NCAA Game Summary - Michigan State at Purdue|
(Saturday, November 14th)
Final Score: Michigan State 40, Purdue 37
West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) - Brett Swenson kicked a 21-yard field
goal with 1:52 left in regulation to give the Michigan State Spartans a 40-37
win over the Purdue Boilermakers in Big Tem action.
Michigan State (6-5, 4-3 Big Ten) overcame an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit
to become bowl eligible. Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 208 yards and
three touchdowns for the Spartans. Swenson kicked four field goals on the
afternoon. Prior to the game winner, he connected on kicks of 28, 52 and 52
Purdue (4-7, 3-4) quarterback Joey Elliott was 39-of-55 for 373 yards and two
scores. Keith Smith hauled in 15 balls for 152 yards and a score, while Ralph
Bolden rushed for 76 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 20 carries.
The Spartans opened the scoring when Purdue's Ralph Bolden fumbled on the
first play from scrimmage and Michigan State's Chris Rucker took the recovery
11 yards into the end zone.
The Boilermakers answered back four minutes later when Elliott found Smith
with a 26-yard scoring pass,
Carson Wiggs added field goals of 20 and 42 yards to extend Purdue's lead to
13-7 four minutes into the second quarter.
Michigan State regained the lead with 10 minutes left until halftime, when
Cousins found Andrew Hawken with a four-yard scoring pass.
Bolden got the lead back for Purdue on a nine-yard run with just under six
minutes left in the first half.
Swenson booted a 28-yard field goal just inside the two-minute mark to cut
Purdue's lead to 20-17 at halftime.
Swenson tied the game with a 52-yard field goal just over a minute into the
Elliott's three-yard pass to Cortez Smith gave Purdue a 27-20 lead with five
minutes left in the third period.
Swenson added a 52-yard field goal to cut Purdue's lead to 27-23 after three
Bolden extended the Boilermaker lead to 34-23 with a one-yard run three
minutes into the fourth quarter.
Seconds later, Cousins connected with B.J. Cunningham on a 73-yard scoring
play to make it a 34-30 game. He followed with a nine-yard throw to Blair
White that gave Michigan State a 37-34 lead with seven minutes left in the
Wiggs booted a 49-yard field goal with 2 1/2 minutes left to tie the game at
37 and set the stage for Swenson's game-winning kick.
Purdue had the edge in total offense, 524-362.
11/14 17:46:18 ET