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.