TCU Wins Rose Bowl 21-19

TCU prevented Wisconsin from converting a two point conversion that would have tied the game late in the fourth quarter to hold on and win the 2011 Rose Bowl.

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TCU Wins 2011 Rose Bowl, Defeats Wisconsin 21-19

The TCU Horned Frogs are Rose Bowl Champions. The Horned Frogs improved to a perfect 13-0 on the season, defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 21-19.

Wisconsin scored on their first two possessions of the game, but were held to just two scores the rest of the game. The Badgers didn’t score in the second half until there were two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Wisconsin failed the two point conversion that would have tied the game when Tank Carder deflected a pass that was headed to a wide open receiver, forcing the Badgers to attempt an onsides kick. TCU recovered and ran out the clock to win the Rose Bowl.

Andy Dalton completed 15 of 23 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown pass while rushing for 28 yards and a touchdown. Luke Shivers scored TCU’s other touchdown, a one yard touchdown run.

Wisconsin outgained TCU 385-301 in total yards, but the yards didn’t translate into points for the Badgers. Wisconsin also won the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 36:35.

Neither team committed a turnover.

The Horned Frogs were held to just 82 yards on the ground, but it didn’t matter as TCU was able to score just enough to win the Rose Bowl.

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Rose Bowl: Badgers Score Touchdown, Fail Two Point Conversion, TCU Leads 21-19

The TCU Horned Frogs are an onsides kick recovery away from winning the Rose Bowl.

Montee Ball rushed for a four yard touchdown which capped off a 10 play, 77 yard drive for the Badgers, cutting TCU’s lead to 21-19. Wisconsin, however, failed on their two point conversion attempt, leaving the score 21-19 in TCU’s favor with two minutes to play.

Wisconsin only has one timeout remaining, so recovering the ensuing onsides kick is crucial.

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Rose Bowl: TCU Leads 21-13 Headed Into Fourth Quarter

The TCU Horned Frogs are a quarter away from their first Rose Bowl victory in school history. TCU leads Wisconsin 21-13 headed into the fourth and final quarter of play.

The Horned Frogs scored on the opening possession of the second half when Luke Shivers scored on a one-yard touchdown run, giving TCU a 21-13 lead. Since then, both defenses have come up big as neither Wisconsin or TCU have scored since.

Wisconsin had only two possessions in the third quarter, starting deep in their own territory. The Badgers had a 10 play drive that began on their own nine yard line stall as Wisconsin was forced to punt. Wisconsin later went three-and-out on a possession starting at their own three yard line.

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Rose Bowl: Luke Shivers' Touchdown Gives TCU 21-13 Lead

TCU wasted no time scoring in the second half of the Rose Bowl.

The Horned Frogs received the ball to open the second half of play and needed just six plays to go 71 yards to score. Luke Shivers scored on a one yard touchdown run, giving TCU a 21-13 lead in the Rose Bowl.

Ed Wesley’s 33 yard reception on 2nd and 9 put the Horned Frogs in prime position to score again, as the reception brought TCU to Wisconsin’s 25 yard line. After another Dalton completion and a rush by Matthew Tucker, Shivers punched it in for a one-yard touchdown run.

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Rose Bowl: TCU Leads Wisconsin 14-13 At Half

The TCU Horned Frogs lead the Wisconsin Badgers 14-13 at half time in the 2011 Rose Bowl, thanks in large part to quarterback Andy Dalton.

Dalton completed seven of 10 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 31 yards on seven attempts and a touchdown – accounting for both of TCU’s scores.

TCU’s third down efficiency has played a large part in their halftime lead as well. The Horned Frogs have converted three of four third down attempts as TCU was forced to punt only once in the first half.

Wisconsin leads TCU in total yards by a healthy margin, 234 to 141. The Badgers, however, left points on the board when kicker Philip Welch missed a 39 yard field goal attempt. The Badgers are four for nine on third down conversions but also two for two on fourth down conversions, including a fake punt on 4th and 9.

TCU will receive the ball to start the second half as the Horned Frogs look to increase their lead.

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Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Cuts TCU's Lead To 14-13

The Wisconsin Badgers cut TCU’s lead to one point with their second field goal of the game. The 14 play drive culminated with Philip Welch kicking a 37 field goal as time expired in the first half.

