Oct 25, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Jeremy Langford (33) runs the ball against Michigan Wolverines safety Jarrod Wilson (22) during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 35-11. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
During the last eight years with Mark Dantonio as the head coach of the Michigan State Spartans, times have been good in East Lansing. That’s not to say times were ever bad for the green and white — although John L. Smith made them very grim — but Dantonio has restored excitement and high expectations for Michigan State fans.
Even though the Michigan Wolverines haven’t been great when the Spartans have over the past seven or eight years, the rivalry has still been as heated as ever.
Michigan has shuffled through three coaches in that time, losing Lloyd Carr, Rich Rodriguez and then Brady Hoke. This program is now on the up-and-up with Jim Harbaugh taking over, but there is still a ways to go before they’re both considered national title favorites at the same time.
Over the rivalries history, there have been many defining, memorable plays that have stuck in Spartan fans’ heads. Take a look at the seven most memorable plays in recent series history, and if I’m missing any, let me know in the comment section below.
7. Plaxico Burress block
What more can be said about this one other than the fact that Plaxico Burress is/was the man and always will be. He didn’t take anything from his opponents and always delivered his best effort on every play, even if it meant blocking on a down in which the ball wasn’t even run to his side.
David Terrell tried to jam the big MSU wide receiver and it ended up being one of the most memorable blocks in Spartan history. Looks like little brother knows how to fight back after all.
Next: 6. Domata Peko TD