by CFP Staff
January 1, 2013
Even with former head coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez serving as interim head coach, Wisconsin lost in the Rose Bowl for the third straight year as Stanford topped the Badgers 20-14. Alvarez put himself back into action when Bret Bielema took the head coaching position at Arkansas after the regular season. The loss is Wisconsin's 5th bowl setback in its last 6 tries.
Meanwhile, Stanford notched its first Rose Bowl win since the 1971 season. The school has appeared in 24 bowl games, 13 of which have been the Granddaddy Of Them All. The Cardinal are 6-6-1 in Rose Bowl games and 5-6 on all of their other bowl trips.
Wisconsin is 3-6 in Rose Bowl games and 8-7 elsewhere.
Stanford finished the year 12-2 while the Badgers fell to 8-6. Wisconsin advanced to the Rose Bowl by blasting Nebraska 70-31 in a Big Ten Championship game that the school wouldn't have even advanced to if Ohio State and Penn State had not been on NCAA probation.
Bielema accepted the vacant head coaching job at Arkansas on December 4 and Wisconsin ultimately moved to hire Gary Andersen away from Utah State on December 19.
Virtually all of the scoring in this game came in the first half. Stanford jumped out to a 14-0 lead with scores on its first two possessions. Wisconsin then moved to the Stanford 1 before turning the ball over downs, but Stanford only managed to move to its own 3 before punting the ball back to the Badgers. This time, Wisconsin made it all the way to the endzone with Monte Ball scoring on an 11-yard run to make it 14-7.
Stanford followed that drive with a 7-play march to the Wisconsin 30 where Jordan Williamson nailed a 47-yard field to push the lead to 17-7. On its last possession of the half, Wisconsin went 85 yards in 10 plays in 2:41 to cut the gap to 17-14 on Curt Phillips' 4-yard to Jordan Fredrick.
The teams would combine for 9 punts in the second half before Williamson hit a 22-yard field goal with 4:23 left in the game. Wisconsin's attempt to rally only made it to mid-field before first and only turnover by either team - an intercepted pass - locked up the Cardinal win.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com forecasted a 1.52-point Stanford victory.