Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 Rose Bowl Review

REVIEW: 2012 Rose Bowl 98th edition

Final Score: Oregon 45, Wisconsin 38    Prediction: Oregon 35 Wisconsin 31

Scoring by Quarter:

Oregon           14        14        7       10        45

Wisconsin     14        14      10         0         38

During my review I’ll take your time by giving you my view on the game based on what I saw and look back at the keys in my preview.  Here we go…

   1)    Russell Wilson vs. Oregon’s Secondary

Like I thought, Russell Wilson was able to find “wide open” receivers all game. Starting with the first drive, which felt to me, like a lot like the 2010 Rose Bowl (Ohio State vs. Oregon). Wilson connected with his favorite receiver Jared Abbrederis on a beautiful Play Action strike. Wilson finished the game 19/25 296 passing yards 2 passing TD’s along with a rushing TD. Wilson, did however, throw an interception (to an Oregon LB) that the Ducks would cash in for a score on their next offensive drive. Although, Oregon’s secondary had trouble covering the Badger’s receives, it’s ironic that the unit was able to come up with the play of the game. On a 2nd and 6 from their own 44 yard line, Wilson found Abbrederis wide open for a huge play that would of set the Badgers up for a potential game-tying score, but as Abbrederis turned up the field for more yards, Oregon DB Terrance Mitchell punched the ball out of his hands and the Ducks recovered the ball. I was right in thinking Wilson would have a good day against the secondary, but the interception and fumble would prove to be costly for the Badgers in this game.

   2)    Oregon’s Spread Attack vs. Wisconsin’s Defense

As expected, the Duck’s spread attack dominated the Badgers defense. Where do I begin, lets talk about the “big play”, three scores of 54 yards or more, the Ducks proved to have too much speed for the Badgers defenders. Ducks racked up 621 yards of offense (345 rushing yards, 276 passing yards) having two running backs go over the 100-yard mark (LaMichael James 159 yards TD, De’Anthony Thomas 155 yards 2 TD’s). One guy I forgot to talk about in my preview was Darron Thomas, Oregon’s QB who threw for 268 yards (17 of 23) and 3 passing TD’s. Thomas did a great job running Coach Kelly’s spread attack all season and the Rose Bowl was no different. As a fan, which teams offense, is hard to watch (Ohio State), I love watching the Ducks (even the broadcast had a hard time keeping up at times). It was said to be, if you had more then a week to prepare for the Ducks, that they don’t do as well (see 2010 Rose Bowl and 2011 BCS National Championship) well that wasn’t the case in Pasadena today.

   3)    Monte Ball vs. Oregon’s Front Seven

Hats off to Monte Ball for tying Barry Sanders’ FBS record of total TD’s in a single season (39). It would have been neat to see him break it on the grandest stage of them all. Monte started strong and ran well all game finishing with 215 total yards of offense and scoring once. The Ducks were gashed by Ball at times, but when it counted the most they came up with some big hits/shoe string tackles not allowing Ball to have anymore yards then he already did, and during just enough to help out the Ducks offense.

   4)    Bret Bielema vs. Chip Kelly

Well, third time proves to be the charm. Chip Kelly after having seasons of 10, 12, and 11 wins in his first three seasons, finally captured his first bowl victory. Bielema tried keeping the ball away from the Ducks offense while still scoring, it was a telling sign that the Ducks had 28 points in the 1st half on only 29 plays. Coach Bielema falls to 2-4 in bowl games, losing back-to-back Rose Bowls (Big Ten has lost the past 5 out of 6 Rose Bowls, 8 L’s since 2000).


Oregon Ducks- it’s a great win for the Ducks, as they finally get the monkey off their back by winning a BCS bowl game. Coach Kelly will have another talented team next fall, even with the potential early departure of RB LaMichael James. Darron Thomas will be back for his Senior season and he will have two burners (De’Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner) on each side of him with some solid guys on the outside. The defense will be a year older, and I believe the Ducks again will compete for another Pac-12 Championship.

Wisconsin- With the departure of Senior QB Russell Wilson and probably Junior RB Monte Ball, the Badgers will have some questions on the offensive side of the ball. Knowing Wisconsin they will be solid on defense and with Ohio State being ineligible to win the conference and Penn State starting over, Wisconsin should be able to at least win the Leaders Division of the Big Ten Conference.

Congratulations Ducks, I’ll leave you all with this: