Wisconsin Smells the Roses With 42-39 Win Over the Spartans (Rapid Reaction)







For the second consecutive year, the Wisconsin Badgers are headed back to Pasadena to represent the Big Ten in the BCS Rose Bowl. The inaugural Big Ten Championship and 42-39 win over the Michigan State Spartans was a game for the ages.

It included a ton of offense (816 total yards), multiple lead changes (three to be exact) and a questionable play at the end of the game (did Badgers punter Brad Nortman flop?).
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Rose Bowl Blunder; Badgers fall to Horned Frogs 21-19

It just wasn’t the Big Ten’s day as #5 Wisconsin topped off a humiliating 0-5 record in New Year’s Bowl Games for the conference in a 21-19 loss to the #3 TCU Horned Frogs in the 2011 Rose Bowl.

UW’s loss snapped a run of three consecutive Rose Bowl wins and brought their record to 3-4 in the game played annually in Pasadena, CA.

Give credit where it’s due as the Horned Frogs (13-0) proved they can play with the big boys. QB Andy Dalton was magnificent while accumulating 219 yards and a touchdown on an efficient 15-of-23 passing.

Meanwhile, the Badgers (11-2) came out strong in a record-setting first quarter, but couldn’t revive themselves from some costly penalties and suspect pass defense.

By: Nick Grays

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Badgers J.J. Watt Wins 2010 Lott Impact Trophy

Best senior quarterback (Scott Tolzien and 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award), best offensive lineman (Gabe Carimi and 2010 Outland Trophy Award) and now the best defensive player in the country as the Badgers’ defensive end J.J. Watt was named the 2010 Lott Impact Trophy Award Winner on Sunday Night.

Watt has had a monster year while accumulating 21 tackles for loss, seven sacks, eight passes broken up, ten quarterback hurries and three blocked kicks.

The other three finalists for the Lott Impact award were Texas defensive lineman Sam Acho, Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews (Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews brother) and LSU cornerback Patrick Patterson.

By: Nick Grays

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Badgers Gabe Carimi wins Outland Trophy

The announcement of the Wisconsin Badgers returning to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2000 was only the beginning of a historical year in Madison. On Thursday night, senior offensive lineman Gabe Carimi was named the Outland Trophy winner, an award handed out to the best interior lineman in the country.

Carimi joins former Badger and current Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas as the second Wisconsin football player to win the award in the last five years.

The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946 is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. The Outland Trophy is the third oldest award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell award.

By: Nick Grays

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