Jan 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Tyler Gaffney (25) celebrates making a touchdown against the Michigan State Spartans with Stanford Cardinal guard David Yankey (54) and wide receiver Jordan Pratt (87) and offensive tackle Andrus Peat (70) center Khalil Wilkes (65) during the first half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Gaffney TD run puts Stanford on top (GIF)

The No. 5 Stanford Cardinal and No. 4 Michigan State Spartans are battling it out in the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl from Pasadena, CA; the fireworks have already started.

Stanford took its first drive 7 plays and 77 yards, highlighted by quarterback Kevin Hogan connecting with Michael Rector for a 43-yard completion and an impressive 16-yard touchdown run from prolific running back Tyler Gaffney.

Gaffney took the draw handoff from Hogan, bounced off a Michigan State defender and spun around to open field on his way to pay dirt.

Check out the TD run below:

Gafney TD

Gafney, a senior out of San Diego, rushed 306 times for 1,618 and 20 touchdowns this season for the Pac-12 champion Cardinal.  He ran for over 100 yards in nine out of Stanford’s 13 ball games.

This game features two national top-10 scoring defenses.  Big Ten champ Michigan State came in ranked 4th amongst FBS schools giving up just 12.7 points per contest while Stanford came in ranked 9th, giving up just 18.6.

Spartans’ running back Jeremy Langford is by no means a slouch himself after rushing 269 times for 1,338 yards in 2013.  That mark puts Langford at 17th among all FBS rushers while Gaffney’s numbers place him 8th.

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