NCAA Game Summary - Wisconsin vs. Stanford|
(Tuesday, January 1st)
Final Score: (8) Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14
Pasadena, CA (Sports Network) - Usua Amanam's interception with over two
minutes remaining helped seal Stanford's first Rose Bowl victory since 1972,
when it was known as the Indians.
Stepfan Taylor carried the ball 20 times for 88 yards a score to lift the
eighth-ranked Cardinal over the Wisconsin Badgers, 20-14, on Tuesday.
Kelsey Young recorded a 16-yard TD run for Stanford (12-2), which appeared in
the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2000, when they lost to Wisconsin.
Kevin Hogan completed 12-of-19 passes for 123 yards for the Cardinal, who
played in a bowl game for a fourth straight year.
Montee Ball carried the ball 24 times for 100 yards and a score for the
Badgers (8-6), who played the game under the direction of athletic director
Barry Alvarez because former skipper Bret Bielema left for Arkansas in early
"Well, we were defeated by a very good Stanford football team," Alvarez said.
"They didn't surprise me how they played, as you saw that on films, they've
been very consistent all year. They're a physical team. They're well-coached,
and they deserve to win today. I couldn't be more proud of a group of young
men than my team."
Curt Phillips connected on 10-of-16 passes for 83 yards, one touchdown and an
interception for Wisconsin, which played in the Rose Bowl for a third straight
Holding a 17-14 lead, Stanford started from its own 44 with 10:45 to play. A
12-yard Hogan run set up the Cardinal at the Wisconsin 28. Five straight
running plays followed, putting the ball at the five. On 3rd-and-4, Hogan
threw too high for Levine Toilolo in the back of the end zone. Jordan
Williamson made a 22-yard field goal to make it a six-point contest with 4:23
The Badgers made things interesting by moving the ball past midfield. However,
the drive came to a sudden halt when Amanam picked off Phillips.
"It was a max drop, so basically just playing the quarterback," Amanam said.
"I happened to see him go to the middle of the field, and I just pedaled to
the right, and I think a D-line man got his hand on the ball, and fortunately
the ball just fell in my hands. So I don't think one play wins any game. I
just happened to be at the right place at the right time, and we were able to
kind of seal the game with that one."
The Cardinal ran out the rest of the clock to win the 99th edition of the Rose
Stanford scored a touchdown on each of its first two possessions to jump out
to a 14-0 lead. Facing a 3rd-and-3 on the third play of the game, Hogan
scrambled four yards for a first down. The Cardinal then used a spectacular
gadget play to set up their first score. Anthony Wilkerson took the direct
snap out of the wildcat formation, faked a handoff to a receiver on an end
around and pitched to Drew Terrell, who stopped and threw a 34-yard pass to
Jamal-Rashad Patterson. On the next play, Young took a reverse 16 yards for a
After forcing a Wisconsin punt, Stanford used a mix of runs and passes to
reach the 46-yard line of the Badgers. From there, Hogan took a hard hit while
throwing a 43-yard pass to Zach Ertz. Taylor followed with a 3-yard TD run to
make it 14-0 with 6:35 left.
Wisconsin had a touchdown nullified by a holding penalty early in the second
stanza. The penalty set up a 1st-and-goal from the 18. A pair of Ball runs
totaled eight yards and Jacob Pedersen's 9-yard catch put the ball at the
one. The Badgers went for it on fourth down and James White was stopped by
Stanford's Ben Gardner.
The Badgers managed to get on the board on their next possession. Jared
Abbrederis caught a 22-yard pass on 3rd-and-9, moving the ball to the Stanford
11. On the next play, Ball scampered into the end zone to make it 14-7 with
Williamson made a 47-yard field goal on the Cardinal's ensuing possession.
Wisconsin responded with another score at the end of the half. Phillips' 38-
yard run put the ball at the Stanford 22. James White and Sam Arneson caught
passes of six and nine yards, respectively, to set up 1st-and-goal from the
seven. Ball carried the ball two times before Jordan Fredrick caught a 4-yard
TD pass with 19 seconds left, cutting the gap to 17-14.
A scoreless third period featured seven punts.
Wisconsin leads the head-to-head series, 4-1-1 ... Alvarez won the "Granddaddy
of Them All" three times during his 16-year tenure as Wisconsin's head coach
from 1990-2005 ... On Dec. 20, the search for Wisconsin's next coach
officially came to an end when Gary Andersen was hired from Utah State ...
Ball became the first player to score touchdowns in three Rose Bowls.
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