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The last time Stanford played Michigan State

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Good times in El Paso with Tyrone Willingham, Nick Saban and GUS JOHNSON.

Celebrating a 38-0 win in the 1996 Sun Bowl.
Celebrating a 38-0 win in the 1996 Sun Bowl.

Stanford is 2-3 all-time against Michigan State, but the last meeting was one to remember. Stanford's 38-0 win over the Spartans in the 1996 Sun Bowl marked the Cardinal's first shutout since 1974 and first shutout in a bowl game since 1936. Cardinal quarterback Chad Hutchinson was 22-for-28 for 226 yards, while the Stanford defense limited Spartans freshman running back Sedrick Irvin to 31 yards on nine carries and forced five turnovers.

Gus Johnson was on the call.

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Stanford's Sun Bowl preview included this note:

"Under Tyrone Willingham, Stanford has been one of the Pac-10's elite teams over the past two seasons. The Cardinal went a combined 10-6 in conference play the last two seasons, which puts them behind only Washington (13-2-1) and Arizona State (12-4)."

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WILLINGHAM SWAG.

As the clock wound down, Gus Johnson said: "For the Spartans, as to what their head coach will be doing, he is a very hot prospect."

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Saban would coach Michigan State for three more seasons before resigning to take the job at LSU.

Whatever happened to...

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Norwest - The Minneapolis-based banking and financial services company was the title sponsor of the 1996 Sun Bowl and merged with Wells Fargo in 1998.

Damon Dunn - Stanford WR had four catches for 63 yards and a 27-yard touchdown run. Check out this excellent conversation with Go Mighty Card.

Paul Edinger - The Spartans' freshman punter -- and arguably their player of the game -- placed three punts inside the 20 and had a season-long 57-yarder. Edinger served as Michigan State's placekicker for his last two seasons in East Lansing and then kicked for six seasons in the NFL.