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>> gus: cook handing i off to scott. powers his way forward. inside the 15. 3:27 to go. the big 10 championship. >> joel: you talk about making people miss in a phone booth. right there. nowhere to go. >> gus: 3rd down and 1 at the 15 for the spartans. 3 minutes to go. a trip to the college football playoffs on the line. can iowa defense hold? scott. they grab him from behind but picks up the 1st down. jewel. mark dantonio 2 big 10 titles.
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we have seen this movie before. >> joel: michigan state inside the 15 yardline. they have been unable to break the code of iowa. iowa held them out of the offense. only 3 field goals for michigan state. these body blows. they continue to hand the ball off. >> gus: 16th play of the drive. they have had it for 7 minutes. 1st and 10 at the 13. scott. they give it to him. the freshman looking.
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>> >> gus: >> gus: 13-9 iowa. iowa trying to hold against michigan state. the spartans with the football at the iowa step. -- 10. the iowa defense. has managed to keep the spartans out of the end zone. can they do it again. scott the true freshman down to the 5. >> joel: and kirk ferentz notices how tired hiss defense is. this offensive line for michigan state has got it
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he is trying to retain some time on the clock so that in the event of a score. c.j. beathard and his offense have a chance with the football in their hands. >> gus: the running game for michigan state has had almost no success early in the game. but it's the body blows. >> joel: time after time after time. you force the defense to answer the bell. right now all of those body blows are taking huge -- paying huge dividends for michigan state. i would run it again on 3rd and 2 and force iowa to stop me. i won't throw the football unless i am forced to on a 4th down opportunity. >> gus: michigan state 4 for
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the freshman running back scott. 233 out of hoy. they give it to him looking. they knock him backwards. wow!ohio. they give it to him looking. they knock him backwards. wow! there is an injured spartan. >> joel: that's conklin and he throws him to the side. right there in the hole to make the pli. the play of the drive so far from iowa. they force one snap of the football for all of the fumbles. >> gus: 4th down and 2 at the 5 yardline for michigan
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keeler the right tackle. number 79. michigan state still has 3 timeouts. even if the event they fail, they could fet the ball back. but they would still need that touchdown. >> joel: they ran the ball so effectively on this series. you wonder if mark dantonio will put the ball in the hands of a senior quarterback or his true freshman running running who has been the work horse on this series. >> [crowd noise]
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4th down and 2 at the 5. connor cook out of the shotgun. keeps it. did he get it? he had to cross the 3 yardline. they will measure it. cook lowers his shoulder. >> joel: and the ball was in the left arm. >> gus: he got it.
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>> gus: 1st down. michigan state. ferentz said come on, guys. the 5th year senior. >> joel: two ways you could think about this. if you are ferentz allowed the touchdown to try to get c.j. beathard back on the field or put it in the hands of the 6th best punt defense in the country and try to have a goal kick. >> referee: 1st down ruling under review. >> joel: they are going to take a look at that spot. nothing jumps off the replay to me that said that was a poor spot. i mentioned that the ball was in his left arm. it's very important to note. as he is spinning. that that's the down field
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mike in los angeles, what do you think? >> mike: i agree, joel. we have looked at every angle 3 or 4 times. down. not until his butt gets down is he down. i think it's right at the 3. maybe they were slightly generous in my opinion. down. i don't see anything they being change here at all. >> referee: the ruling on 1st down. >> gus: it was a super bowl in this building that new england allowed new york to score to get tom brady back on the field. iowa could employ that philosophy. knowing kirk ferentz at 12 and 0. he will try to make a stand. 1st and goal at the 3
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a minute and 48 to go. lj scott the defense. they give it to him. and he is tackled. gets down to about the 2. maybe the 1.5. clock still running. >> joel: that won't be a factor in this set of downs with 3 timeouts. cook can milk the clock with iowa sitting this with no timeouts. and trying to score with the least amount of time on the clock possible per opportunity. >> gus: 2nd down and goal.
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brings up 3rd down and goal. >> joel: king in on the tackle. king having the game of his life. the clock continuing to run. and now mark dantonio will take the timeout. to talk it over. >> gus: what a finish here. 3rd down and goal at the 1. >> joel: this has to be another hand-off or 4th down for the conversion. the important part is if iowa stops michigan state on
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mark dantonio needs to wait. the spartans have had it for 9 minutes. >> gus: it comes down to. this 3rd down and 1 for michigan state. can iowa defense hold. scott. running right. he got in.
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the true freshman. >> [cheers and applause] >> gus: another second effort play from lj scott. euphoria. agony. they are taking another look.
