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                 === MSU edges Stanford to claim Rose Bowl ===
 
 Pasadena,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Tony Lippett caught the go-ahead score in
 the  fourth quarter  and the Michigan State  defense did the rest as the No. 4
 Spartans downed the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal, 24-20, in the 100th annual
 Rose Bowl.
 
 Connor  Cook  was an efficient 22-for-36  for 332 yards, two touchdowns and an
 interception, while Jeremy Langford totaled 84 yards on 23 carries and a score
 for the Spartans (13-1), who won their fourth Rose Bowl and first since 1988.
 
 "People  keep asking me does the championship feel better, all these different
 things,  these levels  of excitement,"  said  Michigan State  head coach  Mark
 Dantonio.  "I can just  tell you that every level, I'm just so excited for our
 football  team  and our players  and our Spartan fans  and our families of our
 coaches, and our coaches."
 
 Lippett finished the game with five catches for 94 yards along with the score,
 and  Trevon  Pendleton also caught a  touchdown pass for Michigan State, which
 handed  Ohio  State its  first loss in  two years in  the Big Ten championship
 game.
 
 Kevin  Hogan was  just 10-for-18 for 143 yards and an interception while Tyler
 Gaffney  had 24 carries  for 91 yards and a score for the Cardinal (11-3), who
 had taken a 20-14 win over Wisconsin in this event last year.
 
 "I  told the  guys, we  had one  heck of  a year,  and got  beat today,"  said
 Stanford  head  coach David Shaw.  "They played  better. They made more plays.
 That's  the bottom line.  You know that every time you suit up, it's about who
 makes the most plays and who scores the most points."
 
 The  Rose Bowl  is hosting this year's BCS National Championship Game and will
 also  host one  of the  semifinal games  that will  take place  under the  new
 playoff format next year.
 
 The  score had  been tied  at  17-17 since  early  in the  third quarter,  but
 Michigan  State got  the ball  back at  the Stanford  27 after  a short  punt,
 combined with a 19-yard return from Macgarrett Kings.
 
 On  the  third play of the  possession, Cook hit  Lippett with a pass over the
 middle  near the 5, and he stretched it in on a 25-yard score for a 24-17 lead
 with 13:22 to play.
 
 Each  team then punted once, with Stanford getting the ball back at its own 28
 and  Michael Rector taking a carry 27 yards to get the ball across midfield. A
 holding  call  on Michigan State  gave Stanford a fresh  set of downs, but the
 drive stalled at the MSU 17.
 
 Lining up for a 34-yard field goal, the holder bobbled the ball, but completed
 a  pass for an  apparent first down, but an illegal formation call on the team
 moved the ball back five yards. Jordan Williamson then hit a 39-yarder to make
 it a 24-20 game with 4:15 to play.
 
 Michigan State was then held to a three-and-out and Stanford got the ball back
 at its own 25 with 3:06 to play and one timeout left.
 
 Quickly  facing a 4th-and-1, Ryan Hewitt took a quick handoff and tried to get
 over  the pile, but he was knocked back and the Spartans went into the victory
 formation.
 
 Stanford  began the game with the ball and put seven points on the board  less
 than four minutes in, as Gaffney took the ball to the left, broke a tackle and
 raced  into  the end zone  on a 16-yard  score. The big  play of the drive saw
 Hogan and Rector connect on a 43-yard gain.
 
 Later  in the first quarter, Stanford got a 34-yard field goal from Williamson
 for  a  10-0 lead with  1:40 to  play in the  frame. The 7-play, 69-yard march
 saw Gaffney break a 47-yard run on the first snap.
 
 The  Spartans  answered on their next  touch, as the  team went 75 yards in 13
 plays,  capping the  drive when Langford took a handoff up the middle, bounced
 off  the line  and ran it in from the  left for a 2-yard score and a 10-7 game
 with 10:45 to play in the first half.
 
 Neither  team got  into scoring position over the next several touches, and it
 was  Stanford's defense that came up with a big play, as the team put pressure
 on  Cook and  he floated a pass  toward the line that Kevin Anderson came down
 with,  taking  it into the end  zone for a 40-yard  score and a 17-7 game with
 2:07 to play in the first half.
 
 The  Spartans, though, came right back with a 75-yard march as Bennie Fowler's
 37-yard  grab  took the  ball down  to the  Stanford 3.  Two plays later, Cook
 rolled out to the right and found Pendleton in the end zone for a 2-yard score
 to make it a 17-14 game going into the break.
 
 Michigan  State started  the second  half with  the ball  and Cook  and Fowler
 hooked  up on a  60-yard play to move it into the red zone. However, the drive
 stalled and Michael Geiger hit a 31-yard field goal to tie the game with 12:56
 left.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Michigan  State improved  to 10-14  in bowl  games,  winning  its  past  three
 appearances  ...  Stanford fell to  11-13-1 in  bowl games, including 6-7-1 at
 this event ... MSU totaled 397 yards, and controlled the ball for 31:11, while
 Stanford  had 305 yards  ... Michigan State has won four of the six games with
 Stanford.
 
 
 
 
 01/01 22:30:55 ET

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