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1966 Notre Dame vs. Michigan State football game

The 1966 Notre Dame vs. Michigan State football game is regarded as among the greatest and most controversial games in college football history played between Michigan State and Notre Dame. The match was played in Michigan State’s Spartan Stadium on November 19, 1966. Michigan State entered the competition 9–0 and ranked No. 2, while Notre Dame entered 8–0 and ranked No. 1. Notre Dame elected not to try to find a score on the last series the game finished in a 10–10 tie. Notre Dame went on to acquire or share the national title in two polls (including the AP and UPI); Michigan State shared or won in three minor surveys, and Alabama, who ended with all the only undefeated and untied record, won 2 minor surveys.
Notre Dame, which had last won a national championship in 1964 (non consensus), ranked No. 1 both AP and Coaches’ polls. Defending National Champion Michigan State, who’d finished the 1965 year No. 1 at the UPI Coaches’ survey, but was upset by UCLA at the Rose Bowl the previous year, entered the match ranked No. 2 in the polls. The Fighting Irish, whose bid for a national championship two decades earlier was snuffed out by USC, were hungry, although the Spartans had background and home-field edge in their side. This was the first time in 20 years a school football matchup was given the”Game of the Century” tag by the national media, and ABC had the country’s viewers in its clasp, with equal portions Notre Dame fans and Michigan State fans. This was the very first time at the 30-year history of this AP poll the No. 1 team played with the No. 2 team. The Spartans had conquered Notre Dame the previous year 12–3 holding Notre Dame to minus-12 yards rushing.
A fortuitous quirk in scheduling attracted these 2 teams together late in the season. When the 1966 schedules were drawn up they were not even supposed to meet. Michigan State had just nine matches scheduled (even though they had been permitted to have eight ) while Notre Dame was initially scheduled to play with Iowa that week, as had been the custom since 1945. But in 1960, the Hawkeyes suddenly dropped the Irish out of their program, from 1964 onward. Michigan State was available and agreed to come back to Notre Dame’s program in 1965–66.
The game wasn’t shown live on nationwide TV. Each group has been allotted one national television appearance and also two regional television appearances each season. Notre Dame had used their national TV slot in the season opening game against Purdue. ABC executives didn’t want to demonstrate the match everywhere but the regional area, but pressure in the West Coast and the South (to the tune of 50,000 letters) made ABC air the game on tape delay. ABC relented and blacked from the Michigan State-Notre Dame match in two states (reportedly North Dakota and South Dakota), therefore it might theoretically be called a regional broadcast. It would also be the first time that a college football game was broadcast to Hawaii and also to U.S. troops in Vietnam. [5] The official attendance was announced at 80,011 (111% potential ) and has been the most attended game in Michigan State football history at the time (the current record is 80,401 on Sept. 22, 1990 vs. Notre Dame).
Notre Dame was coached by Ara Parseghian and Michigan State was coached by Duffy Daugherty, both school legends.
A lot of the original ABC telecast footage survives. The second half exists in its entirety, as do both scoring forces beginning in the next quarter (Michigan State’s field goal and Notre Dame’s touchdown).

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