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Connor Cook serves up pick-six, but leads Spartans to late TD in first half in Rose Bowl

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As most expected, the Rose Bowl is quite the display of defense between Michigan State and Stanford. At the half of the 100th Rose Bowl Game, Stanford holds a 17-14 lead on the Spartans, thanks in part to an interception returned for a touchdown by Stanford linebacker Kevin Anderson.

Anderson took advantage of the biggest mistake fo the first half. Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook backed up in the pocket with a Stanford defender right in his face late in the first half. Perhaps trying too hard to make something happened, Cook tried to dump the football off over the defender but instead it fell in the hands of Anderson, who ran unchallenged 40 yards for the defensive touchdown.

Stanford jumped out to a 10-0 lead on Michigan State in the first quarter. Tyler Gaffney capped the game’s opening drive with a 16-yard touchdown run after bouncing to the outside after colliding with a Spartan defender head on straight ahead. Jordan Williamson added a 34-yard field goal later in the quarter for a 10-0 lead. Michigan State allowed an average of just 7.2 points in the first half of 13 games this season, including the Big Ten championship game against Ohio State.

Michigan State got things together after digging the early 10-0 hole. Jeremy Langford put the finishing touches on a 13-play drive with a short touchdown run to get the Spartans on the board and the defense continued to bring pressure on Stanford and forced the Cardinal to punt away on back-to-back drives. Late in the half Cook tossed the pick-six, but he shrugged it off and led the Spartans right back down field for a late score. This time, Cook drove the Spartans right down field and he tossed a touchdown pass to Trevon Pendleton.

Michigan State held Stanford to 168 yards of offense while racking up 229 yards when on offense. The Spartans know they could have had the lead at the half, but should feel good about what they have done so far against Stanford.

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4 Responses to “Connor Cook serves up pick-six, but leads Spartans to late TD in first half in Rose Bowl”
  1. jgater1981 says: Jan 1, 2014 7:06 PM

    Stanford also dropped an int on MSU’s first scoring drive.

  2. the8man says: Jan 1, 2014 8:12 PM

    I’d love to see how this game played out if it were occasionally played in a Big Ten city.

    MSU defense playing well. Pick six and another turnover keeping Stanford in the game.

    Cook and the offense will have a chance to win it or put it away late.

  3. stairwayto7 says: Jan 1, 2014 8:34 PM

    Mich state beat Stanford, Nebraska beats Georgia! Oh wait SEC beat Rice, Duke and Iowa? LOL

  4. ozarkannie74 says: Jan 2, 2014 9:37 AM

    Oklahoma or Alabama??? Anyone got that one pinned down? I’m still scratching my head – think Bama will win but not by that spread?

    Like to hear what the rest of you are feeling about that game.

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