On fourth and five, the Cardinal faked a field goal and holder Ben Rhyne, a punter, floated a pass to tight end Davis Dudchock for an apparent first down.
But Stanford had an ineligible player downfield.
On fourth and 10, Stanford chose to try the field goal.
Attendance was 95,173 for the 100th Rose Bowl game today in Pasadena.
Michigan State fans are in the majority, and they're not only enjoying perfect weather, but also a 24-17 lead with about 10 minutes left to play in regulation.
Ben Rhyne had a great game through three quarters. He had boomed three punts for an average of 54.3 yards.
Then came his fourth punt. It was shanked and allowed Michigan State to take the lead with a three-play, 27-yard drive.
The go-ahead score came on a 25-yard pass from Connor Cook to Tony Lippett.
Cook, a redshirt sophomore, has passed for 312 yards.
Shaw runs a good college football program, and he's a smart guy. But he makes some seriously questionable play calls.
Stanford took a timeout in order to decide what to do in a fourth-and-three situation at the Michigan State 36.
The play: a handoff to Tyler Gaffney into the center of the nation's No. 1-rated defense. Result: loss of three yards. Michigan State ball.
The Spartans took it from there deep into Stanford territory, but Skov stripped Jeremy Langford of the ball and Josh Mauro recovered for the Cardinal.
As the fourth quarter begins, Michigan State has the ball deep in its own territory.
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook has played well -- and also been lucky.