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This epic battle between the two top teams in the land matched the storied 1946 Army-Notre Dame and 1971 Nebraska-Oklahoma games as perhaps the most anticipated regular season contests in college gridiron history. Both teams were juggernauts, with the Irish having smashed eight opponents by an average score of 38 to 3, and the Spartans having won nine straight to the tune of 32 to 10. Playing at home, Michigan State jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but after backup QB Coley O'Brien led Notre Dame back into an early fourth quarter tie, the contest settled into trench warfare, with no additional scoring. But the Spartans could claim a moral victory, as when the clock was ticking down, Notre Dame's coach Ara Parseghian chose to sit on the ball rather than go for the win.