Penn State

Lions rout Spartans, punch ticket to Big Ten title game

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Koa Farmer celebrates with the Nittany Lion after the win. -- GETTY

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Atop the makeshift stage inside Beaver Stadium, Von Walker held the microphone and said the words that many Penn State players echoed four months prior when it seemed like a pipe dream.

“I’m gonna ask one more thing,” the senior special teams captain said to the crowd of 90,000 plus, many of them still on their feet inside Beaver Stadium, “for you guys to book a flight and get your tickets because we’re going to Indianapolis.”

Penn State’s ticket is punched to next week’s Big Ten title game at Lucas Oil Stadium where they’ll play Wisconsin Saturday night. For a Nittany Lion team that wasn’t in the post-season conversation back in the summer and didn’t enter the rankings until upsetting Ohio State in October, within the past month these Nittany Lions – ranked No. 7 in the College Football Playoff and No. 8 in the AP Poll -- proved they belonged.