With the calendar soon flipping to 2016, ’tis the season to reflect on some of the most memorable moments of 2015.
The DSN staff and yours truly were each given the task of selecting one moment that stood out above the rest, in their eyes. Some decided on individual performances while others looked at teams.
In addition to the moment they selected, each writer wrote an excerpt on why it was memorable for them.
So, without further adieu, here is DSN’s most memorable moments from 2015, in chronological order.
[tps_title]ALEX MULLER – Cotton Bowl Comeback[/tps_title]
January 1, 2015 – The Michigan State Spartans finished their incredible and resilient run in 2013-’14 with a win in the 100th Rose Bowl Game. They followed it up with a second consecutive New Year’s Day bowl game as they earned a bid to the 2015 Cotton Bowl vs. the Baylor Bears.
Being it a virtual home game for Baylor and another opponent with an explosive offense, the Spartans were not given much of a chance given their two performances against spread-offense teams earlier in the season. Early on they made it competitive, but the game quickly swung in Baylor’s favor and the Spartans got down by as many as 20 points heading into the 4th.
However, Michigan State would go on to outscore the Bears 21-0 over the final 19 minutes of the game, highlighted by a blocked field goal attempt by Baylor with under four minutes to go that eventually led to the game-winning score.
The 42-41 victory proved that there is no quit in the Spartans. Head coach Mark Dantonio has continued to bring out the best in his teams when they are given the perpetual role of ‘underdog’ on the biggest of stages. The Cotton Bowl comeback finished off a season of validation for the Spartans in 2014, only further showing their emergence to the national spotlight, potentially for years to come.