Malcolm King capped a fourth-period comeback with a five-yard run to give Georgia Tech a 17-14 victory over Michigan State in the All-American Bowl tonight.
King, who rushed for 122 yards on 16 carries, scored with 1:50 left. David Bell had kicked a 40-yard field goal with 7:08 remaining to cut Michigan State's lead to 14-10.
Michigan State scored its touchdowns on passes of six and 27 yards from Dave Yarema to Mark Ingram.
The nation's top runner, sophomore Lorenzo White, had his 11th 100-yard game, picking up 158 yards on 33 carries for the Spartans.
It was the fifth straight victory for Georgia Tech, which finished 9-2-1 for its winningest season since 1970. Michigan State had its five-game winning streak ended and dropped to 7-5. Georgia Tech is 15-8 in its bowl history; Michigan State is 2-4.
Georgia Tech played without four players suspended over the weekend by Coach Bill Curry for missing curfew after the team arrived Friday night, including starting quarterback John Dewberry and starting wide receivers Gary Lee and Toby Pearson.
Todd Rampley started his first college game as Dewberry's replacement and completed his first three passes. He finished 12 for 23 for 99 yards and one interception.
Rampley got the Yellow Jackets' first touchdown on a sneak after King ran 56 yards to the Michigan State one early in the second half. That made it 7-7.
Tim Moore returned an interception to the Georgia Tech 48 in the second quarter to set up Michigan State's first touchdown. Yarema hit Ingram with a 37-yard pass to the 11. Three plays later, Ingram took a six-yard pass from Yarema in the end zone as Michigan State took a 7-0 lead with 2:03 left in the half.
White ran for 11 yards before Yarema and Ingram teamed up for their second touchdown pass play from the 27 with 4:41 remaining in the third quarter to help the Spartans to a 14-7 lead.
Georgia Tech moved 57 yards from its 20 to set up Bell's field goal.
On Michigan State's next possession, Riccardo Ingram knocked the ball loose from White and Pat Swilling recovered for Georgia Tech at the Spartans' 42 to set up the game-winning drive.
Sammy Lilly halted Michigan State's last chance with an interception with 54 seconds left.