A trip to the Rose Bowl was on the line and several Spartan players played huge roles in the first Big Ten Football Championship Game.
We are proud to honor several members of the Spartans with game balls.
Denicos Allen: Spartan Digest expected Allen to have a big game and he didn't disappoint. On the night Allen posted nine tackles with three sacks and four tackles for loss. Add in the fact Allen's tackle total was nine solo tackles, and you can see why he leads our list for game balls.
Le'Veon Bell: Bell proved again why he's been give more carries later in the season as he picked up 106 yards on the night and one touchdown having several plays where he carried Badgers down the field.
Kirk Cousins: What a hot start as Cousins hit on his first eight passes before throwing an interception on his ninth. When all was said and done, Cousins went 22 of 30 for 281 yards and three touchdowns.
B.J. Cunningham: The senior wide receiver posted three touchdowns on his five catches and 115 yards. In the process he continued to rewrite the Michigan State record books.
Keshawn Martin: With 153 all-purpose yards, Martin was involved in two of the game's biggest plays that did not count. The overturned catch in the fourth quarter and the return called back for a running in the kicker penalty may be forgotten in time, but Martin will always know he was inches from being the star of the first Big Ten Championship Game.
Chris Norman: Norman also played a solid game posting 6.5 tackles on the night. With another season to go, Spartan fans should be excited to see the steps Norman takes between now and next fall.
Trenton Robinson: The senior may have some who feel he had a poor game. However, when it mattered most, Robinson made one of the biggest plays to give the Spartans a chance to put together a winning drive. On the night Robinson posted 9.5 tackles.
Nick Hill: While Hill would love to get more carries as a running back. He proved his value with 118 kickoff return yards on four returns.