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Sparty outlasts TCU in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

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The nightcap of a long day of bowl games ended in a close one that had a pair of clutch field goals and a hint of honey BBQ sauce.

The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl between TCU and Michigan State didn’t start out particularly interesting when the Horned Frogs jumped out to a 13-0 lead over Sparty, but Michigan State scored 17 points in the second half, including a 47-yard field goal with one minute remaining, to come away with a 17-16 win. A muffed punt by TCU’s Skye Dawson put MSU in a position to take a 14-13 lead in the fourth.

Leading the way for the Spartans was running back Le’Veon Bell, who finished with 145 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries. As an example of MSU’s woeful offensive production, Bell was also the team’s second-leading passer with one completion on a trick play for 29 yards. Bell finishes the year with almost 1,800 yards rushing on 382 carries. Here’s betting this was Bell’s final game with the Spartans.

For TCU, however, there’s plenty of young talent coming back in 2013. Perhaps among those will be quarterback Casey Pachall, who left the program mid-season because of a drug problem. Trevone Boykin has done an admiral job filling in for Pachall, but the Horned Frogs would have a better player at their disposal if Pachall returns.

Texas showed earlier this evening against Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl that it’s a team to keep an eye on as a possible Big 12 championship contender in 2013. I would add TCU to that list as well.

Michigan State will have some questions to address at quarterback — starter Andrew Maxwell was swapped in favor of Connor Cook — with the possibility of Bell leaving and taking his load of offensive production with him.

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14 Responses to “Sparty outlasts TCU in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl”
  1. nickp91 says: Dec 30, 2012 2:01 AM

    What a game between Michigan State and TCU!!

  2. jonrox says: Dec 30, 2012 6:04 AM

    Sparty is the name of our mascot, not our school. “The Spartans” is fine.

  3. source7769 says: Dec 30, 2012 8:48 AM

    Spartans program is far from fine at this time

  4. sbuel2 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:28 AM

    Guess their luck finally changed with the botched punt receiver droppping the ball and then trying to pick it up but missing. Glad the B1G team finally won a game.

  5. sbuel2 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:31 AM

    Did you notice TCU QB was injured in 3rd period, limping a lot but stayed in the game, their offensive production dropped off from about then onward. he wasn’t running anymore and passing was off. They must not have a backup to the backup. He played well in the first half.

  6. kozbee says: Dec 30, 2012 10:58 AM

    Was one of the better bowl games so far,TCU has a good QB and if State would not of sacked him a few times imo TCU would of won that game..

  7. polegojim says: Dec 30, 2012 12:07 PM

    Good ‘Defensive’ game.

    Sparty’s offense is ATROCIOUS – take away Bell… and they have… interceptions/turn overs, with a healthy topping of ’3 and outs’.

    Without special teams play… they score ONE time and lose. Gotta fix that Coach.

  8. thraiderskin says: Dec 30, 2012 4:05 PM

    Interesting… not the outcome I would have guessed, based off of what has been said all season long.

  9. irishdodger says: Dec 30, 2012 5:15 PM

    Five of MSUs losses were by a combined 13 pts. If they had some decent QB play, they’d be in the Rose Bowl. Can’t imagine Bell sticking around another season. Dantonio is a good coach…he’ll have them competing again for the B1G soon.

  10. jonrox says: Dec 30, 2012 6:31 PM

    “Five of MSUs losses were by a combined 13 pts. If they had some decent QB play, they’d be in the Rose Bowl. Can’t imagine Bell sticking around another season. Dantonio is a good coach…he’ll have them competing again for the B1G soon”

    No quarterback was going to be good for MSU this year. The receivers could not get open, and the majority of incompletions all year were dropped passes

  11. axltcu says: Dec 30, 2012 8:07 PM

    Poor Skye Dawson is getting torn apart by all the TCU fans. The guy has muffed punts five games in a row though. He had no business being back there all season. Part of the blame has to be put on the special team coaching and GP for continually putting him back there. I hate to pin a win or loss on one player or play but that was definitely a major turning point in the game. Before that happened TCU had everything under control.

  12. vanmorrissey says: Dec 30, 2012 8:14 PM

    TCU gave that game away. MSU did not win it,TCU lost it.

  13. gettinwestern says: Dec 31, 2012 3:57 PM

    Make it admirable, not admiral, job.

  14. metroplexfrog says: Jan 1, 2013 9:50 AM

    TCU blew that game. QB was bad and can’t catch a punt.

    Terrible

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