Stanford dropped one sure interception in the first half, and now Wayne Lyons dropped another on the Spartans' second possession of the second half.

Lyons' drop was near midfield. On the next play, Jordan Richards actually latched onto an interception -- which was nullified by a penalty.

Cooks has one pass intercepted -- which was returned for a touchdown.

Stanford 17, Michigan State 17 (12:56 left in third quarter)

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To everyone who expected a good Rose Bowl game, you were right.

A 31-yard field goal by Michael Geiger has tied the score.

The kick was set up on a 60-yard pass play from Connor Cook to Bennie Fowler.

Cook has passed for 263 yards.


Stanford leads Michigan State, 17-14, at halftime of the 100th Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

A lot of the action so far has centered around three passes thrown by Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.

The first should have been intercepted by Stanford linebacker Kevin Anderson, but instead was tipped and grabbed by Spartans receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr., keeping alive a scoring drive.

The second, under a heavy rush, was right to Anderson again. But this time he grabbed it and rambled 40 yards for a Stanford touchdown.

The third, on the fifth play after the pick-six, went to a well-covered Bernie Fowler for a 37-yard gain to the Stanford three yard line. Two plays later, Michigan State scored its second touchdown.

Michigan State outgained Stanford, 157-22, in the second quarter after the Cardinal had a 146-72 edge in yardage in the first quarter.

Cook has completed 15 of 23 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown, with an interception.

Stanford has a 102-31 advantage in rushing yardage. Tyler Gaffney leads all rushers with 79 yards and a touchdown in 11 carries.

Stanford 17, Michigan State 14 (28 seconds left in second quarter)

Give Spartans quarterback Connor Cook some credit.

He threw a horrible pass that resulted in a Stanford touchdown, then came right back and drove his team 75 yards in 1 minute 39 seconds.