PASADENA, Calif. — Stanford completed its third consecutive double-digit win season on Tuesday when it edged out Wisconsin in the 99th annual Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio, 20-14.
To the casual observer, the Cardinal may have looked like the same team that appeared in BCS games in 2010 and 2011. But a closer look reveals this team won the Pac-12 in a much different fashion.
Stanford defensive players discuss their contributions to the Cardinal's Rose Bowl victory, including the the game-clinching interception.
After a 13-year drought, Stanford has returned to the Granddaddy of Them All for a traditional New Year's Day matchup against Big Ten champion Wisconsin. The game is a rematch of the 2000 edition of the Rose Bowl, and both teams are searching for their first win at the game in long time. This year, both teams are going with their traditional uniforms, with Stanford sporting Cardinal tops and white pants while visiting Wisconsin is in white uniforms and red pants. Both teams are sporting a 99th Rose Bowl game patch as well.
Now that 2012 has come to a close, it's time to look back at yet another incredible year of Pac-12 sports. [gallery ids="6713,6714,6715,6716,6717,6718,6719,6720,6721,6722,6723,6724"]
It took 13 long years but Stanford finally has returned to the granddaddy of them all in Pasadena. Riding one of the longest winning streaks in the country, the Cardinal are one of the hottest college football teams in the second half of the season and are led by veteran running back Stepfan Taylor as well as fresh faces like quarterback Kevin Hogan. This is Stanford's third straight BCS bowl game, but their first time staying on the West Coast for the one game they've wanted to play in all along: the 99th edition of the Rose Bowl.
What was supposed to be a dream season without the shackles of an NCAA bowl ban turned out to be quite the nightmare for USC. Monday's 21-7 Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech, who entered the game with a losing record, was a fitting end.
More and more teams in college football are featuring offenses that include elements of the spread, option quarterbacks and unilateral speed.
Tuesday’s Rose Bowl won’t be exhibiting that trend.
When No. 6 Stanford takes on Wisconsin at 2 p.m. PT on ESPN, it will be a rebirth of your parents’ college football. Yes, there will be traditional running attacks. There will be huge offensive lines with strong tight ends. There will be fullbacks.