Spartans win Big Ten, head to Pasadena
Mark Dantonio
Posted Dec 8, 2013
Mike Wilson Spartan Digest

Michigan State takes outright Big Ten title and clinch Rose Bowl berth with 34-24 win against Ohio State.

The revenge tour is complete and it couldn’t be more sweet.

A year after losing five Big Ten games by 13 points, Michigan State knocked off all five teams and completed the list with its 34-24 win against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game – and punched its ticket to Pasadena for the first time since 1988.

The Spartans broke out to an early 17-0 lead fueled by a hot start from Connor Cook, who threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Keith Mumphery and a 33-yard strike to Tony Lippett in the second quarter.

Ohio State came right back with a 24-0 spurt of its own as Braxton Miller scored on a pair of short touchdown runs and had a 20-yard passing score to Corey Brown.

Trailing 24-17, the Spartans started a come back with a 44-yard field goal from Michael Geiger.

In the fourth quarter, Cook hit Josiah Price for a 9-yard touchdown pass to give MSU a 27-24 lead and it never looked back.

Jeremy Langford capped the scoring and put the game out of reach with a 26-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter and the celebration was on.

Langford went over 100 yards for the eighth straight game with 128.

The Spartans gave up a season-high 273 rushing yards, with 142 from Miller and 118 from Carlos Hyde.

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