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Logo  Wednesday, Jan. 1

Blog Jan. 1
Rose Bowl Game Defensive MVP Kyler Elsworth and Offensive MVP Connor Cook are all smiles after MSU's victory over Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game.

MSUSpartans.com Coverage:
Elsworth's First Career Start Has Hollywood Ending
Spartans Make Statement With Rose Bowl Victory
Photo Gallery

It was an incredible end to an amazing week for the Spartans.

No. 4 Michigan State rallied from its biggest deficit of the season to defeat Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game, 24-20, on a picturesque New Year's Day afternoon in Pasadena, Calif.

Check out MSUSpartans.com Steve Grinczel's column on the Spartans making a big statement with their victory, as well as a look at senior middle linebacker Kyler Elsworth and the play he made on fourth down late in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory.

And after an emotional, raucous celebration on the field following the game, the Spartans did what they do best in the locker room - dance after a win. Catch the exclusive footage from Michigan State Athletics on YouTube.

Logo  Tuesday, Dec. 31

Rose Bowl Team Photo
The 2013 Big Ten Champions took a team photo in front of the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.

On the seventh day of their trip in California, the Spartans finally had a chance to see the Rose Bowl.

The team visited the iconic stadium on Tuesday for a team photo and also saw the inside of the facility as well as the locker room. Check out the latest photo gallery on Facebook for a complete look at today's photo shoot.

Following the team photo, five players - Denicos Allen, Darqueze Dennard, Bennie Fowler, Isaiah Lewis, Blake Treadwell - along with head coach Mark Dantonio, stopped by the Rose Bowl Kickoff Luncheon.

Before heading back to the hotel for meetings, the team held a brief walk-through at Loyola High School on yet another sunny day in Southern California, with temperatures in the low-70s.

Spartan fans filled L.A. Live for the official MSU Rose Bowl Pep Rally in the afternoon, as more than 27,000 came out to support the 2013 Big Ten Champions. Thousands watched the Michigan State-Penn State men's basketball game on video boards before and after the rally, which featured MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis, Coach Dantonio, and former Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins.

After an incredible week in Los Angeles, there's only one thing left on the schedule - the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford on New Year's Day in Pasadena. Coverage on ESPN begins at 4:30 p.m. In addition, ESPN's College GameDay will be broadcasting live from the Rose Bowl at 10 a.m. EST.

Logo  Monday, Dec. 30

Rose Bowl Blog
The 2013 senior class practiced for the last time together on Monday.

MSUSpartans.com Coverage:
Grinz on Green: Getting to the Rose Bowl Part of the Process for Spartans

The winningest senior class in the history of Spartan football practiced for the last time on Monday as the Spartans held their fifth and final workout at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Following practice, the annual "senior sendoff" took place as the entire team and coaching staff lined up along one end zone and said goodbye to the senior class as they made their way down the goal line, one by one.

Numerous visitors stopped by practice, including seven former members of the 1966 Rose Bowl team: Bob Apisa, Mike Dissinger, Clint Jones, Ernie Pasteur, Jimmy Raye, Jim Summers and Gene Washington.

In addition, former MSU All-American running back Javon Ringer chatted with Coach Dantonio during the middle of practice - just hours after Dantonio mentioned Ringer as one of the key players from his tenure that have helped the Spartans reach the "Granddaddy of Them All."

"I've always said that for us and probably for a lot of people, people see the product, they don't really see the process," said Dantonio at his morning press conference, referring to a photo slideshow he posted on his Twitter feed showcasing former players. "I wanted to make sure that we acknowledged the presence of those people who have made a difference here. So many different players have. So when you saw a picture of Javon Ringer running the football, to me I hope everybody felt a part of that, everybody who was on that football team felt a part of that, or a Kirk Cousins photo or whoever the case was.

"So we tried to put as many guys in there as we could, and I just appreciate all that they've done, all the work that they have done as we got to this point. They might not share in this physically, but they're going to share in this and be able to identify with what we do, been a part of the process."

After answering questions for nearly 30 minutes, Dantonio posed for a few photos with the 100th Rose Bowl Game trophy.

