Posted December 08, 2013

Michigan State upsets Ohio State 34-24 to ruin Buckeyes’ BCS title aspirations

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Michigan State's Jeremy Langford

Jeremy Langford scored the go-ahead touchdown in the Spartans’ upset of the Buckeyes. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Michigan State’s vaunted defense was expected to give Ohio State a test in Saturday’s Big Ten title game. In the end, it was that defense that kept the Buckeyes from the conference crown and a shot at a national championship.

Spartans linebacker Denicos Allen stuffed Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller on fourth-and-two from Michigan State’s 39-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, and tailback Jeremy Langford broke free for a 26-yard touchdown on the ensuing possession to help No. 10 Michigan State sink the No. 2 Buckeyes 34-24 and capture the Big Ten championship. The loss was Ohio State’s first in Urban Meyer’s two seasons (24 games) as head coach, and it derails the Buckeyes’ BCS title dreams.

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook went 24-of-40 for 304 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, while Langford rushed for 128 yards on 24 carries.

Ohio State entered Saturday having faced a relatively easy schedule to date. Prior to facing Michigan State, Meyer’s crew had played only one team, No. 21 Wisconsin, currently ranked in the AP Poll. The Spartans’ defense presented a new challenge, and it lived up to its billing: After Tony Lippett reeled in a 33-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter, Michigan State held a 17-0 lead.

But it didn’t take long for Ohio State to wake up. Miller found Philly Brown with a 20-yard touchdown strike with just over six minutes to play in the first half, and kicker Drew Basil hit 28-yard field goal before the break to cut the deficit to seven points. The Buckeyes’ surge continued in the third quarter, when Miller engineered a 75-yard scoring drive to even things up. Two possessions later, Miller punched in a six-yard touchdown run to give the Buckeyes the lead and cap a 24-0 run. Ohio State had seemingly returned to form.

The fourth quarter proved a different story, however. Cook hit Macgarrett Kings Jr. on a 48-yard pass to move the Spartans into Ohio State territory, and he hooked up with Josiah Price from nine yards out to give his team the lead for good.

On Michigan State’s next possession, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier blocked the Spartans’ punt to give the Buckeyes one last glimmer of hope. That’s when coordinator Pat Narduzzi’s defense came, through. Miller couldn’t convert, and Ohio State’s title aspirations slipped away.

This is a crushing loss for the Buckeyes, who just completed their second straight undefeated regular season but once again will be left out of the national title picture. Last season the reason was NCAA sanctions; this time around, Ohio State’s offense simply couldn’t get past the country’s most dominating defense.

Now, No. 1 Florida State, which claimed the ACC title earlier on Saturday, is likely to face No. 3 Auburn, which won the SEC championship, in the BCS title game in Pasadena. Coming into Championship Saturday, it looked as though the SEC’s streak of seven consecutive national titles could come to an end. But thanks to Ohio State’s loss, Auburn now has a chance to keep that run of dominance alive.

38 comments
Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I guess that, technically, it was an upset. OSU was ranked 2nd and MSU a bit lower. But Michigan State (I will NOT call them 'Sparty') is a good team. Everyone knew that going in. And a conference championship winner is almost never an upset, in my mind. I had to say 'almost' because if Duke had won, now THAT would have been an upset. 


HornsAndNuts
HornsAndNuts

There's always next year, this year we were over rated. If you live in Ohio and watch the State Championships, there is a lot of talent going to tOSU. Youtube Parris Campbell and you will see. Btw that freshman tOSU has Joey Bose is the truth. Too bad we have to wait til' 2016 to play a decent nonconference opponent Oklahoma, but my Longhorns showed them up this year. I would say I have the NFL ti look forward too but i'm a browns and dolphins fan. It's not Urbans fault we have bad schedules, the schedules set to 2020 and we play no one. Sucks to be a buckeye fan, I want to watch us play good teams and I don't care if we lose, I watched the OSU MSU game and didn't care we lost


CitizenKaykay
CitizenKaykay

ha ha ha OSU is a fraud...much like Urban Meyer...FSU harbors criminals....Auburn just cheats their way to the top....thanks NCAA.....

