December 22, 2014

Badgers drop third straight Rose Bowl

The Wisconsin Badgers fell behind 14-0 and never quite caught up, dropping their 3rd straight Rose Bowl 20-14 to the Stanford in Pasadena.

Curt Phillips

Curt Phillips

 

The Cardinal scored touchdowns on their first two drives before the Badger defense would tighten their belts and allow only a pair of field goals the rest of the way.

Things were looking up for the Badgers when Curt Phillips engineered a 10-play, 85-yard drive, capped off with a 4-yard TD pass to Jordan Frederick and closed the gap to 17-14.

The Badgers would start the second half with the football, but unfortunately, Stanford’s defense held them off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

Wisconsin would get one final chance, trailing 20-14 with 4:23 left.  Wisconsin moved from its 25 to the Stanford 49, but Phillips had a pass attempt tipped at the line of scrimmage and land in the hands of Stanford defensive back Usua Amanam and that would end the Badger threat. [Read more…]

Wisconsin takes on Stanford in the Rose Bowl (AUDIO)

Barry Alvarez

Barry Alvarez

When Wisconsin took care of Nebraska 70-31 in the Big Ten title game December 1st, little did we know what the 2013 Rose Bowl would like for the Badgers.  Three days after punching a third straight ticket to Pasadena, Wisconsin found themselves without a coach as Bret Bielema bolted Madison for Arkansas.  With no coach to lead the program, the King of the Rose Bowl, Barry Alvarez, stepped up to the plate and will lead the Badgers against #6 Stanford today in the 99th edition of the Rose Bowl.

Alverez led Wisconsin to Rose Bowl victories in 1994, 1999, and 2000 during his 16-years as Head Coach of the Badgers.  It has been 7-years since Alvarez last coached a game for Wisconsin, a 24-10 victory over Auburn in the Capital One Bowl.  In the 11-bowls Barry coached the Badgers, Wisconsin was 8-3 with a 3-0 mark in the Rose Bowl.  Alvarez doesn’t believe a lot has changed since he last put on the head set…

AUDIO: Barry Alvarez thinks nothing has changed in 7-years out of coaching :13

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Stave cleared to play in Rose Bowl

Wisconsin offensive coordinator Matt Canada said today that Badger quarterback Joel

Joel Stave

Joel Stave

Stave, out since suffering a broken left collarbone in late October (Oct. 27), has been cleared to play in the New Years Day Rose Bowl game against Stanford.

Fifth-year senior Curt Phillips is set to start Tuesday against 8th ranked Stanford.  He is 2-2 as a starter with the Badgers, winning games against Indiana and against Nebraska in the Big Ten title game.  Phillips two losses came against Ohio State and Penn State.

Stave was the starter prior to his injury, posting a 4-2 record in his first season on the field.  He originally replaced Danny O’Brien as the starter in week 4.

On Thursday before practice, Canada said, “If it fits we’ll get him in there.”

 

Alvarez looking to hire coach before Christmas (AUDIO)

University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says he hopes to

Barry Alvarez

extend an offer to a head-coaching candidate in the next couple of weeks.

During his monthly radio show on the Badger Sports Network, Alvarez said, “If things break right I’d like to have someone offered the job, that I feel comfortable with, before Christmas.

AUDIO: Alvarez on his timetable for finding a new head coach :18

AUDIO: Alvarez says he won’t rush into the decision :15

Earlier in the day on Tuesday, UW officials announced Alvarez will receive additional compensation of $118,500 for coaching UW in the Rose Bowl.    The funds will come from the $1-million contract buyout of Bielema.  The buyout is being picked up by the University of Arkansas.

Alvarez would also be eligible for a $50,000 bonus if the Badgers win the Rose Bowl.

Alvarez to coach Badgers in the Rose Bowl (Update)

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, who already has a 3-0 record as a coach in Rose Bowl games, will coach the Badgers against

Barry Alvarez

Stanford in the New Years Day Rose Bowl game in Pasadena.

A source close to the program said the teams captains asked Alvarez to coach the team and he has accepted.  Alvarez will discuss the decision, as well as Bret Bielema’s departure to Arkansas at a 10am news conference in Madison on Thursday.

Bielema, at his introductory news conference in Arkansas earlier today, spilled the news on Alvarez and the Rose Bowl.

AUDIO: Bret Bielema on Barry Alvarez coaching the Badgers in the Rose Bowl :11

Alvarez captured Rose Bowl victories as the head coach of the Badgers in 1994, 1999 and 2000.