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ROSE BOWL LIVEBLOG: Stanford defeats Wisconsin 20-14

Happy New Year and welcome to The Daily’s liveblog of the 2013 Rose Bowl matchup between No. 6 Stanford and Wisconsin. We’ll be updating this page with instant coverage and analysis. Please refresh this page for the most recent updates. All times are Pacific.

 

 

5:19 PM: Hogan takes the final knee as Stanford wins 20-14. The Cardinal brings back its first Rose Bowl victory for the first time in four decades.

5:18 PM: TAYLOR PICKS UP THE FIRST DOWN. That’ll do it.

5:15 PM: Taylor picks up 7-yards. Wisconsin uses its second timeout. 3rd-and-1. A first down here would give Stanford the victory. 1:02 left in the game.

5:14 PM: Wisconsin has all three timeouts left, so Stanford will need a first down if it wants to ice the game.

5:13 PM: Phillips’ pass is INTERCEPTED by USUA AMANAM. Stanford will get the ball back at its own 42-yard line.

5:12 PM: Third-and-one. Game on the line.

5:11 PM: Wisconsin out to its own 40-yard line.

5:08 PM: Crunch time has arrived. A touchdown and an extra point would give the Badgers a one-point lead, but not before the Cardinal defense has a say.

5:05 PM: Rolling out, Hogan overthrows Toilolo by inches. Williamson’s 22-yard field goal attempt splits the uprights and Stanford leads Wisconsin 20-14 with 4:23 left in the game.

5:02 PM: Stanford crowds the line, but converts the third down with a halfback toss.

4:59 PM: Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton orchestrating a promising drive here. Big third down coming up for the Cardinal. Third-and-1 at the Wisconsin 19-yard line.

4:57 PM: Taylor doing what he does best: turning a 3-yard gain into a 9-yard gain.

4:54 PM: Personal foul on Wisconsin punt coverage gives Stanford its best field position of the game at its own 44-yard line.

4:53 PM: Nose tackle David Parry stuffs Ball on third-and-1. Excellent gap integrity by Stanford’s front seven. Defensive battle continues. Ninth punt of the half coming up.

4:50 PM: Even though Wisconsin’s defense has been outstanding since giving up two early touchdowns, Stanford’s offense has been beating itself by getting into low percentage third-and-long situations.

4:46 PM: Hogan overthrows an open Montgomery deep down field. Montgomery is the fastest player on the team, but nobody could’ve caught that one.

4:45 PM: There were more punts  than first downs in the third quarter. Combination of disciplined defense and uncreative play-calling on offense. A turnover could be the the deciding factor with 15 minutes left in the game.

4:41 PM: Crowd attendance today is 93,529. Not quite full house, but still packed.

4:40 PM: Alvarez elects to punt the ball on fourth-and-1 with the ball at Stanford’s 46-yard line. Both Alvarez and Shaw playing very conservative as the third quarter comes to a close.

4:39 PM: Combination of Ball runs and Phillips short completions have Wisconsin across midfield.

4:35 PM: Can’t blame Hogan for that failed third down conversion. It was third-and-long and he had no receiver open down field.

4:33 PM: Hogan scrambles down the sideline to pick up Stanford’s first first down of the second half. Comes with 5:22 left in the third quarter.

4:31 PM: Both offenses may be sputtering right now, but Wisconsin is slowly winning the field position battle.

4:30 PM: Defensive Henry Anderson has made huge plays all season by batting down passes. Does it again right there for force a Wisconsin punt.

4:27 PM: Wide receiver Chase Hammond drops what would’ve been a big yardage completion before strong safety Jordan Richards lowers the boom on him. It was perfectly clean hit, led by the shoulder. Third-and-7 coming up for Badgers.

4:25 PM: The quarterback has been picking up first downs with his feet. But the quarterback has been Phillips, not Hogan.

4:24 PM: Both defense playing fundamentally sound in the third quarter. Zychlinski back out on the field to punt it away.

4:20 PM: Skov came thundering in from the outside to bring the initial pressure. His explosiveness has improved tremendously from where he was at in the beginning of the season. Phillips’ screen pass to James White loses a yard. Another three-and-out by the Badgers.

4:18 PM: Hogan hasn’t been his calm, collected self since mid-second quarter. Read the option wrong and then almost threw a game-changing interception.

4:12 PM: Hogan really dodged a bullet there. Pass intended for Drew Terrell almost picked off by cornerback Devin Smith. Both offense go three-and-out to begin the third quarter.

4:11 PM: Badgers get great penetration in the backfield, holds both Taylor and Hogan to no gain on back-to-back plays.

4:08 PM: Cardinal defense forces a three-and-out from Badgers offense to start things off in the third quarter. Defensive line did a good job plugging up the A-gap on that series and forced Phillips to make a tough throw on third-and-long.

4:10 PM: Taylor was held to 44 rushing yards in the first half. Granted, Stanford offense didn’t see much playing time in the second quarter.