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was his knee down? >> joel: this will be the definitive look. no, it wasn't. >> gus: nope. >> referee: after further review the ruling of touchdown is confirmed. >> gus: lj scott. from hubbard, ohio. the team's leading rusher this year. 11th touchdown. none bigger. geiger with the extra point. it's good. 27 seconds left. spartans up 16-13. like our ancestors did. [car engine starting] no saber tooth tigers stalking from the brush.
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there are no more monsters to fear. [car tires screeching] and so we have to build our own. >> gus: lj scott scoring the biggest touchdown of his young life. michigan state the lead in the big 10 championship. his second effort and strength and determination. 6 feet and 233 pounds. getting the job done. >> [very loud crowd noise]
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gets to the 20 and downed. iowa no timeouts left. >> joel: they need for a chance at a tying field goal to get to the 36 or 35 yardline. everything has to be thrown for a 1st down or outside the numbers to stop the clock. >> gus: >> gus: >> gus: 1st and 10. at the 27 for c.j. beathard. beathard. looking deep. goes down. lost it. the clock still running. cooper with the tackle.
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remaining. >> joel: they will have to go with the lateral. >> referee: a charged timeout michigan state. adjust the game clock to 5 seconds. >> joel: mark dantonio wants to talk it over with his defense. in order to communicate exactly what the situation is. this guy is a stone turner. it doesn't matter how many rocks he has to turn over. he will find the details.
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singling of friends in the nfl and college to talk philosophy. he learned quite a bit. would not share what his philosophy would be. that's what he is going over with his team. >> gus: this could be the final play of the game. 5 seconds remaining. c.j. beathard. throws it over the middle. fumbled. loose. the michigan state spartans are the big 10 champions.
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>> [cheers and applause] >> [crowd noise] >> [cheers and applause] >> gus: downstairs where molly mcgrath is sanding by with a very special freshman lj scott. >> molly: thanks. this was they hard fought physical game. you powered into the end zone.
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mind on that play? >> player: we live for moments like this. this is what we worked all year for. we worked hard to get to this pot. trying to make a play. .. >> molly: >> molly: connor cook was roughed up. >> player: we are all playing through injuries. i just tried to come through to the team. i give credit to my line for giving the push. >> molly: coach dantonio said your motto is move forward. >> player: just stay humble. now we have to execute at the next level. >> molly: congratulations. >> gus: thank you very much.
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post game coverage in a moment. here's the dr. pepper play of the game. we take a look. the winning touchdown. lj scott. that's our dr. pepper one of a kind play of the game. the michigan state spartans hand iowa their first loss of the season. the spartans big 10 champs once again. 16-13 the final. we will be back to wrap it up after this. toyotathon is back with a season full of holiday treats. like 0% apr financing on the reliable camry. did you know, 90% of camrys sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today? but hurry, our biggest event of the year won't last long. right now at toyotathon, get 0% apr financing for 60 months on a 2016 camry.
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>> gus: welcome back to indianapolis where michigan state just won their second big 10 title in 3 years. they did in dramatic fashion. they will be talking about this drive for a long time in east lansing. that long stretch from the true freshman lj scott.
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michigan state gets the extra point. they win it 16-13. welcome back inside lucas oil stadium. we will hear from the winning coach in just moments. first let's get it to the podium and the trophy presentation. here's joel klatt. >> joel: thanks. a big congratulations to the 2015 big 10 champion. michigan state spartans. >> the commissioner of the conference mr. jim delaney. >> before we give it up to the spartans. let's hear it for the great effort and respect we have for the university of iowa and its
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>> [cheers and applause] >> that's big 10 class. so. our champion 2015 eastern champion now big 10 champion. >> [cheers and applause] >> what i think we will find out tomorrow our representative and
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>> [cheers and applause]. let me present the championship trophy to mark dantonio and his group. >> [cheers and applause]. >> coach. congratulations. you started this season with a slogan. reach higher. you have a chance to go higher than the big 10 championship now. >> reach higher. thank you very much for coming down. all of the spartans in the house. >> [cheers and applause]. >> all the way up to the roof. we started out the day and wanted to go farther than he went last year. 12 and 1. we are marching. great job by our offense and our coaches.
