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Michigan State football: Wisconsin just salvaged the season

Beating Wisconsin in overtime may have just salvaged Michigan State football’s 2022 season. This team is not dead yet.

Can someone get me in contact with Jayden Reed so I can send him a fruit basket? The man just saved Michigan State football’s 2022 season with a touchdown pass (not a typo) and a touchdown catch in overtime.

When Wisconsin forced a punt early on Michigan State’s first drive, you could hear a collective groan from the homecoming crowd. Everyone just expected this to be much more of the same that we’d seen in the previous four games. It was anything but that.

Well, it took three quarters but Michigan State looked much different at the end of regulation and overtime and restored hope with a monster win in East Lansing.

Down 14-7 at halftime with Wisconsin starting the second half with the ball, the Spartans needed to step up defensively and they did just that.

Wisconsin couldn’t get much going through the air as Graham Mertz finished with 131 yards and two touchdowns but had a crucial pick in the first half. He just couldn’t do what other quarterbacks have done against this defense outside of a big touchdown throw at the end of regulation and another in overtime.

For the most part, the secondary looked better with Xavier Henderson back.

Offensively, things were quiet until the fourth quarter. Maliq Carr had a huge catch in the second half to put the Spartans in scoring position and they tied things up with an Elijah Collins touchdown run.

And then Payton Thorne came up clutch with some big throws down the stretch, including the go-ahead touchdown to Keon Coleman in the fourth.

In overtime, it was the Reed show as he threw a crazy touchdown pass to Coleman and caught the game-winner from Thorne in typical Moss-ing fashion (he’s become known for this).

This catch right here saved the season:

A season that looked lost after a 2-4 start was saved by a Reed catch in overtime. The good ‘ol connection between Reed and Thorne came in clutch again.

He finished the game with nine catches for 117 yards and that score. Reed also added a 25-yard touchdown pass.

Right when you thought this team was going to fold and crumble under the pressure, it rose up and delivered in the clutch.

While this third win may not seem like much, it may have just saved bowl contention. This win gives off serious 2012 vibes when Andrew Maxwell threw the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to beat Wisconsin, saving a bowl berth.

We all know what happened the following year for Michigan State football.

Huge win for the good guys that may go a long way for confidence.

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