Staff and wire report
Michigan State jumped out to a 17-0 lead by the second quarter over the second-ranked Ohio State football team on Saturday during the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Buckeyes looked flat and not ready for their opponent.
For that snapshot of the game, at least.
Ohio State (12-1) got on track and scored the game’s next 24 points and captured a 24-17 lead headed into the final quarter.
On the line, was a Big Ten championship and on a larger scale, a potential berth into the BCS National Championship Game.
All of that came crashing down for the Buckeyes, though, as the 10th-ranked Spartans (12-1) would hold Ohio State scoreless in the final quarter and score 14 points of their own to steal a 34-24 hard-earned victory.
Michigan State’s top-ranked defense in the nation was up to the test on Saturday. They gave up some yards to Ohio State throughout the game, but on the game’s biggest plays, were always there to make the stop necessary.
The win for Michigan State thrusts them into the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988.
Ohio State’s bowl fate will be determined later, but it will likely be Auburn that leapfrogs them into the national title game.
The No. 3 Tigers ran all over No. 5 Missouri on Saturday for a 59-42 win in the SEC Championship Game. Running back Tre Mason ran for over 300 yards and Auburn amassed nearly 600 yards rushing for the game in the victory.
Meanwhile, No. 1 Florida State got off to a slow start in the ACC Championship Game against No. 20 Duke, but eventually cruised to a 45-7 win.
It appears that Floriday State and Auburn will now meet in the BCS National Championship Game.
As for Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game, Ohio State gave up its first 100-yard rusher in Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford, who finished with 128 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
Spartans quarterback Connor Cook, a Walsh Jesuit High School graduate, played well, completing 24-of-40 passes for 304 yards. He threw three touchdons and one interception.
Ohio State’s ground game was strong, with Braxton Miller running for 142 yards on 21 carries and scoring two touchdowns, while running back Carlos Hyde also topped the 100-yard mark (118 yards in 18 carries).
However, the Buckeyes’ passing game struggled mightily. Miller completed only 8-of-21 passes for 101 yards for an average of 4.8 yards per reception.
Michigan State’s two fourth-quarter touchdowns came when Cook hooked up on a TD pass to Josiah Price with 11:41 remaining that gave the Spartans a 27-24 lead.
Langford then put the game away with a 26-yard scoring run with 2:16 remaining that put the Buckeyes behind by two scores.