#5 Michigan State Scores Late Against #4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship to Earn the Academy’s Game of the Week

By December 7, 2015News & Events
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DAPHNE, Ala. – With a College Football Playoff berth on the line, the Michigan State Spartans delivered on a new-school moment with old-school hit-and-spit. On third-and-goal from inside the Iowa Hawkeyes one yard line, true freshman running back LJ Scott was stonewalled by the Hawkeyes’ defensive front. Yet Scott wouldn’t be denied; while falling, he twisted his body, stretched out his arm and broke the plane with the ball to secure the 16-13 win.

The Spartans began the game winning drive at their own 18-yard line. They ran 22 plays. Seventeen of them were rushes, 14 of which went to Scott. They converted five third downs overall, and one fourth down in maybe the most preposterous way imaginable. Senior quarterback, Connor Cook, with his bum shoulder and all kept the ball on an option and converted the first down by inches to continue the drive. Three plays later LJ Scott reached pay dirt with the winning touchdown and only 27 ticks left on the clock.

For its impressive performance against #4 Iowa, #5 Michigan State has been voted this week’s winner of the United States Sports Academy’s Game of the Week. Unranked Texas’ 23-17 upset victory over #12 Baylor came in second and #1 Clemson’s 45-37 win over #10 North Carolina finished third.

An eminent national panel of 17 former and legendary coaches and administrators, chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award by ballot.

At the end of the season, the best College Football Game of the Year is chosen from the pool of weekly winners. Past winners of these memorable games have included stunning upsets, conference championships, and BCS National Championship games.

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winning school.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.