Football mlive.com —  Michigan State has earned its place among college football's elite, and Mark Dantonio said his team aims to hold its ground in today's Cotton Bowl. "I think we have a national brand, (and) I think we have a national reputation right now,'' Dantonio said, "and the only way you prove that is by continuing to win.''
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Football freep.com —  "Obviously, I think they're probably our top recruits right now," Dantonio said of Waynes and Calhoun in his final news conference to preview today's game between No. 4 Baylor (11-1) and No. 7 MSU (10-2). "But I think Trae and Shilique are extremely happy here. To me, that's all that's important. After that, they make their decision that's best for them and their families."
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Football freep.com —  Mark Dantonio doesn't just want to win today. He wants to cement a spot in the national conversation. Or at least further it. He said as much again Wednesday morning, during the last scheduled pre-Cotton Bowl press conference.
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Football detroitnews.com —  They may have followed a similar path, but you don't need to hear the Texas twang in Art Briles' voice, or those of most of the players he coaches, to understand that Baylor and Michigan State come from very different places.
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Football freep.com —  Already, Michigan State's 2014 season looks great on the shelf — stack it right next to the three other seasons with double-digit victories out of the past five, step back and behold the way it reflects on Mark Dantonio's program. If the Spartans don't beat Baylor today in the Cotton Bowl, though, it won't pass close inspection, not compared with the others.
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Football freep.com —  In an afternoon filled with so many moments that seemed to turn the game one way or the other, this was the place the momentum began to change. Perhaps not because of the celebration of the bait-and-switch touchdown, but because MSU decided that was enough. "Yeah, we did," said Marcus Rush, a senior defensive end. Although he couldn't explain why. Not exactly, anyway. The Spartans were tired of the insults and trash-talk, of the celebrations on the other side, of Baylor's receivers even trash-talking the MSU defensive coaches on the sidelines. The Bears would not score another point. Spartans' seniors leave final mark with Cotton Bowl win "It was disrespectful," said Delton Williams, an MSU sophomore tailback.
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Football onlyfans.cstv.com —  Call it belief. Call it chemistry. Call it an annual blood transfusion. Michigan State's otherwise inexplicable 42-41 come-from-behind victory against Baylor in Thursday's Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic left little doubt that head coach Mark Dantonio's program excels in one other area beyond player procurement and development, and it's obviously passed down from year-to-year.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  You can all admit it. When LaQuan McGowan caught an 18-yard TD pass from Bryce Petty to put Baylor up 20 points on Michigan State late in the third quarter, thoughts to what such a lopsided loss, coupled with defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi's move to become the head man at Pittsburgh, would do to the program entering 2015.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's Cotton Bowl comeback victory over Baylor is arguably the most exciting bowl win in school history, as it ranks as the biggest overcome deficit. The Spartans (11-2) rallied for a 42-41 victory over the Big 12 co-champion Bears (11-2) after trailing 41-21 entering the fourth quarter. It was an A+ of a victory, even if some of the position groups didn't enjoy their finest days.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State junior cornerback Trae Waynes has told the Kenosha (Wis.) News -- his hometown newspaper -- that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.
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Football mlive.com —  - Baylor's quick-strike offense had its way throughout most of the Cotton Bowl, and leading 41-35, all the Bears needed to ice the game with 1:15 remaining was a field goal. And they were lining up for that kick. "It was pure and simple, we got to have a block,'' Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he told his team in the huddle before the pivotal play. "We've got to get pressure, and we've got to get a block.''
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  Graham Couch and Chris Solari of the Lansing State Journal are joined by Joe Rexrode and Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press break down MSU's 42-41 comeback over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl.
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Football mlive.com —  Spartans junior cornerback Trae Waynes said in the locker room after his team's Cotton Bowl win Thursday that he will decide in "the next couple of days for sure" whether he will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft or return for his senior season. Junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun is also considering an early entry into the draft, but said he didn't have a timeline for his decision and wanted to keep the focus on the win.
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Football mlive.com —  The Michigan State players could see and hear the laughter at AT&T Stadium, it was all around, and it was loud and embarrassing. That's what happens when a 6-foot-7, 390-pounder named LaQuan McGowan has a 18-yard catch-and-run touchdown against a prideful defense that was supposed to have learned its lessons from losses to national title game combatants Oregon and Ohio State.
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Football freep.com —  Joe Rexrode rates the Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10 in their 42-41 win over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl.
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Football detroitnews.com —  This was the Spartans' fourth consecutive bowl win, setting a school record and tying the Big Ten postseason mark. Thursday's rally from a pair of 20-point deficits — the biggest comeback in MSU bowl history — also clinches another top-10 finish in the national polls, something the Spartans hadn't done in back-to-back years since 1965-66. But statistics can't measure the sentimental value of something like this. And as the final seconds ticked off the clock inside AT&T Stadium, Dantonio was having trouble holding back.
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Football onlyfans.cstv.com —  Jeremy Langford finished with 162 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries in No. 8 Michigan State's 42-41 win over No. 5 Baylor in the Cotton Bowl Classic.
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Football freep.com —  What that means eventually, we will have to wait and see. But after watching this team win yet another statement game, it's time we stop to consider: Four straight bowl victories — despite a double-digit deficit in each game. At least 11 victories in four of the last five seasons. Top 10 finishes guaranteed in the final poll for back-to-back seasons — a first since the 1960s.
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