Getting the ball deep in its own territory with just 15 seconds remaining and trailing 45-38, Wisconsin moved the ball deep into Oregon territory against the Ducks prevent defense. With two seconds left after a first down at the Oregon 25 yard-line after two completions from Russell Wilson and out of timeouts, Wisconsin tried to snap the ball and kill the clock by throwing the ball away.
The clock had been stopped for moving the chains for a first down. But after further review, the snap wasn't made in time and the game clock expired and Oregon won the Rose Bowl 45-38.
Oregon took the lead 45-38 on a 30-yard field goal by Alejandro Maldonado with 6:50 remaining in the game.
The Ducks scored with 14:35 left in the fourth quarter on a pass from Darren Thomas to Lavasier Tuinei for 11 yards and a touchdown to lead 42-38.
At the end of the third quarter Wisconsin led 38-35.
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The scoring sets a new Rose Bowl record.
Wisconsin took the lead in third quarter on a Russell Wilson pass to Nick Toon for 18 yards and a touchdown. Wisconsin led 38-35.
In the first half, it became clear that the Rose Bowl 2012 is more like a track meet than a football game. With 635 total yards between #5 Oregon and #10 Wisconsin and a new Rose Bowl record for points in a half -- 56 -- the score was tied 28-28.
Oregon had run just 29 plays in the first half but had 28 points.
On a warm day in Pasadena, Wisconsin scored first, driving 77 yards in seven plays when Russell Wilson passed complete to Jared Abbrederis for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Later in the first quarter Oregon went 80 yards in seven plays for a touchdown when LaMichael James ran in from 1 yard out.
Wisconsin struck next, as Wilson ran four yards for a touchdown after a seven play, 79 yard drive, giving the Badgers a 14-7 lead.
But Oregon tied it up again at 14-14 after De'Anthony Thomas ran 91 yards for a touchdown.
Wisconsin took a 21-14 lead early in the second quarter when Montee Ball ran three yards for a touchdown after an eight play, 64-yard scoring drive for the Badgers.
Keeping it even as they had all game, Oregon quickly answered again, as Thomas completed a 54 yard pass to Kenjon Barner for a touchdown, making it 21-21.
Wisconsin went back up 28-21 when Thomas was sacked by Mike Taylor. Thomas fubmled, and it was recovered by Louis Nzegwu at the Oregon 33 and run in for a touchdown.
But Oregon wasn't done yet -- as Thomas engineered a 10 play, 87-yard drive before the half tying the score 28-28 at the half.