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Michigan State beats Stanford 24-20 in Rose Bowl

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Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett scores a touchdown against Stanford's Wayne Lyons during the second half of the Rose Bowl on Wednesday in Pasadena, Calif.

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PASADENA, Calif. — When Kyler Elsworth soared over the pile to deliver the final hit of Michigan State's season, the storybook ending came with a moral.

After so many years outside the spotlight, the Spartans are in nobody's shadow anymore. And for the first time in 26 years, they're Rose Bowl champions.

Connor Cook passed for a career-high 332 yards and hit Tony Lippett with a tiebreaking 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, leading No. 4 Michigan State to a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford on Wednesday night in the 100th Rose Bowl.

Cook also ...


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