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Thursday, November 5, 2015


To paraphrase the Beatles: "It was eight years ago today, Mark Dantonio turned the tide our way..."

That's right, it was on this date in history, eight years ago, on November 5, 2007, that Michigan State Football Coach Mark Dantonio drew his line-in-the-sand by uttering the now famous admonition, "Pride comes before the fall." We all know what has happened since that time.

The Spartans have defeated the Wolverines seven times in the eight games since then, losing only once by two points on a last-second field-goal in Ann Arbor. MSU has outscored UM by 100 points (224-to-124), winning two league titles and four bowl games along the way.

So while this event may be associated with a date in Michigan State football history, by implication it is also one of the milestone events in Michigan football history. And it has nothing to do with khakis, gatorade on cereal, or worms with machine guns.

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