MSU tunes up for Big Ten title game with defeat of Wildcats

Kirk Cousins became Michigan State's all-time ranked Spartans tuned up for next week's Big Ten championship game 17 victory over Northwestern at Ryan Field.

Cousins, who completed 14-of-20 passes for 214 yards, already owns the school record for most wins by a starting quarterback and his two TD passes on Saturday gave him 62 for his career, surpassing Jeff Smoker's mark of 61.

Cunningham finished with six receptions for 120 yards, while Keshawn Martin keyed the victory with a 57-yard punt return for a score in the final minute of the first half. Le'Veon Bell added 86 yards on the ground with a touchdown.

Michigan State (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) won its last four games to close the regular season and next week will play either Wisconsin or Penn State in the first Big Ten championship game.

Dan Persa threw for 245 yards with a pair of touchdowns for Northwestern (6-6, 3-5), which had a four-game winning streak snapped.