The Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans will meet this Saturday in what will be new head coach Mel Tucker’s first crack at his team’s rivals from Ann Arbor, while Jim Harbaugh will be looking for his fourth win in six tries against the Spartans.
While there have been several notable moments in the previous 112 matchups between the two in-state rivals, some of the more memorable games have resulted in unexpected wins for the green and white.
Let’s take a look at the more notable stunners that saw the Spartans emerge victorious over the Wolverines.
1990: Spartans outlast No. 1 ranked Wolverines in Ann Arbor following controversial non-call
The No. 1 ranked Wolverines appeared to have the makings of a dramatic comeback win after they were able to tie the Spartans late in regulation.
However, their attempt to go for the two-point conversion and the win were disrupted when Eddie Brown of the Spartans interfered with Desmond Howard attempt to catch the pass from Elvis Grbac – and no call was made.
Big Ten supervisor of officials Dave Parry later issued an apology to Michigan for the non-call.
2017: Spartans defeat No. 14 Wolverines in wet, sloppy affair at The Big House
Michigan backup QB John O’Korn was forced to start in place of the injured Wilton Speight, and certainly didn’t do himself any favors by tossing two interceptions. His offense didn’t do much to help either, as Michigan’s running backs fumbled twice.
Michigan State’s defense was able to hold the fort to give the Green and White their fourth win over Michigan in the previous five seasons.
1993: Spartans earn one of four total wins on the season vs. No 9 Michigan
In front of 78,311 fans at Spartan Stadium, Michigan State took down the No. 9 ranked Wolverines by a 17-7 final score, which was just one of four total wins on the season for the Spartans.
The Spartans were able to jump out to an early lead, and then ride their defense en route to victory.
2015: Trouble with the snap
There are simply no words that do what transpired at the end of regulation in the 108th meeting between the two rivals, other than what the play became known as: