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Wisconsin loses its third straight Rose Bowl, 20-14 to Stanford

Wisconsin lost its third straight Rose Bowl Monday night, 20-14 to eighth-ranked Stanford.

The Badgers spotted Stanford a 14-0 lead early, which Athletic Director Barry Alvarez called a "microcosm of their whole season."

Wisconsin battled back to get within three at the half. Then both defenses hunkered down, with a combined seven punts in the third quarter.

What looked like a game-winning touchdown drive for Stanford ended up with a 22-yard field goal by Jordan Williamson with 4:23 left, putting the Cardinal up by six.

The Badgers then moved past midfield, but quarterback Curt Phillips threw an interception to Usua Amanan with 2:03 left. That gave Stanford its first Rose Bowl victory since 1972.

Ball first to score in three Rose Bowls

Montee Ball ran for 100 yards in his final game as a Badger.

He became the first player to score a touchdown in three Rose Bowls, with an 11-yard run in the second quarter.

Phillips threw for 83 yards and a score, as Alvarez returned to his old coaching role for one game after Bret Bielema suddenly left for Arkansas almost a month ago.

The loss ruined Alvarez's perfect 3-0 Rose Bowl record with Wisconsin since 1993, and it capped off an 8-6 season for the Badgers.

Kevin Hogan threw for 123 yards for Stanford, which last played in the Rose Bowl in 2000 with a loss to Wisconsin. The Cardinal had a slight edge in total yards, 344-301.

Stepfan Taylor ran for 88 yards and a TD. Kelsey Young had the other touchdown on the ground for Stanford, which ended at 12-2.

Mequon native Ben Gardner, who went to Stanford after Wisconsin wouldn't give him a full scholarship, had six tackles and a pass break-up against the Badgers.