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SPARTANS WIN ROSE BOWL

Cheered on by a sea of green, the Michigan State Spartans won the Rose Bowl.

It's their first appearance and their first win in Pasadena in 26 years.

The 4th ranked Spartans beat the 5th ranked Stanford Cardinal by a score of 24 to 20.

It's an incredible end to what many Spartan fans feared could be a disastrous season.

The Spartans squeaked by three lesser-known teams to start the season.

They switched quarterbacks, but still lost to Notre Dame.

Then they ripped through the rest of the season, going undefeated in the Big Ten, beating all comers by double digits.

Then they beat Ohio State, then the #2 team in the country, in the Big Ten Championship - handing the Buckeyes their first loss in two years.

The Spartans faced a tough contest. Despite having the best defense in the nation, Stanford marched down the field and scored a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The added a field goal to go up 10-0.

The Spartans got it close, despite a pick six by Stanford in the second quarter. MSU walked into the locker room at halftime down 17-14.

The Spartans picked up another field goal, then a touchdown, while the defense largely shut the Cardinal down.

A huge stop on a 4th and 1 with 1:46 left sealed the deal.

"We got it done some type of way," said Coach Mark Dantonio after the game. "You're gonna be able to come back here and see Michigan State up there winning on that plaque outside this Rose Bowl 50 years from now with your grandchildren."

The normally reserved coached thanked the fans who showed up and who watched from home with tears in his eyes. 

We will have complete coverage of all things Rose Bowl. Fred Heumann and Kevin Gehl are with the team in Pasadena. Emerald Morrow is with the fans there, and Nick Perreault is with fans in East Lansing. So stay tuned to 6 News and wlns.com for more on the Spartans Rose Bowl win.

 

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