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Stanford edges Wisconsin in evenly-played Rose Bowl

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Stanford and Wisconsin were as different as they come heading into the 2013 Rose Bowl game. The Badgers were a five-loss team that backed its ways into the Big Ten championship and lost its coach, Bret Bielema, to Arkansas just days later. Stanford, meanwhile, has become the new model of consistency with David Shaw picking up where Jim Harbaugh left off with the Cardinal finishing its third straight season of at least 11 wins.

Yet when the two sides took the field, the result was about as even as you could imagine all the way up to the final seconds when No. 8 Stanford held on against Wisconsin, 20-14.

Stanford and Wisconsin had 344 and 301 yards, respectively, and were knotted at a 17-14 punt-fest for much of the second half before Jordan Williamson made a 22-yard field goal to reflect the final score. Bowl games are a battle of many variables,  motivation and match-ups being among them. There was no questioning motivation and the match-up between Stanford and Wisconsin was a good one. The Cardinal just made one more big play.

It’s hard to say the Barry Alvarez experiment didn’t work simply because the Badgers didn’t come out on top. Running back Montee Ball had 100 yards rushing and became the first player in history to score touchdowns in three different Rose Bowls. All were losses. But he also only had 12 in the second half, ironically a time when it felt like Wisconsin controlled the momentum of the game even though it trailed.

The Rose Bowl had become a stalemate where the anticipation of the big play mounted with every possession. Ultimately, nothing major happened — at least not until Curt Phillips threw a costly interception to Stanford cornerback Usua Amanam. One first down later and the Cardinal would execute the victory formation to win its first Rose Bowl win since 1972. And without Andrew Luckno less. In the middle of Oregon’s incredible run of Pac-12 dominance.

It’s a job well done for Shaw, who signed a long-term extension with the university last month. There’s no sign that indicates he’s planning on leaving any time soon, either.  Depending on what happens with Oregon coach Chip Kelly and the NFL rumors surrounding him, Stanford and Shaw could become the new king atop the Pac-12. Some might argue, with good reason, that the Cardinal is already there and to stay.  Shaw is a little more humble.

“We’re still ascending,” Shaw said after the win.

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19 Responses to “Stanford edges Wisconsin in evenly-played Rose Bowl”
  1. 410keith says: Jan 1, 2013 9:16 PM

    Woooo whoooooo!!!!! Go cardinal!!!!!!

  2. mydixienormus says: Jan 1, 2013 9:27 PM

    Stanford’s only Pac 12 loss came complements of …

  3. normtide says: Jan 1, 2013 9:28 PM

    Booom! Down goes Wisconsin. That’s 3, bowl losses, on a row.

    Tell me again why Barry is considered a great coach?

  4. moneymike23 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:29 PM

    Pathetic offensive play calling and coaching overall by Wisconsin.

  5. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 1, 2013 9:37 PM

    Damn norm tide taking my comment context. Tell me someone, how many times can you run a jet sweep, and why on 4th and goal when you have the Doak Walker winner are you going wildcat to James White? Lastly why again does NC State want Matt Canada? Dude had 1 good game this year play calling (round 2 vs Nebraska).

  6. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 1, 2013 9:39 PM

    “Tell me again why Barry is considered a great coach?”

    Answer- The same reason why Arkansas thinks it got a slam dunk hire??

  7. normtide says: Jan 1, 2013 9:50 PM

    Hey madtown. Lol, was wondering if you was going to see that. Actually was a good game, you can question the play calling, but you knew how Barry wanted to call the game. Best of luck with the new coach, from what I know of him, seems like a good one.

  8. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 1, 2013 9:57 PM

    Should be good hire. Time will tell. Tired of the run up the middle. Change will do Wisconsin well. Alvarez/Canada needed to take a chance down field and never did.

  9. normtide says: Jan 1, 2013 10:23 PM

    From what I have read, UW will be paying Bama in the cowboy classic, 2015 iirc. Looking forward to it.

  10. mogogo1 says: Jan 1, 2013 10:35 PM

    normtide says:

    Tell me again why Barry is considered a great coach?

    _______________

    He went 8-3 in bowl games (including 3-0 in Rose Bowls) for a school that was 1-4 in its history prior to him. He also won them 3 Big 10 titles when they hadn’t won the conference since the early ’60s.

  11. normtide says: Jan 1, 2013 10:43 PM

    Brett won three B1G titles as well, yet he is considered a chump by UW fans. And they both ran basically the same offense. The rose bowl records are the only difference between the two.

  12. badgerbuck says: Jan 1, 2013 11:21 PM

    Lets not go to the rose bowl ever again,just get sick of same outcome

  13. greej1938l says: Jan 2, 2013 2:12 AM

    Was a good game. Coulda gone either way. I peronally feel if that bielema guy was there…stanford woulda won big…( comming from a SMU fan)

  14. dafc0n says: Jan 2, 2013 10:22 AM

    Major overhaul coming for UW next year, I think Barry finally gets it. Redshirt freshman Bart Housten QB was rated in top 5 nationally while in high school, he is a typical pro-spread talent. Now UW goes out and gets new offensive coordinator with the spread being his specialty. Smash mouth football is too one dimensional to consistently win. Next year is going to be fun, UW won’t go exclusivly to spread, but they will mix it up enuf to be a nitemare for a lot of teams. Just hoping!

  15. dafc0n says: Jan 2, 2013 10:25 AM

    P.S. I’m REALLY happy arkansas got their man, but I’m ecstatic for Wisconsin. Read between the lines?

  16. CBFAN says: Jan 2, 2013 10:33 AM

    Looks like Wisky got their 3-peat.

  17. baredon says: Jan 2, 2013 11:24 AM

    Another article about the coach snubbing the woman who wanted to interview him the win…

    What’s the deal?? They ask the same dumb ass questions every time… What going thru your mind? What does this mean to your program? etc etc…

    If I was a coach, they could kiss my grits…

  18. cedaly1968 says: Jan 2, 2013 11:43 AM

    So Stanford, the number 7 team, plays Wisconsin the unranked, and that is an even match up? Why is Alvarez a great coach? Answer, he WAS. He IS NOT the coach now, he is the AD at Wisconsin. So he had two weeks to get ready for a bowl game after not coaching for 7 years. And Stanford only barely won. These bowl games are a joke. The Big 10 should have fielded maybe 2 teams – very weak conference this year. And yet they were in every game all the way through the 3rd quarter of each.

  19. metalhead65 says: Jan 3, 2013 9:49 AM

    funny how it all seems to turn out differently for the badgers when they are not playing the IU’s of the football world and running up the score isn’t it?just keep telling yourselves at least we made to the rose bowl if it makes you feel better. they should not have even been playing in the rose bowl but lucked into it since the teams better than them were ineligible for league title this year. racking up big numbers against weak schools means nothing when you choke every time against the big boys in the rose bowl.

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