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Merriman: Once again, Langford answers the call

INDIANAPOLIS — Mark Dantonio showed just about every card he had in his hand. Run, pass, option, quarterback sneaks, even a gutsy onside kick attempt that almost worked early in the fourth quarter in a three-point game. But when it really mattered, when Michigan State led 27-24 with 5:41 remaining, and when it had a chance to put the Big Ten title game on ice, Dantonio went with what had gotten him this far: Jeremy Langford. The offensive MVP of the team throughout the season, Langford was struggling to find any type of running room against a suffocating Ohio State

Dienhart: This one won't soon be forgotten

INDIANAPOLIS — The Big Ten title game is just three years old, but Michigan State’s 34-24 win over Ohio State was a “classic” and won’t soon be forgotten. The game had it all. A team vying for the BCS title game? Check. Another team trying to reach its first Rose Bowl in nearly three decades? Check. Ebbs and flows? Check. The Spartans raced to a 17-0 lead. Then, the Buckeyes ripped off 24 unanswered points; then MSU answered with 17 points to cap a back-and-fourth game that will see the Spartans go to the Rose Bowl for the first time

Twitter: Ex-Spartans react to Big Ten championship

Michigan State players and fans weren’t the only ones proud of their football team late Saturday night. Former Michigan State players were quite pumped about their team beating No. 2 Ohio State and earning the conference’s automatic Rose Bowl berth, too. See some of the Spartans product’s celebratory tweets in this post. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten title game coverage ] Around @MSU_Football we used to say "P4RB"–Preparing 4 the Rose Bowl Now it's "G2RB"–Goin 2 the RB! So happy for everyone in the program — Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) December 8, 2013 I BLEEEEEED GREEEN AND WHITE!!! — LeVeon

Dienhart: Buckeyes now must focus on bowl game

INDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier was dejected as he stood in the postgame interview room. His Ohio State Buckeyes had just lost the Big Ten title game, 34-24, to Michigan State. The loss ended a 24-game winning streak. Worse: It killed OSU’s chances to play for the BCS national title. Was this the best team the Buckeyes had faced in the last two years? “Yes, I think so,” he said. Urban Meyer also felt the pain. “I just feel we’re all very blessed and fortunate to have these kids on our team,” he said. “I love that locker

Watch Spartans celebrate B1G title in locker room

Michigan State is headed to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1988 game. And following Saturday’s 34-24 victory over perfect No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten title game, the Spartans celebrated like a team that snapped a long drought. Watch a few behind-the-scenes videos of Michigan State celebrating its big win in this post. [ MORE: B1G title game gallery | Video: Someone give Coach Dantonio a hat! ] Michigan State Big Ten Champions — Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) December 8, 2013 Spartans celebrate. — Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) December 8, 2013 View this post

Video: Mark Dantonio really wants a hat!

During his postgame interview with BTN’s Rick Pizzo, a jubilant Mark Dantonio calls out for a specific piece of championship gear as his players and assistant coaches celebrate around him on the field. “Hey, give me one of those hats!” Dantonio yells in this video clip. The Michigan State coach had plenty to be happy about after his No. 10 Spartans knocked off No. 2 Ohio State for the right to play Stanford in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart’s game column | Watch Spartans celebrate | See ex-Spartans’ tweets ] Watch the video below.

Dienhart: Relive it quarter by quarter senior writer Tom Dienhart posted quick takes after each quarter of the Big Ten Football Championship from his perch at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Also, follow him on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart. FOURTH QUARTER Quick take: MSU trailed, 24-20, entering the fourth quarter. But the Spartans outscored the Buckeyes, 10-0, in the final stanza. When push came to shove, the MSU defense stifled the Ohio State offense in the final 15 minutes to secure the school’s first Rose Bowl since the 1987 season. Key moment: After stuffing Ohio State on a fourth down, MSU took over at their 39-yard line

Gallery: 2013 Big Ten football championship game

Looking for the best photos from Saturday night’s Big Ten title game? We compiled all of our favorite USA TODAY Sports shots from Michigan State’s thrilling win over Ohio State at Lucas Oil Stadium. Check out our photo gallery in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart’s game column | Watch Spartans celebrate | Twitter reaction ]

Standing tall: Michigan State wins Big Ten title

(AP) Michigan State shook up the BCS title chase again Saturday night. The No. 10 Spartans regained the lead on Connor Cook‘s 9-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Price with 11:41 left and upset No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 to take the Big Ten title and put Auburn back in the national title hunt. “Coach (Mark Dantonio) said, ‘You’re the ones.’ We’re the ones, we’re going to the Rose Bowl,” Cook said after being selected the game’s MVP. Ohio State (12-1) had the nation’s longest active winning streak end at 24 as coach Urban Meyer suffered his first loss since taking