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Division clinched, Spartans eye Rose

– Mark Dantonio and his players wore hats commemorating their division championship. They hope bigger prizes are coming.

Connor Cook threw for a career-high 293 yards, Jeremy Langford ran for 150, and No. 13 Michigan State clinched a spot in the Big Ten title game with a 30-6 victory over Northwestern on Saturday afternoon.

Cook threw for two touchdowns. Langford ran for two scores, and the Spartans (10-1, 7-0) reached the conference championship game for the second time in three years.

“I’m happy to have the hat on and wear it for a couple of weeks and then turn it in,” Dantonio said after sealing the Big Ten Legends Division.

Langford ran 20 yards untouched for the game’s first touchdown in the second quarter. He sealed it with a 37-yard scoring run in the fourth after Kurtis Drummond picked off a short pass by Trevor Siemian, sending Michigan State to its seventh straight win and Northwestern (4-7, 0-7) to its seventh loss in a row.

Cook completed 16 of 24 passes on a bone-chilling and windy day, including an 87-yard TD to Bennie Fowler on a one-handed grab in the second quarter and a 15-yard scoring strike to Josiah Price in the third.

Drummond had two interceptions, and the Spartans closed in on 11 wins for the third time in four seasons. They’re also eyeing their first trip to the Rose Bowl in 26 years.

Before that, there’s a home game against Minnesota. Then, they head to Indianapolis for the conference championship game, against No. 4 Ohio State.

“Winning this game, knowing we locked up going to Indianapolis, is a great feeling,” Darqueze Dennard said.

Safety Isaiah Lewis knocked Northwestern’s Kain Colter out of the game with a big hit as he tried to catch a pass early in the first quarter, resulting in a targeting penalty and an ejection.

Things didn’t get much better for the Wildcats after that. They fell out of bowl contention after making one the previous five years and could go winless in Big Ten play if they don’t prevail at Illinois next week.

“The Year ’13 is over here in a week – and good riddance,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “There’s something about that number I don’t like.”

Jeff Budzien kicked a 22-yard field goal on that drive to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead, but Michigan State went ahead midway through the second when Langford ran 20 yards untouched to the end zone.

Fowler added to the lead on Michigan State’s next possession when he reached back for a one-handed grab along the left sideline as Northwestern cornerback Matthew Harris slipped. The result was an 87-yard touchdown that made it 14-3 late in the half.

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