Michigan State takes division with 55-16 rout of Penn State

 EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes in his return from a shoulder injury, and No. 6 Michigan State wrapped up a spot in the Big Ten championship game with a 55-16 rout of Penn State on Saturday.

   The Spartans (11-1, 7-1) will play unbeaten Iowa for the conference title next weekend, with the winner in good position to advance to college football’s playoff. Michigan State is No. 5 in the selection committee’s ranking.

   The Spartans finished tied atop the Big Ten East with Ohio State, and Michigan State upset the Buckeyes last weekend with Cook on the sideline. The senior came back Saturday and was brilliant against Penn State (7-5, 4-4). Cook went 19 of 26 for 248 yards.