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Live blog: Michigan State vs. Ohio State

Michigan State takes on Ohio State on Saturday night in the Big Ten championship game with a Rose Bowl spot at stake for the Spartans. The game gets underway at 8 p.m. at Indianapolis, and you can follow the action here with regular updates from Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News.

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Michigan State is going to the Rose Bowl.

For the first time since the 1987 season, the Spartans will play in Pasadena, advancing with a 34-24 victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday day.

The opened the game scoring 17 unanswered points and  scored 17 unanswered points late in the second half to beat Ohio State, which had won 24 straight entering this game.

Jeremy Langford scored on a 26-yard touchdown run with 2:16 left in the game at Lucas Oil Stadium, that had an Ohio State home-game feel with about 70 percent of the 66,002 wearing scarlet and grey.

Michigan State’s defense came up big the final three Ohio State possessions, forcing a three-and-out,  then Denicos Allen stopped OSU quarterback Braxton Miller on fourth down, and with 1:13 left in the game, Miller threw incomplete on fourth down with MSU’s Kurtis Drummond on the coverage.

Ohio State gained 25 yards in the fourth quarter.

Ohio State entered this game ranked No. 2 in the BCS and riding a 24-game winning streak. Michigan State entered the game No. 10 in the BCS.

 

Michigan State opened the game scoring 17 unanswered points and has now scored 17 unanswered points late in the second half to expand its lead over Ohio State, 34-24, in the Big Ten championship game.

Jeremy Langford scored on a 26-yard touchdown run with 2:16 left in the game at Lucas Oil Stadium, that has had an Ohio State home-game feel with about 70 percent of the 66,002 wearing scarlet and grey.

Michigan State’s defense has come up big the last two Ohio State possessions, forcing a three-and-out and then Denicos Allen stopped OSU quarterback Braxton Miller on fourth down.

Ohio State entered this game ranked No. 2 in the BCS and riding a 24-game winning streak. Michigan State is No. 10 in the BCS and a win tonight sends the Spartans to the Rose Bowl as the Big Ten’s champion and automatic qualifier.

 

Michigan State leads Ohio State, 27-24, in the Big Ten championship game, and the Spartans’ defense has come up big.

The Spartans, who allowed 24 unanswered points after taking a 17-0 lead, has relied on its defense late in the fourth quarter.

Michigan State stuffed Ohio State on fourth down to turn the ball over on downs with 5:41 left in the game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State had gone three-and-out its previous drive.

Ohio State, which has 362 total yards, has gained only 13 yards in the fourth quarter.

Michigan State regained the lead on a nine-yard pass from Connor Cook to Josiah Price on a 90-yard, eight-play drive.

The Buckeyes entered this game ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings and on a 24-game winning streak. Michigan State will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth in the Rose Bowl with a win tonight.

 

Michigan State leads Ohio State, 27-24, in the Big Ten championship game, but the Buckeyes have gotten great field position on a deflected punt.

Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier got a hand on Mike Sadler’s punt, which traveled 19 yards, giving the Buckeyes the ball at the MSU 47-yard line with 7:36 left in the game.

The Spartans took the lead on a 90-yard drive that culminated with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook before 66,002 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State then went three-and-out.

 

Michigan State isn’t going away.

After giving up 24 unanswered points, Michigan State has scored on consecutive series, on a field goal and a touchdown that highlighted a 90-yard drive, to regain the lead over Ohio State, 27-24. There’s 11:41 left in the Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Josiah Price was all alone and caught a nine-yard pass from Connor Cook for the touchdown.

During the eight play drive that took 3;12, Macgarrett Kings Jr. had a 48-yard reception from Cook, but an illegal block against Michigan State cost the Spartans’ 10 yards. Still, MSU had first down at the Ohio State 40-yard line.

Michigan State scored on its previous drive on a 44-yard field goal by Michael Geiger.

 

Michigan State is heading into the fourth quarter of the Big Ten championship game trailing by four points.

The Spartans had built a 17-0 lead, but Ohio State scored 24 unanswered points to take the lead. Michigan State added a 44-yard field goal by Michael Geiger, his second of the game, just before the end of the third quarter to pull within, 24-20.

Michigan State gained only 67 yards of offense in the third quarter. The Spartans have 264 total yards, including 201 passing. Jeremy Langford has 16 carries for 63 yards rushing.

Ohio State has 349 total yards, including 248 rushing. Quarterback Braxton Miller has 15 carries for 124 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Carlos Hyde has 16 carries for 111 yards.

 

Michigan State, which held a 17-0 lead, now trails Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller ran for a six-yard touchdown with 5:36 left to give the Buckeyes a 24-17 lead with 5:36 left in the third quarter. OSU has scored 24 unanswered points.

The Buckeyes drove 44 yards on five plays.