The Horned Frogs will receive the ball to open the second half.

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Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Misses Field Goal

The Wisconsin Badgers’ 13 play drive stalled and ended with a missed field goal attempt by kicker Philip Welch.

Welch’s 39 yard attempt sailed wide left, leaving the Horned Frogs with a 14-10 lead in the second quarter.

The missed field goal represents the first drive that failed to end in points by either team thus far.

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Rose Bowl: TCU Scores Again, Leads Wisconsin 14-10

Andy Dalton led TCU on a five play, 57 yard touchdown drive to give TCU a 14-10 lead over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

Dalton completed a 44 yard pass to Josh Boyce which put the Horned Frogs at the Badgers’ 12 yard line. Dalton ran for a four yard touchdown run two plays later to put the Horned Frogs back on top.

So far, both teams have scored on every possession as the Rose Bowl heads into the second quarter of play.

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Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Strikes Back, Takes 10-7 Lead

The Wisconsin Badgers responded to TCU’s touchdown in kind, going 67 yards on just six plays capped off by a John Clay one yard touchdown run to regain the lead.

Scott Tolzien completed a 27 yard pass to Bradie Ewing to put the ball at TCU’s one yard line, setting up Clay’s touchdown run.

Wisconsin now leads TCU 10-7 with 3:07 to play in the first quarter.

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Rose Bowl: TCU Responds, Takes 7-3 Lead Over Wisconsin

The TCU Horned Frogs wasted no time responding to Wisconsin’s field goal. Andy Dalton led TCU on a 10 play, 77 yard drive which culminated in a 24 yard touchdown pass to Bart Johnson, giving the Horned Frogs a 7-3 lead in the first quarter.

TCU converted on a pair of third down conversions which kept the drive alive. Dalton was excellent on the drive as well, completing four of six passes for 57 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 19 yards on four attempts.

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Rose Bowl: Badgers Strike First, Lead TCU 3-0

The Wisconsin Badgers wasted little time getting on the board in the Rose Bowl. Montee Ball rattled off a 40 yard rush on the first play of the game which set up a 30 yard field goal from Philip Welch.

Wisconsin’s scoring drive needed only seven plays while going 55 yards. TCU will receive the ball for the first time in the game on the ensuing kickoff and will look to strike back.

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Rose Bowl: TCU Horned Frogs Vs. Wisconsin Badgers

The Sports Network

By Frank Haynes, Senior College Football Editor

GAME NOTES: Two of the top four teams in the nation will square off in Pasadena on New Year's Day, as the TCU Horned Frogs meet the Wisconsin Badgers in the 97th Rose Bowl.

Wisconsin, which logged an impressive 11-1 mark during the regular season and shared the Big Ten Conference title with Ohio State and Michigan State after posting a school-record-tying 7-1 league ledger, is making its seventh appearance in the Rose Bowl and fourth since 1994. The Badgers are 3-3 in their six previous Rose Bowl appearances, and have won their last three games in Pasadena.

Wisconsin, which is 10-11 all-time in its bowl history, is appearing in its ninth straight bowl game, including all five during head coach Bret Bielema's tenure.

TCU has been a thorn in the side of the BCS for the past few years, as the Horned Frogs, under coach Gary Patterson, have run roughshod through the rest of the Mountain West Conference and challenged the big boys for inclusion in the exclusive post-season club. In fact, TCU has won two straight MWC titles after recently completing its second consecutive 12-0 regular season, and it is the first team from a non-automatic BCS qualifying conference to play in back-to-back BCS bowl games.

TCU, which has won 26 of its last 27 games overall, is 11-13-1 all-time in bowl games, which includes a 7-4 mark under Patterson. The Frogs own a 15-3 record in their last 18 games against teams from a BCS conference.

The series between these two teams boasts just one previous meeting, that coming in 1970 and ending in a 14-14 tie in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin averaged 45.2 ppg in conference action this year, setting a new school record and serving as the second-best mark in Big Ten history. The Badgers are one of just five teams in the country to rank among the top 25 in both total offense and total defense. The others being Boise State, TCU, Stanford and Ohio State. The combined records of those five teams this year is an astounding 56-4.

