January 2, 2012

'Victory points toward us becoming elite'

TAMPA - Mark Dantonio has guided his team to bowl appearances in each of his first five years at the helm of the Michigan State program.

But until now a bowl victory has eluded the Spartans.

Michigan State (11-3) snapped its five-game bowl losing streak dating back to 2003 Alamo Bowl with a 33-30 overtime victory over SEC East champion Georgia (10-4).

"This is a tremendous bowl," Dantonio said. "I want to congratulate Georgia on a great football game. It was a great game. They have a great football team and obviously played hard as well."

Michigan State trailed 16-0 at halftime. The Spartans scored their first touchdown on an 8-yard run by Le'Veon Bellmidway through the third quarter. A 1-yard run by Bell with 15 seconds remaining sent the game to overtime.

The Spartans secured the 33-30 victory when junior nose tackle Anthony Rashad White blocked the field goal attempt of Blair Walsh during the third overtime period.

Click below for Dantonio's post-game press conference.

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