Seniors brace for emotions of final home game

Eighteen seniors will play their final game at Spartan Stadium on Saturday against Minnesota -- with a chance to complete three undefeated home slates in four seasons.

After losing five home games last season, Michigan State has a chance to go undefeated at Spartan Stadium for the third time in four season on Saturday.

Before the game kicks off, though, 18 seniors – many of whom are major contributors – will be honored in their final game at Spartan Stadium.

"It's just gonna be emotional for me," safety Isaiah Lewis said. "I can't get too hyped up before the game, because I gotta stay calm.

"After the game I know that's when I know it's gonna really hit me that this is my last time playing here and I'm never gonna get to step back on that field with my brothers."

Cornerback Darqueze Dennard shared Lewis' sentiments that emotions will be running high before the game.

"I just gotta hold it all in until the end of the game," he said. "It's my last game running out at Spartan Stadium. It's my last game playing in front of 80,000 that come out every Saturday yelling ‘Go Green! Go White!' it's going to be a great feeling."

For the seniors, it is chance to win their 40th game – already holding the record for winningest class in school history.

To linebacker and captain Max Bullough, it is just another game. Like Lewis, he said it will hit him after the game.

"Honestly, I'm just looking forward to playing," he said. "I'm looking forward to playing another game. Stuff like this in high school and whatever it is, it never really hits me until after."

Still, with history on the line for the class and plenty to accomplish for the season, linebacker Denicos Allen said Saturday will bring emotion but opportunities don't end there.

"It's great because there's a lot of history we set and being the winningest senior class and the opportunity to have 11 regular-season wins, I don't think that's every been done here and just the other opportunities that we have," he said. "To go back to the Rose Bowl, it hasn't been done in so long here.

"There are so many opportunities to make history this year still and we only have two regular-season games left, that's what's more exciting about it."

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