Call It A Comeback! Michigan State Rallies For 35-31 Win Over Purdue

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Michigan State Rallies To Beat Purdue, 35-31

(Recap from The Sports Network)

East Lansing, MI – Kirk Cousins scored on a three-yard run just two plays after a blocked punt to cap a 22-point fourth quarter, as 11th- ranked Michigan State pulled out a 35-31 victory over Purdue at Spartan Stadium.

The Spartans entered the fourth quarter trailing by 15, but drew within 31-28 with just under seven minutes to play. Purdue was forced to punt deep in its own territory and Denicos Allen blocked the kick with 5:19 left, giving Michigan State the ball at the three-yard line.

Cousins dropped back to pass on second down and found a hole up the middle. He stretched the ball out to break the plane of the goal line before losing the ball and was credited with the touchdown, although a Michigan State lineman fell on the fumble in the end zone.

The Boilermakers still had more than four minutes left and marched from their own 34 to the Michigan State 20 with the help of a fourth-down conversion. But facing 4th-and-8, Purdue quarterback Rob Henry scrambled and was intercepted by Chris Norman with 44 seconds left to seal the remarkable comeback.


Keshawn Martin Back For Michigan State; William Gholston Out For Season

Michigan State's electrifying returner/receiver Keshawn Martin has been out ever since injuring his knee against Northwestern. The injury forced him to miss the Iowa and Minnesota games, but he is on track to return Saturday against the Purdue Boilermakers. Martin said earlier this week that he is still experiencing some pain in his knee on cuts, but he has no intention of missing another game this season.

"By game time, I think I’ll be about 100 percent," he said. "It still hurts to do some stuff, but it’s much better than it was a couple weeks ago."

Defense end William Gholston has been dealing with a shoulder injury, and unlike Martin, he will not be on the field against Purdue on Saturday. Gholston had surgery earlier this week and is out for the season. Had surgery been delayed, it's possible he could have played in a bowl game, but Mark Dantonio felt that having him ready for spring ball was more important, which makes sense considering Gholston is a true freshman.

In other injury news, Michigan State also expects to have offensive guard Chris McDonald and linebacker Chris Norman back on Saturday. Both players missed the Minnesota game, but after having a week off because of a bye, the two are healed up enough to play against Purdue.

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