PASADENA, Calif. Stepfan Taylor rushed for 89 yards and an early touchdown, Kevin Hogan passed for 123 yards, and No. 8 Stanford’s dominant defense shut out Wisconsin in the second half of a 20-14 victory in the 99th Rose Bowl on Tuesday night.
Usua Amanam made the decisive interception near midfield with 2:30 to play as the Pac-12 champion Cardinal (12-2) won their first Rose Bowl since 1972.
Stanford didn’t score many style points, but the Big Ten champion Badgers (8-6) couldn’t score many points at all while losing the Granddaddy of Them All in heartbreaking fashion for the third consecutive season.
Wisconsin still stayed in position for an upset in the one-game return of Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez, who returned to the Wisconsin sideline for one game after hanging up his whistle.
Montee Ball rushed for 100 yards and his FBS-record 83rd touchdown for the Badgers, who managed 82 yards after halftime.
No. 8 Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14
Stan—Young 16 run (Williamson kick), 11:24.
Stan—Taylor 3 run (Williamson kick), 6:35.
Wis—M.Ball 11 run (Russell kick), 9:05.
Stan—FG Williamson 47, 6:19.
Wis—Fredrick 4 pass from Phillips (Russell kick), :19.
Stan—FG Williamson 22, 4:23.
|Time of Possession||29:52||30:08|
RUSHING—Wisconsin, M.Ball 24-100, Phillips 5-64, Gordon 9-51, White 6-4, Doe 1-(minus 1). Stanford, Taylor 20-88, Hogan 7-54, Wilkerson 5-31, Young 1-16, Hewitt 1-0, Team 1-(minus 2).
PASSING—Wisconsin, Phillips 10-16-1-83, Stave 0-1-0-0. Stanford, Hogan 12-19-0-123, Terrell 1-1-0-34.
RECEIVING—Wisconsin, Abbrederis 3-44, White 2-5, Arneson 1-9, Pedersen 1-9, M.Ball 1-7, Doe 1-5, Fredrick 1-4. Stanford, Ertz 3-61, Montgomery 3-26, Taylor 3-17, Terrell 2-20, Patterson 1-34, Wilkerson 1-(minus 1).
Heart of Dallas Bowl
DALLAS Clint Chelf threw three of Oklahoma State’s five touchdown passes and the Cowboys shook off a disappointing Big 12 finish by dominating Purdue 58-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Tuesday.
The Cowboys, a year removed from a Fiesta Bowl win that capped the best season in school history, forced five turnovers and had another short touchdown drive after a 64-yard punt return from Josh Stewart.
It was the biggest bowl win for Oklahoma State since coach Mike Gundy was the quarterback in a 62-14 rout of Wyoming in the 1988 Holiday Bowl. The Cowboys (8-5) missed out on upper-tier bowls after narrow losses in their last two Big 12 games.
With former Purdue quarterbacks Drew Brees and Kyle Orton watching, Robert Mavre didn’t get to 100 yards passing until Oklahoma State led 45-0 as the Boilermakers (6-7) fell to 0-4 on New Year’s Day.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Behind huge interceptions early and late, No. 21 Northwestern beat Mississippi State 34-20 in the Gator Bowl on Tuesday and snapped college football’s longest postseason losing streak.
The Wildcats (10-3) won their first bowl game since 1949, snapping a nine-game losing streak that was tied for the longest in NCAA history. They also celebrated double-digit victories for the first time since the 1995 Rose Bowl season.
Quentin Williams returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the game and Nick Vanhoose set up a late touchdown with a 39-yard interception return. Those plays were the difference in a back-and-forth game that featured more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (six).
In between, Northwestern’s two-quarterback system kept the Bulldogs (8-4) off balance most of the day.