3:52 PM: Ball has been spectacular for the Badgers, but most surprising is the sound play of quarterback Curt Phillips, who tossed one of Wisconsin’s two touchdowns. What’s troubling for the Cardinal is that it has not been able to stop Wisconsin’s rushing attack despite loading the box with extra guys. Expect the Badgers to dial up more play action in the second half.

3:45 PM: Stanford heads into the locker room with a 17-14 lead. The shift in momentum was the big story of the first half. The Cardinal’s offense erupted on its first two drives and made the touchdowns look easy, but hasn’t been able to maintain that level of efficiency since then. Two overthrown passes by Hogan prevented Stanford from putting up more points on the board.

3:40 PM: Taylor’s 3-yard carry brings the first half to a close.

3:36 PM: Stanford gives up the touchdown. Phillips finds Jordan Frederick for a 4-yard score. Russell’s PAT is GOOD and Stanford’s lead has been shortened to 17-14.

3:33 PM: Phillips fits the ball into a tight window, finds Sam Arneson for 9 yards. Cardinal needs to hold Badgers to a field goal here.

3:30 PM: Phillips finds a ton of running space near the sideline, gains 38 yards. Badgers now in field goal position.

3:28 PM: Valiant effort by Hogan trying to pick up the first down. But his 8-yard run is short of the marker on third-and-11.

3:26 PM: Levine Toilolo draws a defensive pass interference deep down field. That’ll be a mismatch every time.

3:25 PM: Inside linebacker Shayne Skov shrugged off a block to stop Ball from picking up the first down on the screen pass. He was the only defender standing between Ball and the first down marker.

3:24 PM: Stanford defense locks down after giving up the touchdown, forcing Badgers to go three and out.

3:20 PM: Shaw said it all year: Williamson has one of the strongest legs in the nation. When he’s consistent, he’s as good as any kicker. That one was right down the middle.

3:19 PM: Williamson’s 47-yard field goal is GOOD. Stanford increases its lead to 17-7.

3:17 PM: Ertz was open on the third down play, but Hogan overthrows him. Whenever the redshirt freshman misses his target, the ball usually always sails high.

3:13 PM: Ty Montgomery gets his first catch of the game, a 14-yard reception. Good to see the sophomore wideout getting involved in the offense after playing a limited role in the back half of the season.

3:08 PM: Cardinal offense has been on the field for only 2:16 in the last 12 minutes. Wisconsin carries the momentum now and is beating Stanford at its own game of time of possession.

3:05 PM: Ball goes 11 yards for a Wisconsin touchdown. Jack Russell’s PAT is GOOD and Wisconsin cuts into Stanford’s lead, 14-7. Badgers offensive line has manhandled not only Stanford’s defensive line but also the linebackers the past two drives. Very impressive.

3:04 PM: Big breakup by Terrence Brown. Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was open in the endzone, but Brown got in there at the last second.

3:03 PM: Stanford’s vaunted run defense has been giving up huge chunks of yardage. Joel Stave in at quarterback for Wisconsin.

3:00 PM: That was a booming punt by Daniel Zychlinski. It went 43-yards AND had the hang time. Badgers will set up shop at the Stanford 49-yard line.

2:59 PM: Plagued by a false start penalty, Stanford unable to get a dig a hole deep in its own territory.

2:56 PM: Huge stop by Stanford defense, which was for the most part methodically gashed by Ball and Company on that drive. Cardinal offense started out red hot, but it’s backed up on its own 1-yard line. Proceed with caution.

2:51 PM: Phillips finds Jacob Pederson for 10 yards, but just short of the goal line. Badgers go for it on fourth down, but Ben Gardner denies James White the end zone. Gardner, a Wisconsin native, was not offered a scholarship from the Badgers in the recruiting process.

2:49 PM: Badgers commit a holding penalty to open up the second quarter, nullifies an 8-yard touchdown run by Ball.

2:45 PM: Stanford’s offense was red hot on its first two drive. Great blocking by the offensive line and the receivers were also able to get some separation. But Wisconsin’s offense also starting to come alive and it’s shown some creative running plays that’s opened up some holes in the Cardinal defense.

2:44 PM: That’s the end of the first quarter.

2:43 PM: Stanford defense uncharacteristically committing two big penalties on this drive. Wisconsin knocking on the door now, at the Stanford 8-yard line.

2:41 PM: Smart play by Phillips, who picks up just enough starts to the Badgers’ drive alive.

2:39 PM: The entire Wisconsin offense is being put on Ball’s shoulders right now. Badgers helped out by a personal foul penalty, but now faces a third down at the Cardinal’s 42-yard line.

2:35 PM: On those last two drives, we saw everything that Stanford does well on offense: power running between the tackles, Hogan picking up a first down with a feet and the play action resulting in big completions down the middle.

2:34 PM: So much for the offense showing rust after a month off. Both the running and passing game have been firing on all cylinders for the Cardinal.

2:31 PM. The offense finishes the job, as Taylor punches it in on a 3-yard touchdown run. Williamson’s PAT is GOOD and Stanford jumps out to a 14-0 lead with 6:35 left in the first quarter.

