2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game

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2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game
Conference Championship
Big Ten Conference logo.svg
1234 Total
Michigan State 3067 16
Iowa 3307 13
DateDecember 5, 2015
Season2015
StadiumLucas Oil Stadium
LocationIndianapolis, IN
MVPConnor Cook (MSU)
FavoriteMichigan State by 3.5
National anthemHawkeye Marching Band and Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band
RefereeJohn O'Neill
Attendance66,985
United States TV coverage
NetworkFox
AnnouncersGus Johnson (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (color analyst), Molly McGrath (sideline)
Nielsen ratings5.7 (9.8 million viewers)
Big Ten Football Championship Game
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2015 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 Michigan State xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 Ohio State x   7 1         12 1  
No. 12 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
Penn State   4 4         7 6  
Indiana   2 6         6 7  
Rutgers   1 7         4 8  
Maryland   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 9 Iowa xy   8 0         12 2  
No. 23 Northwestern   6 2         10 3  
No. 21 Wisconsin   6 2         10 3  
Nebraska   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game was a college football game that was played on December 5, 2015 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was the fifth annual Big Ten Football Championship Game and it determined the 2015 champion of the Big Ten Conference. The game featured the Michigan State Spartans, co–champions of the East Division, and the Iowa Hawkeyes, champions of the West Division. Michigan State defeated Iowa 16–13 to win its second Big Ten Championship in three years.

History[edit]

The 2015 Championship Game was the fifth in the Big Ten's 120-year history, and the second to feature the conference's East and West division alignment. Iowa made its first appearance in the conference championship game, while Michigan State made its third appearance (L in 2011, W in 2013). To date, this game holds the Big Ten Football Championship Game attendance record.

Teams[edit]

Iowa[edit]

Iowa came into the Big Ten Championship Game with a 12-0 record and a #4 ranking in the AP Poll. The Hawkeyes were led by junior QB C.J. Beathard and 2015 Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year, junior CB Desmond King, who tied the school record and led the Big Ten with 8 INT.

The Hawkeyes sat atop the Big Ten West division standings wire-to-wire. They opened conference play with a hard-nosed 10-6 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison, and overwhelmed the Northwestern Wildcats 40-10 in Evanston two weeks later. Iowa clinched the Big Ten West division by defeating the Purdue Boilermakers 40-20 in the home finale at Kinnick Stadium, and completed an unbeaten regular season by defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers 28-20 in Lincoln.

Head coach Kirk Ferentz was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fourth time after guiding Iowa to its first unbeaten regular season in 93 years.

Michigan State[edit]

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Michigan State Iowa
1 11:11 7 22 2:58 MSU 23-yard field goal by Michael Geiger 3 0
1 5:08 7 14 1:49 IOWA 24-yard field goal by Marshall Koehn 3 3
2 13:28 9 42 4:33 IOWA 43-yard field goal by Koehn 3 6
3 4:23 11 47 4:49 MSU 29-yard field goal by Geiger 6 6
3 0:57 6 33 2:38 MSU 47-yard field goal by Geiger 9 6
4 14:49 2 85 1:08 IOWA Tevaun Smith 85-yard touchdown reception from C. J. Beathard, Koehn kick good 9 13
4 0:27 22 82 9:04 MSU LJ Scott 2-yard touchdown run, Geiger kick good 16 13
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 16 13

Statistics[edit]

Statistics MSU IOWA
First Downs 20 13
Total offense, plays – yards 79–365 51–268
Rushes-yards (net) 174 52
Passing yards (net) 191 216
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 16–33–1 18–27–1
Time of Possession 36:38 23:22
Penalties 8–80 5–45
Turnovers 1 3

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