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College Football: Gophers close out regular season by losing to Michigan State

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Jeremy Langford ran for 134 yards and a touchdown as the Michigan State Spartans outlasted the visiting Minnesota Golden Gophers 14-3 Saturday to win their eighth consecutive game.

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Langford rushed for at least 100 yards for the seventh straight contest, matching the school record set by Lorenzo White in 1985. Connor Cook completed 10-of-20 passes for 143 yards and a score for Michigan State (11-1, 8-0 Big Ten), which plays Ohio State for the Big Ten title next Saturday.

David Cobb ran for 101 yards on 27 carries to lead the way for Minnesota (8-4, 4-4), which turned the ball over three times to lose its second straight. The Golden Gophers’ quarterbacks, Philip Nelson and Mitch Leidner, combined to go 9-of-25 for 125 yards and a pair of interceptions.

It took Michigan State only seven plays to drive 80 yards for a score on its first possession as Langford ran the final 15 into the right corner of the end zone. The Golden Gophers used a fake punt to keep a drive alive and pulled within 7-3 on a Chris Hawthorne 21-yard field goal with 3:49 left in the first half.

The Spartans scored on the opening possession of the second half when Cook capped an eight-play drive with a 12-yard scoring strike to Josiah Price over the middle for a 14-3 lead. Minnesota drove inside the Michigan State 20 with just under five minutes left in the game, but fumbled and the Spartans recovered to seal it.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Spartans shut out six of eight Big Ten opponents in the second half, including Minnesota. … The Golden Gophers became only the second team to rush for 100 yards against Michigan State this season, totaling 124 on the ground.

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