The Conference Championship Opponent Recap

Andy Lyons

Four Hoosier opponents participated in their conference championship games in the last week. Here are their results.

As always, the non-con is first:

Bowling Green 47, #14 Northern Illinois 27: A Friday at Ford Field proved to finally be the undoing of the Huskies, ending their perfect season and a BCS berth as well. The Falcons scored in double digits in 3 of 4 quarters, due in large part to Matt Johnson's 5 touchdown passes. Heisman hopeful Jordan Lynch threw for one touchdown and ran for two more, but his two interceptions likely hurt his cause, as well as Northern Illinois' loss. Bowling Green improves to 10-3 with their conference title, and will play in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit against Pittsburgh.

#3 Auburn 59, #5 Missouri 42: James Franklin threw for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns, but Auburn kept Missouri out of the end zone when they needed to in a high-scoring affair. The teams combined for 1,211 yards of total offense, with Tre Mason recording 304 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns for Auburn. Missouri falls to 11-2, and will play Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl.

And the Big Ten Championship:

#10 Michigan State 34, #2 Ohio State 24: The best defense in the Big Ten showed why they have that title, upsetting the second-ranked Buckeyes in Indianapolis. Conor Cook was the game's most valuable player, with a 24/40 performance that included 3 touchdowns. For Ohio State, Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller combined for 260 of the team's 273 rushing yards, but they could not prevent the Spartans from exploiting the weaknesses in the Buckeye secondary. The Spartans improve to 12-1, and will face Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl, while Ohio State falls to 12-1 and will meet Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

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