played like a menace all afternoon at linebacker; Myron Bell provided tight coverage and tough play at the line as a corner back; Juan Hammonds looked like Bubba Smith; Mill Coleman was reliable and explosive as Miller’s favorite wideout; a running back duo of Brice Abrams and Scott Greene provided the two touchdowns; a third running back, Duane Goulbourne, provided huge runs; and Bill Stoyanovich drilled a 47-yard bomb straight into a crazy wind.

And after a couple of seasons of sleepy play and mediocre results, the Spartan Stadium crowd exploded all day and added to what felt like a bit of a return to Perles’s better days.

Despite the win that won’t ever be erased from the record books (I’ll need to double-check to make sure that NCAA sanctions didn’t, indeed, wipe this victory officially from the record books), the Spartans weren’t able to capitalize on the victory and limped through the rest of the season unimpressively.

But, due to the way in which Michigan State handed UMAA’s manhood to the UMAA football program that afternoon, UMAA has never been able to point to a crowned field or a non-call/bad call or a questionable clock manager or their own self-inflicted errors or any other mysterious causes for the unthinkable (a loss to UMAA’s non-rival).

On October 9th, 1993, Michigan State presented UMAA with the school’s pudenda on a platter.

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