EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says the program has closed the gap with college football's elite.
The Spartans beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl last Wednesday for a school-record 13th win in their first trip to Pasadena, Calif., since 1988.
Michigan State finished No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll for its highest ranking since being No. 2 in 1966.
AP PhotoMichigan State football coach Mark Dantonio holds the 100th Rose Bowl championship trophy at Tuesday’s basketball game between Michigan State and Ohio State.
Dantonio and members of his team were honored with a standing ovation and roaring crowd Tuesday night as the fifth-ranked Spartans basketball team hosted No. 3 Ohio State.
Dantonio told the fans: "We haven't been in this situation since '66. We will be back."
Spartans offensive lineman Travis Jackson led the fans in what was a postgame ritual, asking them all to squat and to scream "YES!" as they stood up.
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