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Michigan St. beats Stanford 24-20 in Rose Bowl

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    Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes, right, intercepts a pass intended for Stanford wide receiver Michael Rector during the second half of the Rose Bowl today.

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    Stanford wide receiver Michael Rector, right, is flipped upside down by Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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    Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford, top, makes a gain against Stanford cornerback Wayne Lyon during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

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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 NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

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    Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook goes back to pass during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Stanford on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Stanford linebacker Kevin Anderson scores a touchdown against Michigan State, during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

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    Stanford linebacker Kevin Anderson, left, celebrates a touchdown with Stanford safety Jordan Richards, against Michigan State during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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    Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan passes against Michigan State during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Stanford's Jordan Williamson makes a field goal during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Michigan State on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Michigan State fullback Trevon Pendleton celebrates a touchdown against Stanford during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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    Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett celebrates his touchdown past Stanford cornerback Wayne Lyons, during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes, right, intercepts a pass intended for Stanford wide receiver Michael Rector during the second half of the Rose Bowl today.

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PASADENA, Calif. — 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 tonight in the 100th Rose Bowl.

Cook also threw a TD pass to Trevon Pendleton, and Jeremy Langford rushed for 84 yards and a score in the first Rose Bowl victory in 26 years for the Big Ten champion Spartans (13-1), who finished the season with 10 straight wins.

Michigan State’s defense capped its dominant season with one more smash-mouth performance during the centennial celebration of the Granddaddy of Them All.

The Spartans ended it by stopping the Pac-12 champion Cardinal (11-3) on fourth-and-1 with 1:46 to play, utterly stuffing a run play up the middle.

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