25 Incredible Photos of the ‘Game of the Century’: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State, 1966

The 1966 Michigan State vs. Notre Dame football game (“the game of the century”) remains one of the greatest, and most controversial, games in college football history. The game was played in Michigan State’s Spartan Stadium on November 19, 1966. Michigan State entered the contest 9–0 and ranked #2, while Notre Dame entered the contest 8–0 but ranked #1. Notre Dame elected not to try for the endzone on the final series; thus, the game ended in a 10–10 tie with both schools recording national championships.

Scene from the November 1966 ‘Game of the Century’ between Notre Dame (in white) and Michigan State
Before the kick-off, Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty and Notre Dame’s Ara Parseghian meet at midfield
The Fighting Irish take the field before the 1966 ‘Game of the Century’ against Michigan State, November 1966
Michigan State Spartans before their ‘Game of the Century’ against Notre Dame, 1966
Notre Dame cheerleaders work the crowd during the 1966 ‘Game of the Century’ against Michigan State, November 1966
The Fighting Irish warm up before the 1966 ‘Game of the Century’ against Michigan State, November 1966
Marching band at Spartan Stadium, November 1966
The Fighting Irish huddle before the 1966 ‘Game of the Century’ against Michigan State, November 1966
Scene from the November 1966 ‘Game of the Century’ between Notre Dame and Michigan State
Scene from the November 1966 ‘Game of the Century’ between Notre Dame (in white) and Michigan State
The Spartans’ Pat Gallinagh during game against Notre Dame, Nov. 19, 1966
Scene on the Notre Dame sideline, Nov. 19, 1966
Fans during the 1966 ‘Game of the Century’ between Notre Dame and Michigan State
Scene on the Notre Dame sideline, Nov. 19, 1966, before a fourth-quarter field goal attempt against Michigan State. At right, Fighting Irish coach Ara Parseghian
Scene on the Notre Dame sideline, Nov. 19, 1966, after a fourth-quarter field goal ties the game against Michigan State
Scene on the Notre Dame sideline, Nov. 19, 1966
Spartans and Fighting Irish leave the field after their ‘Game of the Century’ 10-10 tie, 1966
Spartans and Fighting Irish leave the field after their ‘Game of the Century’ 10-10 tie, 1966
Fighting Irish leave the field after their ‘Game of the Century’ 10-10 tie with Michigan State, 1966

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