Ohio State loses Big Ten Championship and spot in BCS Championship Game
However, the Spartans rebounded, as their top ranked defense stepped up in the fourth quarter, leading Michigan State to a 34-24 win that leads them to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl. More importantly in the national scheme, it means that Ohio State is out of the BCS Championship.
Michigan State raced out to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter, only to see it evaporate. The Buckeyes put together two long drives to get a touchdown and a field goal as the half was ending to make it 17-10, then picked up two more touchdowns in the third quarter to take their first lead, 24-17. The running game was working for Ohio State, with Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde finishing with over 100 yards.
In the fourth quarter, the Spartans, left for dead by most observers after losing the lead, showed why they have the top ranked defense in the nation. The Buckeyes had three drives in the fourth, going a combined 25 yards. The result? Punt, turnover on downs, turnover on downs. The Spartans offense, conversely, hit another gear. A 90 yard drive early in the fourth resulted in the go-ahead touchdown, and the insurance score came with 2:16 to go. Goodnight Buckeyes.
There isn't much to talk about regarding the other team that held their BCS destiny in their hands last night. Florida State crushed Duke as expected, 45-7. They will finish the season ranked #1. SEC Champion Auburn is widely expected to move up to #2. Those two will play for the national title. Amazingly enough, the BCS did not give us any controversy in its final edition (we think, the results will be announced tonight).