Kirk Cousins Could Go To First Rose Bowl

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 7, 2013 – 3:57 pm



Kirk Cousins will stay in the D.C. area today, studying film, sitting in meetings and getting a proper night’s rest before the Redskins take on the Chiefs Sunday afternoon.

But a piece of him will travel to Indianapolis, where the Michigan State Spartans will play the Ohio State Buckeyes in the fourth annual Big Ten football championship game kicking off at 8:17 p.m.

“I gotta prepare,” Cousins said. “I won’t be able to watch much of it. Gotta get to bed on time. I’ll be in meetings, but my heart will be in Indianapolis with the Spartans.”

Cousins quarterbacked Michigan State to the inaugural conference title game in 2011. The Redskins backup quarterback threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns against the Badgers, but Wisconsin won, 42-39.

Earlier that year, the Spartans snatched a regular-season game against Wisconsin on the final play behind a prayer of a throw from Cousins.

Cousins led Michigan State to a share of the Big Ten title for the first time in a decade in 2010.

Because Wisconsin beat the Spartans in the 2011 championship, the Badgers advanced to the Rose Bowl. Cousins racked up all sorts of accolades at Michigan State, but he never played in the Rose Bowl, a fact that still gnaws at him.

The Spartans could go to Pasadena, Calif., whether they win or lose on Saturday, because if Ohio State wins, the Buckeyes will likely play in the BCS National Championship.

With the Redskins eliminated from the postseason, Cousins would be free to root on the Spartans in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 1.

“If they go, I’m going,” Cousins said. “I’ll get my non-stop out of Reagan – Reagan to LAX –  and I’m going.”

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