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Badgers Lose Third Straight Rose Bowl


PASADENA, CA (WHBL) - Wisconsin lost its third straight Rose Bowl Tuesday night, 20-14 to eighth-ranked Stanford. The Badgers spotted Stanford a 14-0 lead early, which athletic director Barry Alvarez called a “microcosm of their whole season.”  But Wisconsin battled back to get within three at the half.  And then both defenses hunkered down, with a combined seven punts in the third quarter.  What looked like a game-winning touchdown drive for Stanford ended up with a 22-yard field goal by Jordan Williamson with 4:23 left, putting the Cardinal up by six.  The Badgers then moved past midfield when quarterback Curt Phillips threw an interception to Usua Amanan with 2:03 left – and that gave Stanford its first Rose Bowl victory since 1972. Montee Ball ran for 100 yards in his final game as a Badger and he became the first player to score a touchdown in three Rose Bowls, with an 11-yard run in the second quarter.  Phillips threw for 83 yards and a score, as Alvarez returned to his old coaching role for one game after Bret Bielema suddenly left for Arkansas almost a month ago. The loss ruined Alvarez’s perfect 3-0 Rose Bowl record with Wisconsin since 1993, and it capped off an 8-6 season for the Badgers. Kevin Hogan threw for 123 yards for Stanford, which last played in the Rose Bowl in 2000 with a loss to Wisconsin. The Cardinal had a slight edge in total yards, 344-301. Stepfan Taylor ran for 88 yards and a T-D.  Kelsey Young had the other touchdown on the ground for Stanford, which ended at 12-2 on the season.  Mequon native Ben Gardner,who went to Stanford after Wisconsin wouldn’t give him a full scholarship, had six tackles and a pass break-up against the Badgers.