Centennial Spartans: Michigan State wins 100th Rose Bowl

Big Ten champs. And Rose Bowl champs. What a season for Michigan State, which held off Stanford, 24-20, in the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Wednesday night. In other Big Ten bowl action: Nebraska beat Georgia, while Iowa and Wisconsin lost to LSU and South Carolina, respectively. Catch up on all the stats, scores and top highlights in this post.

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MICHIGAN STATE 24, STANFORD 20 | AP RECAP | LIVE | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | GALLERY
(AP) 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 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.

NEBRASKA 24, GEORGIA 19 | AP RECAP | LIVE | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | GALLERY
(AP) Tommy Armstrong Jr. connected with Quincy Enunwa for two touchdowns, including a 99-yarder in the third quarter, and Nebraska held on to beat No. 23 Georgia 24-19 in the rain-soaked Gator Bowl on Wednesday. Playing in their 50th bowl, the Cornhuskers (9-4) ended a four-game losing streak against teams from the Southeastern Conference. The streak included a 45-31 loss to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl last season.

LSU 21, IOWA 14 | AP RECAP | LIVEBOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | GALLERY
(AP) Jeremy Hill rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns, helping No. 14 LSU and inexperienced quarterback Anthony Jennings hold off Iowa 21-14 in the Outback Bowl on Wednesday. Craig Loston’s interception stopped a potential game-tying drive, giving Hill a chance to put the game out of reach by carrying four times for 87 yards on a six-play, 92 yard march that gave the Tigers (10-3) a 21-7 lead. Iowa (8-5) again pulled within a touchdown after Jordan Cotton returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tigers’ 4.

SOUTH CAROLINA 34, WISCONSIN 24 | AP RECAP | LIVE | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | GALLERY
(AP) Connor Shaw was responsible for five touchdowns, including three passing, and No. 8 South Carolina outlasted No. 19 Wisconsin 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl on Wednesday. South Carolina (11-2) won its third straight bowl game to cap its third straight 11-win season. Bruce Ellington caught six passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. The Badgers (9-4) couldn’t capitalize on 100-yard rushing games from both Melvin Gordon and James White, struggling after quarterback Joel Stave left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury.

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Scott Baldwin on 1/2/2014 @ 2:15am EST Said:

How many teams have gone 13-1 in a season or better in college football history? Go GREEN!