Oregon football battled through a tough effort by Wisconsin to come out on top and win the first Rose Bowl of the new decade. What did we learn?
This year’s Rose Bowl was a rematch of a great 2012 game between Oregon and Wisconsin that finished in dramatic fashion. These teams once again did not disappoint in a game that featured two stout defenses and some fantastic special teams plays.
Oregon came into this game as the 2019 Pac-12 champs looking to prove that despite two losses, they are one of college football’s best teams from the 2019 season.
Wisconsin rebounded from tough back to back losses against Illinois and Ohio State to win four of their last five, and were looking for their first Rose Bowl win since 2000.
This game started off hot, as Justin Herbert led an efficient drive to go up 7-0, which was in turn answered by a 95-yard kickoff return touchdown by Aron Cruickshank to tie it up. Both defenses settled down and made big stops throughout the rest of the first half which ended with Wisconsin leading 17-14.
The second half started out just as hot as the first half with Brady Breeze taking a blocked punt into the end zone to give Oregon the lead. Wisconsin answered quickly with a touchdown drive powered by a fourth-and-1 conversion to Jonathan Taylor that went for 34 yards.
The biggest play in the game was a fumble in the fourth quarter by Danny Davis that led to a Justin Herbert 30 yard rushing touchdown to give Oregon a 28-27 lead. Oregon didn’t look back and won their first Rose Bowl since 2015.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the 106th Rose Bowl.