Nov 30, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back R.J. Shelton (12) is tackled by Minnesota Golden Gophers linebacker Damien Wilson (5) during the 1st quarter a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota at Michigan State final score: Spartans hold for 14-3 win

Michigan State cemented its’ spot in the Big Ten title game this afternoon with a 14-3 home victory over Minnesota.

Running back Jeremy Langford got the Spartans on the board with a 15-yard touchdown scamper, capping off a 7-play, 80 yard drive to begin the first quarter.

Golden Gophers’ kicker Chris Hawthorne nailed a 21-yard field goal with 3:49 left in the first half and the two squads went into the locker room at halftime separated by just 4 points.

In a game that didn’t feature much in the way of offensive production – especially through the air – one more touchdown would be all these two teams could muster.

Spartans’ quarterback Connor Cook completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Josiah Price at the 12:20 mark of the third quarter putting Michigan State up 14-3.

That would be all the scoring in the game.

Philip Nelson went just 6-of-18 for 77 yards with two interceptions for the Golden Gophers.  Running back David Cobb paced Minnesota on the ground with 27 carries for 101 yards.

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook completed 10-of-20 passes for 143 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and Jeremy Langford led all rushers with 21 carries for 134 yards and the touchdown.

Minnesota concludes its’ regular season with an 8-4 overall record, 4-4 in the Big Ten, and will await their bowl game.

No. 11 Michigan State concludes their regular season with an 11-1 record, 8-0 in the Big Ten, and will face Ohio State in the conference championship game with a Rose Bowl berth on the line.  The Buckeyes could quite possibly be playing for a National Championship game invite, although they probably will need some help from Alabama and/or Florida State to get there.

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