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Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed, left, celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Payton Thorne during the second half of the 31-21 win over Pittsburgh in the Peach Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.

ATLANTA — Mel Tucker often talks about his team playing its best when it matters most.

On Thursday night as No. 10 Michigan State found itself down 11 points to No. 12 Pittsburgh entering the fourth quarter, it was time for the Spartans to prove to their coach that they were up to the task.

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