Stanford earned a trip to the Rose Bowl on Saturday, it's fourth consecutive berth in a BCS bowl. Here are a few things we learned from the Pac-12 title game:
Smelling roses: As the Pac-12 champion, Stanford will head to the Rose Bowl where it will play Michigan State -- its fourth consecutive BCS bowl. Stanford won going away despite heading to Arizona as a two-point underdog.
Shaw joins elite company: Stanford coach David Shaw joins Chip Kelly and Larry Coker as the third coach to lead his team to BCS bowls in his first three years as head coach. Unlike Coker and Kelly, Shaw figures to remain at Stanford for the long haul. He has said time and time again that he plans to remain at Stanford until his infant children graduate from Stanford. With some coaches it sounds like lip service. With Shaw it sounds genuine.
Gaffney has an NFL future: When Tyler Gaffney returned to Stanford after a foray into professional baseball, it wasn't clear how good a running back he was. He backed up Stepfan Taylor in his junior season -- two years ago -- but it was never clear just how talented Gaffney was. Now there is no doubt. If Gaffney wants to pursue a career in the NFL, that option will be there. His 138-yard game against Arizona State punctuated a remarkable final season at Stanford.