LIVE: 2013 B1G Football Championship Game

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2013_Big_Ten_Football_Championship_Game_logo.jpgWelcome to 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game!  Tonight's contest features Michigan State and Ohio State, which kicks at 8:17 p.m. ET at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.  The teams will compete for the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of two historic games in Pasadena, Calif. - the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1 or the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game on Jan. 6.  The game is being televised on FOX, talked about on several social media outlets, and covered right here on BigTen.org. 

Stay tuned to BigTen.org throughout the evening for B1G Championship Game updates!

7:54 p.m. - We are just under 30 minutes away from kickoff.  Ohio State's band has just left midfield following an impressive pregame performance, highlight not just by Script Ohio, but a formation of the Michigan State Spartan head while playing the MSU fight song as a salute to the Buckeyes' opponent.  A wonderful display of sportsmanship prior to tonight's championship game!

8:01 p.m. - Want more coverage?  Here is your Live Stats link via Gametracker and @B1Gfootball and #B1GFCG will be your primary Twitter handle and hashtag for this evening's game.

8:16 p.m. - Ohio State has won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.  Michigan State will open the 2013 B1G Football Championship game on offense.  After the week-long talk of Ohio State's potent run game and Michigan State's stout defense, we'll see how the teams perform first on the opposite side of the ball.

8:32 p.m. - FIELD GOAL! 1Q, 08:31 - MSU 3, OSU 0:  Michigan State has struck first as Michael Geiger kicked a 40-yard field goal to cap off a 14-play, 47-yard drive in 6:29.

8:41 p.m. - Michigan State's defense forces the first punt of the game as the Buckeyes netted only eight yards on their first drive.

8:50 p.m. - With exactly 3:00 to play in the first quarter, Ohio State is set to take over on its second possession of the game.  The Spartans have controlled the clock thus far, holding the ball for 10:41 in the quarter compared to Ohio State's time of possession of 1:19.

8:58 p.m. - END OF 1ST QUARTER - MSU 3, OSU 0:  Michigan State now holds a 10:45/4:15 advantage in time of possession and a 5-2 lead in first downs.  MSU gained 43 yards in the first quarter; OSU gained 28.  The Buckeyes have been penalized three times for 42 yards.

9:03 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 2Q, 14:50 - MSU 10, OSU 0:  Just 10 seconds into the second quarter, Michigan State has gone deep to extend its lead to 10-0.  QB Connor Cook found Keith Mumphrey on a 72-yard pass for the score.  The total drive took just two plays, covering 68 yards total in 14 seconds.

9:13 p.m. - Michigan State defense continues to give Ohio State trouble.  Buckeyes backed up again, facing 4th&22 and having to punt.  OSU now had 36 total yards to MSU's 115.  The Spartans are currently averaging 5.5 yards per play, while the Buckeyes have been held to just 2.4 yards per snap.

9:21 p.m. - Check out the Michigan State touchdown by clicking here, courtesy BTN/FOX.

9:24 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 2Q, 9:01 - MSU 17, OSU 0:  It's another quick scoring drive by Michigan State, and once again, it comes on a deep pass from Connor Cook.  This time Cook found Tony Lippett for a 33-yard TD reception.  Scoring drive took just five plays, covering 66 yards in 2:12. 

9:31 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 2Q, 6:21 - MSU 17, OSU 7:  And just like that, Ohio State is on the board.  Braxton Miller found Corey Brown on a 20-yard pass to the back of the end zone to get the Buckeyes on the board.  Backed against the wall and down 17, OSU charged down the field 84 yards in five plays in just 2:28.

9:39 p.m. - The last two touchdowns came quick, and were loaded quick by the BTN as well.  So quick in fact that you can see Michigan State take the lead 17-0 and Ohio State respond by clicking this link.

9:51 p.m. - FIELD GOAL! 2Q, 0:00 - MSU 17, OSU 10:  Ohio State's Drew Basil has cut the deficit to seven points with a 28-yard field goal that split the uprights as the clock expired.

