Oregon Wins 1st Rose Bowl in 95 Years

Beats Wisconsin 45-38

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 2, 2012 8:34 PM CST

(Newser) – Oregon's incredible offense busted up Wisconsin and the record books on the way to the Ducks' first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years. Darron Thomas passed for three touchdowns, De'Anthony Thomas scored on runs of 91 and 64 yards, and the No. 6 Ducks earned their first bowl victory under coach Chip Kelly, holding off Wisconsin 45-38 tonight in the highest-scoring Rose Bowl ever played.

And it wasn't over until a video review confirmed the Badgers (11-3) ran out of time at the Oregon 25, out of timeouts, and unable to spike the ball in time to stop the clock for a last-gasp fling. Lavasier Tuinei caught eight passes for 158 yards and two TDs for the Ducks (12-2), who had no postseason success to show for Kelly's otherwise wildly successful three-year tenure until this landmark offensive performance in the 98th Rose Bowl. Oregon hadn't won the West Coast's biggest game since 1917. The Granddaddy of Them All had never seen this many points, beating the record 80 scored by Washington and Iowa in 1991. With the Ducks wearing mirrored helmets and playing at their usual frantic pace, Oregon racked up 621 total yards, just shy of the Rose Bowl record. Click for more from the game.

Oregon's John Boyett (20) stops Wisconsin running back, Montee Ball (28) during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif.
Oregon's John Boyett (20) stops Wisconsin running back, Montee Ball (28) during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif.   (Mark J. Terrill)
Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas (5) celebrates with Kenjon Barner (24) after throwing a touchdown pass during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif.
Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas (5) celebrates with Kenjon Barner (24) after throwing a touchdown pass during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, Monday, Jan....   (Mark J. Terrill)
Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas (6) dashes along the sideline on a 64-yard touchdown during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif.
Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas (6) dashes along the sideline on a 64-yard touchdown during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Pasadena,...   (Mark J. Terrill)
Wisconsin's Montee Ball (28) goes over Oregon's John Boyett (20) and others as he is stopped during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif.
Wisconsin's Montee Ball (28) goes over Oregon's John Boyett (20) and others as he is stopped during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif....   (Matt Sayles)
Oregon De'Anthony Thomas (6) celebrates his 64-yard touchdown with Mark Asper (79) during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif.
Oregon De'Anthony Thomas (6) celebrates his 64-yard touchdown with Mark Asper (79) during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Pasadena,...   (Jae C. Hong)
Wisconsin's Nick Toon, left, scores a touchdown as Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu defends during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif.
Wisconsin's Nick Toon, left, scores a touchdown as Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu defends during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif.   (Matt Sayles)
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