November 12, 2011

Cousins: 'Now we have ownership of Legends Divsion'

IOWA CITY - Michigan State senior Kirk Cousins left Kinnick Stadium with his head hung low in 2010 after one of the toughest losses of his Spartan career in 2010.

The third-year Spartan captain left the visitor's locker room with the game ball 12 months later after throwing for 260 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in 37-21 win over the Hawkeyes.

"It means a great deal to win on the road in a tough environment," said the Spartan senior, whose grandfather Ralph Woodard played at Iowa in the 1940s. "I feel like Iowa even though it may not have the 100,000 fans that other places have. But I feel that it is as loud as any place in the country that I have played. It is a tough place to play and it means a lot to come out with a win in as tough as an environment as this and a lot on the line."

Michigan State moved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in Big Ten play with the win at Iowa. The victory also allowed the Spartans to maintain their one-game lead in the Legends Division of the Big Ten Conference. The Spartans will clinch a spot in the first ever Big Ten championship game on December 2 with victories in their final two conference games against Indiana and Northwestern.

"Now we have ownership of the Legends Division," Cousins said. "We just need to take it one week at a time and win out."

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