His shoulder and his ankle wouldn’t stop hurting, but that pain was nothing compared to the thought of his team’s Rose Bowl chances slipping away.
So Kirk Cousins played on, leading No. 11 Michigan State on a desperate fourth-quarter rally that kept the Spartans atop the Big Ten for another week.
Cousins lunged into the end zone from 3 yards out with 4:32 remaining to give Michigan State a dramatic 35-31 victory over Purdue on Saturday. The Spartans trailed 28-13 after three quarters and 31-20 midway through the fourth, but the Boilermakers couldn’t hold off the hobbled Cousins.