Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis called out the university's student section for its poor attendance on Saturday against Nebraska. The No. 8 Spartans defeated the Cornhuskers 27-22 to improve to 4-1 on the season, but many students and fans left early on a rainy night with temperatures in the 40s.
The No. 8 Spartans defeated the Cornhuskers 27-22 to improve to 4-1 on the season, but many students and fans left early on a rainy night with temperatures in the 40s. Hollis said the program will make whatever changes are necessary to make sure the stadium is full in future games. From Hollis' tweets about the game:
"More than 13k students bought season tickets for the 2014 season. Thanks to those that supported Spartan football & our student-athletes. I spoke with many students & they share my disappointment and embarrassment of the support coming from the southeast corner on Saturday. We will work together to build a student section that enhances our teams ability to win championships. From kickoff to the end of the game. As a program, we are prepared to make the changes that will fill Spartan Stadium with Spartan fans that want to be there."
Head coach Mark Dantonio also said he was disappointed by how many fans left the game early. Mike Griffith of MLive.com reports Dantonio was "indifferent" about empty seats during non-conference games earlier this season, but the team's Big Ten opener was a different story.
"I appreciate the fans that did stay, and the fans that left, that's just not right," Dantonio said on his post game radio show.
"I don't call for the fans many times," Dantonio said. "We needed it to be loud there, and it's a big football game, and it got a little empty there at the end."
The Spartans had a 27-3 lead entering the fourth quarter before the Cornhuskers scored 19 unanswered points. Nebraska had the ball in Michigan State territory with less than a minute remaining, but Trae Waynes intercepted Tommy Armstrong Jr. for the second time to seal the victory.
- Paul Palladino