Give Wisconsin credit. The Badgers came to play and Stanford got all the fight it wanted and then some in the Cardinal’s 20-14 victory in the 2013 Rose Bowl. Montee Ball did all he could, rushing for 100 yards and a score in the losing effort, but he was held to just 12 yards in the second half as Stanford held Wisconsin scoreless after the break.
And thus ends Wisconsin’s season at 8-6. That record is still good, but not great, and that befits Wisconsin as a team. Good, but not great.
It’s just a shame that the best team in the Big Ten wasn’t the team representing the conference in the Rose Bowl.
Sure, Wisconsin took advantage of the circumstances and earned its way to the Rose Bowl from there by annihilating a Nebraska defense that was still smoldering when the Capital One Bowl kicked off (and was successfully reignited by Georgia), and nobody’s going to argue that Wisconsin didn’t earn any of the wins it needed to get to Pasadena. If anything, the Badgers caught the short end of…
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