Spartans take division title outright

Michigan State clinches outright division title with 30-6 win at Northwestern on Saturday.

Michigan State is headed back to Indianapolis.

The Spartans left nothing to chance and clinched the Legends Division championship with their 30-6 win at Northwestern on Saturday.

Jeremy Langford had his second straight game of 150 yards rushing – and fifth straight 100-yard game.

Connor Cook threw for a career-high 287 yards on 15 of 23 passing with two touchdowns.

Northwestern got on the board first with a Jeff Budzien 27-yard field goal at the 7:55 mark of the first quarter.

The Spartans took the lead back on a 20-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Langford with 8:22 before the half. Langford accounted for 69 yards on the 80-yard drive and went over 1,000 yards for the season.

Michigan State took a 14-6 lead on the Spartans' longest play of the season. Connor Cook called an audible and threw a wobbly fade down the sideline to Bennie Fowler, who caught it reaching back over the cornerback and ran it in 87 yards for the touchdown.

The Wildcats came back with a strong drive keyed by a 39-yard pass from Trevor Siemian to Dan Vitale and finished the drive with a 20-yard field goal to pull within 14-6.

MSU opened the second half with a big play from Cook to Tony Lippett for 48 yards. The Spartan settled for a 37-yard field goal from Michael Geiger to take a 17-6 lead.

The Spartans got creative for another touchdown as Cook faked a handoff to Langford and the reverse to Fowler and threw a strike to Josiah Price for a 15-yard touchdown. Geiger's extra point was blocked, leaving MSU with a 23-6 lead.

Cook was 5 of 6 for 81 yards on the drive, with big throws to Keith Mumphery for 20 yards and a checkdown to Langford for 24.

After a Kurtis Drummond interception, Langford took it to the house almost untouched from 37 yards out for a 30-6 lead.

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