|Michigan State (11-3)||33|
by CFP Staff
Michigan State, which hadn't won a bowl game since downing Fresno State 45-35 in the 2001 Silicon Valley Classic, finished the year 11-3 after going 11-2 a year ago. Head coach Mark Dantonio was winless in four previous bowl games, including a 24-12 loss to the Bulldogs in the Capital One Bowl at the end of the 2008 season.
Georgia opened and closed a 10-4 season with back-to-back losses. In between, the Bulldogs ran off 10 straight wins.
Georgia has now dropped two consecutive bowl games for the first time since the 1981-1982 seasons.
Cousins finished his collegiate career as the school's all-time career leader in passing yards and total offense.
Brandon Boykin had a 92-yard punt return for Georgia that gave the Bulldogs a 16-0 lead at halftime. He also caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray that put the 'Dawgs ahead 27-20 with 6:44 left in regulation.
The score was 2-0 after Boykin tackled Keshawn Martin in the end zone for a safety on Michigan State’s first offensive play.
Georgia's Tavarres King led all receivers with 205 yards on 6 catches, including an 80-yard touchdown that put his team ahead 9-0.
69.7% of CollegeFootballPoll.com voters picked Georgia to win, but the Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com forecasted a 4.32-point victory for Michigan State.