Outback Bowl 2012: Michigan State Beats Georgia 33-30 In Triple Overtime

Michigan State blocked a field goal in triple overtime to beat Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl. The win snapped MSU's five-game losing streak in bowls.

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ANIMATED: Michigan State Blocks Field Goal To Win Outback Bowl In Triple Overtime

The Michigan St. Spartans seemed like they were on their way to a loss in the 2012 Outback Bowl when they went into halftime with a 16-0 deficit. Senior quarterback Kirk Cousins led the Spartans to a second half comeback, however, and eventually earned the victory when his defense blocked a game-tying field goal attempt from the Georgia Bulldogs kicker.

Blair Walsh had a chance at 47-yard field goal attempt to force a fourth overtime, but it was all for naught as one of the Spartans defenders got a hand on the ball to secure the 33-30 victory. It's hard to tell, but the animated video below makes it seem as though a fourth overtime was in store had the kick not been blocked.

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Michigan State's kicker, Dan Conroy, was able to convert on both of his field goal attempts ensure the Spartans victory.

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Michigan State Vs. Georgia Final Score: Outback Bowl Ends With Spartans On Top In Triple Overtime

The 2012 Outback Bowl was one of the most exciting games of the college football postseason as it became just the second of the year to head into overtime. After a pair of stops, it was the first to go to double (and then triple) overtime before the game ended with the Michigan State Spartans pulling out a 33-30 triple overtime victory over the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Spartans blocked Blair Walsh's 47-yard field goal attempt in the third overtime to clinch the victory.

Michigan State was in trouble heading into halftime as they trailed 16-0, but Kirk Cousins orchestrated a solid second half on his way to an impressive fourth quarter drive to force overtime. The quarterback was able to avenge a heart-breaking interception in the first overtime when kicker Dan Conroy hit the game-winning field goal in the third overtime.

The Bulldogs were obviously impressive in the first half, but Aaron Murray and the Georgia offense sputtered just enough in the second half to allow the Spartans to force overtime. Murray had a chance to tie the game in the third overtime, but Michigan State's defense was able to force the Bulldogs to settle for -- and miss -- the potential 47-yard game-tying field goal.

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Michigan State Vs. Georgia: Kirk Cousins Forces Overtime In Outback Bowl

The Michigan State Spartans looked to be dead in the water when the Georgia Bulldogs went ahead 27-20 late in the fourth quarter, but the senior class wouldn't go down without a fight in the 2012 Outback Bowl. Senior quarterback Kirk Cousins orchestrated an excellent fourth quarter drive to tie the game at 27 points apiece and force overtime.

Cousins completed six of his seven passing attempts on the final drive of regulation that spanned 8t yards in less than two minutes, eventually moving the ball to the one-yard line with 26 seconds left before Le'Veon Bell pushed it across the goal line to force overtime. Cousins completed 25 of his 42 passing attempts in regulation for 285 yards on his way to leading the game-tying drive.

The Georgia offense had 19 seconds left to tie the game, but Michigan State's defense did just enough to force the overtime period.

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Outback Bowl 2012 Score Update: Michigan State Responds, Trails 16-14 In Fourth

The Michigan State Spartans took over to begin the third quarter, trailing Georgia 16-0 in the Outback Bowl. After a punt, they were able to force a turnover when Aaron Murray was picked off by Darqueze Dennard. Michigan State took over in Georgia territory, and it was the spark they needed. After a pair of incompletions, Kirk Cousins hit B.J. Cunningham for 12 yards to keep it alive, and then hit Brian Linthicum for 17 yards. At that point, they were in the red zone and that set up a Le'Veon Bell eight-yard touchdown run. They went for the two-point conversion, and Cousins hit Linthicum to make it 16-8.

Georgia was then forced to punt, which was followed by a Michigan State three-and-out. When the Bulldogs took over again, it was Aaron Murray once again being picked off, by Dennard once again. This one was picked off at the Georgia 38-yard line, and taken all the way in for a touchdown. Threatening to tie, MSU went for the two-point conversion, but the attempt came up short and the quarter came to an end with Georgia having possession, leading 16-14.

