Wednesday, November 13, 2013

College football 101: Most famous tie

Nov. 19, 1966: No game produced a bigger "What Now?" then the famous 10-10 between No. 1 Notre Dame (8-0) and No. 2 Michigan State (9-0) at East Lansing, Mich. The Fighting Irish faced an uphill battle the moment they arrived in town, as halfback Nick Eddy stumbled walking to the stadium and injured his shoulder. Quarterback Terry Hanratty was lost during the game because of a shoulder injury. The Spartans led, 10-7, late in the first half, when the game turned into a hard-hitting defensive struggle. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Notre Dame's Joe Azzaro kicked a 28-yard field goal to tie the game at 10. Fighting Irish defensive back Tom Schoen (a St. Joseph grad and former VASJ coach) intercepted a pass and returned it to the Spartans' 18-yard line, but Azzaro's 41-yard field-goal attempt missed wide right with 4 minutes, 39 seconds left. MSU did nothing with the next possession, punting the ball back to ND with 1:24 left. Coach Ara Parseghian kept the ball on the ground, rather than taking a chance through the air, as the game ended 10-10. The conservative play calls dogged Parseghian for years, but the decision paid off as Notre Dame won the Associated Press poll over No. 2 Michigan State.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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