Mark Dantonio and his team did a couple of things on Saturday at State College. First, they defeated Penn State in Beaver Stadium for the first time since Joe Paterno has been head coach, and second, they won a share of the Big Ten Championship for the first time since 1990.
While the chances of Michigan State
gaining a Rose Bowl berth got smaller as Ohio State
, Mark Dantonio
left nothing to chance as his fourth Spartan team finished the season with a regular season mark of 11-1 and a share of the conference title.
The Spartans were quick to take the lead and used a solid offensive attack headed by junior quarterback Kirk Cousins (152 yards – 2 touchdowns), to defeat Penn State 28-22 in blustery conditions.
Sophomore running back Edwin Baker rushed for 118 yards and a score while junior B.J. Cunningham pulled down three balls (2 touchdowns) for 33 yards on the day.
However, the day belonged to Cousins who entered the game banged up and ready to lead the Spartans to a conference title.
On the day Cousins would go 17-22 and find the tight end tandem of Brad Linthicum and Charlie Gantt to his liking as the two each pulled down four balls on the day.
The Spartans defense played solid for most of the day until the very end when they gave up a Matt McGloin touchdown pass to Derek Moye just one play after Trenton Robinson who ran the ball out only to fumble it back to Penn State had intercepted a McGloin pass in the end zone.
Robinson otherwise had a solid day posting seven total tackles to join Johnny Adams and Eric Gordon who each posted six tackles on the day.
The Spartans now must wait to see what happens between Wisconsin, Northwestern, and the final BCS standing to learn where they will be heading for Bowl Season.
Most early projections have the Spartans headed to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida on New Year's Day to battle former Michigan State head coach Nick Saban and his Alabama team.