Burbridge was the leading pass receiver with 5 receptions for 61 yards. Kings was 4 for 30, Shelton 3 for 34, Davis 1 for 22, Lang 1 for 17, London 1 for 14 and Price 1 for 13. Connor Cook was 16 for 32 passing attempts with 1 interception. He is 34-4 as MSU's starting QB. MSU outpaced Iowa with 365 (174 net rushing, 191 passing) offensive yards to Iowa's 268 (52 net rushing, 216 passing). The Spartans answered on a 1 yard run by Scott, extra point by Geiger. The 4th quarter rounded out the game with an 85 yard pass from Hawkeye's Beathard to Smith for a TD, Koehn with the extra point. Michigan State answered with two more field goals, 29 yards and 47 yards both by Geiger in the 3rd quarter. Iowa had the lone score in the 2nd quarter with a 43 yard field goal by Koehn.
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- Michigan State pulls another less than last minute upset against the third Big Ten team this season scoring with :27 left on the game clock to win the Big Ten Championship.
The Spartans have clinched their ninth Big Ten football title, the third under Mark Dantonio.
Coach Dantonio reflecting, "Championship football teams do that. They do. They just know how to do it." Michigan State started the scoring with a 23 yard field goal by Geiger in the 1st quarter followed by an Iowa 24 yard field goal by Koehn.
Riley Bullough on Iowa, "They did what we expected them to do, but it is a whole different thing to play against them. A bunch of tough guys... it was a lot of fun, I'm just happy that we won."
The Spartan Defense held their ground in the Big Ten Championship game. Darien Harris led the defense with 4 solo tackles, 5 assists and 1.5 tackles for los of 4 yards.
Shilique Calhoun was a huge contributor with 4 solo, 2 assists and 3 tackles for a loss of 17 yards. Overall, the defense had 28 solo and 32 assisted tackles against the Hawkeyes whom were undefeated coming into this game.
Rushing yards were led by LJ Scott at 22 for 73 highlighting the last drive of the game. 40 of those yards were in the last drive which was capped off with the Spartan's only TD on a 1 yard reach by Scott.
"We knew we had to execute each play. You know, we knew each play was big and that we had to stay with the ball. I was just trying to make a big play for my brothers. We knew what we had at stake," said LJ Scott on the last drive and final play of the game.
Additional yards put in the books by London 12 for 60, Shelton 3 for 15, Holmes 3 for 13, Burbridge 1 for 5, and Connor Cook retaining the ball put up 18 yards on 5 rushes.
Geiger was a key contributor successfully hitting 3 of 5 field goal attempts and the PAT.