Gophers Fall to Michigan State 14-3
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- David Cobb recorded his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season, but Michigan State's Jeremy Langford ran for 134 yards and a touchdown as No. 11 Michigan State wrapped up an unbeaten regular season in Big Ten play with a 14-3 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.
The Gophers finished the regular season 8-4 (4-4 in the Big Ten), earning at least eight wins for the first time since going 10-3 in 2003.
The Spartans took the lead right away Saturday on Langford's 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, which capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive.
Cobb ran for 101 yards, not a bad day against a Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) team ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense.
The Gopher defense held Michigan State well below its scoring average of 30.8 points per game, and stopped the Spartans on all eight of their third down attempts.
But Minnesota was held without an offensive touchdown for the second straight game after losing 20-7 to Wisconsin last weekend. Michigan State held an opponent without a touchdown for the fifth time in the last six games.
The Spartans' top-ranked defense forced three turnovers and kept the Golden Gophers out of the end zone.
The Spartans finished a perfect Big Ten regular season for only the third time. They also did it in 1965 and 1966, when they only had to play seven conference games. Michigan State will face Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game next weekend.