Kirk Cousins pumps up Michigan State fans ahead of Final Four

Local star power helped elevate Michigan State University's pep rally ahead of the basketball team's Final Four matchup against Texas Tech.

Friday night Vikings quarterback and former Spartans standout Kirk Cousins pumped up the crowd, telling the fans to "bring the emotion" to the game. Michigan State will be playing on Cousins' turf Saturday with the Final Four court set up in the middle of U.S. Bank Stadium, the home field of the Vikings.

"You know when I signed with the Vikings last spring, you know I looked ahead on the calendar and I saw the Final Four was coming to U.S. Bank Stadium," said Cousins. "And I had a thought in my head just maybe the Spartans might be there."

But Cousins says he didn't want to jinx it.

"I didn't want to go there, I didn't want to get my hopes up, but there was a chance and here we are Friday night before the Final Four right here in the Twin Cities," said Cousins.

Cousins played at Michigan State from 2008 to 2011. He finished his career as the program's all-time record holder in passing touchdowns, passing yards, passing efficiency and more. In his last game as a Spartan, he won the Outback Bowl.

The Final Four matchups tip off Saturday. Michigan State will play Texas Tech, while Virginia takes on Auburn.