The Michigan State Spartans know all too well what it is like playing in close games in 2012. Entering last night’s Buffalo Wild Wings with a record of just 6-6, things could have played out quite differently for Sparty this season with a few better bounces. Alas, that was not the case for MSU this past season, having lost five of its six games by a total of just 13 points, but last night was finally different.
Michigan State dropped a game to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a score of 20-3. They then went on to lose games by a total of 1 point, 2 points, three points twice and four points another time. They had a few close wins as well, but their losses were heartbreaking.
It may sound ignorant to say this about a 6-6 team, but the Spartans could have played in a BCS Bowl Game this season with a bit of better luck, or a little more experience on the field. Especially in the Big 10 conference, where the best two teams were bowl ineligible.
But that was not the case for much of the season for the Spartans, although it finally ended up differently for them late last night.
And by late, that can be viewed in multiple ways. Michigan State did not take its first lead until just 61 second remained, which also occurred around 2:00 AM on the east coast.
But the Spartans found a way, behind a solid game by star running back Le’Veon Bell, who rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown. Michigan State got very little help on offense from the passing game, so they had to once again heavily rely on Bell to help move the chains. Trailing 13-0 at the half, Bell took over in the third and fourth quarter, culminating in a Dan Conroy 47 yard field goal to defeat the TCU Horned Frogs, 17-16.
Once again, it was another nail biter for the Spartans. This one just ended with a much better outcome for the kids of East Lansing.