ROSE BOWL: STANFORD 20, WISCONSIN 14

Cardinal shut down Badgers

Stanford wins its first Rose Bowl since 1972

The Associated PressJanuary 2, 2013 

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Stanford receiver Jamal-Rashad Patterson hauls in a long pass over Wisconsin defender Shelton Johnson during the first quarter of the Rose Bowl on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in Pasadena, California. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

ROBERT GAUTHIER — MCT

— Although Stanford didn’t score many style points in the 99th Rose Bowl, the Cardinal could celebrate because they didn’t let Wisconsin score any points at all after halftime.

Stepfan Taylor rushed for 89 yards and an early touchdown, Kevin Hogan passed for 123 yards, and No. 8 Stanford won its first Rose Bowl since 1972, beating the Badgers 20-14 on Tuesday night.

Usua Amanam made the decisive interception near midfield with 2:30 to play as the Pac-12 champion Cardinal (12-2) ended their four-decade drought in the “Granddaddy of Them All” with arguably the biggest bowl win yet during the long-struggling program’s recent renaissance.

“We knew this was going to be a battle, and we wouldn’t expect it any other way,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “We know it’s going to be tight, it’s going to be close, and we’re going to find a way to win. That’s the way it’s been all year.”

Stanford clamped down on the Big Ten champion Badgers (8-6), who lost the Rose Bowl in heartbreaking fashion for the third consecutive season. Montee Ball rushed for 100 yards and his FBS-record 83rd touchdown, but Wisconsin managed 82 yards in a scoreless second half.

With impressive defense of its own, Wisconsin still stayed in position for an upset in the one-game return of Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez, who was back on the Badgers’ sideline in his red sweater-vest seven years after hanging up his whistle.

Kelsey Young rushed for a score on Stanford’s opening possession, and Taylor scored on the second. Wisconsin kept the Cardinal out of the end zone for the final 51 minutes, holding them to three points in the second half, but Stanford’s defense didn’t need any more help in the Cardinal’s eighth straight victory.

“We knew coming in, it was going to be a physical game,” Taylor said. “We knew they know how to play against power as well as us. They did a great job. It was our defense keeping us in the game that enabled us to get this win.”

After winning the Orange Bowl two years ago and losing the Fiesta Bowl last season, Stanford earned its first conference title and its first Rose Bowl berth in 13 years.

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