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Video: Michigan State Blocks Field Goal, Drives Down Field For Game-Winning Score

michigan state and baylor players collide during the cotton bowl

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 01: Chris Laneaux #14 of the Michigan State Spartans breaks up the pass intended for Antwan Goodley #5 of the Baylor Bears during the second half of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on January 1, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Baylor led virtually all afternoon in its Cotton Bowl contest against Michigan State, but in the game's final quarter, the Spartans were dominant. MSU mounted a 21-point comeback to win a thriller, 42-41, despite Bears quarterback Bryce Petty throwing for 550 yards and three touchdowns.

With just over a minute to play and Baylor leading 41-35, the Bears lined up for 45-yard field goal attempt to try to go up two scores on the Spartans. But MSU was able to block the kick and safety R.J. Williamson returned it to his team's 45-yard-line. Eight plays later, Connor Cook found Keith Mumphery for a 10-yard score. It was a tough way for Art Briles' squad to go out.

Michigan State's win was its 11th of the season.