INDIANAPOLIS – Though it’s not the BCS title game, the national championship hung in the balance at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night.
In the Big Ten Championship game was Ohio State-undefeated and ranked 2nd in the country-needing just one victory to likely advance to a national championship match-up with Florida State at the Rose Bowl January 6th.
But Michigan State wasn’t about to let that happen.
The Spartans roared out to a 17-0 lead, lost it, then got it back late to upend the Buckeyes 34-24 Saturday night in Indianapolis to win the Big Ten Championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl game on January 1st. It will be Michigan State’s first time in Pasadena since 1988.
Led by quarterback Connor Cook the Spartans scored the final 17 points of the game. A field goal by Michael Geiger, a Cook touchdown pass to Josiah Price and Jeremy Langford 26-yard touchdown run made up the winning push for Michigan State in the late third and early fourth quarter.
It erased a big comeback by Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes, who fell behind 17-0 in the first 21 minutes of the game. Braxton Miller capped a string of 24-unanswered points with a pair of second half touchdown runs but was unable to produce anything afterwords.
Saturday was the first time Ohio State had lost since the Gator Bowl on January 2, 2012-ending a 24-game winning streak.