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The Greatest Comeback in NCAA History

You can say whatever you want about Drew Stanton’s NFL career. And if you’re not a Spartan – or a die-hard Stanton fan for some other odd reason – whatever you’re going to say is probably not very nice (enter favourite Detroit Lions losing anecdote here). But there is one game Stanton will always be remembered for. Some people say, it was the greatest comeback in NCAA history.

Or as the officials put it: Michigan State vs. Northwestern, Oct. 26., 2006

“Trailing 38-3 in the third quarter against Northwestern, Michigan State put together the greatest comeback in NCAA history and stunned the Wildcats 41-38. Drew Stanton threw two touchdowns, ran for one, A.J. Jimmerson ran for a score and Ashton Henderson returned a blocked punt 33 yards for a touchdown before Brett Swenson kicked the game-winning field goal with 13 seconds left. Michigan State did not allow a first down in the fourth quarter after giving up 425 yards in the first three quarters.”

I found this on “Athlon Sports” (which has the Spartans at No. 22 in its preseason rankings). Enjoy.


About Jan Boehmer

Assistant Professor of New Media @ the University of Miami; Ph.D. from Michigan State. Researching Sport, Social Media & Big Data. NBA Writer for NBA.de & Welt.


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