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Badgers blast Huskers, headed to third-straight Rose Bowl

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Quite literally, Wisconsin was the third-best team in the Big Ten’s Leaders division in 2012, finishing off an up-and-down regular season with three overtime losses in the last four games.  Just as literally, the only reason the Badgers tripped into a spot in the conference championship game was because the two teams that finished ahead of them in the standings — Ohio State and Penn State — are ineligible for the postseason due to NCAA sanctions.

That was the dominant storyline woven into the run-up to the league’s title game, a fact that, with each passing day, dug further under the skin of the defending B1G champions.

Unfortunately for Nebraska, the Cornhuskers felt the full force of UW’s pent-up frustrations over the talk.

There are woodsheddings, then there are eviscerations that take place inside a woodshed, the latter of which aptly applies to the 70-31 beating Wisconsin laid on No. 14 Nebraska.  The beating avenged the Badgers’ 30-27 loss to the Cornhuskers earlier in the season.

The one-sided nature of the game was never more evident than with a quick glance at the rushing side of the statistical ledger.

On 50 carries, a staggering 10.9 yards per carry.  Three times UW scored on runs of 56 yards or more — by three different players.  Two of those players — Melvin Gordon (216) and Montee Ball (202) — topped 200 yards, while the other — James White (109) — went over 100 and scored a title-game record four touchdowns on the ground.  Gordon, incidentally, carried the ball just nine times in busting through the 200-yard ceiling.

The 539 yards allowed by the Cornhuskers was a school record.

Add it all up, and UW won its second consecutive Big Ten title game and earned its third-straight berth in the Rose Bowl.  After back-to-back losses in those trips to Pasadena, the Badgers, who will face Pac-12 champion Stanford, will again be looking for their first win in the Grandaddy of Them All since the 1999 season.

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39 Responses to “Badgers blast Huskers, headed to third-straight Rose Bowl”
  1. phreakin says: Dec 2, 2012 12:05 AM

    As a Huskers fan that was embarrassing. Not to take away from Wisconsin but Nebraska ALWAYS falls for their own hype. nobody outside of Wisconsin has the badgers winning. So what happens? Nebraska lays an egg and lets the Badger backs run it down their throat all night long. Every one of the “Blackshirts” should be embarrassed and turn in their shirts after the game

  2. badgerbuck says: Dec 2, 2012 12:10 AM

    Know let’s get a win in the rose bowl game

  3. duklover says: Dec 2, 2012 12:16 AM

    Get Bo’s new book, “how to prepare for the big game”.

  4. cubano76 says: Dec 2, 2012 12:16 AM

    70pts! WOW

  5. huskerguy says: Dec 2, 2012 12:33 AM

    It was like the Solich debacle all over again. Why can’t he prepare for the big one? I just don’t get it… Personally, I think it is the egos of the coaching staff.

    I have no answers.

    Good game Badgers.

  6. badgerbuck says: Dec 2, 2012 12:45 AM

    I really believe that at some time every team is going to just get a total ass kicking, can’t explain it but it does happen

  7. mydoglouie says: Dec 2, 2012 1:00 AM

    What a joke of a conference championship game! Not a good reflection at all!

  8. thraiderskin says: Dec 2, 2012 1:24 AM

    @Phreakin, actually, if the Badger’s coach keeps his head out of his own rear, the Badger could literally run the ball like that on most teams in the country. I’m a Buckeye fan, but I live in Wisconsin and if you just watch what their O-line does on run plays, it is amazing. There is a reason Wisconsin is pumping out NFL level talent on the O-line. I know fans of other conferences might not get it, but that is one area of a football team that I’m insanely jealous of.

    Naturally, I’m sure their idiot coach will undoubtedly try to throw the ball all through the first half of the Rose Bowl, that plan has worked out well in the past.

  9. pandebailey says: Dec 2, 2012 1:31 AM

    Not near enough coaching, talent or character by the Huskers. What an embarrassing game for those of us in Lincoln. We were lucky that the Big Ten is so weak that we’ve only got three losses… in which we gave up a total of 169 points. Nice coaching.

    The right move for Bo now is to announce which charity the Husker coaches will donate their weekly checks to ……absolutely no way they deserve to get paid for that game and just saying yet again “I don’t know what happened” just doesn’t do it.

