EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The play helped send Michigan State to a division title and could have ruined Wisconsin’s season.

With the score tied on the final snap, Kirk Cousins rolled out to his right and threw the ball deep toward the end zone. Keith Nichol made the catch after a carom and fought to reach the goal line, giving the Spartans a 37-31 victory over the Badgers in one of college football’s best games this season.

If the rematch is half as good as that October thriller, the Big Ten should have quite a show in store for its inaugural conference title game. No. 11 Michigan State and No. 15 Wisconsin meet again Saturday night in Indianapolis.

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