"It looks nice over there," remarked Dantonio. "But I think the trophy is just like the Big Ten trophy, which is like Paul Bunyan. The trophy is an example of what we have done, but you yourself, you know inside of you what you've done. We don't need a trophy to carry around with us if we've done some of the things we've been able to accomplish this year. You know what you've done, and you're going to have to live with that one way or the other. One way or the other we'll have to live with what happens on Wednesday."

Quote of the day:
"If you're going to have a great football team, your senior class probably has to have their best season yet, and I think the majority of our seniors have had their greatest season."
- MSU head coach Mark Dantonio

Note of the day:
Since the beginning of 2011, Michigan State has held 25 opponents under 100 yards rushing, which ranks tied for third in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Stanford is second with 26.

Logo  Sunday, Dec. 29

Dec 29 Blog
Former Spartan Derrick Mason was a guest at Sunday's practice.

MSUSpartans.com Coverage:
Under-the-Radar Spartans Making a Difference | Grinz on Green Blog: Rose Bowl Media Day
Practice Photo Gallery

Los Angeles started to look a little more "green" on Sunday as thousands of Spartan fans began to pour into the City of Angels for the 100th Rose Bowl Game.

In the morning, the entire team and coaching staff took part in Rose Bowl Media Day, which was attended by hundreds of reporters from across the county. The Big Ten Network was on hand as well, as the BTN football crew of Dave Revsine, Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo broadcasted from inside The L.A. Hotel Downtown.

At practice in the afternoon, former Spartan wide receiver and two-time Pro Bowler Derrick Mason was a guest and talked with MSU head coach Mark Dantonio and some of the players, including the wide receivers.

The Spartans will hold their fifth and final practice at the StubHub Center on Monday.

Quote of the day:
"Coach (Dantonio) always said come to Michigan State, and you will play in a Rose Bowl."
- Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook

Note of the day:
The Spartans have averaged more than 30 points and 400 yards of total offense per game the last nine contests.

Logo  Saturday, Dec. 28

Rose Bowl - Dec. 28
Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook speaks at MSU's offensive media day on Saturday.

MSUSpartans.com Coverage:
MSU Evolves into Championship Form | Patience Ignites Langford's Breakthrough Season

On another picture perfect sunny afternoon in Southern California, the Spartans conducted their third bowl practice on Saturday at the StubHub Center. During the beginning of practice, MSU head coach Mark Dantonio visited with ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit, who was on hand to watch the Spartans. Herbstreit will call the 100th Rose Bowl Game, along with Brent Musburger, on ESPN Jan. 1.

In the morning, co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Dave Warner, along with sophomore quarterback Connor Cook, senior wide receiver Bennie Fowler, junior running back Jeremy Langford, junior wide receiver Tony Lippett, and senior left guard Blake Treadwell, answered questions from reporters during Michigan State's press conference featuring the offense.

The Spartans spent Saturday evening at a team-only function at the Hollywood Improv.

While the team was practicing, MSU's travel party took a VIP tour of the Rose Parade floats and the Rose Bowl.

Quote of the day:
"When the Notre Dame game happened, I remember that game, a lot of us were looking down and whatnot, but after that game, we gathered around after the bye week, all the seniors and the leaders all gathered and we said this is not what's going to happen, we're going to stand up, we're going to fight and show what Michigan State can do. So we always knew we had confidence, and I really believe after experiencing that loss and going like Connor said into Iowa and winning, we just knew things were in our favor."
- Senior left guard and co-captain Blake Treadwell

Note of the day:
MSU's 41 wins since 2010 is ninth most among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams (tied with Oklahoma State and South Carolina) and most in the Big Ten during that same period.

Logo  Friday, Dec. 27

Beef Bowl
Master carver Jack Allen delivered the "first cut" at the 58th annual Lawry's Beef Bowl.

MSUSpartans.com Coverage:
Unsung Heroes Play Vital Role on Top-Ranked Defense
Grinz on Green Blog: Rose Bowl Game `Means Everything' for Spartans
Photo Gallery

The Spartans took part in one of the storied traditions of the Rose Bowl on Friday evening as it visited Lawry's The Prime Rib for the 58th annual Beef Bowl.

After its second practice in California at the StubHub Center in the afternoon, the team made the 20-mile trek to Beverly Hills to eat all the prime rib it could handle.

