2013 Big Ten Championship
December 7, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – UPSET? hhhmmm….
Behind the play of sophomore quarterback, Connor Cook, Michigan State rallied from a seven-point third-quarter deficit by scoring the final 17 points Saturday night to upset Ohio State 34-24 and deny the Buckeyes a chance to play in the VIZIO BCS National Championship game.
“I think we heard people talk bad about us all year. This wasn’t the first week where we heard people say negative things about us as an offense or as a football team, Cook said after throwing a 9-yard TD pass with 11:41 left to give the Spartans a 27-24 lead. “I think we were underdogs in the majority of the games we played this year. It really didn’t affect us.”
Cook responded to the challenge by driving the Spartans for a field goal, hooking up with the wide open Josiah Price in the flat of the end zone and then burned 3½ critical minutes on the clinching drive, capped by Jeremy Langford’s sealing 26-yard TD run.
Cook finished 24-of-40 for a career-high 304 yards and three scores. Langford ran 24 times for 128 yards, becoming the first player this season to top 100 yards against the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes did that late in the first half when they closed to 17-10 at halftime. Braxton Miller opened the second half with an 8-yard TD run to tie and then gave Ohio State the 24-17 lead with a 6-yard run with 5:36 left in the third.
Michigan State answered with Michael Geiger’s 44-yard field goal, which barely dropped over the crossbar, to make it 24-20 and Cook hooked up with a wide-open Price in the flat to make it 27-24 before Langford sealed it with his TD run with 2:16 left, which prompted coach Mark Dantonio to lobby for the Spartans to be playing in the title game Jan. 6.
Ohio State C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Miller 8/21 101 4.8 1 0
Michigan State C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Cook 24/40 304 7.6 3 1
Ohio State CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Miller 21 142 6.8 2 48
Hyde 18 118 6.6 0 18
Michigan State CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Langford 24 128 5.3 1 34
Shelton 2 8 4.0 0 7
Ohio State REC YDS AVG TD LG
Brown 5 53 10.6 1 20
Heuerman 1 36 36.0 0 36
Michigan State REC YDS AVG TD LG
Mumphery 2 84 42.0 1 72
Kings Jr. 5 67 13.4 0 48
Ohio State came into the game with the nation’s longest winning streak (24), had not lost under Meyer in two seasons and had one of the nation’s most productive offenses and underrated defenses.
With Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller each over 100 rush yards…. Ohio State has multiple 100-yd rushers in 4 straight games (5 total this season); Buckeyes had 5 such games in the previous 15 seasons combined
Ohio State held scoreless in 1st qtr for 1st time since Oct. 27, 2012 at Penn State (won 35-23) Buckeyes entered the day with an FBS-high 220 points scored in the 1st qtr this season
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