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Anyone wearing green in Pasadena was a winner Wednesday evening, and that group included a coach, a quarterback, a rapper and a nasty defense.
First, the defense, which had to overcome the absence of one of its best players, Max Bullough, and stop a powerful Stanford offense. But with senior linebacker Denicos Allen playing out of his mind, Michigan State found "some type of way" to do it in a 24-20 victory.
That's what head coach Mark Dantonio said after the win, quoting rapper Rich Homie Quan and his hit song Some Type of Way, per Gillian Van Stratt, MLive.com:
I just knew we were going to have a special football team this year, there's no question in my mind. We had great leadership from our guys, all of our seniors. Our guys came to play. We just fought back tonight and some type of way we got it done.
We're a 13-1 football team. We just won the Rose Bowl. It can't get much better than that.
Afterward, Dantonio celebrated with that special team and Rich Homie Quan, whose song became a celebratory ritual for MSU through its charmed season.
That all wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for quarterback Connor Cook, who picked a prime time and place to have the best game of his career. The sophomore threw for a career-high 332 yards with two touchdowns, including the game-deciding connection with Tony Lippett in the fourth quarter.
In front of a crowd of 95,173, the Spartans posted a marquee win for their program and the Big Ten, ending a remarkable season in East Lansing.