Before catch, Nichol had to find his niche

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Keith Nichol’s game-winning catch for Michigan State last weekend came after a long, unusual career path.

Nichol was a high school star at quarterback and planned to attend Michigan State, but when coach John L. Smith was fired he decided to go to Oklahoma instead. When Sam Bradford emerged as the Sooners’ top quarterback, Nichol transferred to Michigan State — only to be beaten out for the starting job by Kirk Cousins.

So Nichol adjusted and became a wide receiver, and the ninth-ranked Spartans are sure glad he did after he caught a last-ditch pass from Cousins for the tiebreaking touchdown that beat Wisconsin 37-31 on Saturday night.

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