EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Jeremy Langford ran for 134 yards and a touchdown, and No. 11 Michigan State wrapped up an unbeaten regular season in Big Ten play with a 14-3 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.
The Spartans (11-1, 8-0) 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. The Spartans had already wrapped up the Legends Division title, but there was no letdown against Minnesota (8-4, 4-4).
The Spartans' top-ranked defense forced three turnovers and kept the Golden Gophers out of the end zone, repeating a formula that has brought Michigan State within a win of the Rose Bowl.
The Spartans went undefeated at home for the third time in four years. They 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.
Minnesota's Philip Nelson attempted only seven passes in the first half, and two of them were picked off by Michigan State's Trae Waynes, but the Spartans struggled to extend the lead.
Chris Hawthorne's 21-yard field goal made it 7-3, and the Spartans missed a chance to score at the end of the half when Connor Cook was intercepted at the Minnesota 24 by Derrick Wells in the final seconds.