  10. stoutfiles says: Dec 2, 2012 1:46 AM

    I’m sorry, but an 8-5 team playing in a BCS bowl game is a joke. The Rose Bowl should have the option of picking an at-large over the Big 10 champ.

  11. kupski says: Dec 2, 2012 2:09 AM

    Ohio State was awarded for winning their division outright and Wisconsin gets into the Rose Bowl via the back door

    Thank you MEDIOCRITY Gods !

    Think we should give ole coach Bielema a sandwich and a cup of coffee and a hand shake for his sterling 8-5 record !

    W.T.G. You Badger fans your team earned it….. said no one ever.

  12. bender4700 says: Dec 2, 2012 2:16 AM

    Ohio State wasn’t awarded anything. They were forced to sit on a 12-0 season with no conference title nor a Bowl game, which would have been Ohio State vs Notre Dame for the National Title. So not sure what you mean there.

    Not Wisconsin’s fault OSU cheated and PSU had the whole Assistant Coach Pedophile problem.

    Nebraska has some things to correct, Bo better or he’ll be finding a new media group to be a jerk to.

  13. rsmeans says: Dec 2, 2012 2:28 AM

    The entire Big10 including Ohio State is a joke. No one in that conference would be better than seventh in the SEC or fifth in the Big12 or fourth in the PAC12.

  14. stoog2454 says: Dec 2, 2012 2:45 AM

    That was simply a curb stomping. Did the Huskers even bother to prepare for this game? The next time that Nebraska stops that fly sweep will be the first time they stop it.

  15. timmons94 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:26 AM

    As a huskers fan. Congrats Wisconsin . Where was that all year ? . Pretty simple when u have stud running backs and kill a team in the trenches, this is what happens.

  16. dcroz says: Dec 2, 2012 8:02 AM

    Had Ohio State not been on probation, they would have lost two or three games this season. There is lots to be said for not having the pressure of playing for a championship on your shoulders week in and week out as Notre Dame, Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State, etc. had all season. The idea of playing for nothing but pride–and even a measure of vindication or redemption–can cause you to play much more loosely and take more necessary chances than you might do if you really had something up for grabs. We saw that in 1993 as Auburn went from 5-6 the year before to 11-0 but on probation. We saw that last year as USC played way over its head in going 10-2 and ruining Oregon’s national title hopes. We even saw that with Penn State this season going 8-4 after getting most of its talent ripped away by the unprecedented punishment it received for the unpleasantness there. Ohio State is a really good team, but don’t let the 12-0 record fool you into thinking they would have done the same thing if they had something more at stake than pride.

  17. rcbn says: Dec 2, 2012 8:03 AM

    Husker left Big 12 to go to Big 10 thinking they would dominate. They were mediocre in the Big 12 and even more so in the Big 10.

  18. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 2, 2012 8:32 AM

    Now as a badger fan normally I agree that their victories are classless but this one was just done with good ol’ smash mouth badger football. Did they even pass 10 times? Normally it’s 3 and 1 up 45 and they throw a 50 yard pass. Maybe Bielema finally learned something? Then again maybe it’s cause Paul Christ went to Pitt. Either way On Wisconsin! just don’t lay another egg in the rose bowl.

  19. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 2, 2012 8:36 AM

    Also gotta love the disgruntled Ohio St fans who say Wisconsin didn’t earn it. That may be so but at least our team isn’t on Probation. Recruit classy players and you too can get bowl games. Don’t worry though Urban Meyer will win you a championship with Tressels team and then leave before the going gets tough like he did in Florida. O-H……… Ahh wait the season is over. Fuck It

  20. gorilladunk says: Dec 2, 2012 9:08 AM

    I posted on this site a week ago asking rhetorically if Nebraska was the worse 10 win team in the country. We all got that question answered. My god, how embarassing!

  21. ernie ernie says: Dec 2, 2012 9:27 AM

    We fans like to think football is all about sports and rivalries but in reality college football is all about money. The Rose bowl, other that the BCS title game, is the big buck daddy.
    The Big Ten signed a contract that guarantee’s a big ten team in the Rose Bowl each year unless the BCS game is played there. Pretty smart and very lucrative.
    I too would like to see someone else besides a weak Wisconson team play in it but for that matter, UCLA should be out too.
    But hey, this BCS thing is bull anyways. You have the Nat Champ game and everyone else is also rans. Most people will hardly watch the other bowl games. The Rose Bowl means nothing having so so teams. The other bowls mean noting other than a medium to sit on the coach and drink beer.
    Until we have that playoff system, there is only one bowl game that matters, the rest are good places to take a nap in.

