Alabama vs. Michigan State: Cotton Bowl Recap, Score, Key Stats

    Alabama vs. Michigan State Cotton Bowl recap, score, and key stats for the Crimson Tide and Spartans.

    December 31, 2015

    Cotton Bowl recap, score and key stats for the Crimson Tide and Spartans.

    Cotton Bowl Recap

    Score: Alabama 38, Michigan State 0

    Prediction: Alabama 26, Michigan State 20, Line: Alabama -9.5, o/u: 48

    And You Care Because … In a performance of stunning dominance, it took a little while to get rolling, and then Alabama destroyed the Big Ten champion. Derrick Henry was held in relative check, but he started the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run in the second, and finished it off with an 11-yard scoring run in the fourth. Michigan State down 10-0 was driving late in the first half, but Connor Cook was picked off by Cyrus Jones, and that was it for any hope. Calvin Ridley made two sensational touchdown catches in the second half with a brilliant six-yard grab on Bama’s first drive of the third quarter, and a 60-yard scoring play late in the quarter, but Jones put his stamp on the game with a phenomenal 57-yard punt return for a touchdown. Michigan State was able to throw a bit, but the running game didn’t go anywhere – the game was over in the third.

    What Else?

    – Alabama QB Jake Coker completed 25-of-30 passes for 286 yards and two scores.

    – Michigan State QB Connor Cook completed 19-of-39 passes for 210 yards and two picks.

    – Alabama RB Derrick Henry ran 20 times for 75 yards and two scores.

    – Alabama WR Calvin Ridley caught eight passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

    – Total Yards: Alabama 440 – Michigan State 229

    – Alabama CB Cyrus Jones made three tackles, an interception at the end of the first half, and returned five punts for 80 yards and a score.

    Game Rating: D. It was amazing to see Alabama’s dominance and its jaw-dropping nastiness on both sides of the ball, but the game itself was awful. Michigan State tried to hang around, but it didn’t have the horses – the Crimson Tide took their game to a whole other level.

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