With Northwestern again holding a late lead, coach Pat Fitzgerald was willing to punt the ball away and put his defense on the spot. This time, the Wildcats held firm.
The Spartans have more to play for in this game. They haven’t played in a Rose Bowl since 1988, the same year most of Michigan State’s seniors were born.
The Big Ten suspended Michigan State defensive end William Gholston one game for unsportsmanlike conduct during last Saturday’s win over Michigan.