Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Little Giants" is Bested

For the second year in a row, my Spartans have dazzled the college football world with what will surely go down as the best finish of the year. Last year, it was the "Little Giants" fake field goal for a game-winning TD in OT against Notre Dame. I didn't think that unbelievable play could be bested, but I was proven wrong. The "Rocket" Hail Mary the Spartans used to defeat Wisconsin this past Saturday is a tad better than last year's "Little Giants," given the improbability of pulling it off and the drama of having to go to instant replay to overturn the call on the field that Nichols came up short. But, perhaps even more impressive than pulling off the last second miracle to pull out the victory is the fact that Sparty overcame an early 14-0 deficit to take command of the game, using a safety, a blocked field goal, a fourth down conversion for a TD, and a blocked punt for a TD to do so. After defeating Ohio State and the other team from our state in the Big Ten in consecutive weeks, it looked early on like this was going to be a let-down game for Sparty. But, they hung in there and exploded to not only get back into the game, but to find themselves in a dominant position, leading Wisconsin by 14 with less than ten minutes to go. The offense sputtered a bit down the stretch, which allowed Wisconsin the chance they needed to come back, but just the fact that Wisconsin had to come back after Sparty spotted them a quick 14 points was mega impressive for this fan. Oh, and for all the talk about Sparty's lack of discipline and dirty play in the week leading up to this big game, maybe the most impressive thing about their stunning victory over Wisconsin was that they did not commit a single penalty. Not one. Zero. That's huge!

So, now it's on to Nebraska to face a tough Huskers team, which will round off the toughest October schedule not only in the Big Ten, but in all of college football. I just hope Sparty has a little more gas in the tank and is able to play well in this huge road test. If they do, they could very well come back from corn husker land with a perfect October record and in solid control of the Legends division. They have the ability on the defensive side of the ball to stop Nebraska and give them fits, but will they? I think so. My prediction: MSU 27 NEB 17. But, we'll see. :)

Anyway, here's the play that bested last year's "Little Giants." Enjoy:

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