Friday, April 26, 2013

Terry McClowry, R.I.P.

I just heard that former Michigan State linebacker Terry McClowry died on April 21.  McClowry was a member of the 1974 Spartan team that defeated Ohio State, 16-13 in one of college football's biggest upsets.  On the Buckeyes' final drive, McClowry had a near interception that would have most likely ended the game right then and there, and spared everyone the long and drawn out controversial ending (and at least some of Woody Hayes' temper tantrums).  In fact, if instant replay review existed in 1974, it's likely the call on the field would have been overturned.

McClowry had a great game that day, and in its November 18, 1974 article about the game, Dan Jenkins of Sports Illustrated referred to him as the defensive player of the game.

I don't know much about McClowry's post-MSU life, but I did learn that he was married to the same woman for 33 years and was a loving father of four children. By all accounts, he was a wonderful guy. Rest in peace to a great Spartan.

(For those interested, here's a link to the SI article about the 1974 MSU/OSU game):

The Touchdown that Didn't Count (MSU 16, OSU 13)

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