Cousins leads MSU to season-ending win in return to starting lineup. With snow falling heavily in East Lansing on Saturday, the Northwestern Wildcats came to Spartan Stadium for a visit to end the regular season for both teams. After being benched for last week’s game against Indiana, SR QB Kirk Cousins was back in the lineup this week with a renewed focus. The Senior captain almost singlehandedly kept the Spartans in the game as the ground game didn’t get rolling until the final quarter. With the score knotted at 17, Spartan back LeVeon Bell finally went to work, carrying the Spartan offense on his back to give MSU the lead late in the third with a one-yard touchdown run. But, the Wildcats came right back with a TD drive of their own. Dan Persa had been making it happen for Northwestern all game long, and just one minute into the final frame, tossed the game-tying touchdown. With the snow continuing to beat down, MSU took no risks and kept it in the hands of their talented backfield. LeVeon Bell and Edwin Baker slowly but surely led the Spartans deep into Wildcat territory. And with just under two minutes left, Kirk Cousins connected with BJ Cunningham for the go-ahead touchdown. The Spartans needed to make one stop and did so quickly, sacking QB Dan Persa on the first fourth down try of the ensuing drive to turn over the Wildcats and seal the win. Kirk Cousins earned player of the game honors with his 3 TD performance. The win lifts MSU to a 9-3 finish and will give the Spartans one more shot to wreck unbeaten Michigan’s season in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. The Wolverines won 21-7 in Ann Arbor earlier this season.