Miller now has 124 yards rushing (averaging 8.3 yards a carry) and two touchdowns. Ohio State tailback Carlos Hyde has 93 yards.

 

Michigan State turned the ball over on an interception, but Ohio State was unable to convert.

Connor Cook was intercepted by C.J. Barnett to end the Spartans’ first possession of the second half, giving OSU the ball at the Spartans’ 48-yard line. But the MSU secondary made two big plays to stop Ohio State and maintain a 17-17 tie in the third quarter.

OSU quarterback Braxton Miller made two throws in the end zone, the first broken up by MSU safety Kurtis Drummond and the second by cornerback Darqueze Dennard to force the punt.

Michigan State has 19 yard of offense so far in the second half.

 

Ohio State has scored 17 unanswered points to tie Michigan State, 17-17, in the Big Ten championship game, and the Spartans’ first drive of the second half has ended with a turnover.

MSU quarterback Connor Cook, on third and three, was intercepted by OSU’s C.J. Barnett.

Ohio State is starting its second possession of the second half at the Michigan State 48-yard line.

The Buckeyes have found an offensive rhythm after a sluggish first-quarter start. Quarterback Braxton Miller now has 106 yards rushing, the third player to gain more than 100 yards rushing against the Spartans. MSU entered this game at Lucas Oil Stadium with the nation’s top-ranked defense.

MSU has the top-ranked rush defense and had been allowing an average 64.8 yards rushing.

 

Ohio State has not wasted any time and tied the game with Michigan State in the opening minutes of the second half of the Big Ten championship game.

The Buckeyes have scored 17 unanswered points to tie the game, 17-17, at Lucas Oil Stadium.

OSU quarterback Braxton Miller scored on an eight-yard run with 12:21 left in the third quarter. OSU drove 75 yards on seven plays.

Ohio State now has 268 total yards after being held to 28 yards in the first quarter.

Miller has 106 rushing yards.

Michigan State has not scored since 9:01 left in the second quarter.

 

Michigan State built a 17-point lead, but Ohio State has carved its way back.

The Spartans lead, 17-10, at halftime of the Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Ohio State scored 10 unanswered points to close out the half, including a 28-yard field goal by Drew Basil with no time left.

Ohio State’s final scoring drive was set up when quarterback Braxton Miller completed a 36-yard pass to tight end Jeff Heuerman to the MSU 11-yard line with four seconds left. The Buckeyes had gotten the ball back after a quick MSU three-and-out, then drove 53 yards on seven plays.

Michigan State built a 17-0 lead with a field goal to open the scoring then touchdown passes from Connor Cook on back-to-back drives. The Spartans built a 10-0 lead when Cook hit Keith Mumphery for a 72-yard touchdown and then expanded the lead to 17-0 on a 33-yard touchdown pass to Tony Lippett.

The Buckeyes, ranked sixth nationally in total offense, were held to 28 yards in the first quarter.  But by halftime, they had 198 yards, including 111 rushing. Miller accounted for 74 yards on 10 carries.

Cook is 11-of-17 for 182 yards.

 

Michigan State’s defense can’t completely contain Ohio State’s highly rated offense, but so far the Spartans have slowed the Buckeyes.

Michigan State leads, 17-7, as halftime nears in the Big Ten title game.

But the Spartans are not moving as well offensively as they did the first quarter and a half. They have just gone three-and-out and given Ohio State the ball at the Buckeyes’ 36-yard line.

Michigan State has 197 yards, while Ohio State has overcome a slow start in the first quarter and now has 145 yards, including 94 rushing.  OSU quarterback Braxton Miller has 65 yards rushing.

 

Michigan State’s 17-0 lead was short-lived.

Ohio State, unable to get its offense clicking the first quarter and a half of the Big Ten championship game, finally found some magic from quarterback Braxton Miller.

Miller had a spectacular 48-yard run on a broken play to set up the Buckeyes’  first score of the game. Ohio State drove 84 yards on five plays and scored on a 20-yard pass from Miller to Corey Brown.

Michigan State leads, 17-7, but the Ohio State score has ignited the large OSU crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

Ohio State entered the Big Ten championship game with all the steam and all the hype.

After all, the Buckeyes are riding a 24-game winning streak and have one of the nation’s most prolific offense.

But Michigan State’s defense has held the Buckeyes to 36 total yards, while the Spartans’ offense — the wild card entering this game — has been steady and productive.

The Spartans have a 17-0 lead with 9:01 left in the first half after Tony Lippett scored on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook. Jeremy Langford had a terrific blitz pickup to give Cook time for the throw.

Cook is 10-of-13 for 165 yards and has two touchdown passes, including a 72-yard pass to Keith Mumphery early in the second quarter.

 

Ohio State entered the Big Ten championship game against Michigan State averaging 530.5 yards a game, sixth best in the nation.

