The 2014 Rose Bowl

stanford vs michigan stateThe #5 ranked Stanford Cardinals and #4 ranked Michigan State Spartans will meet in Pasadena to face each other in the 100th Rose Bowl. The Cardinals are coming off a 38-14 win over Arizona State Sun Devils in the Pac 12 championship game. The Spartans are coming off a 34-24 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big 10 championship game.

 

The Cardinals are lead at quarterback by Kevin Hogan. He has completed 170 of 277 passes for 2487 yards, 20 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Their leading rusher is Tyler Gaffney. He has rushed for 1618 yards and 20 touchdowns on 306 carries this season. Hogan’s favorite receiving target is Ty Montgomery. He has caught 58 passes for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Spartans are lead at quarterback by Connor Cook. He has completed 201 of 344 passes for 2423 yards, 20 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Their leading rusher is Jeremy Langford. He has rushed for 1338 yards and 17 touchdowns on 269 carries this season. Cook’s favorite receiving target is Bennie Fowler. He has caught 34 passes for 525 yards and 6 touchdowns.

 

Keys To The Game

For Stanford

1. Can Tyler Gaffney play like he did last game? He rushed for 133 yards on 22 carries and 3 touchdowns.
2. Can they slow down Keith Mumphery? He is averaging 16.4 yards per catch this season.
3. Can they stop Tony Lippett? He is averaging 13.3 yards per catch this season.

For Michigan State

1. Can Connor Cook play like he did last game? He threw for 304 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
2. Can they slow down Devon Cajuste? He is averaging 21.9 yards per catch this season.
3. Can Jeremy Langford play like he did last game? He rushed for 128 yards on 24 carries and 1 touchdown.

 

My Prediction

The Cardinals score first on a 8 yard rushing touchdown by Tyler Gaffney. The Spartans respond with a 35 yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3. In the 2nd quarter the Spartans take the lead on a touchdown pass from Connor Cook to give them a 10-7 lead. The Cardinals come back with a touchdown to take a 14-10 lead going into halftime. In the 3rd quarter the Spartans take the lead back on a 15 yard touchdown pass form Connor Cook to take a 17-14 lead. The Cardinals come back and tie the game up at 17 on a 25 yard field goal. In the 4th quarter the Spartans take a 24-17 lead on a rushing touchdown from Jeremy Langford. The Spartan defense stops the Cardinals to give the ball back to their offense. The Spartans take advantage with a 30 yard field goal to give them a 27-17 lead. The Cardinals score a touchdown with 1 minute left to cut the lead to 27-24. But the Spartans run out the clock and hold on for the win.

Final Score

Spartans: 27
Cardinals: 24

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