EVANSTON, Ill. — Connor Cook threw for a career-high 293 yards and Jeremy Langford added 150 rushing yards, as Michigan State clinched the outright Legends Division title against Northwestern on Saturday.
It started off slowly for the Spartans (10-1, 7-0) as they ended the first quarter trailing 3-0. Safety Isaiah Lewis was ejected from the game after being called for a targeting penalty against quarterback/receiver Kain Colter.
Michigan State turned it on in the second quarter, scoring 14 points including an 87-yard touchdown reception by Bennie Fowler.
The Spartans never looked back as the defense held Northwestern (4-7, 0-7) scoreless in the second half and the offense added 16 more points.
Kurtis Drummond had two interceptions, and Darqueze Dennard added another to pace the Spartans’ highly touted defense. Northwestern was held to only 80 yards rushing, which is the tenth time MSU held their opponent under 100 yards rushing this season.
Langford continued his success in conference play, scoring two touchdowns and notching his sixth-straight game of 100 rushing yards or more.
The Spartans clinched a trip to the Big Ten Championship game, likely facing-off against Ohio State.
Michigan State plays Minnesota at home next Saturday, November 30, to finish off the regular season.
Dan Tyler is the host of Spartan Redzone for Impact Sports.
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