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Michigan State Welcomes Home Its Rose Bowl Champs

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Defensive end Marcus Rush #44 and tight end Josiah Price #82 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate after defeating the Stanford Cardinal 24-20 in the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Defensive end Marcus Rush #44 and tight end Josiah Price #82 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate after defeating the Stanford Cardinal 24-20 in the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University has welcomed back the Spartans following their Rose Bowl victory.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the players arrived back on campus about 8:30 p.m. Thursday after a flight delay.

The East Lansing school’s athletics department sponsored a Thursday night rally at the Skandalaris Football Center.

No. 4 Michigan State beat No. 5 Stanford 24-20 Wednesday night.

East Lansing Fire Department Lt. Chuck Gagnier says it was “fairly quiet” in the hometown of the Spartans afterward. WLNS-TV says police sent out extra patrols and there were reported fires, mostly furniture burned outside.

Last month, a rowdy celebration of Michigan State’s victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship included dozens of fires and prompted arrests.

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