9:57 p.m. - HALFTIME - MSU 17, OSU 10:  For as slow as Ohio State began the first half, it finished was a furious rally and now finds itself down just seven at intermission, 17-10.  With 1:23 remaining, the Buckeyes took over on their own 36-yard line following a Spartan punt.  Braxton Miller was sacked on first down for a six-yard loss, but quickly made up for it with 15-yard scamper.  Carlos Hyde then added eight yards to get the first down at the MSU 47.  Following an incomplete pass, Miller found tight end Jeff Heuerman for 36 yards with 0:04 remaining, which set up the Drew Basil field goal. 

10:17 p.m. - We are underway in the third quarter.

10:23 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 3Q, 12:21 - MSU 17, OSU 17:  Ohio State has charged out of halftime with a commanding 75-yard drive in seven plays, taking just 2:39 off the clock.  Braxton Miller has found the end zone following on a rush from eight yards out.  OSU has now scored 17 unanswered points to tie the game, 17-17.  Check out Miller's scoring run HERE.

10:32 p.m. - It's the first turnover the game and it comes on a Connor Cook interception.  Ohio State's C.J. Barnett picked off Cook at the MSU 48 where the Buckeyes now take over 1st&10.

10:47 p.m. - The momentum has turned in this second half.  Ohio State has found a number of holes in the middle of Michigan State's defensive line.

10:49 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 3Q, 5:36 - OSU 24, MSU 17:  Braxton Miller is simply LEADING this Ohio State comeback.  The Buckeyes' QB just found the end zone yet again, scoring from six yards out on a quarterback keeper.  Scoring drive measured 44 yards in five plays in 2:12.

11:01 p.m. - FIELD GOAL! 3Q, 2:29 - OSU 24, MSU 20:  For the first time since the 9:24 mark in the second quarter, Michigan State has put points on the board.  Michael Geiger netted a 44-yard field goal to bring the Spartans within four points.  Scoring drive was nine plays, 48 yards, in 3:07.

11:07 p.m. - END OF THIRD QUARTER - OSU 24, MSU 20:  We are 15 minutes away from crowning the 2013 Big Ten Champion!  Despite trailing in all major categories in the first half, including points scored, Ohio State has stormed back with an impressive second-half effort thus far.  Time of possession is identical entering the fourth quarter as both teams have held the ball for 22:30.  Ohio State has now put up 349 yards of total offense compared to Michigan State's 264.

11:12 p.m. - Ohio State, which ranks second in the nation with 321.1 rushing yards per game, was held to to 111 markers on the ground in the first half.  In the third quarter alone, the Buckeyes rushed for 137 yards.

11:17 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 4Q, 11:41 - MSU 27, OSU 24:  After scoring the game's first 17 points, and then allowing 24 unanswered, Michigan State has reeled off 10 straight points of its own to regain the lead, 27-24, with 11:41 left in the game.  Connor Cook just threw the shortest of his three touchdown passes on the night, but it was without a doubt the most important one.  Cook found tight end Josiah Price on a nine-yard pass to cap off an eight-play, 90-yard drive that lasted 3:12.

11:22 p.m. - ATTENDANCE: The Big Ten just announced an attendance of 66,002 -- a new B1G Championship Game record.

11:36 p.m. - In what was arguably the play of the game tonight, Michigan State's Denicos Allen stopped OSU quarterback Braxton Miller a yard short on a 4th&2 call, giving the ball back to the Spartans' offense.

11:47 p.m. - TOUCHDOWN! 4Q, 2:16 - MSU 34, OSU 24:  In a game of runs, Michigan State has responded with 17 unanswered points to stun Ohio State late in the fourth.  Jeremy Langford has scored on a 23-yard rush, which highlighted a six-play, 61-yard scoring drive in 3:25.  Watch the touchdown run HERE.

12:00 a.m. - FINAL - MSU 34, OSU 24:   It's the stroke of midnight and Michigan State is the 2013 Big Ten Football Champion!  After jumping out to a 17-0 lead only to allow 24 straight points by Ohio State, Michigan State scored the game's final 17 points to win its first conference title since 2010, 34-24.

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