Georgia Vs. Michigan State, Outback Bowl: Sparty Downs Dawgs In Triple OT, 33-30

Georgia and Michigan State, both top-five defenses, meet in Tampa. Live Outback Bowl box score, Outback Bowl FAQ and Jan. 2 bowl TV schedule.

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2012 Outback Bowl Final Score: Michigan State Blocks Field Goal In Triple Overtime To Win 33-30

Michigan State came back from a 16-0 halftime deficit to win the program's first bowl game under Mark D'Antonio, 33-30 over Georgia in triple overtime at the 2012 Outback Bowl.

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Sparty's Dan Conroy hit a 28-yard field goal in triple overtime to give MSU the win, then Georgia's Blair Walsh missed his second field goal of overtime when his 47-yard attempt was blocked:

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Sparty nearly had six points in the first possession of the third frame, when Cousins' pass was mishandled by a wide-open Keshawn Martin on 3rd and 2 that would've given MSU the first down and possibly a touchdown.

Cousins finished with 300 yards on 27 of 50 passing for one touchdown and three interceptions in a game that featured seven consecutive Sparty drives of three-and-out before both teams caught fire on offense late.

For more on the Georgia Bulldogs, be sure to visit Dawg Sports and SB Nation Atlanta. For Michigan State info, check out The Only Colors.

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Outback Bowl 2012, Michigan State Vs. Georgia: Tampa Is In Store For A Good Game

The 2012 Outback Bowl doesn't have the name recognition of most college football bowls, but considering it's being played in January, there's little doubt it'll be a solid game to watch. The Michigan State Spartans and Georgia Bulldogs both ran through their respective divisions before being stopped in the conference championship game, meaning both teams will enter Monday afternoon's game with a bad taste in their mouth.

The Spartans ended the season with a 10-3 record, but their loss in the Big Ten conference championship to the Wisconsin Badgers certainly isn't the way quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Spartans' senior class is going to want to be remembered. It will likely be the Michigan State defense that plays a pivotal role in the contest, however, as they ended the season as the ninth-ranked defense in college football.

The Bulldogs, on the other hand, were a bit shaky in the early goings of this season as they dropped their first two contests. The SEC team then rebounded with 10 straight victories before falling to the top-ranked LSU Tigers in the conference championship game. Quarterback Aaron Murray along with wide receivers Tavarres King and Orson Charles are going to have to be synced perfectly if the Bulldogs are going to bring in the new year with a 'W.'

It will be the third time the two teams have met, and while the Bulldogs have won the previous two contests, there's little doubt Michigan State has the talent to turn the tides this season.

For more on the 2012 Outback Bowl, head over to Georgia blog Dawg Sports and Michigan State blog The Only Colors.

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Michigan State Vs. Georgia, 2012 Outback Bowl: Glory Days Are Here Again

No, the Outback Bowl is most certainly not a BCS game. There's no reason in pretending otherwise. But for either Michigan State or Georgia, a win in this game will be the exclamation point on their return to prominence.

For Michigan State (10-3), it's more of a continuation from what was started last season. Mark Dantonio led the Spartans to their first Top 15 ranking since Nick Saban led them to a No. 9 ranking in 1999. But despite finishing tied for the Big Ten title, the Spartans' season ended on a down night as they were crushed 49-7 by Alabama in the Capital One Bowl. In fact, the Spartans will be looking for their first bowl win of the Dantonio era and their first since 2001 (Silicon Valley Bowl). 

This year has not been an out-and-out success, as the loss to No. 15 Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship Game can attest, but it has been a continuation of what started in 2007 when Dantonio took over. The Spartans have gone 2-2 against teams ranked in the Top 15. Included in those wins was one over arch-rival Michigan, who came into their game ranked No. 11. The Spartans also beat Wisconsin in their first meeting, back when the Badgers were ranked No. 6 in the country.

The Spartans have done all this with a relatively balanced attack and a stellar defense. Michigan State ranks 44th in passing yards per game (247.0), 76th in rushing (142.9) and had the ninth best scoring defense (17.5). Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been outstanding, completing more than 65 percent of his passes for the second straight year, throwing for 3,016 yards and tossing 24 touchdowns to just seven interceptions.

The Bulldogs (10-3) are basically like the slightly more balanced cousin. After barely qualifying for a bowl last year, Mark Richt got Georgia right back to where he was accustomed to them being. 

A rough start to the season that saw the Bulldogs lose two straight, they would eventually reel off 10 straight wins before falling to No. 1-ranked LSU in the SEC title game. The Bulldogs ended up with the 39th best offense (413.9 yards per game) and the 17th best scoring defense (19.6 points per game). Quarterback Aaron Murray led the attack with 33 touchdown passes, although the sophomore did toss 12 interceptions.

This game will be a rematch of the 2009 Capital One Bowl in which Georgia won 24-12. The Bulldogs also won the only other previous meeting.

For more insight and analysis of this game, be sure to check out Michigan State blog The Only Colors and Georgia blog Dawg Sports.

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