Stanton must be Earvin "Magic" Johnson against Larry Bird and Indiana State in the NCAA finals. He must be Willis Reed coming out of the tunnel at Madison Square Garden to propel the New York Knicks to an NBA championship.
He must be Derek Jeter in Yankee Stadium and Steve Yzerman at Joe Louis arena he must be.... OK you get the point.
Spartans fans love Drew Stanton because despite being recruited by nearly every Big Ten team he chose Michigan State out of Farmington Hills Harrison high school. Stanton has had some huge games in a Spartan uniform, but this game is monumental.
Michigan State's program is at the crossroads. John L. Smith is on the verge of losing his job and MSU hasn't been to a bowl game in three years. All this has happened on Drew Stanton's watch.
This isn't what he envisioned when he committed to the Spartans, the team he loved so much he was willing to play special teams to get on the field.
Now, he's down to his last chance, one shining moment to prove that he is something special.
An upset win engineered by Stanton would stamp him as a truly special quarterback and a player who transcends sports, an athlete in the Mateen Cleaves, Magic Johnson role who elevates his teammates play to a level that cannot normally be attained.
His reputation as a winner on the collegiate level in the big games is also something NFL scouts will take notice of and add to his resume.
Can Michigan State pull the upset in Ann Arbor? Yes, it is possible, but only if Drew Stanton is heroic like he has never been before.