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Michigan State Vs. Georgia, Outback Bowl 2012: Bulldogs Take 16-0 Lead Into Half

Georgia began the second half of the Outback Bowl up 2-0, but with the ball on the Michigan State 41 on a 3rd and 17. Going with a safe rush to try and pick up a couple extra yards, Aaron Murray took it, but Chris Norman forced a fumble and Michigan State took over at their own 41-yard line, after William Gholston recovered the ball.

Unfortunately for them, they were unable to get anything out of it, after a false start penalty set them back another five yards and Kirk Cousin missed his receiver on 3rd and 10. They were forced to punt, so Georgia took over inside their own 20. At this point, it turned into the punt bowl, as each team exchanged punts three times back and forth, before Georgia took over again and widened the gap between them and MSU. That is to say, widened the 2-0 gap.

On 1st and 10 from their own 20-yard line, Aaron Murray hit Tavarres King for an 80-yard touchdown pass. Nobody came close to catching him, save for a referee that was almost bowled over. So Michigan State took over again with time running out in the half, and were forced to an immediate three-and-out. Mike Sadler came out to punt, and, of course, Brandon Boykin returned it 92 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Bulldogs a 16-0 lead.

Michigan State got the ball back, but were unable to do anything and trailed 16-0 heading into the half. Below, we've got video of the King touchdown.

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Outback Bowl 2012 Score Update: Georgia Notches Safety To Take 2-0 Lead In First

Georgia received the opening kickoff in the 2012 Outback Bowl, and after a quick first down, they were forced to punt by a tightening up Michigan State defense. The punt was a good one, and the Spartans ended up taking over at their own two-yard line. Kirk Cousins hit Keshawn Martin on first down ... for a bubble screen backed into their own endzone, and it ended up being a two-yard loss for, you guessed it, a safety. So Georgia took a 2-0 lead to start the game.

So they took the safety punt and started at their own 45-yard line, great field position by anyone's standards. They eventually drove their way into the red zone, helped by two Michigan State penalties, one for offside that made a 3rd down easier to handle and one for pass interference that took them from the 29-yard line to the 14. Georgia eventually made it to the five-yard line, before being tackled back to the seven. A completed pass put them back in it, and at 4th and 1 from the five-yard line, Georgia elected to go for it, but Ken Malcome was stopped for no gain and Michigan State took over.

Michigan State then started driving from their own six, but barely made it to midfield before they were sacked back into their own territory, and they had to give up the ball via punt. Georgia took back over and started to drive again, into MSU territory when the first quarter came to an end, with Georgia up 2-0.

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Outback Bowl 2012: Kirk Cousins Ready To Lead Michigan State To Victory

The 2012 Outback Bowl is just one of six college football games taking place on Jan. 2, 2012, but it's likely the most important for those reading SB Nation Detroit. It's also rather important to Michigan St. Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins as he finishes up his college career.

Cousins has led the Spartans to the most wins in school history and will look to add one more to that total when he plays the Georgia Bulldogs in Tampa. The senior talked to the Detroit Free Press to discuss the last few days of his collegiate football career.

"I'm going to enjoy the process. I'm going to make the most of the opportunity to play for Michigan State one last time. Take it all in, even at practices and the events leading up to the game, and then the game itself," Cousins said. "I'll make the most of it and then move on. I feel like I've given everything I have to this university. I have nothing to be ashamed of and everything to be proud of."

Cousins also talked about what it would mean to go out with a win next week.

"You don't want to be in the locker room as your last game ever in a Spartan uniform with a loss," Cousins said. "You want to be in that locker room celebrating a win the last time you ever play for Michigan State. We'll do everything we can to make sure we play very, very well and hopefully come away with a win."

It remains to be seen what will come of the quarterback's final game in Sparty green, but it sounds like Cousins is prepared to go out on top.

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