Michigan State Beats Iowa to Clinch Big Ten Title


Photo Courtesy of bleacherreport.com

It wasn’t enough that Michigan State is a conference champion after bracing a 16-13 victory over Iowa on Saturday, December 5, stated si.com.

When it mattered the most in the Big Ten championship game, with a playoff spot on the edge, the ball continued to bounce Michigan State’s way. The No.5 Spartans (12-1, 8-1 Big Ten) came through in a slugfest that will most likely send them to the College Football Playoff, reported nytimes.com.

A dream season for No.4 Iowa, who has not won a national championship since 1958 finished the regular season as just one of two undefeated teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision, which ended in heart-breaking fashion. they will now face No.7 Stanford in the Rose Bowl on January 1,2016 in Pasadena, California, explained nytimes.com.

“Time ran out on us,” Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz, who is in his 17th season. “Congratulations to them. Time ran out.”

Michigan State quarterback, Connor Cook, led the Spartans on a 22-play drive that set up Scott’s first down run on third down. With a half-dozen Iowa defenders trying to stop Scott, he would not be denied and scored to give Michigan State the lead, according to fox17online.com.

“Let’s get on and party,” Spartans coach Mark Dantonio yelled to the crowd. “We wanted to come back and win a championship,” Cook explained. “It’s awesome, man.”

Cook was the game’s MVP. He finished 16 of 32 with 191 yards passing with one interception, and no touchdowns. The game conceited two ties and five lead changes, stated fox17online.com.

Most of the Spartans success is credited to ninth-year head coach Mark Dantonio. His remarkable record against fierce competitors was highlighted by Mike Hall of the Big Ten Network, reported bleacherreport.com.