Spartans take first lead with clutch plays

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Maybe it's fate.

Michigan State took its first lead of the game with two minutes left following an 11-play, 88-yard drive that personified clutch. Kirk Cousins made big play after big play, while Northwestern couldn't get the stop it needed.

Credit receiver Keith Nichol and Mark Dell for making some huge catches, none bigger than Dell's 9-yard grab in the end zone after Northwestern safety Brian Peters tipped the ball. This Spartans team is clutch, converting a third-and-15 and a second-and-20.

Can Dan Persa answer after a tremendous game?