UNDATED (AP) -- Fourth-ranked Michigan State has capped a 13-1 season by earning its first Rose Bowl victory in 26 years.
Connor Cook threw for a career-high 332 yards and two touchdowns as the Spartans rallied to beat fifth-ranked Stanford 24-20. Cook hit Tony Lippett for a 25-yard touchdown to break a 17-17 tie early in the final period. Jeremy Langford ran for 84 yards and a TD for the Big Ten champs, who trailed 10-0 after one quarter before getting their 10th straight win and dropping Stanford to 11-3.
The Cardinal couldn't score an offensive touchdown after Tyler Gaffney ran for a 16-yard score on Stanford's first series. Kevin Anderson returned an interception 40 yards for a score late in the second quarter, but Stanford's offense sputtered in the second half.
Although the Spartans were successful on the field, just off it they failed. As the game was winding down players tried to give their head coach Mark Dantonio a Gatorade bath.
The traditional victory celebration missed. But it didn't look as if anyone seemed to mind.
The wptv.com web team contributed to this report.