Michigan State rallies past TCU, 17-16
BY JOHN MARSHALL Associated Press
Monday, December 31, 2012
12/31/12 at 5:35 AM
TEMPE, Ariz. - Dan Conroy kicked a 47-yard field goal with 1:01 left, Le'Veon Bell ran for 145 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Michigan State rallied to beat Texas Christian 17-16 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Saturday night.
Michigan State (7-6) labored through the first half before going on the longest drive in the school's bowl history, a 90-yard march capped by freshman Connor Cook's 15-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Burbridge in the third quarter.
The Spartans recovered a muffed punt by TCU's Skye Dawson at the 4-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, and Bell scored two plays later by racing around left end for a 14-13 lead.
TCU (7-6) rallied to set up Jaden Overkrom for a 53-yard field goal with 2:42 left, but left Conroy too much time for his second straight postseason game-winner after beating Georgia with a 28-yard kick in the third overtime of last year's Outback Bowl.
Trevone Boykin threw for 201 yards on 13-of-29 passing with an interception for the Horned Frogs.
The Spartans had 29 yards on 12 plays in the first quarter and weren't a whole lot better in the second, with starting quarterback Andrew Maxwell (who later was replaced by Cook) throwing two near-interceptions on consecutive passes.
Michigan State had three first downs and 76 total yards in the first half.
Original Print Headline: Michigan St. rallies past TCU
Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell is tripped up by TCU cornerback Kevin White on Saturday night in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. MATT YORK / AP