1966 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1966 Michigan State Spartans football
National Champions
Big Ten Champions
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches#2
AP#2
1966 record9–0–1 (7–0 Big Ten)
Head coachDuffy Daugherty
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium (c. 76,000 natural grass)
Seasons
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1966 Michigan State Spartans football
National Champions
Big Ten Champions
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches#2
AP#2
1966 record9–0–1 (7–0 Big Ten)
Head coachDuffy Daugherty
Home stadiumSpartan Stadium (c. 76,000 natural grass)
Seasons
« 19651967 »
1966 Big Ten football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
#2/2 Michigan State 700  901
#7/6 Purdue610  920
Michigan430  640
Illinois430  460
Minnesota331  451
Ohio State340  450
Northwestern241  361
Wisconsin241  361
Indiana151  181
Iowa160  280
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1966 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1966 college football season.

Regular season[edit]

The 1966 Michigan State Spartans football vs. Notre Dame football game ("The Game of the Century") remains one of the greatest, and most controversial, games in college football history.[1] The game was played in Michigan State's Spartan Stadium on November 19th, 1966. Michigan State entered the contest 9–0 and ranked #2, while Notre Dame entered the contest 8–0 and ranked #1. Notre Dame elected not to try for the endzone on the final series, thus the game ended in a 10–10 tie with both schools receiving national champion selections. [2][3] Notre Dame claimed the AP and Coaches selections and earned a consensus title with a majority of selectors, while Michigan State was selected as the Football Research poll national champion and the Helms Foundation co–champion.[4]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponent#Rank#SiteResultAttendance
September 17NC State*#2Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MIW 28–0  55,418
September 24Penn State*#1Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Rivalry)W 42–8  65,763
October 1at Illinois#1Memorial StadiumChampaign, ILW 26–10  57,747
October 8Michigan#1Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy)W 20–7  78,833
October 15at Ohio State#1Ohio StadiumColumbus, OHW 11–8  84,282
October 22#9 Purdue#2Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MIW 41–20  78,004
October 29at Northwestern#2Dyche StadiumEvanston, ILW 22–0  44,304
November 5Iowa#2Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MIW 56–7  68,711
November 12at Indiana#2Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN (Rivalry)W 37–19  30,096
November 19#1 Notre Dame*#2Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Rivalry)T 10–10  80,011
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.
Schedule Source:[5]

Team members in the NFL[edit]

PlayerPositionRoundPickNFL Franchise
Bubba SmithDefensive End11Baltimore Colts
Clinton JonesRunning Back12Minnesota Vikings
George WebsterLinebacker15Houston Oilers
Gene WashingtonWide Receiver18Minnesota Vikings
Jeff RichardsonDefensive End6146New York Jets
James SummersDefensive Back9217Denver Broncos
Charlie ThornhillDefensive Back9232Boston Patriots
Dick KenneyKicker14358Philadelphia Eagles

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Celzic. The Biggest Game of Them All: Notre Dame, Michigan State and the Fall of 1966. ISBN 978-0-671-75817-2. 
  2. ^ Notre Dame's Championship Record
  3. ^ Michigan State's Championship Record
  4. ^ "Past Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I FBS) National Champions (formerly called Division I-A)". ncaa.org. Archived from the original on May 09, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  5. ^ "Football Statistics Summary for 1966". msuspartans.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ 1967 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com