2:30 PM: Hogan finds Ertz off the play action for 43 yards, all the way down to the Badgers 3-yard line. Wisconsin safety had no chance against Ertz’s imposing 6-foot-6 frame. The consensus All-American tight end already has more reception yards than he did in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

2:27 PM: Ball showed his big-time playmaking ability on that drive with the 24-yard run. Luckily, he tripped over with one man left to beat. And as predicted, Wisconsin’s passing game was as ineffective as it could’ve been on that last drive: two passes that resulted in an intentional grounding penalty and an incompletion.

2:24 PM: Quarterback Curt Phillip’s pass on third down was way off target. Cardinal gets ball back on its own 21-yard line.

2:23 PM: Wisconsin able to get some breathing room with a 24-yard run from running back Montee Ball. The Doak Walker Award winner used a spin move and almost broke for a 97-yard touchdown.

2:19 PM: Wow. What an opening statement by the Cardinal. Flawless 7-play, 80-yard drive.

2:18 PM: The speedy Kelsey Young dashes into the endzone from 16 yards out. Jordan Williamson’s PAT is GOOD and the Cardinal opens up an early 7-0 lead over the Badgers with 11:24 left in the first quarter.

2:16 PM: A great haul by Jamal-Rashad Patterson. That was wide receiver Drew Terrell who threw the ball. Who knew Terrell could pass like that?  A 34-yard pickup in the middle of the field despite the safety draped all over Patterson.

2:14 PM: Quarterback Kevin Hogan converts the Cardinal’s first third down of the game, and then hits Zach Ertz for 9 yards on the very next play. Important for the offense to set a strong tone to begin the game. Stanford is doing exactly that right now.

2:13 PM: Nothing fancy here as senior running back Stepfan Taylor takes the handoff for 4 yards on the first play of the opening drive.

2:12 PM: Kelsey Young takes the game’s kickoff and returns it to the 20-yard line from Stanford’s own 2-yard line.

2:10 PM: Stanford won the toss and has elected to receive.

2:01 PM: Many are predicting today’s game to be a physical one with a close result. Stanford has come up big in crunch time, coming out on top in six of its twelve games with a game-winning drive in either the fourth quarter or overtime. Wisconsin, on the other hand, lost all five of its games by seven points or less and three of its defeats came in overtime.

1:54 PM: Stanford band on the field now. Fifteen minutes until kickoff.

1:51 PM: Under the steady guidance of Pac-12 Coach of the Year David Shaw, Stanford bounced back from a 6-2 start midway through the season and rattled off four consecutive wins over ranked opponents, including Pac-12 nemesis Oregon, to capture its first conference title in over a decade.

1:43 PM: Many people wrote off Stanford in the preseason. Back in August people were saying, “No way that the Cardinal will make it to a BCS  bowl this year without Andrew Luck, David DeCastro, Jonathan Martin and Coby Fleener.” Well, it’s January now and the Cardinal is here in Pasadena.

1:41 PM: Less than half an hour until kickoff now.

1:37 PM: Alvarez, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Dec. 4, has plenty of experience coaching in the Granddaddy of Them All, having led the Badgers to three Rose Bowl victories in the 1990s. He stated that he focus more on managing the game, leaving the detailed game plans to his trusted coordinators.

1:30 PM: Perhaps the biggest story coming into today’s game was the abrupt departure of Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema. Many coaching departures before bowl games in the past have crippled team’s morale including Brian Kelley’s situation in Cincinnati in the 2010 Sugar Bowl. But it seems like Barry Alvarez, the Wisconsin athletic director, has done an excellent job filling in as the interim head coach.

1:15 PM: Make no mistake: Stanford fans travel well.

1:14 PM: Even though we’re 53 minutes away from kickoff, the stadium is already starting to fill up with Cardinal and Badger fans. Despite poor fan attendance at the Pac-12 Championship Game back in late November, Stanford alumni and students have flocked to Pasadena for an impressive turnout. Last Friday school officials stated that Stanford has sold 38,900 tickets, more than twice the number of tickets that Wisconsin has managed to sell. Last season Stanford also sold out its allotment of 17,500 tickets for the Fiesta Bowl.

1:12 PM: In the meantime, you can read our in-depth game day preview, which also includes links to other installments in our Rose Bowl coverage.

1:09 PM: Good afternoon, everyone. We’re less than an hour away from kickoff as Pac-12 champions No. 6 Stanford (11-2, 8-1) take on Big Ten champions Wisconsin (8-5, 4-4) in the 99th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio.

About George Chen

George Chen is the President and Editor in Chief of The Stanford Daily. Previously he worked at The Daily as the Executive Editor, Managing Editor of Sports, the football beat reporter and a sports desk editor. George also co-authored The Daily's recent book documenting the rise of Stanford football, "Rags to Roses." He is a junior from Painted Post, NY majoring in Biology. To contact him, please email eic@stanforddaily.com.