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December 10, 2013

Dennis Chase: Gordon sensed win by swagger


“He’s had a great year,” Gordon said of Bullough. “He’s just a sound middle linebacker. He makes plays and he communicates so well. When he was a freshman, playing behind Greg Jones, he picked up that defense like he had been running it for years. He’s really intelligent on and off the field.”

Brammer, who had watched Michigan State during the season, said he also saw a team come together Saturday night.

“I was so impressed with how solid they looked for most of the game,” he said.

And when the Buckeyes fought back to take the lead, Brammer said, the Spartans made the necessary adjustments to shut down quarterback Braxton Miller to regain momentum and seize control.

“The fourth quarter, that to me was just proving the point they deserved to be there, and they played like they deserved to be there,” he said.

Brammer was “pleasantly surprised” with the offense firepower the Spartans displayed.

“That was the one area a lot of people were concerned about,” he said. “Their offensive skills just didn’t seem to be there on a consistent basis (throughout the season). But they brought it Saturday night.

“(Quarterback) Connor Cook did a good job. You could see his confidence grow as the year went on. At the beginning of the year you were wondering if they were going to score at all.

“I’m very happy for coach Dantonio. He’s very deserving of this.”

Although he played on the offensive side of the ball, Brammer has become a big fan of the Spartan defense.

“They just dominate,” he said. “They’re fun to watch.”

And he, like other Spartan fans, will get one more look New Year’s Day.

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