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MSU led for zero seconds of regulation vs. UM, OSU

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Michigan State tight end Trevon Pendleton scores on this play in the second quarter with Ohio State's Joshua Perry on his back.

How's this for a contender for "Stat of the Day," or heck, depending how things turn out, "Stat of the Year."

Michigan State's two most thrilling victories of the year -- on the punt against Michigan, and on a field goal against Ohio State on Saturday -- the Spartans led for a combined zero seconds.

No matter, they beat the Wolverines when Jalen Watts-Jackson took the punt fumble in for a touchdown as time expired in Ann Arbor, and Michael Geiger nailed a 41-yard field goal as time expired in Columbus.

The 17-14 victory over previously-unbeaten Ohio State on Saturday gave the Spartans a huge bump in their chances of making the four-team College Football Playoff.

MSU has to beat Penn State to close out the regular season next week, then beat currently unbeaten Iowa in the Big Ten championship game to get consideration.

ESPN's Nate Silver, the nation's top sports numbers guru, gives MSU a 46-percent chance of making the playoff.

Who would've thought that after Michigan State fell to Nebraska two weeks ago?

One more stat for you: Ohio State has two Big Ten losses under Urban Meyer, and both are to Michigan State.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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