Epic drive of 2015 trying to match 1966 title drive
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Epic drive of 2015 trying to match 1966 title drive

Game-winning touchdown drives remembered differently by history

Photo: L.J. Scott spun out of a tackle and reached the ball across the goal line.

Michigan State is chasing its first national title since 1966 thanks to the “The Drive”.

With that bond between the 2015 and 1966 Spartans, this is a good time to tell you about “the drive”. The lower case letters are intentional because not all drives are treated the same by history



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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications


David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."