Dave36
Dave36

OSU weak schedule finally exposed them for what type of team they really are. 24 straight, really? Against who?


B_Phill
B_Phill

Don't like either school, but I hope FSU wins by 90.....

tony34
tony34

As a Bama fan, i am so glad Auburn won.  I am very insecure so instead of one team i root for 14 teams, GO SEC


YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


Roll Dam Babies!!!

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

this years "no. 2" OSU is last years "No. 1" ND.

HarshRealities
HarshRealities

Auburn won and there were no riots in Alabama. Florida State won and there were no riots in Tallahassee. Baylor won and there were no riots in TX. UCF won and there were no riots in Orlando. Oklahoma won and there were no riots in Oklahoma. Michigan State wins and East Lansing had riots with cars set on fire. Yet there are always comments made about those who live south of the Mason Dixon line calling southerners bigots, hicks, hillbillies and other names.

jarobertson
jarobertson

The loser in all this is Florida State. Had Ohio State won and moved on to face Florida State it would have guaranteed Jimbo Fisher a title. Now Auburn wins another title, ensuring the SEC eight titles in a row.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Stevie Wonder would see this coming:  OSU offensive downs as follows

1st & 10: Hyde 7 yard run    (or substitute Miller 60 yard pass...incomplete and adjust yardages accordingly)

2nd & 3: Miller QB draw for 1 yard

3rd & 1: Miller QB draw, 1 yard

4th & 1: punt

RandyGivogue
RandyGivogue

Where are the osu fans chirping ???? What a mess that would have been if Ohio state played in the ncg! Please put them against alabama in some sort of game...I will give 30 points and still take bama, fsu, auburn, Lsu, South Carolina , Stanford, and Missouri to knock them into orbit!

SandHills
SandHills

So now Sparty gets spanked by Stanford and OSU by any bowl opponent - it's not just that OSU was hyped and overrated this year - the Big 10 is overrated in the polls every year for decades now.  Any bets there will be 4 or 5 Big 10 teams rated in the top 25 in next years pre-season.

ScarFace292929
ScarFace292929

Ohio State wouldn't even be fifth in the SEC. I am glad they're not going to the title game.


HerschelAnderton
HerschelAnderton

it's a shame that notre dame didn't lose like this last year.  at least now we don't have to have a repeat of another over-rated team with an annoying and whiny fanbase gettting blown-out in the ncg.

JohnMatuszak
JohnMatuszak

not really an upset when the #2 team in the land is extremely overrated

DanLeeper
DanLeeper

GOOD for MSU, I root for a 6 an 7 team in the Pac 12, they where in the rose bowl 10 years ago,.. ( we'll get there again) But for MSU and there fans, long over due. Good team good fans, wish you well. But I'm still rooting for the Pac-12. And go COUGS!  ( Maybe Next year)  

cp4abOlishm3nt
cp4abOlishm3nt

The B1G schedule have always been a let down. The ACC, Big 12, PAC-12 and the SEC have strong teams in their conference. Every year after the opening schedules with the non-Conference teams, the B1G's schedule is rather weak. The only reality teams are OSU, MI and Wisky. Nebraska after they joined the B1G have deteriorated their strength and effectiveness; the same with Penn State and they are embroiled in disciplinary issues. The rest IA, MSU, NW and ILL are sometimes effective and sometimes not - very inconsistent. IN and PURDUE are really let down this year. So when most people look at the B1G its only MI and OSU that are the real competing teams because of their recruitment and brand. If you look at the SEC teams, the weakest teams are as good as MSU, Wisky, Nebraska and PSU.

