EAST LANSING, MI (WILX) -- The Michigan State Spartans are 20-point underdogs Saturday night against Ohio State and that means MSU has the Buckeyes right where they want them.
Photo: Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State has been a big underdog at the Horseshoe in Columbus plenty of times over the years and they've pulled off a couple of memorable upsets, like back on Nov. 7, 1998.
The Buckeyes were 8-0 and were ranked number one in the country. No team had come within 17 points of them so far that season and when Damon Moore took a Bill Burke pass 73-yards the other way, the score was 24-9 in the third quarter and MSU looked finished.
But Burke found Lavelle Richardson to cut the lead to nine.
Two field goals and a Sedrick Irvin-touchdown put Michigan State up four.
Reynaldo Hill came in as the hero, intercepting Joe Germaine in the end zone with a minute left to seal the 28-24 upset.
Then-Head Coach Nick Saban even took a minute to celebrate with family and friends in a nearly empty Horseshoe after the game. It was his final trip to Ohio State as MSU coach before leaving for Louisiana State a little more than a year later.
Fast-forwarding to four years ago, Michigan State went down to Columbus as 13.5 point underdogs.
They were missing starting quarterback Connor Cook. Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry shared snaps in an ugly defensive-minded game.
Ohio State led 14-7 in the fourth quarter when Gerald Holmes punched in the tying touchdown.
The Spartans got the ball back with four minutes left and drained the clock as they moved into field goal range.
That's when Michael Geiger hit a 41-yarder to win and sprinted down the field wind-milling his arm in a now-iconic celebration.
Michigan State went on to win the Big Ten Title and advance to the College Football playoff where Alabama and Saban ended their season.
We'll see if the Spartans can pull off another Cinderella story Saturday night.
Kickoff for the game is Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
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