Fans Rank Most Memorable Games in Spartan Stadium History
October 31, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan States 1995 28-25 victory over No. 7 Michigan ranks as the most memorable game played in the 75-year history of Spartan Stadium, according to a fan poll conducted on Spartans Online (www.msuspartans.com), MSUs official athletics department web site. The poll results were released Saturday as Spartan Stadium reached another milestone by playing host to its 400th game against Northwestern.
Nearly 200 fans participated in the internet poll. Forty-seven games received votes with the 95 Michigan game picking up 54 first-place votes, followed by the 74 Ohio State (44), 87 Indiana (40) and 66 Notre Dame (35) games.
Tony Banks capped an 11-play, 88-yard drive with a 25-yard touchdown toss to Nigea Carter with 1:24 left to give Michigan State its 28-25 win over Michigan on Nov. 4, 1995.
I wish I had some more memorable moments in the NFL that could compete, but that game still remains the most memorable moment of my football career, Banks said.
During the game-winning drive, Tony kept telling us in the huddle to execute -- no mistakes, Carter said. All the receivers wanted to do was catch the ball and get out of bounds. The play I scored on was designed to get us down close to the goal line. Tony got flushed out of the pocket and Michigans cornerback Clarence Thompson hesitated because he thought Tony was going to take off running the ball. Tony underthrew the ball but I was able to catch it because Thompson had no time to react to the ball.
Coming to Michigan State from Florida, I didn't fully understand or appreciate the rivalry with Michigan. But after that game, I understood and the importance of the rivalry finally sunk in. It was a great thrill to catch the game-winning pass.
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