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Spartans seal spot in college football playoffs with win over Iowa

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -

The Michigan State Spartans sealed a spot in the college football playoffs after narrowly defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes late Saturday night.

The Spartans were down 13-9 with half a minute to play when L.J. Scott lunged forward and stretched the ball over the goal line for a touchdown to push the Spartans past No. and 4 Iowa in the Big Ten championship game.

The extra point gave the Spartans a 16-13 lead. And that turned out to be the final score.

Connor Cook led the Spartans (12-1) on a 22-play drive that set up Scott's 1-yard run. A half-dozen Iowa defenders tried to stop Scott, but he wouldn't be denied.

Iowa (12-1) lost for the first time this season.

Five times in the final 2 minutes, the Spartans snapped the ball from the Iowa 5-yard line or closer. Finally, after getting bottled up by three defenders on third-and-goal from 1, Scott broke free just long enough to get the ball across the goal line for Michigan State's only TD.

The 82-yard march wiped out Iowa's 13-9 lead, which it got on an 85-yard pass from C.J. Beathard to Tevaun Smith.

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