Stanton says MSU headed to bowl game

Senior quarterback Damon Dowdell started and staked MSU toa 21-14 halftime lead, but sophomore quarterback Drew Stanton shook off the effects of a separated shoulder and led MSU to 28 unanswered points to add to his legend in East Lansing.

(EAST LANSING) - Sophomore quarterback Drew Stanton says MSU is headed to their second consecutive bowl game.

After his heroics on Saturday, who could doubt him? The 6-foot-2 sophomore, who was expected to be lost for the season after suffering a separated shoulder against the Michigan Wolverines, shook off the effects of the injury and led MSU to a stunning blowout upset win over #5 ranked and previously undefeated Wisconsin.

How was he able to play so effectively with a badly separated shoulder?

"It's something that I tried to keep a positive attitude and keep the faith that I was going to be able to get back in there," said Stanton. "I think the big part of it was (MSU assistant trainer) Sally Noble got me back. She was working with me at least two or three times a day rehabbing my shoulder, trying to get the strength back in it. I think this is a huge credit to her work."

Stanton did not know he would start the second half, but was ready when he got the call.

"I had no idea [I was going in]," admitted Stanton. "Coach Smith told me to go out there and get warm and I found out probably about a minute - just before the onsides kick- that I was going to go in there because Damon [Dowdell] was having a little bit of trouble."

And this wasn't a case of nursing a lead by handing off the football to a strong MSU running game. No, there was Stanton running the football effectively (four carries for 21 yards) against one of the nation's top collegiate defense.

Then there was the Farmington Hills, MI native throwing a 31-yard touchdown pass to receiver Matt Trannon to salt away the game.

Stanton says there is more to come. "Unfortunately we dropped those two (games to Michigan and Ohio State) these past [two] weeks, but we're going to a bowl. We've got to get that mindset and we've got to get ready."

The Spartans must win their final two games against (3-7) Penn State at Beaver Stadium and at (4-5) Hawaii (who lost 70-14 to Fresno St. on Saturday), to finish 7-5 and become bowl eligible.

After his heroics on Saturday, does anyone doubt him?

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