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Michigan State Spartans pull one out in OT with 23-20 win over Nebraska on Saturday night

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker, left, congratulates Matt Coghlin after Coghlin kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime against Nebraska on Saturday night in East Lansing. (AP photo)

By MATT SCHOCH

Associated Press

EAST LANSING — Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said he showed his players video highlights of special teams units around the country making game-changing plays.

His 20th-ranked Spartans delivered a local adaptation on Saturday night.

With the offense sputtering, Jayden Reed returned a punt 62 yards for a tying touchdown with 3:47 left in regulation, and Chester Kimbrough’s huge defensive play in overtime helped send the Spartans to a 23-20 win over Nebraska.

Matt Coghlin’s 21-yard field goal on MSU’s overtime possession kept his team unbeaten and set off a celebration at Spartan Stadium. MSU has won nine of its last 11 night games and is out to its best start since the 2015 team opened 8-0.

Kimbrough’s interception came when he stepped in front of Samori Toure just as the ball was arriving on third down. Kimbrough’s ran it back deep into Nebraska territory but he couldn’t make it to the end zone.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker, left, congratulates Matt Coghlin after Coghlin kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime against Nebraska on Saturday night in East Lansing. (AP photo)