NCAA Game Summary - Wisconsin vs. TCU|
(Saturday, January 1st)
Final Score: (3) TCU 21, (4) Wisconsin 19
Pasadena, CA (Sports Network) - Andy Dalton finished 15-of-23 for 219 yards
and one touchdown as No. 3 TCU needed a late defensive stop to emerge with a
21-19 win over No. 4 Wisconsin at the Rose Bowl.
Dalton also added 28 yards and a score on nine rushes for the Horned Frogs
(13-0), who once again made their case to be worthy of consideration for a BCS
championship with their 27th win in their last 28 games.
"I think we played very hard. We knew coming into this ballgame that we were
going to have to play more than just basic defense and there were times they
pushed us around," said TCU head coach Gary Patterson. "But we found ways to
make plays, and we were going to have to play them (coming) from behind."
Bart Johnson had a 23-yard TD reception and Luke Shivers' one-yard touchdown
run proved to be the difference for TCU, which posted its first undefeated
campaign since going 11-0 in 1938.
Scott Tolzien was 12-of-21 for 159 yards for the Badgers (11-2), who shared
the Big Ten title with Ohio State and Michigan State but ended the year by
having their seven-game win streak snapped.
Montee Ball ran for 132 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries and John Clay
added 76 yards and a score on 11 totes for Wisconsin, which finished with
double-digit wins for the fourth time in six seasons.
The Badgers finally got untracked as time ticked away in the fourth quarter.
Taking over at their own 23 with 7:32 remaining and down by eight, Clay rushed
for 14 yards on first down, then moved 30 yards to the TCU 33 on the next
play. Lance Kendricks later picked up a first down on 3rd-and-6 to the 19-yard
line with a 10-yard catch, and Clay forged a 1st-and-goal with a two-yard run
Two plays later, Ball scored from the four and it was 21-19 with two minutes
remaining, but Tolzien's conversion pass was knocked down near the line of
scrimmage by Tank Carder.
"That two-point play is something that's worked on," said Wisconsin head coach
Bret Bielema. "We had the chance to study TCU for the last three weeks and had
a chance to get it in there, but we were defended by a nice read on the
The ensuing onside kick was recovered just past the 40-yard line by TCU, which
picked up a key first down with just over a minute remaining on a Waymon James
five-yard rush to lock up the victory.
Ball's 40-yard run to start the game put the Badgers in TCU territory, but the
drive stalled in the red zone and Philip Welch's 30-yard field goal made it
3-0 almost 4 1/2 minutes in.
Dalton hit Johnson for a 23-yard score on TCU's opening drive and the visitors
led 7-3, but Wisconsin answered. A 28-yard hookup from Tolzien to Bradie Ewing
put the ball on the one, and Clay took it in on the next play for a 10-7 game.
On the ensuing drive, Dalton called his own number on 3rd-and-2, running in
from the four and the Horned Frogs led 14-10 after one quarter.
"You always want to start the game fast," Dalton admitted. "We only got the
ball three times in the first half, we scored twice, went three-and-out then
watched it the rest of the time. We knew that Wisconsin has a great offense
and they can run the clock."
Welch missed a 39-yard field goal at the end of Wisconsin's first possession
of the second quarter, but after the Badgers held the Frogs, Welch connected
from 37 yards out and Wisconsin shaved its deficit to 14-13 on the final play
of the half.
The Horned Frogs moved 71 yards in six plays to start the second half, and
took a 21-13 advantage on a one-yard plunge from Shivers. For the remainder of
the third quarter, TCU backed Wisconsin into unfavorable field position when
unable to extend its lead.
This was the first meeting between the schools since their only matchup back
in September, 1970 -- a 14-14 tie...For Wisconsin, this was its fourth trip to
Pasadena since 1994 but it fell to 11-11 all-time in bowl games after losing
its third in four tries...For TCU, it improved to 12-14-1 in postseason
contests having won for the fifth time in its last six bowl
appearances...Kendricks ended with four catches for 36 yards...Jeremy Kerley
led the Frogs' receiving corps thanks to 58 yards on six receptions...The Big
Ten has now lost seven of eight in Pasadena since Wisconsin won the 2000
contest over Stanford.
01/02 03:33:55 ET