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The Spartans got a pair of first-quarter turnovers in Georgia territory but could only turn them into a field goal to tie it at 3. Michigan State took a 6-3 lead with just over two minutes left in the first half, when the Spartans turned a botched fake punt into Brett Swenson's 32-yard field goal.
Each team unsuccessfully tried to establish a run game in the first half. Ringer carried 14 times for 35 yards, including just enough to set up Swenson's field goals.
Moreno had nine carries for 24 yards in the first half.
Balmy, 67-degree temperatures were near perfect but a 24-mph cross wind at the Citrus Bowl was a major factor, as both teams depended first on their ground games, among the tops in the NCAA, with little result.
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