Michigan State scores 3 touchdowns in final 8 minutes to win Peach Bowl
Michigan State didn’t bat an eye. Despite trailing Pitt 21-10 midway through the fourth quarter, Mel Tucker’s team found a way to pull out a victory in the Peach Bowl.
The Spartans trailed by two scores to start the fourth quarter but cut into that deficit after a 13-play, 70-yard drive capped by a 15-yard pass from Payton Thorne to Connor Heyward. Michigan State failed on the 2-point conversion to make the score 21-16 with just over 8 minutes to play.
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Michigan State’s defense answered the call on the next drive, forcing Pitt into a 3-and-out.
Thorne marched back onto the field and put together an impressive 11-play, 71-yard drive the ended with an incredible touchdown grab by Jayden Reed to give Michigan State the lead. The Spartans were able to convert the 2-point try this time, giving them a 3-point advantage.
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The Panthers would get one last try to not let an 11-point fourth quarter lead turn into a loss. While Pitt was able to move the ball through the air, it ultimately ended on Cal Haladay’s watch.
On the eighth play of the drive, Davis Beville’s pass was intercepted by Haladay and returned 78 yards to the end zone for a touchdown. Michigan State won the game 31-21.
Cal Halladay called game.
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It was an incredible comeback victory to cap an outstanding season for Michigan State.
The Spartans close down the year with an 11-2 record and a Peach Bowl crown. It was a remarkable second season for Tucker and his squad.