Big Ten loss has silver lining

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INDIANAPOLIS — Braxton Miller’s last pass in Saturday night’s Big Ten Championship Game fell short of tight end Jeff Heuerman, officially squashing Ohio State’s hopes for an eighth national championship.

The 2013 season, one dubbed by the Buckeyes as ‘The Chase,’ ended before OSU could pursue possible national title game redemption in Pasadena.

And that’s a good thing.

Undone by a slow start, a porous defense and a disciple of former Buckeye coach Jim Tressel, 12-0 Ohio State lost 34-24 to 11-1 Michigan State Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, ending OSU’s school-record 24-game winning streak and handing coach Urban Meyer his first defeat since taking over in Columbus.

The crushing loss — which ensured that Florida State and Auburn would play for the national championship, the title game matchup America has wanted since the Tigers miraculously vanquished Alabama’s dynasty Nov. 30 — created a surreal scene after the game:

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