MSU’s ‘Hoyer-rooski’ in ’07 Fools Notre Dame


Michigan State has had a penchant for trick plays under head coach Mark Dantonio. Perhaps their most unique one came at Notre Dame in 2007.

With a 24–14 lead and facing 4th-and-2 late in the fourth quarter, the Spartans went for it. And it paid off, as QB Brian Hoyer was able to recover and find Kellen Davis for a 30-yard score after fumbling the snap. On purpose.

“We’ve practiced that thing since the spring,” Dantonio told reporters afterwards about the “Hoyer-rooski,” which accounted for the final touchdown in his team’s 31–14 win. Hoyer would earn Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors at the end of the season. He’s currently a backup for his hometown Cleveland Browns.

MSU travels to South Bend again this Saturday. The Irish will no doubt have their eyes peeled for any potential trick plays. Brian Hoyer profile

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