Spartans Beat Pitt For Peach, Purdue Prevails Over Tennessee

Jonathan Grant | December 31st, 2021

As the days progress throughout December, we tend to get better and better matchups in the college football bowl season. That proved to be the case on Thursday as we got a couple of ranked teams taking on one another in the Peach Bowl. The #10 Michigan State Spartans took down the #12 Pittsburgh Panthers 31-21 in Atlanta, utilizing a 354-yard, three-touchdown night from quarterback Payton Thorne en route to the win.

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A late charge also helped them do it, as the Spartans trailed 21-16 heading into the fourth only to come out and crush their opposition late in the going. The finishing touches were put on the victory Cal Haladay picked off of Davis Beville as Pitt was driving and then returned it for a 78-yard TD. In other action, Purdue took advantage of a controversial call to defeat Tennessee 48-45 in overtime. Aidan O’Connell, the Boilermakers’ QB, threw for well over 500 yards and had five touchdown tosses in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, and the two teams racked up in excess of 600 yards of total offense apiece in the high-powered showdown. In the Mayo Bowl, South Carolina defeated North Carolina 38-21 while Wisconsin took down Arizona State 20-13 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

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