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Notre Dame 10 Michigan State 10—Exactly 50 Years Ago Today

November 19, 2016

Today is the exact 50 year anniversary of one of college football’s most ballyhooed games.

On November 19, 1966, the top two ranked teams Notre Dame and Michigan State played to a (10-10) tie in East Lansing, Michigan.

The hype for the game was unbelievable, but back then it did not bother me.

The very successful Dave Reichberg, who helped out as a little league football coach, (not mine, by the way) canceled practice that day, telling his team, (of course him) to watch the tilt.

So many great players adorned the field that day, Alan Page of Notre Dame and Charles “Bubba” Smith of the Michigan State Spartans, to name two.

After Notre Dame’s starting quarterback Terry Hanratty was hurt, Coley O’Brien his backup helped Notre Dame overcome a (10-0) deficit, famously playing for the tie late and then being rewarded at Alabama’s expense, with the mythical national title, after thumping U.S.C.  the following week.

 

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George Gipp, aka “The Gipper,” pictured above, famously talked of “WINNING one for the Gipper” as he lay on his death bed.

Dan Jenkins in Sports Illustrated, after the (10-10) tie, wrote Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian “tied one for the Gipper”

Click below to see Ronald Reagan as George Gipp, recreate the moment in the film “Knute Rockne All American,” about the legendary Notre Dame coach.

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