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The Greatest Moments In Michigan State History

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5. MSU vs Northwestern, Oct. 21, 2006

Trailing 38-3 in the third quarter against Northwestern, Michigan State put together the greatest comeback in NCAA history and stunned the Wildcats 41-38. Drew Stanton threw two touchdowns, ran for one, A.J. Jimmerson ran for a score and Ashton Henderson returned a blocked punt 33 yards for a touchdown before Brett Swenson kicked the game-winning field goal with 13 seconds left. Michigan State did not allow a first down in the fourth quarter after giving up 425 yards in the first three quarters.

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3. MSU vs OSU, Nov. 7, 1998

Michigan State trailed No. 1 Ohio State 17-3 in Columbus, but staged a shocking rally and upset the nation's top-ranked team 28-24. Sedrick Irvin gave MSU the lead 25-24 early in the fourth quarter with a three-yard run and Paul Edinger added a field goal to make it 28-24. Ohio State drove to the Michigan State 15 late in the game, but Renaldo Hill intercepted Joe Germaine on the goal line to seal the win.

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2. MSU vs Notre Dame, Nov. 19, 1966

Michigan State and Notre Dame entered the game undefeated and ranked No. 1 in 2 in the AP polls, and they left the game the same way after the two titans battled to a 10-10 tie in what was termed 'the Game of the Century'. Regis Cavender gave Michigan State a 7-0 lead, and Dick Kenney boosted the lead to 10-0 with a field goal. Notre Dame rallied and tied the game in the second half, then ran out the clock in the final minute in its own territory. Michigan State and Notre Dame each claimed national championships from different outlets.

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1. MSU vs USC, Jan. 1, 1988

Michigan State had waited 22 years to reach Pasadena, and it took full advantage once it was there with a 20-17 win over USC. John Langeloh kicked the game-winning field goal late in the fourth quarter that capped a drive highlighted by a key Bobby McAlister-to-Andre Rison completion. Linebacker Percy Snow, who was the game's MVP, and the Spartan defense forced USC's fourth turnover of the day on the ensuing drive which perserved the victory.

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