So far, with 11:13 left in the first half, Ohio State has gained 36 yards against the Spartans’ top-ranked defense.

The Buckeyes, held without a score in the first quarter for the first time this season, have been able to find any rhythm against the Spartans. OSU quarterback Braxton Miller recovered his own fumble to force fourth and 22 on the Buckeyes’ last drive.

Michigan State has 122 yards and, like Michigan a week ago, has gone to the air to attack the OSU defense. The Spartans have 106 passing yards.

Ohio State is riding a 24-game winning streak. Both teams are unbeaten in Big Ten play this season.

Michigan State has built a 10-0 lead over Ohio State early in the second quarter of the Big Ten championship game.

Keith Mumphery went 72 yards on a reception from quarterback Connor Cook for a touchdown.  Ohio State’s Corey Brown was beaten on the play.

Ohio State, which has one of the most prolific offenses in the nation, was held without a score in the first quarter for the first time all season. The Buckeyes had only 28 yards against Michigan State’s top-rated defense, and had three critical penalties.

The Buckeyes were called for two pass interference penalties during Michigan State’s first series. Both penalties came on third down. Michigan State also converted on fourth down in that drive and settled for a 40-yard field goal.

The Spartans have 115 yards. Cook is 7-0f-10 for 106 yards.

 

Michigan State has a 3-0 lead against Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.

The Buckeyes, who lead the Big Ten in total offense, has mustered 28 yards against Michigan State’s defense, ranked No. 1 nationally.

Ohio State has three penalties, including two pass interference calls that helped keep alive MSU’s first drive that resulted in a 40-yard field goal. The Buckeyes also got called for interference on a punt return.

Michigan State has five first downs and 43 yards.

Michigan State has taken a 3-0 lead over Ohio State in the opening minutes of the Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Michael Geiger made a 40-yard field goal with 8:31 left in the first quarter to culminate the opening drive of the game. The drive took 6:29.

The Spartans drove 47 yards in 14 plays and benefited from two key Ohio State pass interference penalties on third down. Quarterback Connor Cook also made a big 10-yard completion on third and 11 and then ran two yards to convert on fourth down to the Ohio State 31-yard line.

Cook was 4-of-7 for 23 yards during the drive.

 

This game is about strength versus strength.

It might, in the end, be about which weakness is better and the difference, but the storyline of the Ohio State-Michigan State Big Ten championship game is pretty obvious.

OhioState is ranked No. 2 in the BCS, has a 24-game winning streak and boasts a prolific offense that’s difficult to slow. MichiganState is ranked No. 10 in the BCS and has led the nation in total defense for 12 straight weeks.

Both teams are undefeated in conference play.

The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring (48.2 points a game) and in total yards, averaging 530.5 yards a game, ranked fifth nationally. The Spartans lead the country in total defense, yielding an average 237.7 yards, rushing defense (64.8 yards) and pass efficiency defense.

Quarterback Braxton Miller runs the show for OhioState, along with tailback Carlos Hyde. Miller and Hyde essentially give the Buckeyes two running backs. Hyde has rushed for 1,290 yards and 14 touchdowns in nine games and Miller leads the Big Ten in total offense, averaging 295.0 yards.

MichiganState hasn’t faced a quarterback-tailback tandem like Miller and Hyde this season, and OhioState hasn’t faced a defense as ferocious as the Spartans.

“It’s going to be a physical, hard, tough game,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “We’ll find out if the Buckeyes are a tough team.”

But the underlying storyline is MichiganState’s offense, led by Connor Cook, and OhioState’s defense, which gave up 603 yards and 41 points against Michigan a week ago. Will MichiganState be able to produce enough offense to overwhelm an OSU defense that has taken plenty of hits all season?

A win more than likely puts OhioState in the national championship game. A win would send MichiganState to the Rose Bowl, but there’s a sense even a close loss would send the Spartans to Pasadena.

What MichiganState has that Ohio State does not is experience in the Big Ten title game. MSU was in the inaugural game two years ago against Wisconsin.

“My feeling when we saw the stadium was, ‘OK, we’ve been there,’” MSU coach Mark Dantonio said. “It wasn’t, ‘Wow, here we are, what are we doing here?’” We’ve been here, we need to take the next step here.  There’s been a focus all week. We have to play a different football team with different problems, different things we have to deal with. But I do think having been here before, our players understand a little bit about the environment here.

“We’ve always been loose and confident, but we’ve always been about business too. We’re not out here to make friends.”

Dantonio wants to win this game, but he wants his players to take even more than that from this championship game against OhioState.

“It’s a life moment,” Dantonio said. “What I try and give to our team is, this is an opportunity , you need to nail it, but this is an opportunity you should remember for the rest of your life win or lose. Certainly, we want to win the football game. No question about that. We’ve prepared very hard. But win or lose, you will remember that because of the magnitude of the game.”