Cousins Takes Final Bow

For Michigan State fans Monday's Spartans Outback Bowl victory over Georgia saw quarterback Kirk Cousins take his final bow as a Spartan. Cousins reflected on the game and more following the Spartans triple overtime victory.

While Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray may have received the bulk of the attention prior to the Outback Bowl, the fact two of the top defenses in college football made sure to rise to the occasion with high intensity. Cousins was not surprised by either teams efforts.

"There are a lot of guys on both teams that will play on Sundays," said Cousins. "You had the third best defense and, I believe, the (fifth) best defense in the country and it showed in the way they played, and the fact it is was so tightly played it shows what a quality of a program Georgia is and a quality program Michigan State has become."

How good was the Bulldogs defense?

"They have a phenomenal defense," said Cousins. "They don't have many weaknesses and you saw by one of the interceptions how athletic the linebacker was to make the play on it, and the combination of size and speed they have is very impressive. We knew we were in for a long day with them; fortunately we were able to move the ball enough to win the game, but we had our hands full with them, there is no doubt about that."

One thing the Spartans did different than in years past was the way they prepared leading up to the game. Did the change make a difference?

"Well we certainly changed our approach to some degree but it wasn't a drastic change," Cousins explained. "I thought the decision to move practice to later in the day helped us to be a little more focused. Moving practice to the afternoon mirrored the time of the game. But we still enjoyed the week and made great memories, but it's especially important to finish the way we did."

As Anthony Rashad White made the final play of the game, what was Cousins thinking about after knowing he finished his career with another big achievement?

Well, I was standing next to Coach Warner and when the kick was blocked I gave him a hug because I've spent more time with him in this program than anyone else," said Cousins. "All the meetings, all the practices, all the film sessions and just thanked him for what he's done in developing me and just felt very, very pleased in how we ended it as seniors."

Does the win help change the Spartans psyche going forward?

"Well, Georgia is as good of a team in the country as there is and, as I said, their defense is all that it was cracked up to be before the game," said Cousins. "The fact that we stood toe-to-toe with them and battled all game says a lot about our program and where we've come and where we're going. I'm excited to have been a part of a program that was down and fighting to make a bowl game to now leave with two-straight 11-win seasons and finish in the top 10 of the country. Hopefully, I think it shows what our seniors, and what our program has done over the past five years."

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