By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Oregon Ducks squeaked by with a one-point win in the prestigious Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. The (6) Ducks defeated the (8) Wisconsin Badgers, 28-27, on Wednesday afternoon at Rose Bowl Stadium.
This was a rematch of the 2012 Rose Bowl game. Oregon also won that game, as they won 45-38 following 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
With the win, the Ducks ended their season with a 12-2 record. The Badgers fell to 10-4 with the loss.
While the game is known as “The Granddaddy of Them All,” Wisconsin has not performed well in the longest operating Bowl game. The loss dropped the Badgers to 3-7 all-time in this game.
The Ducks; however, are now .500 in this Bowl game. Oregon is now 4-4 all-time in Pasadena.
In addition, the win ties the Michigan State Spartans with four wins on the all-time list. The Spartans; however, have not played in this game since the 2014 Rose Bowl Game and are 4-1 all-time.
Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert went 14 of 20 for 138 yards. He threw an interception.
CJ Verdell had 17 carries for 49 yards. Juwan Johnson had five receptions for 66 yards.
Badgers quarterback Jack Coan went 23 of 35 for 186 yards. He also threw a touchdown pass and an interception.
Jonathan Taylor – who likely played his final college game – had 21 carries for 94 yards. Quintez Cephus had seven receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Oregon outscored Wisconsin 14-10 in the second half. Herbert scored on a 30-yard rushing touchdown. Brady Breeze also scored on a 31-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
Wisconsin’s Mason Stokke scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown. Collin Larsh also made a 27-yard field goal.
The Badgers led 17-14 at halftime. Coan hit Cephus for an 11-yard touchdown reception.
Aron Cruickshank scored on a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Larsh also made a 44-yard field goal.
Ducks’ Herbert scored on a five-yard rushing touchdown. He also scored on a four-yard rushing touchdown.