With the starting offensive line that took the field against Western Michigan finally back together, Michigan State looked to punch their ticket to next weekends Big Ten Championship game against Iowa.
It helped that Connor Cook was also back after missing last week’s battle against Ohio State on the field ready to play, the Spartans looked poised to take the step needed to reach the next step of their goals.
Cook wasted little time in helping the Spartans jump out front with a 29-yard pass to R.J. Shelton early in the first quarter but Michael Geiger missed the point after attempt making it 6-0 Spartans.
After trading punches the rest of the first quarter Penn State put together a drive that ended with a Tyler Davis field goal making it 6-3 Spartans early in the second quarter.
But Cook was just getting things going on a night that saw him add a few more records next to his name in the Spartans record books and with 7:12 on the clock the Spartans saw Gerald Holmes scamper in from 6-yards out for another score and a 13-3 lead they never looked back from.
The Spartans offensive line protected Cook so well he never saw pressure or got the back of his jersey dirty in a night that saw him go 19-of-26 for 248 yards and three touchdowns and a combination of Spartans that rushed for 188 yards and three more scores that included a nine-yard touchdown run by senior center Jack Allen in the fourth quarter that sealed the 55-16 win and punch the Spartans ticket to Indianapolis to take on Iowa with a possible berth in the second College Football Playoffs.