EAST LANSING, Mich. - 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 Gophers did see some success on the ground against the stout Spartans defense. David Cobb led the way with 101 yards on 27 carries.
But both Gophers quarterbacks struggled. Philip Nelson and Mitch Leidner combined for 125 yards on 9 for 27 passing.
The Gophers end their regulars season with an 8-4 record and 4-4 in the Big Ten. They will find out which bowl game they will go to next weekend.