Watch This - It'll Only Take A Second...

Watch This - It'll Only Take A Second...

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Watch This - It'll Only Take A Second...

In 2001, Michigan State out-hustled its rival and won a game that will forever be debated.  No matter what, the final score will never change.

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Any way you want to slice it, the final score for the this ball game will forever look like this:

UMAA – 24

Michigan State – 26

I can hear someone whining about the outcome of this game in Ann Arbor right this minute as I write this from an undisclosed bunker somewhere in the Western Hemisphere.

The UMAAers never seem to want to address the fact that their defense allowed Michigan State to march down the field and even be in position to…….stop the clock…….with………enough time……..for one…….final play.

And then on the one, final play (with one second remaining on the official game clock), the UMAA defense didn’t get to Smoker, didn’t bat down the perfectly lofted pass to TJ Duckett and the game was, officially, won by Michigan State.

How about this little nugget that no UMAAer ever wants to even remember, let alone discuss:

On the game’s opening drive, the Spartans found themselves in a 4th and long situation on UMAA’s 31-yard line,

Michigan State’s Craig Jarrett lined up in punt formation – and had two wide receivers rather obviously lined up as options for a possible fake punt.

Jarrett attempted the fake by tossing a lob out to All Universe receiver Charles Rogers.

Even though Jarrett’s pass fell incomplete, UMAA was flagged for pass interference since UMAA’s Marlin Jackson attempted a poorly-executed full-nelson on Rogers and the execution of wrestling moves like a full-nelson is against the rules in college football.

State was awarded with a fresh set of downs after the flag and Jeff Smoker connected with Rogers two plays later on an exquisite 17-yard touchdown pass in the back of the endzone to give the Spartans a 7-0 lead.

If Marlin Jackson doesn’t do an impression of John du Pont in an over-50 charity wrestling tournament for feeble plutocrats sponsored by du Pont’s Foxcatcher “thing,” maybe Coach Carr doesn’t end up whining that his team “deserved better.”

A fabulous football game from November 3rd, 2001 is far too often remembered just for the final play with that final second left on the clock.

Despite the fact that there were incredible plays all game long and both teams battled and hustled and played their hearts out, it’s fine with us that the game is remembered for the fact the final score will always and forever look like this in the record books:

UMAA – 24

Michigan State – 26

Enjoy the last few plays here in this clip – it’ll just take a second…..

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