Connor Cook threw for a career-high 277 yards and two touchdowns and Michigan State opened Big Ten play with a 26-14 win over Iowa on Saturday.
After finishing the 2011 season with a 33-30 triple-overtime win over Georgia in the Outback Bowl, Michigan State was considered a serious contender for a Big Ten title in 2012, thanks in large part to a hellacious defense.
Le’Veon Bell patiently looked for openings before he trampled through Minnesota’s defense and dragged some of the Gophers with him.
Michigan State left the field after its final home game with a familiar feeling.
Jeff Budzien kicked a 27-yard field goal with 7:30 remaining, and Northwestern was able to hold on to this fourth-quarter lead, beating Michigan State 23-20 on Saturday.
Braxton Miller threw for 179 yards and ran for 136, and No. 14 Ohio State held off No. 20 Michigan State 17-16 on Saturday, giving Urban Meyer a win in his first Big Ten game as Buckeyes coach.
Le’Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown to help stagnant Michigan State avoid a major upset with a 23-7 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
The school says the project will cost $10 million and will be paid for by athletic ticket and sponsor funds.
Losing the final game is tough for any team, especially one that’s had the type of success that led 12th-ranked Michigan State and No. 18 Georgia to the Outback Bowl.
Next up is a trip to Iowa – to face the team that handed the Spartans their only regular-season loss of 2010.