- July 15, 2019
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The 1966 Notre Dame vs. Michigan State football match is considered among the most significant and most controversial games in college football history played between Michigan State and Notre Dame. The game was played in Michigan State’s Spartan Stadium on November 19, 1966. Michigan State entered the contest 9–0 and ranked No. 2, while Notre Dame entered 8–0 and rated No. 1. Notre Dame elected not to try for a score over the last series. Notre Dame went on to win or share the national title in two polls (including both AP and UPI); Michigan State won or shared in three minor surveys, and Alabama, who finished 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 the AP and Coaches’ polls. Defending National Champion Michigan State, who had finished the 1965 year No. 1 in the UPI Coaches’ poll, but was upset by UCLA in the Rose Bowl the previous calendar year, entered the match ranked No. 2 in the polls. The Fighting Irish, whose bid for a national championship two decades before had been 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 awarded the”Game of the Century” tag by the national press, and ABC had the nation’s viewers in its grip, with equal portions Notre Dame fans and Michigan State fans. It was the tenth time at the 30-year history of this AP poll that the No. 1 group 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 first drawn up, they weren’t even supposed to fulfill. Michigan State had only nine matches scheduled (although they were allowed to possess ten) while Notre Dame was originally scheduled to play with Iowa that week, as had been the custom since 1945. However, in 1960, the Hawkeyes suddenly dropped the Irish out of their schedule, from 1964 onward. Michigan State was available and agreed to return to Notre Dame’s program in 1965–66.
The game was not shown live on TV. Each group has been allotted one national television appearance and two regional television appearances every year. Notre Dame had used their nationwide TV slot in the season opening game against Purdue. ABC executives did not want to demonstrate the match everywhere but the regional place, but pressure in the West Coast and the South (to the tune of 50,000 letters) made ABC atmosphere the game on tape delay. ABC relented and blacked out the Michigan State-Notre Dame game in just two countries (allegedly North Dakota and South Dakota), therefore it might theoretically be called a regional broadcast. It would also be the first time a college football game was broadcast to Hawaii and to U.S. troops in Vietnam.  The official attendance was announced at 80,011 (111% potential ) and was the most attended match in Michigan State football history at the time (the present 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 first ABC telecast footage resides. 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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