Jan. 2, 2014
Michigan State is just the third team in Big Ten history to win 13 games in a single season (1904 Minnesota 13-0; 2002 Ohio State 14-0).
Michigan State won its third consecutive bowl game for the first time in school history (33-30 triple overtime win over Georgia in 2012 Outback Bowl; 17-16 win over TCU in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl). The Spartans are now 10-14 overall in bowl games, including a 4-1 record in the Rose Bowl.
The Spartans have won 42 of their last 54 games (.778), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season. The 42 wins are the most in the Big Ten during that period.
Michigan State improved to 4-1 (.800) all-time in Pasadena, the best winning percentage of any team to make more than two appearances in the Rose Bowl Game.
In its final two games of the season, MSU defeated two top-five teams in The Associated Press Poll (No. 2 Ohio State, No. 5 Stanford). It marks the first time in MSU history that the Spartans have beaten two AP top-five teams in the same season.
The win over the fifth-ranked Cardinal marked the highest ranked team MSU has defeated in a bowl game since the 1956 Rose Bowl (UCLA finished the regular-season poll ranked fourth with an 8-1 record) . . . the Bruins also finished the 1953 season ranked fifth at 8-1 when the Spartans topped UCLA in the 1954 Rose Bowl.
Already the winningest class in school history, the senior class of 2013 finished their careers with a 42-12 record (.778).
Michigan State closed the season with a 10-game winning streak, tying for the fourth longest in MSU history (10 straight wins, 1965 and 1978-79).
Michigan State entered the game ranked No. 1 in the FBS in total defense, allowing 248.2 yards per game). The Spartans held the Cardinal to 305 yards of total offense, their third-lowest output of the season (279 vs. Washington, 273 vs. Oregon State).
MSU entered the game ranked No. 1 in the FBS in rushing defense (80.8 ypg.); the Spartans held the Cardinal to 162 yards rushing, their second-lowest total of the season (143 vs. Utah).
Michigan State held Stanford to a season-low 11 first downs.
The Cardinal threw for just 143 yards, their second-lowest total of the season (49 yards vs. Army).
Michigan State entered the game ranked No. 1 in the FBS in opponent third-down conversions (.277); the Spartans limited the Cardinal to 4-of-13 on third-down conversions in the Rose Bowl (.308). The Cardinal were also 0-of-2 on fourth-down conversions.
Michigan State held every opponent this season under its season average in scoring and total offense.
The Spartans allowed just 20 touchdowns in 14 games this season (eight rushing, 12 passing), including just one to Stanford . . . it marked the first time all season Stanford scored less than two offensive touchdowns in a game.
After Stanford took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and collected 146 yards of total offense, it was held to two field goals and 159 yards of total offense in the final three quarters (the Cardinal also scored on a 40-yard interception return in the second quarter) . . . the 10-0 deficit was the biggest the Spartans faced all season.
Playing in his final game as a Spartan, senior linebacker Denicos Allen tallied seven tackles, including 1.5 for losses (3 yards) . . . he closes his career ranked third in MSU history with 46 tackles for loss.
Making his first career start, senior middle linebacker Kyler Elsworth had four tackles, including 1.5 for loss (2 yards) . . . Elsworth recorded a half tackle on the pivotal play of the game, a fourth-and-1 rush for no gain by Stanford with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
Micajah Reynolds had a career-high two tackles for loss (6 yards).
Trae Waynes recorded his third interception of the season in the third quarter.
Sophomore Connor Cook threw for a career-high 332 yards on 22 of 36 throws, including two touchdowns and one interception . . . the 332 passing yards were the third most by a Spartan quarterback in a bowl game (Jeff Smoker 376 vs. Fresno State in 2001 Silicon Valley Bowl; Tony Banks 348 vs. LSU in 1995 Independence Bowl), while the 22 completions tied for second most . . . the 332 passing yards were also the 10th most in Rose Bowl Game history and the most ever by a Big Ten quarterback in a victory in the Rose Bowl Game . . . Cook closed the season with 22 passing touchdowns, which is tied for second most in the MSU single-season record book.
MSU had 397 yards of total offense, the fifth-best bowl total in school history; it also marked the fourth most allowed by Stanford this season.
Michigan State passed for a season high 332 yards.
Michigan State outscored its opponents, 212-72, in the second half this season, including a 112-30 (+82) advantage in the fourth quarter.
Tony Lippett had a career-high 94 receiving yards on five catches, the most by a Spartan receiver in a Rose Bowl Game.
Although Jeremy Langford had his school-record streak of eight-straight 100-yard rushing games come to an end, he did collect 84 yards on 23 carries, which is the second-highest rushing total by a Spartan in a Rose Bowl Game . . . Langford finished with 1,442 rushing yards, the eighth most in an MSU single-season . . . he also had a 2-yard TD run in the second quarter and finished with 18 rushing touchdowns this season, tying for fourth most in an MSU single-season . . . he had 19 TDs overall (18 rushing, 1 receiving), tied for third most in an MSU single-season.
Michael Geiger made his 13th field goal in a row with a 31-yarder in the third quarter on his only attempt of the game.
MSU head coach Mark Dantonio improved to 64-29 (.688) at Michigan State.
MSU head coach Mark Dantonio improved to 3-4 in bowl games at Michigan State, including victories in three straight.