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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. [ MORE: View the 2013-14 bowl schedule | Polls: Pick your B1G winners ] MICHIGAN STATE 24, STANFORD 20 | AP RECAP | LIVE | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | GALLERY (AP) Connor Cook passed for a career-high 332 yards and

Tom's Take: Too bad there isn't a playoff this year

Michigan State arrived at its first Rose Bowl in 26 years as an underdog to Stanford. But the Spartans left as champs in a thoroughly dominating performance that left no doubt about Michigan State’s status as one of the nation’s top teams. Too bad there isn’t a playoff this season. The Spartans finished 13-1, with the lone defeat being a 17-13 setback at Notre Dame that involved some iffy pass interference calls vs. MSU. It also won each of its first 12 games by double digits and halted then-No. 2 Ohio State’s 24-game winning streak. [ MORE: BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY |

Q&A: Kirk Cousins talks about MSU's Rose Bowl win

LOS ANGELES — Michigan State fans from across the nation traveled to see their beloved Spartans play in the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Wednesday. But once the clock hit 0:00 and the scoreboard read 24-20 in favor of MSU, there wasn’t anyone with a bigger smile across his face than former Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins. I caught up with Cousins in the locker room following the Spartans’ memorable Rose Bowl victory. [ MORE:  DIENHART | AP RECAP | 2013-14 BOWL SCHEDULE | GALLERY | TWITTER ] Can you talk about how special it was to be part of

Twitter: Reaction to Spartans' Rose Bowl Game win

For the first time since the 1987 season, Michigan State is the Rose Bowl Game champion. The Spartans rallied and held off Pac-12 champ Stanford, 24-20, Wednesday night in “The Grandaddy of Them All.” See the Twitter reaction to the Spartans’ win in this post. [ MORE: View bowl schedule | Read Dienart’s column | Rose Bowl Game gallery ] Congrats to Coach Dantonio and the MSU Football team on a great Rose Bowl win! Go Green! Go White! @MSU_Football — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 2, 2014 @RichHomieQuan #RoseBowlChamps #richHOMIEbaby style — Connor Cook (@Connor_Cook03) January 2, 2014

Rose Bowl Game Gallery: MSU 24, Stanford 20

(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. [ MORE: View the 2013-14 bowl schedule ] MICHIGAN STATE 24, STANFORD 20 | DIENHART | AP RECAP | LIVE | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY Check out our Rose Bowl Game gallery, courtesy of USA TODAY Sports.

BTN LiveBIG: Kirk Cousins teaching kids

Years before the Washington Redskins made him their starting quarterback this season, Kirk Cousins was displaying leadership skills at Michigan State. Today, as his Spartans play in the 100th Rose Bowl Game, Cousins will serve as the honorary captain for his alma mater. Cousins earned many accolades during his time in East Lansing, Mich., for his work on and off the field; he was an All-Big Ten quarterback who earned the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for his community service during a stellar playing career. Over the last few years, Cousins has been hosting a football camp on the campus of

Dienhart: New Year's Day is Judgment Day for Big Ten

So, the postseason hasn’t gotten off to a stellar start for the Big Ten. The league is 0-2, as Minnesota lost to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl and Michigan got drubbed by Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. But all is not lost. The Big Ten has five bowls left, offering plenty of opportunity for redemption and image rehabilitation. Tomorrow, the Big Ten plays four bowls games. (Ohio State will play Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Friday.) The big one is the Rose Bowl, where Michigan State will take on Stanford in the 100th “Granddaddy of them

Ready for the Roses? B1G champ Michigan State is!

In a matter of hours, Michigan State will kick off its first Rose Bowl since the 1987 season. Naturally, the Spartans and their fans are just a bit excited about the trip, the opportunity, the game, and pretty much everything surrounding about “The Grandaddy of Them All.” [ MORE: View our bowl schedule | Read all of our bowl coverage ] To get you ready for the Rose Bowl, check out this pump-up video and several photos from Los Angeles. [ MORE: Dienhart: New Year’s Day is Judgment Day for Big Ten ] Here are some tweets from Los Angeles:

News and notes from 100th Rose Bowl Game

LOS ANGELES — The 100th Rose Bowl is fast approaching. Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Stanford coach David Shaw addressed the media Monday morning at the LA Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Here are some news and notes from what the coaches said. [ MORE: View our 2013-14 bowl schedule ] – Dantonio remained mum on the Max Bullough situation. It looks like senior Kyler Elsworth will get the start at middle linebacker, with Darien Harris being worked into the mix as well. “We feel like we have a number of guys that can play different positions, so

Gallery: View our 2013 All-Big Ten NFL Team

The 2013 NFL regular season came to an end late Sunday night. That being the case, it’s time to release our 2013 All-Big Ten NFL Team. Check out our offensive and defensive teams in this post. Did someone get snubbed? Let us know in the comment box at the bottom of the post. OFFENSE QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans (Purdue): 446-650, 5,162 yards, 39 TD, 12 INT RB: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (Michigan State): 244 car., 860 yards, 8 TD; 45 rec., 399 yards RB: Pierre Thomas, New Orleans (Illinois): 147 car., 549 yards, 2 TD; 77 rec., 513 yards, 3