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 and the fireworks are in full effect.
After a 7-play, 77-yard Stanford scoring drive that was capped off by an impressive 16-yard Tyler Gaffney touchdown run, the two top-ranked defenses held and forced consecutive punts.
Stanford eventually engineered another scoring drive, this one 6-plays and 69 yards, that ended up in a 34-yard Jordan Williamson field goal.
The Cardinal took their 10-0 lead into the second quarter but the Spartans were driving to close out the first. Quarterback Connor Cook and running back Jeremy Langford helped drive Michigan State for 13 plays and 75 yards and got the Spartans on the board after a 2-yard Langford touchdown scamper to bring the score within 10-7.
After another exchange of punts, Michigan State’s Cook had a pass intercepted and returned 40 yards by Stanford’s Kevin Anderson that put the Spartan’s down by 10 once again.
Cook found redemption on Michigan State’s next possession courtesy of teammate Bennie Fowler. From the Cardinal 40-yard-line, Cook heaved up a pass towards the sideline just short of the end zone and Fowler made an incredible tumbling catch to put the Spartans at the 3.
Cook would eventually connect with Trevor Pendleton on a two-yard score to close out the scoring in the first half and the Rose Bowl was within three points headed into the locker room, 17-14.