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With two seconds remaining and down eight points on the Oregon Ducks 25-yard line, the Wisconsin Badgers needed to throw one into the endzone and hope for the best. Instead, quarterback Russell Wilson spike the ball into the ground after the gameclock had expired, ending the game and handing the Ducks the 2012 Rose Bowl crown.
Oregon QB Darron Thomas was the statistical standout in a game that saw the Rose Bowl scoring record fall (83 combined points). Thomas threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-clinching TD pass to Lavasier Tuinei at the start of the fourth quarter.
LaMichael James and De'Anthony Thomas blew up the Badger defense with a furious, two-headed rushing attack. James racked up 159 yards and a touchdown while Thomas bullied his way to 155 yards and two TDs.
Tuinei was named offensive MVP of the game for his 8 catch, 158 yard, two touchdown performance. Kiko Alonso was named defensive MVP for his interception and 1.5 sacks.
Heisman candidate Montee Ball gathered 165 yards and a score in a losing effort for Wisconsin. QB Russell Wilson posted 296 yards and two touchdowns, though he also had a backbreaking interception.
Oregon finishes the season 12-2 while the Badgers end with a 11-3 record.
The record for most points scored in the Rose Bowl has officially been broken by the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers. Specificially, you can thank Ducks QB Darron Thomas and his touchdown pass to Lavasier Tuinei and Oregon's subsequent field goal by Alejandro Maldonado for making it 45-38 and 83 total points, breaking the previous record of 80.
The Ducks are starting to take control of the game in the fourth quarter.Wisconsin had two quick drives early on and their most recent drive ended on an Oregon fumble recovery with three minutes to go. The Ducks can put it away now with a score here.
The Oregon Ducks received the ball out of halftime, and they didn't waste any time getting to work to put up points in the 2012 Rose Bowl. Oregon got a few nice runs from LaMichael James before De'Anthony Thomas broke to daylight on the left side and gave the Ducks their first lead, up 35-28.
Wisconsin then got a great kickoff return from Jared Abbrederis that put the Badgers deep in Oregon territory and got Montee Ball rushes of nine and 13 yards to set up a field goal attempt and cut the lead to 35-31. Oregon was forced to go three-and-out on the next drive, and the Badger conducted a methodical big drive. James White had some nice rushes to get Wisconsin across midfield, and then Russell Wilson had a huge 17 yard pickup to pick up a critical third down conversion. Wilson found Bradie Ewing, Ball and then Nick Toon for the go-ahead touchdown for the Badgers.
On the next drive, Oregon got a huge play from Darron Thomas connecting with Lavasier Tuinei, but then on 3rd and long Thomas backpedalled and overthrew his receiver, bouncing it up and into the hands of Aaron Henry. Wisconsin looked to run clock, but Kiko Alonso anticipated a throw from Wilson and stepped right in for an interception.
The Oregon Ducks had an impressive response down 14-7 when De'Anthony Thomas went scooting 91 yards at the end of the first quarter to tie things up with the Wisconsin Badgers.
Wisconsin came right back, but they had another balanced drive when Russell Wilson found Nick Toon for eight and 18 yards and Jacob Pedersen for 17 yards. That set up another Montee Ball rushing touchdown to give Wisconsin the lead.
It took Oregon only two big plays to tie things up though, as the Black Mamba had a solid front Darron Thomas and Kenjon Barner connected on a 54 yard touchdown to make it 21-all. After Wisconsin was able to drive deep into Oregon territory, the Badgers got stopped on 4th and short.
The Wisconsin defense stepped up though, as Mike Taylor came unprotected off a blitz and blew up Thomas on a blind-side sack. Louis Nzegwu then scooped up the football and went into the end zone to give Wisconsin a 28-21 lead.
Oregon came right back with a solid two minute drill, as LaMichael James got a 29 yard rush, and Darron Thomas connected with Lavasier Tuinei and David Paulson. Bryan Bennett also found Thomas on QB throwback pass, and Thomas then found Tuinei on a three yard TD catch.
Better keep on doing pushups Duck. I doubt the scoring is going to end.
The Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon Ducks didn't waste any time putting points on the scoreboard in the 2012 Rose Bowl. Wisconsin started the ball on the ground with Montee Ball, who manged rushes of six, ten and ten. Then Russell Wilson went to the air and found Nick Toon, Ball, and then Jared Abbrederis for the 38 yard score on a play-action route.
