MSU edges Stanford to claim Rose Bowl

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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.

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.

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.

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