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Is Michigan State’s TD the greatest play in CFB history?

The wild ending between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans sent not just the college football world, but the entire sports world, into a frenzy Saturday night. The Spartans recovered a fumble on a botched snap as Michigan was getting ready to punt the ball away, virtually putting the game on ice for the Wolverines. Michigan State redshirt freshman defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson ran the ball to the house for the game-winning touchdown.

The end of the game left The Big House in a state of shock, which will go down as arguably one of the most, if not the most, exciting play in college football history. The fact that it was one of the best rivalries in college sports only adds another level of excitement for the average college football plan.

But where does that game-winning touchdown as time expires rank among all-time great college football plays?

Over this past summer, NFL.com’s College Football 24/7 posed a bracket (because who doesn’t love filling out brackets?) to determine the greatest single college football play of all time. The winner? – 2013 ‘Iron Bowl’ between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers, better known now as the “Kick Six”. A member of the Auburn special teams returned the ball 109 yards for the score after an Alabama missed field goal, giving the Tigers the victory.

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Both games have strong similarities. Aside from being two of the best college rivalries, particularly on the gridiron, both game-winning touchdowns were scored when the kicking side of the special teams failed on their respective attempts.

Because of the events that took place in Ann Arbor this past Saturday, NFL.com decided to tweak their list of the most exciting plays in college football history. They made the bold decision to kick the “Kick Six” down a notch and slide the Michigan State GW TD up to the top spot.

The play is already being coined by many as “Miracle in Michigan II”. The first “Miracle in Michigan” happened back in September of 1994, when Michigan played host to the Colorado Buffaloes. Colorado quarterback Kordell Stewart launched the ball more than half the length of the football field as time expired, and a receiver caught a deflection in the end zone to give the Buffaloes the thrilling victory.

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