Wisconsin uses the run about as well as any team in the nation, and the Badgers are the only FBS team to have three RBs who have gained at least 800 yards on the ground this season. James White (1,029 yards, 14 TDs), John Clay (936 yards, 13 TDs) and Montee Ball (864 yards, 17 TDs) help UW average 6.12 ypc and 247.3 ypg on the ground. All total, the UW offense has amassed 46 rushing scores this year.

Scott Tolzien has enjoyed a solid campaign under center for the Badgers as he thrown for 2,300 yards with 16 TDs and only six INTs. His .743 completion percentage ranks among the national leaders, and his favorite targets are clearly Lance Kendricks (39 receptions, 627 yards, five TDs) and Nick Toon (33 receptions, 413 yards, three TDs).

Protecting the football has been key for the Badgers, who turned it over just nine times on the year which is tied with fellow Big Ten member Iowa for the fewest in the nation. Also helping the overall cause is the fact that UW is the least penalized team in the country (2.9 per game).

Ball was asked recently about facing the best defense in the country, "We love it. It drives us every day. This is why you play football. It is going to be a great game."

He continued by giving an assessment of what makes the TCU defense so good, "Speed. Hands down, speed. They have two great defensive ends that shoot up the field really well and their linebackers find the ball really well."

The Badgers have performed admirably on defense themselves this season, giving up 20.3 ppg behind average yardage outputs of 131.7 ypg rushing and 191.8 ypg passing. They have surrendered 19 passing scores, but just seven on the ground, and they have been particularly strong at the start of games, yielding a mere 3.3 points on average over the opening 15 minutes.

The Wisconsin defense doesn't feature one or two star players, but rather a collection of skilled guys who play together as a team. Blake Sorensen heads the unit with 60 tackles, and five others have at least 51 stops. J.J. Watt has team-highs in TFLs (21) and sacks (seven), while Antonio Fenelus has four of the Badgers' 14 INTs.

Like their counterpart, the Horned Frogs have a potent offense which averages 43.3 ppg on 491.5 total ypg. The TCU ground attack is as punishing as the Badgers, or anyone else's for that matter, churning out 261.2 ypg and accounting for a whopping 39 TDs. Ed Wesley has rushed for 1,065 yards and 11 TDs this season, picking up 6.6 ypc for a team that averages 5.5 ypc. Wesley is joined by three others who have at least 400 rushing yards, including QB Andy Dalton (407 yards, five TDs).

Speaking of Dalton, this is not a run-only offense as the talented signal- caller has thrown for 2,638 yards and 26 TDs, while only being picked off six times this year. A strong believer in spreading the wealth, six different players have double-digit catches, led by Jeremy Kerley with 50 grabs for 517 yards and 10 TDs. Josh Boyce is the leader in terms of receiving yards with 602, and he averages better than 18 ypr and has reached the end zone six times.

With the offense firing on all cylinders, one might think that the TCU defense could do just enough not to give the opposition free cracks at the end zone, but the exact opposite is true as the Horned Frogs are truly one of the elite defensive teams in the country. Holding seven opponents to single digits and allowing just 11.4 ppg in all, and only 215.4 total ypg, TCU is the best the FBS has to offer. Foes have scored just seven rushing TDs, and they average a mere 4.0 yards per offensive play. The Frogs give in on only 22 percent of third-down conversion attempts, and they have allowed the opposition a grand total of 16 trips to the red zone in 12 games.

Tanner Brock has been a man possessed for the TCU defense, logging 97 tackles, with a pair of sacks, two fumble recoveries and an INT, while Colin Jones and Wayne Daniels have combined for 22.5 of the team's 68 TFLs. Tejay Johnson has three picks, helping the team come up with 22 turnovers on the year.

TCU Defensive Coordinator Dick Bumpas was asked recently about the challenges his unit will face against a Wisconsin offense that batters the opposition into submission, "The things that they do schematically causes you a lot of problems, so it'll be a very interesting afternoon."

This has all the makings of an absolute classic as both teams boast powerful offenses and strong, playmaking defenses. Expect to see plenty of action in all phases of the game, and for the Badgers to rely on the lessons they learned by playing a physical Big Ten schedule to serve them well as they pull out a narrow victory.

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