  22. thegamecocker says: Dec 2, 2012 9:29 AM

    I’ve been a Nebraska Cornhusker fan for over 50 years! I watched Coach Devaney teams as well Coach Osborne’s teams. Even during the horrible Callahan years I thought the team would ultimately get back to their winning ways with new leadership. But last night was the nadir (look it up Clemson grads) of Nebraska football. I was so terribly disappointed, I don’t know where to start! If the defense didn’t want to play the game, than just forfeit and call it a season. The final score was not indicative of how one-sided this game was. Nebraska scored some points late to make it appear like a “shootout”! The defense gave up 70 points and over 500 rushing yards! The great folks of Nebraska work hard and deserve better. I will still root for the Cornhuskers but last night was too
    “Callahan like” for me!

  23. ernie ernie says: Dec 2, 2012 9:32 AM

    The big ten watered there conference down some more with Rutgers and Maryland. However, they padded their instituitions deep pockets with the NJ and NY tv markets.
    The big ten rules when it comes to TV revenue. They are the 500 pound gorilla in the room.

  24. stoutfiles says: Dec 2, 2012 9:35 AM

    “Also gotta love the disgruntled Ohio St fans who say Wisconsin didn’t earn it. ”

    Everyone is saying it. Wisconsin went 8-5 in a horrible Big 10 this year. Yes, they get in because the Rose Bowl is forced to take the champ, but it’s a disgrace how average Wisconsin is.

    I still think they can beat Stanford because they are rolling now, but no one from the Big 10 should be there this year.

  25. boownsizzo says: Dec 2, 2012 10:12 AM

    The Big Ten is down, Badgers lost 5 games, etc, etc, etc. But if a team can beat Stanford, how can you say they don’t belong. News flash, the BCS has been a joke long before a 5 loss Wisconsin team got into the Rose Bowl.

  26. stoutfiles says: Dec 2, 2012 10:23 AM

    @boownsizzo, anyone can beat anyone. That’s why they play the games. It doesn’t mean Wisconsin deserves to go, the Rose Bowl is forced to take them.

  27. boownsizzo says: Dec 2, 2012 10:28 AM

    FYI the last time somebody said Wisconsin did not belong in the Rose Bowl (Craig James in 1998), Ron Dayne went out and kicked Ucla’s butt.

  28. stoutfiles says: Dec 2, 2012 10:59 AM

    They were 11-1. They deserved to go.

    This team is 8-5. They do not deserve to go.

  29. sbuel2 says: Dec 2, 2012 11:10 AM

    I think Wisconsin knew they only had to beat Indiana in the last month to be in the title game, this team prepared for Nebraska weaknesses on defense, added to loss of Baker Steinkuler during the Iowa game. to the exclusion of the rest of their season, Michgan State, Ohio State and Penn State. With Stanford versus Oregon in the Rose Bowl they have a shot at winning. Good Luck Wisconsin, you sacrificed a lot to get there.

  30. cometkazie says: Dec 2, 2012 11:18 AM

    Bo was a good DC at LSU but he is in over his head now and it shows. I can’t imagine him lasting more than a couple of more years. If they are embarrassed by these wipe-outs and his bad temper and are always making excuses for him, what does that say.

    GameCocker: How much hush money is not telling the SEC fans where your true loyalty is worth? 😉

  31. beedubyatoo says: Dec 2, 2012 11:22 AM

    OSU was lucky to be undefeated. Could have lost to UAB, Cal, Purdue, MSU, Indiana, Wisconsin, ad nauseum.

    Wisconsin lost 5 games by a total of 19 points. 3 OT games and another 2 by a FG. With a kicker that could actually make a FG beyond 20 yds., UW could have been undefeated, even with a third string QB who played every play the last third of the season. Just sayin’.