Oregon didn't waste any time as usual to put points on the scoreboard. Darron Thomas had a few early rushes to set up a third and short, and LaMichael James went scooting for 23 yards. Thomas then found Josh Huff for five yards, then backpedaled away from pressure for Lavasier Tuinei for 35 yards. James then ran straight into the end zone for one yard.
Wisconsin went right back to it though. Ball had a 42 yard rush and had a 30 yard reception when Wilson found him rolling out. Wilson then walked into the end zone to put the Badgers up 14-7.
The Oregon Ducks and their fans have been waiting in rabid anticipation for weeks now. The Ducks players have been in Southern California all week, seeing the sights, accepting awards and even taking the time to visit with fans at the Los Angeles Children's Hospital.
As they gear up for their game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the 98th Rose Bowl on Monday, January 2, you can feel the excitement in the air. We have all of the pertinent information right here in case you wanted to follow along with the game as it happens.
Time: Kickoff will be at 2:10 PM PST from Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA.
TV: The game will air nationally on ESPN and will also be streaming on the internet at ESPN3.
Betting Line: The Ducks are favored to win by between 5 and 6 points, according to our friends over at OddsShark. The over/under for the game is set at 72.
History: Oregon and Wisconsin have faced off against one another four times before 2012. The Ducks have come away with a win in all four of those previous meetings. The most recent game between the two was in 2001, which the Ducks won, 31-28
You can find even more information about the Rose Bowl game by visiting the official Tournament of Roses website.
The Oregon Ducks have been getting pumped up for weeks about their appearance in the 98th Rose Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers on Monday. The Oregon Ducks fans have been getting pumped up as well, turning up all over the place in Southern California to show support for their favorite team.
Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian reports that about 10,000 Oregon Ducks fans showed up at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday afternoon to hold a pep rally. ESPN personality Neil Everett and golfer Peter Jacobson, both alumni of Oregon, were the master of ceremonies for the event, which featured the Ducks marching band and the Oregon Duck himself.
It's certainly an impressive display to get that many fans to turn out in order to support any team, for any event. This many faithful Ducks fans turning up in Southern California just proves not only how important the Rose Bowl is to the fans, but how far the reach of the Ducks stretches.
Over at Addicted to Quack, SB Nation's Oregon Blog, David Piper highlighted four things about the Wisconsin Badgers that you may or may not know heading into their matchup with Oregon in the 2012 Rose Bowl.
1) The Badgers Struggle With Special Teams
The dominant Badgers offense has covered up a lot of their other shortcomings, but their special teams is by far their most glaring area of need. They've had problems with drops, bad coverage, and long returns, which may leave them open to some Oregon playmakers.
2) The Badgers have more than Montee Ball
The Badgers have two other very capable backs in John Clay and James White. White has gained around 600 yards along with six touchdown this season in limited play, but is still comparable to other starting backs in the Big Ten. Clay is also a danger as well, and coupled with the Dangerous Ball, makes a trio of issues on the ground for the Ducks.
3) Keep Russell Wilson in the Pocket
Russell has gashed defenses for a 72% completion percentage, 31 touchdowns, 2800 yards passing and only three interceptions. A lot of that damage has been done out of the pocket as well. The Ducks will have to be very disciplined to keep him in check and hopefully inside the pocket to hopefully limit the damage done.
4) The Badgers are Scary in the Red Zone
The Badgers have a 96% red zone scoring percentage (67/70 attempts) in both field goals and touchdowns. Enough said.
The Oregon Ducks are the first-ever Pac-12 champions after dominating the UCLA Bruins on Friday night by a score of 49-31. The Bruins hung in early, but the Ducks were simply too talented and too athletic to hang with for the full 60 minutes.
With a lead of 35-17 at the half, the Ducks never looked back. The Bruins made it interesting with an early touchdown in the third quarter, but Oregon promptly responded with back-to-back touchdowns to make the score 49-24. UCLA tacked on one final touchdown on an impressive catch by Nelson Rosario late in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
LaMichael James was the MVP of the conference title game and ended his stellar performance with 243 yards of total offense. The shifty running rushed for three touchdowns and UCLA had no answer for him. UO quarterback Darron Thomas struggled early, but managed to recover and have a big game throwing 219 yards and three touchdowns. David Paulson, Daryle Hawkins and Colt Lyerla all hauled in touchdown receptions.
