The Spartans gave the Buckeyes their first loss in two seasons, and now MSU is headed to Pasadena for the first time in more than 25 years.
Second-ranked Ohio State had the inside track on a BCS title game appearance until the 10th-ranked Spartans downed the Buckeyes 34-24 for the Big Ten championship. The Buckeyes owned a 24-game winning streak and were leading 24-20 until Josiah Price grabbed a 9-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook with 11:41 remaining. Jeremy Langford all-but sealed the victory with a 26-yard scoring run with 2:16 left.
Cook threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns for Michigan State, which blew a 17-0 lead by allowing 24 consecutive points.
OSU quarterback Braxton Miller threw for one touchdown and ran for 142 yards and two TDs. But Miller was just 8 of 21 for 101 yards as the Buckeyes suffered their first loss under second-year coach Urban Meyer, dashing their championship hopes.
Celebrations in East Lansing turned quickly, as many students set fires across campus. Police made several arrests, but there were no injuries reported.
The team heads back to mid-Michigan today. The Spartans will arrive at Capital International Airport around noon.