1966 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1966 Michigan State Spartans football
National champion
Big Ten champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 2
1966 record 9–0–1 (7–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Duffy Daugherty (13th season)
MVP George Webster
Home stadium Spartan Stadium
(c. 76,000 natural grass)
Seasons
← 1965
1967 →
1966 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Michigan State $ 7 0 0     9 0 1
No. 7 Purdue 6 1 0     9 2 0
Michigan 4 3 0     6 4 0
Illinois 4 3 0     4 6 0
Minnesota 3 3 1     4 5 1
Ohio State 3 4 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 2 4 1     3 6 1
Wisconsin 2 4 1     3 6 1
Indiana 1 5 1     1 8 1
Iowa 1 6 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1966 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State University in the 1966 Big Ten Conference 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 19, 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 to score on its 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]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 17 NC State* No. 2 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan W 28–0   55,418
September 24 Penn State* No. 1 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, Michigan (Rivalry) W 42–8   65,763
October 1 at Illinois No. 1 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois W 26–10   57,747
October 8 Michigan No. 1 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, Michigan (Paul Bunyan Trophy) W 20–7   78,833
October 15 at Ohio State No. 1 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 11–8   84,282
October 22 No. 9 Purdue No. 2 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, Michigan W 41–20   78,004
October 29 at Northwestern No. 2 Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 22–0   44,304
November 5 Iowa No. 2 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, Michigan W 56–7   68,711
November 12 at Indiana No. 2 Memorial StadiumBloomington, Indiana (Rivalry) W 37–19   30,096
November 19 No. 1 Notre Dame* No. 2 Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, Michigan (Rivalry) T 10–10   80,011
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.
Schedule Source:[5]

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

1 234Total
Michigan 0 007 7
• Michigan St 7 0013 20

[6]

Purdue[edit]

1 234Total
Purdue 0 0713 20
• Michigan St 7 14146 41

[7]

Team members in the NFL[edit]

  • In the 1967 NFL Draft, four of the top eight picks in the draft were players from Michigan State.
Player Position Round Pick NFL franchise
Bubba Smith Defensive end 1 1 Baltimore Colts
Clinton Jones Running back 1 2 Minnesota Vikings
George Webster Linebacker 1 5 Houston Oilers
Gene Washington Wide receiver 1 8 Minnesota Vikings
Jeff Richardson Defensive end 6 146 New York Jets
James Summers Defensive back 9 217 Denver Broncos
Charlie Thornhill Defensive back 9 232 Boston Patriots
Dick Kenney Kicker 14 358 Philadelphia Eagles

[8]

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 Archived 2009-01-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Michigan State's Championship Record Archived 2008-12-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  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 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  5. ^ "Football Statistics Summary for 1966". msuspartans.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "No. 1 Spartans Stop Wolverines." Palm Beach Post. 1966 Oct 9. Retrieved 2015-Jan-12.
  7. ^ "Spartans Win Easily Over Purdue, 41-20." Palm Beach Post. 1966 Oct 23.
  8. ^ 1967 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com