Magical 1987 Big Ten and Rose Bowl Championship season started with a Labor Day night game at Spartan Stadium, a 27-13 domination of USC.
That’s Keith Jackson opening up the ABC prime time broadcast, back when prime time college football broadcasts were truly special.
For many of us, that’s a “golden era” Spartan Stadium with the turf, the Block S at midfield, and the George Perles-mandated STATE endzones.
That’s Perles being escorted out of the locker room and respectfully ushered up through the tunnel by the players that loved him.
That’s a jam-packed Spartan Stadium going bananas as the Spartans took the field for the first time in the Fall of 1987 for what everyone sensed was going to be a special season with a return to Green & White glory.
That’s Lorenzo White carrying the offensive load with power, strength, speed, and his determination to reach the endzone.
That’s Blake Ezor giving Lo White a breather now and then as he blazes and bulldozes through the USC defense.
That’s Bobby McCallister leading the offense with skill and speed as he finds receivers when necessary and scurries around the field for long yardage on foot when necessary.
That’s Andre Rison hauling in a beautiful pass from McCallister to put State inside the Trojan five yard line.
That’s Percy Snow punishing the USC Trojans all night long.
That’s Magic Johnson being interviewed as he sits right there in the bleachers up from the Spartan bench, wearing a 1987-era Michigan State sweatshirt, guaranteeing a Spartans victory.
That’s the entire Gang Green defense smothering USC all night long.
And that’s beautiful East Lansing on a gorgeous late Summer night back when things were simpler.
With the halftime fireworks exploding high above the Red Cedar River just after Lee Greenwood’s performance of “Proud To Be An American!”, that’s Keith Jackson with a perfectly proud, “Labor Day holiday celebration in the great of Michigan….”