Time runs out on Wisconsin in 45-38 Rose Bowl loss
In a season of last-second stunners, Wisconsin ran out of time
to try one of its own.
The ninth-ranked Badgers lost to No. 6 Oregon 45-38 on Monday,
with the game ending on a final-play review that went against them,
just as it did in a loss at Michigan State that spoiled their
undefeated start to the season.
With 2 seconds remaining, the Badgers needed more time to set up
a desperation play. But superstar quarterback Russell Wilson took
too long to spike the ball, and his team was left standing around
waiting while the referees checked to see if the clock had indeed
It had, ending a season that came up a few plays short and
dashing the Badgers’ hopes of avenging last year’s three-point loss
to TCU in the Rose Bowl.
”I’m kind of tired of tears of sadness,” coach Bret Bielema
said. ”I wanted to come out here and experience tears of
The Badgers and the Ducks hooked up in a high-powered offensive
duel that produced 83 points, the most combined scoring in the
98-year history of the game. But Wisconsin fumbled away a chance to
tie it in the closing minutes, leaving the Badgers a frustrated
bunch once again.
They were blowing through the opposition early in the season,
looking like a serious national title contender, until losing
consecutive road games to Michigan State and Ohio State in the
Then the Badgers rallied in the fourth quarter of the Big Ten
title game to beat Michigan State and earn their fifth trip to
Pasadena since 1994. They held five leads against the Ducks, who
caught up every time before dealing Wisconsin (11-3) a third
”It just makes it that much more gut-wrenching,” Bielema
Wilson added, ”It’s pretty crazy how each one of them panned
On the Badgers’ final drive, Wilson moved them to the Oregon 25,
but there were 2 seconds left and no timeouts.
”I didn’t think there was any way that two full seconds ran off
the clock there,” said Wilson, who passed for 296 yards and two
TDs. ”It would have been nice to have a chance there. With 1
second left, I think we could have capitalized there.”
Wilson set the NCAA record for single-season pass efficiency
rating at 191.78, bettering the old mark of 186.0 by Colt Brennan
in 2006. He also became the first Wisconsin quarterback to throw
for at least 3,000 yards in a season.
Wisconsin had two drives to tie it after Oregon kicked a field
goal with 6:50 to play, but Jared Abbrederis fumbled near the
Oregon sideline after making a long catch. Oregon’s Michael Clay
recovered with 4:06 left.
That video review went the Ducks’ way, too.
”I have to be more careful with the ball,” said Abbrederis,
who made a TD catch on the opening drive. ”They made a big play. I
can’t dwell on the negative. We’re all human. This will make me
Montee Ball’s 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his
39th of the season, tying the NCAA record set by Barry Sanders in
1988. He finished with 164 yards on 64 carries. He plans to decide
in the next couple days whether he’ll return for his senior
”If I decide to come back, I’ll make sure I carry forward what
I did this season to next season,” he said.
Wilson’s future lies in the pros. He chose Wisconsin to play out
his final season of eligibility after graduating from North
”Every single day I’ve cherished and every single moment is
truly special,” he said. ”To lose the way we did is only going to
make me stronger in the future and help me figure out something
else down the road. Maybe win a Super Bowl. You never know.”