On New Year’s Day, No. 5 Stanford (11-2) will take the field for the last time this season against the No. 6 University of Iowa (12-1) in Pasadena, California for what will be the Cardinal’s 15th Rose Bowl berth.
It’s no secret that Stanford football lives and dies by its running game. On one of the biggest stages in college football, the Cardinal running engine sputtered and then sputtered some more for over three quarters. And when it mattered the most – when Stanford needed one more yard to keep its last-minute desperation drive alive – the engine went up in flames.
The following is the fourth of five installments of The Stanford Daily’s “Meet the Spartans” series, which will give an in-depth look at Michigan State leading into the 100th Rose Bowl Game between No. 4 Michigan State and No. 5 Stanford on Jan. 1. Today’s piece will focus on the Spartans’ passing game. Come back to stanforddaily.com/category/sports tomorrow for a look at the Spartans’ special teams.