The 2012 Rose Bowl features two teams which both lost in a BCS Bowl last season. Oregon, led by the the same dynamic duo of Darron Thomas and LaMichael James that took them to the BCS National Championship game last season, will take on the Big Ten champion Wisconsin Badgers who lost fell to TCU in last year's Rose Bowl.
Led by quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Montee Ball (conference offensive player of the year), the Badgers beat Michigan State in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. Earlier in the season Wisconsin looked on track for the BCS title game, but came two hail mary passes away from being undefeated.
Oregon, however, easily won the Pac-12 title and had the third best offense in the nation in points scored. The Ducks and their always-changing uniforms lost their first game of the season to LSU, but still managed to go 11-2 overall and 8-1 in the conference.
Will the Ducks finally get a BCS bowl win for head coach Chip Kelly? Or will Wisconsin shut down LaMichael James and win its first BCS bowl since 2000? PREDICT THE WINNER HERE!
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The refs say the clock ran out and the game is over. OREGON DUCKS WIN THE ROSE BOWL!!!
Wilson hits Toon for another big gain to get to Oregon's 25. Then Wilson tries to spike it with 2 seconds left but the clock ran out. The refs are debating whether to put a second back on the clock. Ducks think the game is over.
Wilson hits Abbrederis for a first down to their own 42. One more play?
Wisconsin calls fair catch at their own 12-yard line. 16 seconds left..
Oregon is set to punt with 23 seconds left in the game. Wisconsin will need a miracle.
LaMichael James gets another handoff and runs to the right, but gets dragged down for a loss of 2. Time to punt, but Wisconsin will only have around 20 seconds to work with.
James goes up the middle for 4 yards as the time continues to wind down. 1:30 left.
Just before the 2-minute mark, James rushes for 1 yard and Wisconsin calls their final timeout of the game.
LaMichael James converts the third down with a run up the middle.
James takes the handoff and goes for 4 yards. 3rd and 1 coming.
Now Oregon is taking their time. First a run to LaMichael James for 5 yards. They still go to the hurry up, but they're waiting for the clock to go down.
|@ PeteThamelNYT : Chip Kelly showed about an 11-inch vertical jump there. Great shot. Hilarious.|
Wilson hits Abbrederis deep down the left sideline, but as he got tackled, the receiver lost the football and an Oregon defender pounced on it for the recovery. Chip Kelly was jumping up and down and the referee signaled Oregon ball. HUGE MOMENTUM SHIFT!
Surprise surprise, Ball goes up the middle for a 5 yard gain. 4:35 left in the game.
Wow what a play. Wilson hits Toon who was short of the first down, but he stretched out at the last second and got it. Big play by Toon.
Wilson connects with Toon for a 4-yard gain on the right side. Big 3rd down coming.
Montee Ball gets stuffed for a loss on first down. He tried to run right but got hit immediately.
Abbrederis takes the kickoff and runs to the 30-yard line. Will Wisconsin tie the game?
Alejandro Maldonado makes the 30-yard field goal to put Oregon up 45-38!
Barner gets tripped and gets a yard. 4TH DOWN AND 2. Chip Kelly calls timeout and sends out the kicking team.
James rushes for 3 yards. Then Barner goes back in and gets 4 more yards. Now it's 3rd and 3 with 7:40 left in the game.
Darron Thomas tries to go underneath to De'Anthony Thomas but he gets stopped 6 yards short of the first down. OREGON WENT FOR IT! Darron Thomas faces pressure up the middle but gets the throw off to Tuinei for the FIRST DOWN!
Barner tries to go up the middle and gets 10 yards. 3rd and 15.
False start on Oregon. 2nd and 25 now.
Thomas connects with Thomas down the right sideline for a big gain, but a offensive holding penalty wipes that away and Oregon will move back to Wisconsin's 44.
Barner gets the handoff, runs right and gets crushes at the line of scrimmage. No gain.
Barner takes the handoff and gets just enough for the first down. Oregon is marching!
Thomas looks for Huff downfield but the pass was underthrown, huff had to come back for it and the ball fell incomplete. 3rd and 3.
Thomas fakes a screen with 3 receivers to the right and slings one to a wide open Tuinei for a 41-yard gain. Then James rushes for 6 yards.
LaMichael James tries to shake off a defender but only gets 3 yards.