Lawry's staffers lined both sides of the red carpet upon the team's arrival and a band played the "MSU Fight Song" as the Spartans made their entrance into the restaurant.

MSU head coach Mark Dantonio, junior offensive lineman Travis Jackson and junior linebacker Taiwan Jones then answered questions from reporters about the event. Jackson provided a detailed scouting report of the team's best eaters, outlined in the latest "Grinz on Green" Blog.

After a series of videos and welcome speeches, sophomore center Jack Allen officially started dinner by performing the "first cut" of prime rib, which he promptly delivered to Dantonio.

Earlier in the day before practice, assistant head coach Pat Narduzzi, senior linebacker Denicos Allen, sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun, senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard, senior safety Isaiah Lewis and junior defensive lineman Marcus Rush represented Michigan State at the defensive press conference, held at the LA Hotel Downtown.

Quote of the day:
"It means everything. Just never been here before, a big stage, and not only for us but past players, as well, that came to Michigan State such as Kirk Cousins and Trent Robinson, and all the guys before us that played, that had a chance to play in the Rose Bowl. It's the Granddaddy of Them All like everybody says. It's a big stage for us, not only for teammates, but we're also playing for past teammates, past coaches that never been here, and also for Spartan Nation. We're all blessed with this opportunity, we're glad we're at this stage and we're glad we're playing this great team in Stanford just to showcase how good we are for one last time and just going out on top."
-Senior All-American Darqueze Dennard

Note of the day:
Fifth-ranked Stanford is the highest ranked opponent Michigan State has played in a bowl game since the 1966 Rose Bowl (UCLA finished the 1965 regular season ranked No. 4 in the final Associated Press Poll).

Logo  Thursday, Dec. 26

Disneyland
The official Rose Bowl Team Welcome took place Thursday afternoon at Disneyland in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

MSUSpartans.com Coverage:
Practice Report | Fou Fonoti's Long Journey Ends at Home | Kyler Elsworth Ready to Step Up

Photo Gallery

From a 2-hour practice in the morning to the afternoon spent at Disneyland, it was an eventful Thursday for the Spartans on their first full day in California.

Following their first practice in four days, the Spartans ventured to Disneyland for the official Rose Bowl Team Welcome and press conference, which featured players from both MSU and Stanford, along with head coaches Mark Dantonio and David Shaw, in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Sophomore center Jack Allen, senior offensive tackle Fou Fonoti, senior linebacker Kyler Elsworth, senior defensive tackle Tyler Hoover and junior punter Mike Sadler represented Michigan State at the press conference, and their reward for 30 minutes of interviews was fast-pass access to several rides in the park, including the Matterhorn, Space Mountain and Radiator Springs Racers. ESPNZone hosted a private party later in the day for the entire team.

For Fonoti, a native of Lakewood, Calif., it was also a homecoming as several members of his family greeted him at Disneyland and cheered him on at the team welcome. MSUSpartans.com columnist Steve Grinczel documents Fonoti's journey and also writes about the rise of Kyler Elsworth in the latest Grinz on Green blog.

Michigan State returns to the practice field Friday afternoon as it continues preparing for the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford on Jan. 1, 2014, at 5 p.m. EST in Pasadena, Calif.

Quote of the day:
"A lot of people invested in this dream (getting to the Rose Bowl), but now that we're here it's important that we're able to capitalize on that and move even further. I think it's important that we continue to stretch our boundaries."
- MSU head coach Mark Dantonio

Note of the day:
The 100th Rose Bowl Game marks the first time since the "Game of the Century" in 1966 (No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Michigan State) in which MSU will play a top-five Associated Press team while also being ranked in the top five (No. 4 MSU vs. No. 5 Stanford).

Logo  Wednesday, Dec. 25

The wait is over. The Spartans are officially back in California for the Rose Bowl.

The Michigan State football team left freezing temperatures in the Greater Lansing area and arrived in Los Angeles Christmas night. The team's 269-passenger team charter plane left Lansing at 5 p.m. EST and landed at Los Angeles International Airport at 6:15 p.m. PST.

The Spartans will hold their first practice on Thursday morning before attending a welcome press conference at Disneyland in the afternoon.

Rose Bowl
The Spartans arrived in Los Angeles on Christmas night.

 

 

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