January 3, 2012

'Momentum Changer'

TAMPA - One of three players on the Michigan State roster from the state of Georgia, Darqueze Dennard stepped onto the field at Raymond James Stadium eager for the opportunity to face the Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl.

The sophomore cornerback proceeded to play the game of his young career to date with two second half interceptions including a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown.

"It felt real good to play the way that I did against Georgia being from Georgia," said Dennard. "Them not recruiting me, I had a chip on my shoulder. It felt great to have a great game."

Dennard's first interception sparked a nine-play 48-yard scoring drive that culminated in Le'Veon Bell's 8-yard touchdown run with 7:52 remaining in the fourth quarter.

"That was the biggest momentum changer of the game," said senior free-safety Trenton Robinson. "Then when he took another pick and scored, that was it. We were not being denied."

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