Final: Nebraska 24, Michigan State 3
October, 29, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Realistically, Nebraska had to beat Michigan State to have any chance of making the Big Ten title game.
The Huskers didn't just beat the Spartans -- they beat them up. In by far their best defensive performance of the year, they raced out to a 21-point lead in the third quarter and held on for a 24-3 victory.
Now, Nebraska is tied with Michigan and Michigan State atop the Legends Division, and Iowa will join them in a four-way deadlock if it takes care of business against Minnesota tonight. It should be a fun November.
The Spartans were oddly listless on offense and sloppy on defense. Blame that brutal October schedule, which must have taken its toll. Or just blame it on having to play a re-energized Nebraska team in Lincoln, where it's awfully tough to beat.
Either way, the Big Ten race just took another turn.
Much more to come after postgame interviews, so stay tuned.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Iowa Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ET Eastern Michigan 11 Michigan State 12:00 PM ET Western Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Southern Illinois Purdue 12:00 PM ET Bowling Green 19 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET Maryland Syracuse 3:30 PM ET Utah Michigan 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Navy 4:00 PM ET Massachusetts Penn State 4:00 PM ET San Jose State Minnesota 4:00 PM ET Texas State Illinois 4:00 PM ET Indiana 18 Missouri 8:00 PM ET Miami (FL) 24 Nebraska