It took 3 minutes 44 seconds.

The touchdown came on a powerhouse 16-yard run by Tyler Gaffney. It was Gaffney's third carry of the drive, and he probably has about 40 more carries in him.

The big play was a 43-yard pass from Kevin Hogan to Michael Rector.

On the touchdown, Gaffney took a squared-up hit from Michigan State's Isaiah Lewis, but he knocked the Spartans' safety back and spun off into the clear.

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Did you think a Bay Area team was going to win a coin toss by Vin Scully?

No way.

Michigan State wins the toss, and defers. The Spartans will kick off.


Vin Scully to midfield for the coin toss.

What's he wearing?

A blue blazer, of course.


There's a lot of green at the Rose Bowl today -- beyond the landscape of the Arroyo Seco.

Michigan State fans are out in force. Spartans fans command about 60% of the Rose Bowl seats.

Of course, Michigan State had not played in a Rose Bowl game since 1998. Stanford played last year.


Stanford and Michigan State will kick off in the 100th Rose Bowl in less than a half hour, and what's expected is a very even matchup.

A look at some of the numbers:

Stanford averages 33.2 points; Michigan State 29.8.