I am an MSU alum and of course today I am really delighted that MSU won after 26 years, that year I was in my Jr year when Lorenzo White and gang won the Rose Bowl. And MSU's offense was never impressive, even during the days of George Perles, always conservative and defensive. But today, this MSU team is something to be proud of, to be able to throw and run bowls in that traditional fashion are something to be proud of. OSU was not moving at all in the first and fourth quarters and that really said a lot about the quality of the defense. But what struck me still was the fact that why MSU lost to ND in the fourth week gave me a lot of uneasiness and its a silly loss. I never thought MSU team will be what they are today save for the manner that they are always having that go-easy, go lucky and underdog attitude. If they lost, they always say there's the next year to get the team. Its always been like that. Perhaps Nick Saban in the 90s whilst coaching the Spartans are unfazed by this sort of attitude as he is a go-getter and a winner. Nevertheless, Coach Dantonio really have heave up the expectations of the MSU team and thanks to him that this team is still young and we can still expect good things to come. 

heardhimsay
heardhimsay

Don't know why people are calling this a "shocking" win?  The Spartans have had a good year while OSU has squeaked by some very mediocre teams - not to mention their escape from and average Michigan team last week.

slickwilly
slickwilly

Michigan State showed the truth about Ohio State, which basically that they're a flawed team that would lose head-to-head to several teams ranked lower such as Alabama, Auburn, Mizzou, Clemson, Stanford, Oregon, and South Carolina had they played a real schedule. The Big Ten is a joke, but at least the team that is the least of a joke, Michigan St, will play Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

canadagator
canadagator

Urban Meyer has prove it one more time that Ohio State is overrated if he plays against or with the old famers buckeyes. 


AP please STOP deifying the buckeyes, they are a team that when they play against a good solid team... lose. 

Check your stats and see that I am right. Remember in 2006 when they were # 1?


Their schedule is weak and is made up to fool you.

grizzlypete
grizzlypete

Weird, I basically posted the same thing about justice in the universe in the Columbus Post. 

Cane87
Cane87

God is good.  tOSU is evil.  Sometimes, there is justice in the universe.

HornsAndNuts
HornsAndNuts

@CitizenKaykay Why do you think I watch High School football, I'm in the state for it anyways. I'm an alum from a team that's been to the playoffs ten years in a row, and we lost to the fighting Lebrons of Akron SVSM. #21 in the nation in HS. 17-9

ngk11
ngk11

We all would have lost if we had to watch the suckeyes lose by 40 in the tile game.

HornsAndNuts
HornsAndNuts

@ScarFace292929 I doubt that. OSU would shred A&M, is OSU overrated yes. Am I an OSU fan yes. Did I think OSU would beat MSU and they're defense no. I predicted  MSU to win and they desrve it. But OSU would not be fifth in the SEC.

ScarFace292929
ScarFace292929

@HerschelAnderton exactly! Especially Ohio State! They got killed two years in a row a few years ago... Nobody wanted to see that again. Well, unless they made the title game. If they did, we would want to see that.

SandHills
SandHills

@DanLeeper


Might be a long wait with that new coach for U-Dub...hard to get the best recruits to play in Pullman.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@cp4abOlishm3nt Good news for the notorious B1G. They're getting the Maryland Terrapins from the ACC. Another easy win for nearly everyone.

md
md

Oh you are so freaking wrong. I seem to remember the Badgers playing a heavily favored Auburn in a bowl game not too long ago and taking them to the cleaners. So don't give us that crap. 

oldguy68
oldguy68

Believe it or not, I picked Auburn last week and MSU yesterday

HornsAndNuts
HornsAndNuts

@slickwilly The only teams I diagree with are Oregon and S. Carolina. Oregon really, they got beat by an injured USC team. Cmon man. But yes OSU is overrated.

ScarFace292929
ScarFace292929

@md I seem to remember Ohio State playing two SEC teams in a row a few years ago in the title game and favored in at least one of those games... and getting annihilated both times.