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outstanding job by our defense. let's get on with the party. >> [cheers and applause]. >> coach. everyone in football talks about championship drives. you just embarked on a 22 play drive. the longest in the big 10 to win the championship. what did you see from your offense. >> i saw mental toughness. line. great job by our quarterback. take back. a penalty. we made it happen. outstanding job. i can't say enough about it. >> you said to have a great season your seniors have to have
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so many seniors and veterans on this team have been through championship matches before. they have been into rose bowls and won those. they have beaten ohio state twice with winning streaks of 23 and 24 games. what have your seniors meantime to you? >> it's a special year. i said this after we won the big 10 championship in 2013. a special time. special people. and a special place. >> coach. congratulations. good luck in the playoffs. >> thank you very much. go green! >> now to present the mvp trophy, we have the trophy
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there is archie. you will be presenting the trophy for the first time to a 2-time winner. connor cook from michigan state. >> [cheers and applause] >> connor cook you came back for your senior season for unfinished business. now you have a chance to finish that business. >> right. we wanted to win a championship. to be in a situation. the senior class we have. all of the goals we talked about earlier in the year. i am honored to get this trophy. i believe it goes to the whole team. specifically the offensive line for that last drive we had. >> [cheers and applause]. >> i think it was the 22 play
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21 were runs. what was the huddle like. score or go home. we need to get in the end zone. everyone was still focussing. the confidence we have as a unit and a team. >> good luck in the college football playoffs. >> thank you. >> congratulations to iowa on their division championship and a hard fought game here tonight. congratulations to the 2015 big 10 champions michigan state spartans.
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>> rob? connor cook winning his second mvp of his game. in 3 years. joel spoke with coach dantonio. we will have him live on the set. there is more to talk to him about. their place in the playoffs and
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the screen moments ago. the trophy raised by the head coach of michigan state. second time in 3 years. mark dantonio has done that. the head coach joins us. elway in 1997 put together a
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you have your drive and some cardiac moments. >> it's been a good play for us. an option play. he has the ability to pitch it out. he made plays on that really throughout his career. put it in the hands. didn't want to throw it. we had a shot to get it. we went that direction. >> coach. >> congratulations. this is how you love to win games. cincinnati and michigan state. i have seen this. tough, physical. run the ball. the question i would ask in that last drive. did you make up your mind? were you going to throw the ball
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would live by the run. >> dash ve warner makes all of those calls. we got closer. football. scrimmage. my hope was to take the game and the clock. that was the mind set and lj scott ran the ball with authority. we caught a little fire. that's what we do. >> that's how you won the biggest games. ohio state was the same way. i love it. credit iowa. >> connor cook. the 4th down conversion. what has he meant to your program? >> he is a great leader.
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as you go the ship goes. he had the ability to counter that and be productive. the throw to burbidge. he's been a leader and outstanding player for us. gut check time he comes through. >> coach you had great seasons obviously. have you ever been through a season where you had this many magical moments? the michigan game. the ohio state game on the road with the back up quarterback. then one of the great drives in college football history. >> no. but i had thoughts that this team is special. i think we have god's favor. i will get criticized for that. there is something about this football team and the people on it. the way we continue to pull together and dpit. we are just trying to win. >> coach, talk about the magical moments you endured.
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the one that won it for you in ann arbor. take us through the coaching ahead of that play and what transpired in front of you. >> it's amazing what you can do with 10 seconds of football. i don't know. they had the miss. >> the game winning field goal in columbus. >> yes, geiger a great play. it all the way. a great drive down the field to gettous that position with 4 seconds to go. >> in this stretch, did you think he would stoptupt. >> no. i didn't. i thought he was hit. hands down. >> [laughing]. >> describe me the health of connor cook tonight. >> i thought he was good. he is good. iowa has a great football team. a lot of throws.
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you saw a result of that. >> coach, your number 5 right now. tell me why you belong in the college football playoffs. >> i ought to ask you why don't we belong? we are number 5. nobody will jump us. we are in. you can take that to the bank. we beat a number 4 team and ohio state and oregon who played in the game last year. >> coach, we appreciate your time with us again. a regular visitor here the last couple of years. we hope to hear your name called in the top 4 tomorrow. >> we are excited about it. great fan support. i am thrilled with these guys. a couple of people together special things can happen. >> congratulations. >> enjoy the morning. we are well into it already. go celebrate with family and friends.
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>> folks making their way out on the streets. celebrating and some mourning. the hawkeyes fall for the first time. they conclude their regular season at 12 and 1. here's their head coach kirk ferentz with molly mcgrath. >> molly: coach, you didn't get the win, but it was close. your defense played the regular season. how proud of you? >> that's what i just told the guys in the locker room. how proud we are of them. they are truly's a team. it's been fun to be with them. >> molly: c.j. beathard an inspiring performance with the
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