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Cook, Langford come up big as No. 13 Michigan State beats Northwestern 30-6 to clinch division

  • Michigan State safety Isaiah Lewis (9) leaves the field after being ejected for a targeting penalty during the first half of an NCAA football game against Northwesten on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Michigan State safety Isaiah Lewis (9) leaves the field after being ejected for a targeting penalty during the first half of an NCAA football game against Northwesten on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)  (The Associated Press)

  • Northwestern running back Treyvon Green (22) takes a hit from Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31) during the first half of an NCAA fcollege football game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Northwestern running back Treyvon Green (22) takes a hit from Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31) during the first half of an NCAA fcollege football game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook (18) advances against Northwestern during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook (18) advances against Northwestern during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)  (The Associated Press)

Connor Cook threw for a career-high 293 yards, Jeremy Langford ran for 150, and No. 13 Michigan State clinched a spot in the Big Ten title game with a 30-6 victory over Northwestern on Saturday afternoon.

Cook threw for two touchdowns. Langford ran for two scores, and the Spartans (10-1, 7-0) reached the conference title game for the second time in three years.

Langford ran 20 yards untouched for the game's first touchdown in the second quarter. He sealed it with a 37-yard scoring run in the fourth after Kurtis Drummond picked off a short pass by Trevor Siemian, sending Michigan State to its seventh straight win and Northwestern (4-7, 0-7) to its seventh loss in a row.