No. 10 Michigan State took another massive step Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium toward the prominence and respect it has craved for decades. And when Mark Dantonio’s Spartans were done with a comeback upset of No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game, 34-24, they put roses in their mouths – representing their next stop and capping the mission they were so close to completing two years ago.
Michigan State completes glorious run for Rose Bowl MLive
Michigan State tailback Jeremy Langford broke loose on a 26-yard touchdown run with 2:16 left, a symbolic completion of the Spartans' Run for the Roses in 2013. Michigan State's final hurdle in its quest to return the program to the Rose Bowl for the first time since former coach George Perles' 1987 team played in the 1988 classic proved to be its most difficult.
No. 10 Spartans Shock No. 2 Ohio State, 34-24 MSUSpartans.com
Connor Cook was determined to shake things up in the Big Ten title game. By the end of the night, the sophomore quarterback's teammates were bouncing up and down right along with him.
Connor Cook on Big Ten championship: 'We're the ones, baby' MLive
"I told you a long time ago, you would be the ones," Dantonio said in postgame comments that were televised nationwide by FOX. "We had a lot of inches last year that we came up short on. But our football team was resilient last year. And so we felt like coming in this season, just find a couple inches, find a little bit of an identity and just push it a little bit and we'll get there."
Connor Cook delivers when needed Detroit Free Press
“Connor made plays, he kept everybody calm, he took another big step in his leadership today,” receiver Bennie Fowler said. “He’s the reason why we won.”
'Ecstatic' Isaiah Lewis can't explain emotions after Michigan State's win Detroit Free Press
After Saturday’s 34-24 Big Ten championship game comeback against Ohio State, a victory of dream realization and redemption, it was an obvious question: What are your emotions? “I really can’t explain them,” Lewis said and then, after a long pause: “Ecstatic. Put that in there.”
Spartans feeling rosy after taking final step ESPN Big Ten Blog
How does a good team become a championship team? It starts with a message from the head coach to the defensive coordinator. "We need you down here," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio told Pat Narduzzi.
Thoughts on B10 Championship Game: Eliteness Has Arrived! What is Your Profession?
Folks, we are blessed. We have an elite coaching staff, that recruits and develops amazing talent. Now, all we can hope is that the right steps are made to ensure that this program stays on top for many years to come. Of course, that will involve some luck. But more on that later. Here are some thoughts on the game itself.
Michigan State rises to the occasion, top of Big Ten Detroit News
This is what they do, hit and hit and hit again. And then, just when you think they're running out of swings, they hit even harder. The Spartans just hit it big, as big as imaginable. They kicked in the long-locked door and kicked aside history, and did it the way they've done it all year. Their top-ranked defense rebounded when it had to and their underrated quarterback rose to the moment, and on a remarkable Saturday night, the Spartans finally rose to the Roses.
Michigan State offense delivers victory Detroit News
Michigan State's players and coaches quite simply don't care what people thought of their offense early in the season. They believed it would turn around, even if no one else did. The numbers were hard to ignore — Michigan State managed just one offensive touchdown in three of the first four games of the season. Some, like quarterback coach Brad Salem, admitted the coaching staff was scrambling for answers.
Hey Joe: Tale of two locker rooms for Michigan State Detroit Free Press
I need to watch this one again. I still don’t completely understand how Michigan State dominated, got dominated, then dominated again to beat Ohio State 34-24 for the Big Ten championship. It felt like three football games in one. And when it was over, it looked like several decades of frustration released in a celebration that started on the field and spilled into a loud, boisterous, euphoric locker room.
A team effort in Mark Dantonio leading Spartan family, nation to Rose Bowl MLive
Dantonio, the Ohio native who was defensive coordinator during Ohio State's 2002 national championship run before going on to become Michigan State's head coach, had declared following last season's team banquet to the Spartans, "You will be the ones." He made good on that Rose Bowl promise to his players.
Spartans upset Ohio State for Big Ten championship, Rose Bowl bid State News
Mark Dantonio told his team they would be “the ones” at his team banquet last offseason, where the book officially closed on a frustrating 7-6 season. What MSU’s seventh-year head coach implied was that the 2013 Spartans would be the ones to bring MSU’s first Rose Bowl bid since 1988.
Michigan State's storybook Rose Bowl season follows amazing script MLive
Hollywood's not going to believe this story. A Michigan State football team that lost five Big Ten games by a combined 13 points last season came back and avenged each loss, one by one, with the storybook ending playing out at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday night against an Ohio State team that had won 24 straight.
Nearly a year ago, Michigan State closed its regular season with its annual banquet. It was different than the previous season, when the Spartans had come off a trip to the inaugural Big Ten championship game and were on the way to 11 victories in consecutive seasons. At the end of 2012, they celebrated, but it only celebrated a 6-6 record and an upcoming trip to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
The marquee on the Big Ten title game says “Ohio State vs. Michigan State.” But it may as well say “Ohio State’s offense vs. Michigan State defense.” That’s what many are focused on the eve of the game. Why not? Each is among the best in the nation in their respective field. And whoever wins that battle will go a long way toward winning the Big Ten championship game on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.
After talking with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer on the stage for several minutes -- both men wearing faint smiles before taking a picture with the Big Ten championship trophy -- Mark Dantonio started his press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium today with: "It's good to be back."
Lucas Oil Stadium towered before the Michigan State football team as its bus rounded the corner Friday afternoon, a 30-stories tall brick-and-limestone coliseum where the Spartans will soon battle for a place in the Rose Bowl. "When we took that turn and saw Lucas Oil, my feeling when we saw the stadium was 'OK, we've been here,''' Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said, speaking from the brightly-lit elevated stage at Friday's press conference within the 1.8 million-square foot facility.
The Michigan State football team arrived in Indianapolis Friday afternoon and held a walk through at Lucas Oil Stadium in preparation for Saturday night's Big Ten Championship Game against No. 2 Ohio State. Following the walk through, Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio addressed the media and previewed the matchup against the Buckeyes.
The Ohio State Buckeyes come into the B1G Championship game riding a 24 game winning streak. Coached by one of the nation’s best X’s and O’s offensive minds in Urban Meyer, this is a classic heavyweight tilt. Both teams have clearly defined strengths and both teams have clearly defined weaknesses. You don’t make this game with more questions than answers, and despite the game planning and the scheming both teams are what they are.
“This Michigan State defense, I don’t know if people nationally really understand how physical they are,” Herbstreit said. “They bully you, they intimidate you, they step on you. If you can get off press coverage, there’s nobody behind them, and you can make a five-yard slant turn into an 80-yard touchdown. But can you do it?”
The No. 25 Michigan State women's basketball team plays its second-straight ACC opponent on the road, traveling to Virginia Tech for a 2 p.m. tip on Saturday. The Spartans (5-3) have received a quick start to the season from senior Annalise Pickrel, who leads the team and is top-12 in the Big Ten in points (15.0) and rebounds (7.1), both career high averages.
Tom Izzo is known for performing football-like drills at his basketball practices, so does that mean Mark Dantonio performs basketball-like drills at his football practices? “Well, after our performance the other night, I hope not,” Izzo joked on The Morning Show, referring to his team’s 79-65 loss to North Carolina.