For a good portion of the first half of the Rose Bowl, the Stanford Cardinal controlled everything. They had built themselves a comfortable 17-7 lead within the first 30 minutes, and looked to be maybe ready to put the Michigan State Spartans away.
Then, Michigan State fought all the way back, culminating with an early, third quarter field goal to tie the game up at 17 apiece.
It was time for Stanford coach David Shaw to open up the playbook, and he did exactly that.
In the third quarter, QB Kevin Hogan and his team were facing a third-and-11 from their own six yard line when Hogan let one fly down the field that was grabbed beautifully by Devon Cajuste:
That’s a part of the Stanford game plan that a lot of people don’t know exist. They can sling the ball down the field when Hogan is on his A-game. He might not be a Heisman contender under center, but he can make some plays, like this very one right here.
Although, they weren’t able to capitalize and Michigan State got the ball back a few plays later.