Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio had a mild heart attack and was hospitalized in East Lansing, Mich., on Sunday, shortly after an audacious fake field goal call to beat Notre Dame in overtime.
Dantonio, 54, had surgery to put a stent in a blocked blood vessel leading to the heart. He’s expected to remain in the hospital a few more days, and offensive coordinator Don Treadwell will lead the team during Dantonio’s indefinite absence.
“This morning, in the very early hours, not long after the football game, Coach Dantonio began experiencing some symptoms,” said Dr. Chris D’Haem, who performed the relatively common procedure to restore blood flow. “Fortunately, his heart damage is very minimal. He’s going to do very well and we’re very optimistic he’ll have a full recovery.”
The Spartans defeated Notre Dame, 34-31, in a game that ended just before midnight Saturday. After Michigan State lined up for a 46-yard field goal that could have forced a second overtime, holder Aaron Bates threw a pass to Charlie Gantt for a winning touchdown.
D’Haem said Dantonio began experiencing symptoms of a heart problem around 12:30 a.m., including a squeezing sensation in his chest.
Houston quarterback Case Keenum is out for the season after injuring his knee in a loss to UCLA.
The Cougars also lost Keenum’s backup, Cotton Turner, for the season Saturday night with a broken collar bone.
Keenum, the fifth-leading passer in NCAA history and a preseason Heisman Trophy contender, tore his anterior cruciate ligament trying to make a tackle after an interception in the second quarter of the 31-13 loss.
Turner broke his clavicle in the third quarter.
Keenum sustained a concussion last week trying to make a tackle after an interception against UTEP.
Michigan State was ranked 25th in the lastest Associated Press poll after its win over Notre Dame, while No. 14 Arizona got its best regular-season ranking in 12 years after the Wildcats knocked off No. 9 Iowa, 34-27.
There was no movement in the top five of the rankings. Iowa dropped nine spot to No. 18, and Nebraska moved up two spots to No. 6 after dominating at Washington, 56-21.
Falling out after its only week in the rankings was Houston, which dropped a 31-13 decision at UCLA.
Miami quarterback Jacory Harris revealed he received at least one racially motivated hate message on Twitter after the Hurricanes’ 36-34 loss to Ohio State on Sept. 11. The message said the Hurricanes should not have “a black quarterback.” Harris threw four interceptions.