Scores

Final

Michigan State 40

(6-5, 4-3 Big Ten)

Purdue 37

(4-7, 3-4 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, November 14, 2009

Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

1 2 3 4 T
MSU 7 10 6 1740
PUR 10 10 7 1037

Top Performers

Passing: J. Elliott (PUR) - 373 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: R. Bolden (PUR) - 20 CAR, 76 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Smith (PUR) - 15 REC, 152 YDS, 1 TD

Michigan State rallies to become bowl eligible

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Kirk Cousins threw three touchdown passes, and Michigan State overcame an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Purdue 40-37 and become bowl eligible on Saturday.

B.J. Cunningham caught three passes for 92 yards and a score for the Spartans (6-5, 4-3 Big Ten).

Purdue quarterback Joey Elliott completed 39 of 55 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns. Keith Smith caught 15 passes for 152 yards and a TD for the Boilermakers (4-7, 3-4), who were eliminated from bowl contention.

The Boilermakers gained 524 yards and kept the ball for 41 minutes, but Michigan State gained 229 yards on kickoff returns, and the Spartans stopped Purdue on its final possession.

Michigan State's Brett Swenson made four field goals, including the game-winning 21-yarder with 1:51 left.

Alamo Bowl representatives attended the game.

Ralph Bolden fumbled on Purdue's first offensive play, and Michigan State's Chris Rucker returned it 11 yards for a touchdown seven seconds into the game.

Purdue came right back and drove 80 yards to tie the score. Elliott found Smith over the middle, and Smith broke a tackle before finishing a 26-yard touchdown reception.

Purdue's Carson Wiggs made two field goals, but Michigan State bounced back quickly. A 55-yard pass from Cousins to Charlie Gantt set the Spartans up inside the Purdue 10, and Cousins completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Hawken to give the Spartans a 14-13 lead early in the second quarter.

Purdue scored later in the quarter on a 9-yard run by Bolden, and the Boilermakers took a 20-14 lead. Bolden was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for hugging mascot Purdue Pete after the run.

The Boilermakers led 20-17 at halftime. Purdue outgained Michigan State 266-174 before the break.

Swenson made a career-long 52-yard field goal to make it 20-all, but Purdue came back with an 18-play, 80-yard drive. Elliott capped it with a 3-yard TD pass to Cortez Smith to give the Boilermakers a 27-20 lead. It was Purdue's longest scoring drive of the season.

Swenson hit another 52-yarder late in the third quarter to cut Purdue's lead to 27-23.

Purdue's defense held, then the Boilermakers came back with another scoring drive. Bolden scored his second touchdown, a 1-yarder to make it 34-23 early in the fourth quarter.

Michigan State needed just one play to respond. Cousins found Cunningham for a 73-yard touchdown, and the Spartans cut Purdue's lead to 34-30.

A 50-yard field-goal attempt by Wiggs was blocked, and the Spartans gained possession at their 46-yard line. A run by Keshawn Martin on a reverse went for 45 yards and put the Spartans inside the Purdue 10. Cousins found Blair White for a 9-yard score with 6:59 to play, and Michigan State took a 37-34 lead.

Purdue drove into field-goal range again, and this time, Wiggs converted from 49 yards to tie the game at 37 with 2:38 to play.

Martin returned the kickoff 84 yards to the Purdue 11 to set up Swenson's game winner.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSU
PUR
1st Downs1228
Total Yards362524
Passing208373
Rushing154151
Penalties6-355-50
3rd Down Conversions2-1014-22
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers11
Possession19:2140:39

Passing Leaders

Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cousins11/252088.330
PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Elliott39/553736.820

Rushing Leaders

Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Martin37023.3045
Baker7405.7021
PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bolden20763.8223
Taylor9606.7013

Receiving Leaders

Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cunningham39230.7173
Gantt15555.0055
PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith1515210.1126
Adams56212.4023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMSUPUR
TD14:53Chris L. Rucker 11 Yd Fumble Return (Brett Swenson Kick) 70
TD10:58Keith Smith 26 Yd Pass From Joey Elliott (Carson Wiggs Kick) 77
FG03:42Carson Wiggs 20 Yd 710
SECOND QUARTERMSUPUR
FG11:18Carson Wiggs 42 Yd 713
TD09:59Andrew Hawken 4 Yd Pass From Kirk Cousins (Brett Swenson Kick) 1413
TD05:47Ralph Bolden 9 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 1420
FG01:49Brett Swenson 28 Yd 1720
THIRD QUARTERMSUPUR
FG13:24Brett Swenson 52 Yd 2020
TD04:52Cortez Smith 3 Yd Pass From Joey Elliott (Carson Wiggs Kick) 2027
FG01:06Brett Swenson 52 Yd 2327
FOURTH QUARTERMSUPUR
TD11:52Ralph Bolden 1 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 2334
TD11:34B.J. Cunningham 73 Yd Pass From Kirk Cousins (Brett Swenson Kick) 3034
TD06:59Blair White 9 Yd Pass From Kirk Cousins (Brett Swenson Kick) 3734
FG02:38Carson Wiggs 49 Yd 3737
FG01:51Brett Swenson 21 Yd 4037