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Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14 (final)
The 99th Rose Bowl became a game of firsts when the Cardinal took a 20-14 victory Tuesday in Pasadena.
Stanford Coach David Shaw earned his first win in the contest, Wisconsin Athletic Director and acting coach Barry Alvarez lost for the first time and the only turnover proved decisive.
The Cardinal, who won the big game for the first time since 1972, nursed a 17-14 halftime lead through a scoreless third quarter before finally driving into field-goal range for the only points of the second half.
The Badgers had a chance to win the game with a scoring drive in the final minutes but Stanford's Usua Amanam intercepted a pass by Curt Phillips with 2 minutes 3 seconds left to play to help seal the victory.
Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor was selected most valuable player of the game with 88 yards and one touchdown in 20 rushes.
Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14 (2:03 left in fourth quarter)
The Badgers moved across midfield with their ensuing possession before quarterback Curt Phillips promptly had a pass intercepted by Cardinal defensive back Usua Amanam.
Although the second half has been a snoozer with a scoreless third quarter and the first point coming with less than five minutes in the fourth quarter, that was the first turnover in the game.
If the Cardinal pick up two first downs, it's also likely the game.
Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14 (4:23 left in fourth quarter)
The scoring drought ends as the Cardinal got a field goal, but it could have had a lot more.
On third and four at the Wisconsin five-yard line, quarterback Kevin Hogan overthrew 6-foot-8 Levine Toilolo, who was wide-open in the end zone, on a rollout.
Jordan Williamson kicked a 22-yard field goal to give Stanford the first points of the second half and a six-point lead.
The Cardinal did milk 6 minutes 22 seconds off the clock with the 56-yard drive.
Stanford 17, Wisconsin 14 (10:45 left in fourth quarter)
Each team has now punted in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinal did extend its drive from the end of the third quarter with a first down on a 13-yard scramble early in the fourth quarter by quarterback Kevin Hogan, but three plays later Stanford punted.
The Badgers didn't fare any better, failing to get a first down on the ensuing possesion and punting the ball back to Stanford. And that sounds familiar in the second half, which has featured no scoring.
Stanford 17, Wisconsin 14 (end of third quarter)
The Stanford-Wisconsin Rose Bowl is living down to its boring, defensive-oriented billing.
The two teams combined for three first downs and seven punts in the third quarter.
And 93,359 people paid hard-earned money to watch this game.
Stanford 17, Wisconsin 14 (6:30 left in third quarter)
Scratch that. You can nod off again.
The most exciting play of the second half was Stanford running into Wisconsin punter Drew Meyer, but the five-yard penalty left the Badgers well short of a first down and they were forced to punt again.
It was a questionable call because Meyer was prone with his leg in the air when contact was made, which is usually a roughing call -- 15 yards and an automatic first down.
The Cardinal are pinned in their territory at the eight-yard line after a 44-yard punt by Meyer.
Stanford 17, Wisconsin 14 (8:01 left in third quarter)
Remember that snoozer of a defensive-minded game we thought might develop in this year's Rose Bowl? It arrived to start the second half.
Each team failed to get a first down during their first two possessions of the third quarter. that's be four three-and-out possessions. Yawn.
Finally on their third possession, the Badgers broke loose when quarterback Curt Phillips scrambled for a 13-yard gain and a first down to the Wisconsin 45-yard line.
It might be time to wake up.
A Rose Bowl game that was billed as grind-it-out snoozer has lived up to half that hype.
Stanford and Wisconsin mostly slugged it out tackle-to-tackle style, but the game had a little edge to it during a first half that ended with the Cardinal leading, 17-14.
Stanford tossed in two gadget plays to get the upper hand on its first drive. A reverse pass from receiver Drew Terrell to Jamal-Rashad Patterson covered 34 yards to put the Cardinal in the red zone. Receiver Kelsey Young scored from 16 yards on a reverse on the next play.
Quarterback Kevin Hogan set up the Cardinal's second touchdown with a 43-yard pass to Zach Ertz. Stepfan Taylor went three yards for a touchdown on the next play.
After that, it was run, run, run by both teams.
Taylor had 44 yards rushing in the first half. Stanford had 99 as a team.
Wisconsin's Montee Ball had 87 yards rushing in the first half, including an 11-yard touchdown run. The Badgers had 151 yards on the ground, 38 on a scramble by quarterback Curt Phillips that set up their second touchdown.
Phillips completed a four-yard pass to Jordan Fredrick with 19 seconds left to make it a three-point deficit.
Stanford 17, Wisconsin 14 (19 seconds left in second quarter)