On January 1, 1988 when Michigan State played in their last Rose Bowl I was 10 years old and a die-hard University of Michigan fan. If someone had told me back then that it would be 26 years before they played in the Rose Bowl again I would have called them a liar. I am older now and root for MSU (except when they play Michigan) so I am very excited that they finally ended their drought. The double bonus was that they ended Urban Meyer’s and 24 game winning streak and chance at a National Championship.
I believe that part of the reason I am a Michigan Wolverine fan is that when I was growing up MSU routinely let their fans down in big games. Considering I was a Detroit Tiger, Piston, Lion, and Red Wing fan I had all the disappointment I could take in my life.
The Big Ten Championship game started out great with MSU taking a 17-0 lead, and then Braxton Miller took over and the game was tied at halftime. When OSU took the lead 24-17, all those memories came storming back to me, and I was worried that MSU was gonna break their fans hearts again.
Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi came down from the press box and the defense stepped up in the 4th quarter. After Ohio State blocked a punt the defense cam up with the biggest play of the game when they held OSU on the MSU 39 yard line on 4th and 1. Denicos Allen shredded his block and grabbed Braxton Miller by the legs keeping MSU up by 3. Jeremy Langford broke a 26 yard run for a touchdown and the game was over.
After Jeremy Langford busted through the line for the final touchdown I finally exhaled. Some of those past demons were excised by this victory. This is Michigan State’s first trip to a BCS bowl game. While Stanford will be a tough team to beat, it is a winnable game. That would be a great way for Michigan State football to start the new year off, with a victory in the Granddaddy of all Bowl Games the ROSE BOWL.