NCAA Game Summary - Wisconsin vs. Oregon|
(Monday, January 2nd)
Final Score: (6) Oregon 45, (9) Wisconsin 38
Pasadena, CA (Sports Network) - De'Anthony Thomas' 91-yard touchdown run
highlighted a record-setting 98th Rose Bowl, as No. 6 Oregon finished strong
to oust No. 9 Wisconsin, 45-38.
The teams combined for 83 points -- the most in Rose Bowl history -- but the
Ducks (12-2) scored the final 10 points to win the Granddaddy of Them All for
the first time since 1917. Thomas' 91-yard touchdown run was the longest in
the game's history. He added a 64-yard touchdown scamper, while Darron Thomas
threw for 268 yards and three scores.
"It's a statement," said Thomas. "They tried to put on our back that we
couldn't win a BCS bowl game, but we came out, worked hard and made an
emphasis that we weren't going to lose this game."
Wisconsin (11-3), meanwhile, fell in the Rose Bowl for the second consecutive
year. Montee Ball ran for 169 yards and a score, tying Barry Sanders for the
single-season FBS touchdown record (39) in the process.
The Badgers, who lost to TCU last year, took a 38-35 lead late in the third
quarter on Nick Toon's 18-yard touchdown grab, then intercepted Darren Thomas
on the Ducks' ensuing drive. But they couldn't hang on.
Senior quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 296 yards and a pair of
touchdowns, but was intercepted by Kiko Alonso after the Thomas pick.
Oregon took over at the Wisconsin 39 and grabbed the lead six plays later on
Lavasier Tuinei's 11-yard touchdown grab. A Badgers' three-and-out followed
and Tuinei's eight-yard catch on 4th-and-6 extended a drive which ended in
Alejandro Maldonado's 30-yard field goal, capping the scoring midway through
Five plays into Wisconsin's next possession, Wilson found a wide-open Jared
Abbrederis downfield, but Abbrederis was stripped while fighting for extra
yards near the sideline and the Ducks' Michael Clay recovered at his own 27.
"I was fighting for extra yards," said Abbrederis. "I've got to be more
careful with the ball but they made a good play on it, so my hat's off to
LaMichael James then carried the ball six times before Jackson Rice punted it
back to the Badgers with 16 seconds remaining. Wilson moved his team to the
Oregon 25 with a pair of long completions before time expired.
It was evident from the start that this year's Rose Bowl would live up to its
billing as an offensive slugfest. Wilson hit Abbrederis for a 38-yard
touchdown on the game's opening drive and Darron Thomas responded on the
Ducks' first possession, setting up James' short TD burst with a 35-yard pass
Wilson then made it 14-7 with a four-yard scoring run. The teams traded punts
before De'Anthony Thomas closed an explosive opening quarter with his record
run, breaking through the line of scrimmage and sprinting 91 yards for a
Ball answered with a milestone scamper of his own, capping a 64-yard march
with a three-yard TD plunge to give the Badgers a 21-14 lead.
Predictably, the advantage was short-lived, as Darron Thomas hit Kenjon
Barner for a 54-yard touchdown on the Ducks' next play from scrimmage. The
Badgers followed with a punt, but Mike Taylor made a diving strip-sack six
plays later. The ball was recovered by Louis Nzegwu and returned 33 yards for
Oregon then reeled off an 87-yard march and Darron Thomas hit Tuinei for a
game-tying TD seconds before the break. The teams' 56 combined first-half
points set a Rose Bowl record.
De'Anthony Thomas, who only had two carries in the game, struck again three
plays into the third quarter, getting the edge and rushing 64 yards to
paydirt. Wisconsin answered with Philip Welch's 29-yard field goal and forced
a three-and-out before grabbing the lead on Toon's TD grab.
Oregon lost the Rose Bowl to Ohio State in 2010. The school improved to 2-4
all-time in Rose Bowl games. Its other win came in the form of a 14-0 shutout
of Pennsylvania in 1917...Wisconsin leads the all-time series with Oregon,
3-2...Thomas' 91-yard run bested the old Rose Bowl record of 88 yards, set by
former Michigan running back Tyrone Wheatley in 1993...The previous Rose Bowl
record for combined points was 80, set in 1991 in a matchup between Washington
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