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Recap: MSU Beats Iowa 16-13 To Win Big 10 Championship

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Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

(ED: FIRST, WE DO THE DANCE OF JOY)

MSU won the Big Ten Championship after beating Iowa 16-13 Saturday night, sending the team to the College Football Playoff.

First Half:

It was a defensive game early in the games, with MSU and Iowa both only getting field goals early in the second quarter.

But the Hawkeyes earned a long drive and we're picking up momentum, and if it handn't been for an interception in the end zone, the score might have been very different.

Later in the second quarter, the Hawkeyes put together a long drive, only to have it end with a wild Spartans interception in the end zone. The teams then traded punts before Michigan State had a final scoring chance, but Michael Geiger missed a 53-yard field goal as the clock expired on the half.

Iowa led 6-3 at halftime.


Second Half:

Both teams traded punts to begin the third quarter, but it would be Michael Geiger who'd tie things up 6-6 after a nice 19-yard field goal.

Michael Geiger cemented his mark on the game with a 47-yard field goal with less than a minute left in the third quarter to give MSU the lead 9-6.

The game got it's first TD with Iowa's C.J. Beathard giving Tevaun Smith a nice pass for a 85-yard TD to put the Hawkeyes up 13-9.

L.J. Scott put MSU up by three points with 27 seconds left to play, finishing off a 22-play, 82-yard drive that took 9:04 off the clock.

And after one heck of a game, MSU is heading to the College Football Playoff with a bunch of momentum and one of the best teams the university has seen in quite some time.