Wednesday, the Michigan State Spartans football team became the first group for the program to win the coveted Rose Bowl by defeating the Pac-12 Champion Stanford Cardinal, 24-0, in one of the best games of the bowl season thus far. It was Michigan State’s first Rose Bowl appearance since 1988, however they did come close to making a trip to Pasadena two years ago with current Washington Redskins backup QB Kirk Cousins at the helm.
In 2011, Cousins and the Spartans were 10-2 and faced off against Russell Wilson and the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship Game, a team they had beaten in the regular season on a hail mary pass from Cousins as time expired.
This time, however, the Badgers came out on top as they got their revenge and took the trip to the Rose Bowl.
Still, despite not getting there himself, Cousins is absolutely thrilled for his program that he has helped rebuild, and he couldn’t be prouder of this accomplishment:
“Just so excited to have a front-row seat to watch it happen tonight,” Cousins said. “We earned the right to be here. I say ‘we’ — I don’t know how much I did.”
Cousins also went on to discuss the play of current Spartans QB Connor Cook:
“I think he did a lot of good things,” Cousins said. “He’s still a young quarterback. He still has two big years ahead of him. He’s done a lot of good things to give the Spartan fans a lot of excitement in the future.”
Yes, this program does have a lot of excitement in the future, if yesterday was any indication.