It didn’t take long for the Spartans to find themselves trailing at Notre Dame, but it took even less time for them to respond with a authority.
After Notre Dame’s Miles Boykin fumbled a punt that Michigan State recovered, Tyler O’Connor hit Donnie Corley for an amazing touchdown catch in the end done. Corley had to go up and win a jump-ball over Notre Dame corner Donte Vaughn for the score.
Incredible catch by Spartans WR Donnie Corley. #MSUvsND pic.twitter.com/xdizxZVLg7— Travis Durkee (@Travis_Durkee) September 18, 2016
Donnie Corley says "THAT'S MINE." #MSUvsND https://t.co/zBLIUEToe2— NBCSN (@NBCSN) September 18, 2016
DONNIE CORLEY AGIAN! #GoGreen @TheD_Zone pic.twitter.com/0nETwUFqUZ— Kyle Bibbler (@Kylearrows23) September 18, 2016
On the ensuing play, MSU passed on kicking an extra point as Matt Macksood threw a pass to Josiah Price for the two-point conversion.
Just like that, MSU went from trailing 7-0 to leading 8-7, but that wasn’t the first time Corley made that grab.
Back in high school, Corley made the same kind of catch to help lead Detroit Martin Luther King to a Division 2 state championship win over Lowell.
Corley’s 40-yard TD catch with no time on the clock completed an incredible comeback for a 40-38 victory:
UNBELIEVABLE. Detroit King wins the Division 2 state title on a Hail Mary. Went 97 yards in 38 seconds. pic.twitter.com/hykmmtnTQt— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) November 27, 2015
Less than a year later, Corley is doing the same thing for Michigan State at Notre Dame.