MSU Plays of the Year: 16-20

Looking at the top plays of the Michigan State football season, counting down from 20 to 1 this week. We open with 16 through 20, which features a pair of big offensive plays and a couple of interceptions --- oh, and a dance move.

It was a season full of highs for Michigan State with some pretty great plays in some big games. SpartanDigest is taking a look at the top 20 plays of the 2013 season for the Spartans.

Our list opens with No. 20 down to No. 16:

20. Travis Jackson's touchdown dance

Okay, so the list starts off with something that wasn't really a play, but it was big. With 10:31 to go in the Spartans' win against Michigan, Connor Cook toughed out a 1-yard touchdown run. Jackson finished off his block in the end zone, turned around and started to celebrate in camera-catching fashion. Squatting down and raising his hands in the air, he started mimicking WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan's "YES!" celebration.

It became a staple of Michigan State's postgame celebrations the rest of the season and now has spread to the Izzone at basketball games.

Jackson spills on unique celebration (VIDEO)

19. Trae Waynes' interception in the Rose Bowl

Waynes didn't have his first career interception until the regular-season finale against Minnesota when he had two. He followed that up in the Rose Bowl with his third of the season. It came in the third quarter on Stanford's first possession as Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan looked deep downfield to Michael Rector. Rector went up and appeared to catch the pass, but Waynes took it out of his hands and came down with the interception.

It was a play Stanford converted earlier in the game against Waynes, but couldn't beat the No Fly Zone again. With the game tied after MSU hit a field goal on its first drive of the second half, the interception helped keep the momentum with the Spartans.

18. Jeremy Langford's touchdown run against Illinois

Usually showing off his speed for the Spartans, Langford showed on a third-and-1 from the Illinois 7-yard line he brings strength to his running game, too.

Taking the inside handoff, Langford put his foot in the ground and hit a gap through the middle. He broke through an initial tackle attempt at the line of scrimmage before breaking another one around the 5-yard line. The most beastly broken tackle of all came around the 2-yard line as Langford was being pulled to the ground by his upper body, but kept his feet moving and powered into the end zone.

17. Darqueze Dennard's interception against Michigan

Holding a 22-6 lead against Michigan in the fourth quarter, the Wolverines were driving deep in MSU territory. Dennard snuffed out the final Michigan comeback attempt though with outstanding coverage on Jeremy Gallon and making a terrific interception at the MSU 3-yard to fully seal the win.

It also gave MSU three consecutive games without allowing a touchdown, as the defense surrendered just nine points in a three-game stretch.

16. MacGarrett Kings' touchdown against Youngstown State

It took a while for the MSU offense to show signs of life, but a 55-14 win against Youngstown State was a big sign it could – even if it was against a Division I-AA opponent. Kings showed the biggest burst for the Spartans with his 24-yard touchdown reception from Connor Cook. It was the first true downfield passing touchdown the MSU of the season and it came on a great throw from Cook over a safety to Kings, who beat his man to the inside. Kings went up and made a great catch and got the ball rolling for MSU's passing offense as Cook cemented himself as the starting quarterback.


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