The 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational presented by STAT BOX STORIES continues with the Rose Bowl, which matches up the Wisconsin Badgers (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten) and the #6 Stanford Cardinal (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12). Eric Veneziano of The Gaming Tailgate community took control of the Badgers as they seek to score an upset Rose Bowl victory over Stanford.
Wisconsin grinds out tough Rose Bowl victory over Stanford
Pasadena, C.A. – This year’s “granddaddy of them all” pitted two very similar teams together. Both Stanford and Wisconsin are hardnosed, run first, play solid defense teams. Sometimes when two teams like this meet up you get a complete reversal and you see an offensive explosion… not this year!
If you take a look at the player of the game you can probably guess what type of game it was as Wisconsin CB #10 captured the honors with 3 tackles for a loss and 2 sacks.
Both teams played to their strengths and ground out the running game and played strong defense throughout. Wisconsin HB #28 was the lone bright spot of offense racking up 100+ yards on the ground but never was able to break the long run and the Cardinal defense stepped up on 3rd down consistently to get the ball back.
Wisconsin was finally able to break the scoring drought late in the 3rd quarter and you could almost tell that score would decide the game. The Stanford offense did answer that score with a long drive that ended in a field goal midway through the 4th quarter. The Cardinal defense did its job once again and the Stanford offense got the ball back one more time but was unable to generate anymore points and Wisconsin was able to run out the clock and secure the W.
Player of the Game: Wisconsin CB #10, who recorded three tackles for a loss and two sacks on the game in the defensive struggle.
It was over when… Facing a 3rd and 4 with 1:28 left in the game, Wisconsin HB #28 went off right guard and picked up the first down allowing Wisconsin to run out the clock.
Game Ball goes to… Wisconsin HB #28: the lone offensive bright spot in game. He rushed for 124 yards and carried the team on the final drive to chew the clock.
Stat of the Game: 35% – the two teams combined 3rd down percentage. The defenses did a great job of shutting down drives.
Statistical Tidbits: Wisconsin rushed the ball 30 times and gained 126 yards; the Cardinal rushed the ball 16 times and only gained 20 yards. … Both teams got just over 100 yards passing; Wisconsin completed 9 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Stanford completed 11 passes for 124 yards. … Both teams struggled on third downs, with the Badgers converting 4 of 9 attempts and Stanford converting 2 of 8 attempts. The two teams combined for 3 attempts on fourth down but no conversions were made. … Both teams converted their lone red zone attempts; Wisconsin scored a touchdown, while Stanford settled for a field goal. … Wisconsin held possession for nearly five minutes longer than Stanford, but only managed to win by four points.