Michigan State vs Michigan: 7 most memorable plays in recent history

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Sep 20, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko (94) reacts during the game against the San Diego Chargers in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated San Diego 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

6. Domata Peko TD

Yes, can you even believe it, we are using a play from the John L. Smith era even though the former head coach didn’t record a single win against his in-state rival.

In four years, from 2003-06, John L. led the Spartans to a 22-26 record and 12-20 record in Big Ten play all while disappointing fans everywhere. Michigan State made just one bowl appearance with him as head coach and that happened to be his first season in 2003 and Michigan State went to the Alamo Bowl and lost.

This happened to be his second-to-last Michigan game as head coach of the Spartans and Michigan State was competitive throughout, even bringing the game into overtime because of this exciting play.

You had to know where you were when this Domata Peko fat guy touchdown happened.

Peko gave Michigan State its most exciting and probably most competitive game in this series since 2001 in which, well, you will have to stick around to find out which top play from that game made this list — I’m pretty sure you can guess what it was.

The Spartans ended up losing this game in overtime despite Peko’s best efforts — and running back skills — after a missed MSU field goal and made Michigan field goal to win.

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