Spartans win Cotton Bowl in thrilling comeback victory

Posted at 5:02 AM, Jan 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-02 05:05:13-05

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Michigan State Spartans have won the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, in what can only be described as a thrilling last-minute victory.

The Spartans were down by 20 points in the fourth quarter, due to the potent offense of the Baylor Bears.  But MSU would score 21 unanswered points with just over 12:00 to play in the game.

With State down by a touchdown in the closing minutes, Baylor was on its way to making it a two-score game with an attempted field goal.  However, MSU blocked it, and returned the live ball into Baylor territory.

State made good use of the dramatic defensive play.  A 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Connor Cook to wideout Keith Mumphery tied the game.  The extra point was good, putting MSU up by one point.

Baylor's offense would not be able to answer in time.

Michigan State wins the Goodyear Cotton Bowl in dramatic fashion, 42 - 41.

For more on Michigan State's victory -- including photos from the post-game and in-depth write-ups about players, coaches, and the final outcome -- head to MSU's Facebook page.