Rose Bowl 2014: Michigan State QB Connor Cook with the TD pass before halftime (GIF)

Jan 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) drops back to pass against the Stanford Cardinal during the first half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Late in the first half of the 2014 Rose Bowl, it seemed as if Michigan State Spartans QB Connor Cook had made the ultimate mistake.

With his team down to the Stanford Cardinal 10-7, Cook threw a pick-six as he was under some heavy pressure, which extended Stanford’s lead to 17-7 at the time. With the way Stanford’s defense has played throughout the season, that seemed nearly insurmountable for a Michigan State offense that hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire this season.

But, Cook answered right back.

After getting the ball back, Cook calmed himself down and led the Spartans on a seven-play, 75-yard drive, which culminated with this two-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Pendleton:

Cook displayed tremendous composure on the drive, especially given the mistake he made on the previous one, which is part of the reason why the Spartans are where they are today.

With that play, they cut the lead to 17-14 right before the half and now have some momentum to ride coming out of the half in a few minutes.


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