77 Days Until Kickoff - Swenson Is True

77 Days Until Kickoff - Swenson Is True

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77 Days Until Kickoff - Swenson Is True

Former kicker, Brett Swenson, rules the Spartan scoring roost.

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Quick – who’s the all-time leading scorer in the history of Michigan State Football?

Lorenzo White?

Andre Rison?

Plaxico Burress?

Kirk Gibson?

Morten Andersen?

John Langeloh?

Bubba Smith?

How about sure-fire badass Brett Swenson?

From 2006 until 2009, Swenson drilled 71 field goals, good for first all time on the Michigan State stat sheet.

To put Swenson’s mark in proper perspective, consider that Dave Rayner is second on the list with…..62.

At 79.3%, Spartan legend Paul Edinger edges out Swenson (78.0%) in the all time field goal percentage category.

When Mark Dantonio was first building the machine that is now among the nation’s best programs, Brett Swenson was Michael Geiger before Michael Geiger was Michael Geiger.

We all have a tendency to forget some of the most important moments that have contributed to what has been the most successful run the Spartans have had in the program’s proud history.

On November 1st, 2008, Michigan State was a somewhat surprising 7-2, ranked 22nd in the nation, and faced Bret Bielema’s Badgers at Spartan Stadium.

With just over 9:00 to play in the game, the Badgers extended their lead to 24-13 and it looked like Michigan State wasn’t quite ready to win a game like this.

Over the course of those final nine minutes, the Spartans managed to find the way to score twelve points with Swenson providing the most important fireworks.

After Javon Ringer capped off a 59-yard drive with a two-yard plunge to close the gap to 24-19 (the two point conversion failed), Michigan State had life with around 8:00 to go in the game.

And Swenson took over.

How about a 50-yard field goal with 5:13 to play to make it 24-22?

Then, Brian Hoyer took over with 1:19 to play at State’s own 17-yard line and a chance to grab a win that, at the time, seemed improbable due to the program’s history of grabbing defeat from the clutches of victory instead of the other way around.

Hoyer was like a surgeon, teaming up with Blair White on sensational connections that got the Spartans in position to give Swenson a shot at a game winning kick from 44 yards out.

And, then this happened:

Swenson was carried off the field like a high school football player and the Spartans celebrated inside of a delirious Spartan Stadium that responded to the drama as if State had just won the national championship.

The victory got the Spartans to 8-2 and earned them a #18 ranking with two games to play.

The Spartans took care of Purdue the following week and, on the final Saturday of Mark Dantonio’s second season as head coach, Michigan State played at Penn State for the Big Ten Championship.

Penn State handled the Spartans on that final Saturday of 2008 but Dantonio’s program was way ahead of schedule.

Swenson is, in fact, the program’s all time leading scorer.

On that spectacular Fall Saturday along the banks of the Red Cedar in 2008, Swenson was true with so much more on the line than that single game with the Badgers.

A tip of the cap to Brett Swenson for being such a clutch performer during the period that laid the foundation for the program’s current clout.

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