This is the result I did not dare to dream. All year the stout MSU defense has been routinely stopping teams while the offense was been somewhat inconsistent. Playing a fortuitous schedule which omitted Wisconsin, Penn State, and Ohio State, the Spartans rolled through the Big 10 undefeated. Winning the Legends division routed the Spartans on a collision course with Ohio State at the Big 10 Championship, and what a collision it was.
Ohio State came into the match on a 24 game winning streak, with the 6th highest producing offense in the nation. Quarterback Braxton Miller had just re-established himself on the Heisman watch list after a number of great performances, and running back Carlos Hyde had strung together 7 games of running over a hundred yards in a row.
However, the Spartans came ready. Braxton Miller may have been voted first team All Big Ten quarterback, but Conner Cook was voted second team All Big Ten quarterback. The offense had come into it’s own the second half of the season and managed to start moving the ball. In the Championship game, Cook threw for a career record 304 yards and 3 TDs while Jeremy Langford ran for 128 yards and a TD.
Michigan State played lights out football for the first twenty minutes of the game, and they are the only team this year which shut out the Buckeyes in the 1st quarter. However, during the second and third quarter, it looked like the Buckeye had the Spartans figured out when they scored 24 unanswered points to take the lead at 24-17. However, the Spartan D tightened up and held the Buckeyes from scoring again in the final 20 minutes of the game while the offense scored 2 TDs and a field goal to finish the game 34-24.
With that, the Ohio State Buckeyes were handed their first loss in two seasons and the Michigan State Spartans won their first Big 10 Championship since 2010 and earned a berth to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988.