Don't Let Them Forget: Remembering the 2015 Michigan State Game

By Joe McIntyre on October 11, 2018 at 8:00 am
Nov 26, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio looks on from the sideline during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan State 45-12. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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It can be easy to forget about Michigan State.

For Nittany Lions fans, this year’s schedule lines up especially well to ignore the Spartans. There was the annihilation and utter demolition of a non-rival Week 2, the heartbreaker against Ohio State Week 5, and big games coming up against No. 12 Michigan and No. 15 Wisconsin. And while last year’s loss to Michigan State was and will be a tough pill to swallow considering the circumstances surrounding that game, it was a bizarre game featuring a monsoon and a three-plus hour delay. Not necessarily one you can take a lot away from.

The Spartans always just seem to be there on the schedule. In a nondescript week, with a nondescript team, wearing nondescript uniforms. They’re easy to forget because there’s never anything special or interesting about them (You probably already forgot that they even made the College Football Playoff that one time).

But if history has taught us anything, it’s to never overlook Michigan State. And never let Mark Dantonio forget what he did in 2015. James Franklin certainly won’t. And anyone else who was a member of that team or Franklin’s staff back then certainly won’t forget it either.

Mark Dantonio is a 62-year-old disgusting slob pig and that has never been more apparent than during one of the lowest points of the James Franklin era...

The Jack Allen Play

The 2015 Nittany Lions were not an especially strong football team. They started off the season with a loss to Temple (this is according to data I found online, I have absolutely no recollection of this game and am honestly skeptical it ever took place). They eventually lost to No. 1 Ohio State before ending the season with losses at sleepy Northwestern (ugh), at home to No. 14 Michigan, and abhorrent Mark Dantonio’s Michigan State.

While the Northwestern game and Michigan game weren’t especially enjoyable for Penn State fans, the season’s finale was its worst by far. Despite keeping the game relatively close throughout the first half, the game got a bit out of hand early in the third quarter. The Spartans took the ball at the half and drove 75 yards in eight plays to go up 27-10 before getting the ball again just 65 seconds later and driving 69 yards in 12 plays to go up by 24.

Eventually, with the score 48-16 following a Christian Hackenberg interception return for a touchdown, the Spartans got the ball again inside the Penn State 10-yard line after Koa Farmer fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Yet, instead of handing the ball off to one of their handful of running backs to run out the clock on a game that had been out of reach for some time, the repulsive and sickly Mark Dantonio put senior center Jack Allen on the field to take a handoff. Up by 32 with under 10 minutes left, Michigan State’s revolting head coach set out to embarrass the Nittany Lions by playing a 296-pound center as the running back position. For whatever reason, dirty Dantonio wanted to shame the Nittany Lions in the last game of the season.

This appalling lack of sportsmanship should never be forgotten. Mark Dantonio is a sewer rat and should be treated as such. When James Franklin’s Nittany Lions kept chucking the ball against the Spartans in 2016 while up by 26 points with three-plus minutes left, he was showing Dantonio his place. When the Lions—presumably up by 45 points with under five left in this Saturday’s game—keep living the LTFF lifestyle, don’t be surprised.

There are a number of reasons Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is nothing more than the swollen tick clamped onto the back of a dead deer. But if the Nittany Lions have learned anything from 2015 and 2017, it’s that a tick shouldn’t just be squished, but burnt to a crisp until they pop. Don't let Dantonio forget what he did.

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