  32. greej1938l says: Dec 2, 2012 11:24 AM

    @stoutflies~ I disagree man, The rules state winner from big ten and pac go to rose bowl right? isnt that whats happening? your making a case for no reason…i mean everyyear theres teams in bowls that shouldnt be…and everyear those teams win…if your gunna make an argument that wisco shouldnt be in it then im guna make the argument that stanford shouldnt and oregon should…its just an opinion based thing…the system will never be perfect.

  33. lrg51 says: Dec 2, 2012 12:18 PM

    Rose Bowl = $$$

    Winning will be sweet for Wisconsin. But its bucks in the bank no matter how it turns out.

  34. normtide says: Dec 2, 2012 2:49 PM

    Nebraska was always a team I kept my eye on. While they still have a good team, it will be hard to return to elite level. Nebraska has to recruit outside state lines, just not enough talent in-state. Add to that the fact that the b1g isn’t really fertile recruiting grounds. Their best shot is to work the state of Texas.

    I read a great article on It was written by a b1g lifer. In it, he states that Ohio is the only top tier recruiting state left in the footprint. West Penn is drying up, and other metro areas are losing people. That’s why I think the b1g’s next expansion has to be into Virginia and southward. However, after years of bashing southern football, how can the fans accept that?

  35. dmvtransplant says: Dec 2, 2012 4:00 PM

    Everybody keeps saying the Big Ten is weak. Yet I never hear the same said about the ACC sending a team to the Orange Bowl, that nobody believes can win that game. How many times did Va Tech lose the Orange bowl over the years? How many ACC teams get beaten down each year in what is suppose to be a BCS bowl game, for gods sake Iowa won it a couple of seasons ago Iowa. The 70-31 B1G CC is really close to that 70-33 Orange Bow game from last season. I’d still rather watch a 5 lose team in the Rose Bowl verse a 1 or 2 lose ACC team, attempt to beat anybody from another conference.

  36. dcroz says: Dec 2, 2012 6:41 PM


    The reason why you don’t hear that about the ACC is the same reason you don’t hear it about the Big East: because it’s been said so many times in the past already that there is no need to have to keep repeating yourself. We all know the ACC and Big East are far from good football conferences and have not been relevant on the national level for several years now. The reason it IS being said about the Big Ten is that this has been an exceptionally bad season for the league, whereas it would just be the status quo for the other two.

  37. dkhhuey says: Dec 2, 2012 8:21 PM

    dcroz says:Dec 2, 2012 8:02 AM

    Had Ohio State not been on probation, they would have lost two or three games this season.

    Congrats – You’ve won the prize for ridiculously stupid comment on this thread!

    @madtown – please point me to one Buckeye fan on this thread saying that!!!

  38. dcroz says: Dec 3, 2012 9:21 AM


    Coming from you, that is a compliment. Who better than you to know stupid when you see it, considering you spout it constantly. Now go put on your foam rubber helmet before your mommy catches you playing on the big, mean computer. And go cheer for your precious Suckeyes. Maybe next year they will still be as good as they were this year when they actually have something to play for…NOT.

    Seriously, you think a team that came within a few minutes of losing to UA-freakin’-B at home is as good as their record indicates? And you call ME stupid?

  39. waynefontes says: Dec 5, 2012 7:05 AM

    dmvtransplant says:
    Dec 2, 2012 4:00 PM
    Everybody keeps saying the Big Ten is weak. Yet I never hear the same said about the ACC sending a team to the Orange Bowl, that nobody believes can win that game. How many times did Va Tech lose the Orange bowl over the years? How many ACC teams get beaten down each year in what is suppose to be a BCS bowl game, for gods sake Iowa won it a couple of seasons ago Iowa. The 70-31 B1G CC is really close to that 70-33 Orange Bow game from last season. I’d still rather watch a 5 lose team in the Rose Bowl verse a 1 or 2 lose ACC team, attempt to beat anybody from another conference.

    I’m guessing you don’t live in the Southeast, because everyone there knows that the ACC is a joke. To the point that nobody talks about it because everyone knows the ACC is awful. So it it no surprise when they are. Year after year after…

    I think people bash the Big 10/11/12/14 more than the ACC because of your history and that a lot more is expected of you than the basketball conference in the Mid-Atlantic.

    The ACC is now essentially the Big East, and the Big East is now essentially Conference USA.

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