by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff
January 1, 2014
Michigan State made the most out of its first Rose Bowl appearance since the 1987 season by upsetting Stanford 24-20 in the 100th ediiton of "The Granddaddy Of Them All" on New Year's Day in Pasadena.
The Spartans won their third straight bowl game in raising their final record to 13-1, besting their previous best by 2 wins. Michigan State also achieved double-digit wins for the third time in the last four seasons as it extended its school-record for consecutive bowl appearances to 7 seasons.
The Cardinal, who fell to 11-3 and failed to achieve consecutive bowl wins for the first time since 1977-'78, were looking for back-to-back Rose Bowl wins after beating Wisconsin last year.
The Spartans fell behind 17-7 with 2:07 left before halftime on a 40-yard interception return off an ill-advised throw by Connor Cook, but managed to get back within 3 on Cook's 2-yard pass to Trevon Pendleton just before the break.
MSU tied the game on the opening possession of the 3rd quarter with a 31-yard field goal and the teams played a stalemate until Cook hit Tony Lippett for a 25-yard score with 13:22 to play and a 24-17 advantage.
Stanford scored what proved to be the final points on a 39-yard field goal with 4:19 still left in the game and had one more drive opportunity after forcing a 3-and-out, but failed to convert a 4th-and-1 from its own 34 with 1:43 to play and the Spartans ended the game in victory formation.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com forecasted a 7.77-point Stanford victory.