The Big 10 Champion Wisconsin Badgers (8-6) lost to the Pac 12 Champs, the 8th ranked Stanford Cardinal (12-2) in the 2013 Rose Bowl Tuesday, 20-14. Interim head coach Barry Alvarez suffered his first loss in four trips to the Rose Bowl with the Badgers. Wisconsin was down 14-0 after the opening quarter, but rallied and had the deficit cut to 17-14 at halftime. However, the Badgers were shutout in the second half while the Cardinal added a field goal with 4:23 to play in the fourth quarter for their final margin of victory. Coach Alvarez appreciated his players effort…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/ALVAREZ1.mp3|titles=ALVAREZ1]
Senior running back Montee Ball gained 100 yards on 24 carries in his final game in a Wisconsin uniform. Ball’s 11-yard touchdown run with 9:05 to play in the second quarter cut the Badgers deficit to 14-7 in the 99th Rose Bowl. Despite coming up short, Ball did not regret returning for his senior season…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/BALL1.mp3|titles=BALL1]
Senior quarterback Curt Phillips played all but two snaps and completed 10 of 16 passes for 83 yards and his nine-yard scoring pass to freshman Jordan Fredrick cut Stanford’s lead to 17-14 at halftime. However, that is as close as Wisconsin would get, as they lost a third straight Rose Bowl. Phillips, who threw a late interception to seal the Badgers fate, was obviously disappointed…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/PHILLIPS1.mp3|titles=PHILLIPS1]
After Stanford’s first two possessions, the Wisconsin defense buckled down. The Badgers gave up 159 yards on Stanford’s two touchdown drives but only 185 yards over the final three quarters. It was another tough Rose Bowl loss for junior linebacker Chris Borland…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/BORLAND1.mp3|titles=BORLAND1]
WDOR would like to thank all of our sponsors that made it possible to air Wisconsin’s football games this season and we look forward to having you back in 2013 as the Gary Andersen era in begins.
Wisconsin is now 4-1-1 against Stanford. The Badgers are 1-1 against the Cardinal in the Rose Bowl.
Wisconsin falls to 3-6 in the Rose Bowl while Stanford improves to 6-6-1.
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball is the first player to score a touchdown in three different Rose Bowls.
Big 10 Bowl Games:
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas – Texas Tech beat Minnesota, 34-31
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl – Michigan State beat TCU, 17-16
Gator Bowl – Northwestern beat Mississippi State, 34-20
Heart Of Dallas Bowl – Oklahoma State beat Purdue, 58-14
Outback Bowl – South Carolina beat Michigan, 33-28
Capital One Bowl – Georgia beat Nebraska, 45-31