For more on the game, check out Addicted To Quack.
The fourth quarter is about to get underway from Autzen Stadium, but this game is basically in the bag for the Oregon Ducks. After 45 minutes of play, UO leads the UCLA Bruins by a score of 49-24 and are preparing to score once again. Simply put, the Ducks are just too skilled offensively and their speed is giving UCLA a ton of problems.
The Bruins struck quickly to begin the second half to cut the lead to 35-24, but two late touchdowns by the Ducks have blown this game wide open. LaMichael James has been the MVP thus far, carrying the ball 22 times for an incredible 154 yards and three touchdowns. Darron Thomas has done a nice job pacing the offense, throwing for 219 yards, three touchdowns, and rushing for 60 yards of his own.
Quarterback Kevin Prince has had no time to operate in the pocket and has thrown for just 111 yards and a touchdown. Derrick Coleman leads the way on the ground for the Bruins with 61 rushing yards. Wide receiver Nelson Rosario has been one of the few bright spots, hauling in three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown.
The Ducks are now less than 15 minutes away from a Pac-12 championship and a likely bid in the Rose Bowl.
The Oregon Ducks have been one of the most impressive teams offensively in 2011 and they showed the entire nation what they're capable of in the first half. After 30 minutes of play, UO leads the UCLA Bruins by a score of 35-17. The Bruins are showing a lot of heart in Rich Neuheisel's final game with the program, but it appears that the Ducks are just too talented and too athletic to hang with.
LaMichael James has been unstoppable and rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. On the first drive of the game, James broke away for a 30-yard TD run after the Bruins had forced Oregon into a 4th and one situation. Quarterback Darron Thomas has played well and threw for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the half, although he also surrendered an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
UCLA has just one offensive touchdown thus far, and it came on a flea-flicker that saw Kevin Prince hit Nelson Rosario on a 37-yard strike that cut the deficit to 21-14 midway through the second quarter. Unfortunately for the Bruins, the defense has had no answer for the Ducks and surrendered two touchdowns late in the half. Unless drastic changes are made in the second half, it's tough to see UCLA hanging in for much longer.
For more on the game, check out Addicted To Quack.
The first annual Pac-12 Championship Game is underway from Eugene and the Oregon Ducks currently lead 21-7 after a quarter of play. The UCLA Bruins have had no answer for UO's high-flying offense and scored their lone touchdown on a lucky pass deflection that was taken for a touchdown.
LaMichael James has been a man on a mission and already has 79 rushing yards and a touchdown. The shifty running back nearly broke away on a kick return as well. Outside of the interception, Darron Thomas has played well and has a touchdown both with his arm and on the ground. Tight end Colt Lyerla found himself wide open in the end zone and brought in the seven-yard TD pass.
Kevin Prince has complete three passes for 14 yards and has had no time to operate in the pocket. Jonathan Franklin currently leads the Bruins with 23 rushing yards.
If the first quarter was any indication, this will not be a close game. UCLA is showing a lot of heart and will continue to battle back, but the Ducks simply have too much talent and athleticism.
The Oregon Ducks are ready to host the UCLA Bruins for the Pac-12 Championship, gunning for their third consecutive outright Pac-12 title. UCLA leads the all-time series between these two with a record of 39-25 against the Ducks, though Oregon has won three straight and nine of the last 11, including a 60-13 romp of the Bruins last season.
The winner will take on the the winner of the Big Ten Championship game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan State Spartans in the Rose Bowl game taking place on Jan. 2, 2012.
Game Time: 5:00 p.m. PT
Location: Autzen Stadium Eugene, OR
National Radio: ESPN Radio with Dave Fleming (pxp), David Norrie (analyst) & Ian Fitzsimmons (reporter).
Local Radio: Oregon Sports Network with Jerry Allen (pxp), Mike Jorgensen (analyst) & Jay Allen (reporter).
Satellite Radio: XM 91, Sirius 91.
For more on Ducks football, head over to Addicted to Quack to get in on the action and get your voice heard!
The Oregon Ducks will take on the UCLA Bruins in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday. Oregon are heavy favorites in a game that is expected to be a blowout.