Tuesday December 23rd, 2014

Michigan State Spartans vs. Baylor Bears

Michigan State and Big 12 co-champion Baylor square off in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Baylor is making its first appearance in the game since 1980 after being left out of the College Football Playoff. Michigan State is making its eighth straight bowl trip under coach Mark Dantonio. The Spartans' only two losses this season are to Oregon and Ohio State, two of the four teams in the playoff.

You can follow the game with live stats and play-by-play here.

How to watch

Details for the Cotton Bowl are below:

Kickoff: Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be live streamed here

TV coverage: ESPN

Radio: For a list of Michigan State affiliates, click here. For a list of Baylor affiliates, click here.

Season recaps

Baylor

12/6: Baylor 38, Kansas State

Baylor clinched a share of the Big 12 title as Bryce Petty threw for 412 yards after missing the latter stages of last week’s game with a concussion. Shock Linwood ran for 91 yards for the Bears, who won their 16th straight home game. Tyler Lockett had 14 catches for 158 yards for Kansas State, which gave up 584 yards. 

11/29: Baylor 48, Texas Tech 46

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was knocked out of the game with a concussion in the third quarter as Texas Tech rallied from twice from a 25-point deficit to close within two in the final minutes. Tech’s Patrick Mahomes set a Big 12 freshman record with 598 yards and had three 100-yard receivers to go along with his six touchdown passes. The Red Raiders were done in early by committing 11 penalties and turning the ball over four times.

11/22: Baylor 49, Oklahoma State 28

Baylor avenged a defeat last year at the hands of the Cowboys that knocked them out of the national title race, as Bryce Petty completed 18 of 29 passes for 262 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and Shock Linwood and Devin Chafin each ran for over 100 yards. The Bears won their 15th straight home game. Baylor committed 12 penalties but still rolled up 579 yards, including 317 on the ground.

11/8: Baylor 48, Oklahoma 14

Baylor piled up 544 yards of total offense to pummel Oklahoma on the road. Bryce Petty completed 32 of 42 passes for 387 yards and a touchdown, and Corey Coleman had 15 catches for 224 yards and a touchdown. It was Baylor's first road win against a ranked team under coach Art Briles.

Michigan State

11/29: Michigan State 34, Penn State 10

Jeremy Langford ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns and R.J. Shelton took the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown as the Spartans won their third straight game. Michael Geiger kicked two field goals and Michigan State held the Nittany Lions to 38 yards rushing.

11/22: Michigan State 45, Rutgers 3

Connor Cook passed for 254 yards and two touchdowns and Jeremy Langford rushed for 126 yards, as the Spartans cruised to a 35-0 halftime lead. The Spartans scored on five of their first six possessions and held Rutgers to 234 total yards. Quarterback Gary Nova was picked off twice for Rutgers. 

11/15: Michigan State 37, Maryland 15

Jeremy Langford rushed for 138 yards, his 14th-straight 100-yard game against a Big Ten opponent, and contributed two touchdowns to the Spartans’ winning effort. RJ Williamson added touchdown on a 22-yard interception return, one of three interceptions by the Michigan State defense. The defense also held Maryland to six rushing yards and sacked Terrapins quarterback C.J. Brown three times.

11/8: Ohio State 49, Michigan State 37

The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Spartans. Michigan State led 14-7 after the first quarter but the Buckeyes scored 21 points in the second. Connor Cook passed for 358 yards and two touchdowns, and Jeremy Langford rushed for three scores on the ground.

10/25: Michigan State 35, Michigan 11

Running back Jeremy Langford carried the ball 35 times for 177 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Connor Cook added 227 yards and a touchdown through the air. The Spartans intercepted Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner twice and limited him to 125 passing yards.

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