“Let’s go, let’s go,’’ MSU quarterback Connor Cook said as the team huddled before the first play of its final drive of the regular season.The drive would end 9 minutes, four seconds and 82 yards later, giving MSU a come-from-behind, heart-pounding 16-13 victory Saturday night in the Big Ten championship game.
L.J. Scott is the “big man on campus” in East Lansing after scoring the winning touchdown in the Big 10 championship game. The victory sends the Spartans to the Cotton Bowl to play Alabama in a semi-final game in which the winner will advance to play the winner of the Clemson-Oklahoma game to determine to national champion of college football for 2015.
Scott proved to be the workhorse as he and the Spartans O-line wore down the Hawkeyes on the game clinching drive.
Indianapolis — A handful of years ago, it wasn’t so much what Michigan State couldn’t do. It was what it didn’t do.And now that it has done all this — the football team arriving here for tonight’s Big Ten championship game for the third time in five years, with national-title hopes firmly in tow — it’s no longer about what the Spartans won’t say.
It was said years ago that Michigan State was a sleeping giant in football if the right man was brought in to run it. It looks as if the right man in Mark Dantonio. Since he took over as head coach in 2007, we grown accustomed to excellence in the program in the same manner we expect it from the basketball program under Tom Izzo. Eleven win seasons have now become the norm in East Lansing. Spartan fans should enjoy this success; it’s been a long time coming. The Spartans have not been mentioned in regards to a national championship since the mid-60’s with the 1965 and 1966 teams under then head coach Duffy Daugherty.
The ball hung in the air, seemingly forever.The perfect throw for the perfect prayer answered.Green Bay got an extra play after the game clock struck 0:00 due to an idiotic Detroit defensive penalty. Aaron Rodgers got one more chance. He escaped the Lions’ defensive pressure, scrambled to his right and catapulted a throw more than 60 yards into a growing scrum in the Lions’ end zone.Inexplicably, the Lions only had safety Glover Quin camped near the goal line.Where was the 6-foot-5 Calvin Johnson?
Hometowns boys sparked MSU’s victory over Louisville in the ACC/Big10 Challenge. After a sluggish start, the Spartans rebounded to go 8-0 for the season. Denzel Valentine and Bryn Forbes, both former teammates at Lansing Sexton High School combined to lead a comeback from a less than spectacular start to win the game. The Spartans could have been victims of tired legs as they played their fourth game in seven days plus the jet lag from the California trip, but coming back to beat a good Louisville team shows the talent and resiliency of this team.
This is going to be a special MSU basketball team this year. There seems to be many players in this group. In the victory over Providence for the championship of the Wooden Legacy Classic, Denzel Valentine had an off night as he got into early foul trouble which limited his effectiveness. However, the depth of this team came into play with key contributions from Bryn Forbes and freshmen Deyonta Davis and Matt McQuaid, but the player who stood out to me was transfer guard Eron Harris. He looked the best that he’s looked so far this season as he seem to take over down the stretch. It was easy to see that he has some special talent and he will be a force for opponents in the Big Ten to contend with as he gets more comfortable.