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9:52AM

Newsday (N.Y.): Oregon gets 1st Rose Bowl win since 1917

By Art Spander
Special to Newsday


PASADENA, Calif. — Oregon's "Quack Attack'' offense of rapid-fire plays, so effective until the postseason, finally showed up in one of the wildest Rose Bowl games ever, one that broke scoring records and in the end broke Wisconsin's heart.

The Ducks had the ball 11 minutes less than the Badgers, but if they trailed in time of possession they didn't on the scoreboard, opening 2012 with a 45-38 win Monday night in the 98th version of what has been nicknamed "The Granddaddy of them All.''

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Copyright © 2012 Newsday. All rights reserved.
8:36AM

Newsday (N.Y.): Dalton, defense secure TCU's 13-0 season

By Art Spander
Special to Newsday


PASADENA, Calif. -- Gary Patterson goes home now, goes back to Texas, atop  his figurative mountain, if not atop college football. He goes home knowing that his team, Texas Christian University, will be one of the last two unbeatens and believing it proved a point by keeping high-scoring Wisconsin from getting its usual share of points.

On the first afternoon of 2011, TCU -- outweighed but certainly not outplayed -- defeated Wisconsin, 21-19, in the Rose Bowl yesterday, showing that even though it isn't from a BCS conference (the Mountain West), it deserved to be in  a BCS game.

"This is the climax of 10 years,'' said Patterson, who coached the Horned  Frogs to a 13-0 record. "I've been telling people the last eight years there is parity in college football. I think 10 teams can claim the national championship.

"I'm looking forward to watching the national championship game, because I don't have to sweat, don't have to call a defense.''

That game will be played Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz., between unbeaten Oregon and unbeaten Auburn.

After TCU outmaneuvered Wisconsin (11-2) on both offense and defense, the suggestion was made to Patterson that maybe the Horned Frogs should have been involved.

"I'm going to have the opportunity to watch those two teams and see how mine compares,'' Patterson said. "I think we're better. My vote doesn't count.''

Wisconsin was one of the five Big Ten teams to  lose a bowl game on New Year's Day.

The Badgers had the ball for 13 minutes, 10 seconds longer than TCU. They had 385 yards total offense to 301 for TCU, and the Horned Frogs ran for only 82 yards, 28 of those by quarterback Andy Dalton,  who was named offensive player of the game.

TCU linebacker Tank  Carder deservedly got the defensive honor. After Wisconsin scored with two  minutes remaining, Carder slapped away Scott  Tolzien's potential tying two-point conversion pass.

"I was in the right place at the right time,'' Carder said.

After TCU grabbed the subsequent onside kick attempt, Wisconsin's time was  all but done, setting off a celebration among the purple-clad Horned Frogs fans who comprised more than a third of the 94,118 spectators.

When asked about the "Cinderella aspect'' of TCU, which has lost only three games in three years, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema insisted, "I don't think they're a Cinderella story, because they proved it.''

TCU and Wisconsin, each averaging 43 points, each was held to its lowest  total of the season. But the first quarter was the highest-scoring in Rose Bowl
history, with TCU going ahead 14-10.

After that, the Wisconsin offensive line, averaging about 320 pounds, went nowhere against TCU's 4-2-5 scatter defense, particularly on third downs.

Dalton, who went 15-for-23 for 219 yards and one touchdown, was not sacked.  He was sacked only seven times all season.

"If we were going to win,'' Patterson said, "we were going to have to play a ballgame where we didn't do much to hurt ourselves.''

TCU didn't have a turnover. But neither did Wisconsin.

"I knew how important this game was to Andy [Dalton], because he was very  hard on himself after [losing] the Fiesta Bowl a year ago to Boise State,'' Patterson said.  "Now he's won 44 ballgames. He's the winningest active quarterback in college  football.''

And now TCU is no worse than the second-best team.

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Copyright © 2011 Newsday. All rights reserved.
9:45AM

RealClearSports: Tradition No Longer Matters at Rose Bowl

By Art Spander
For RealClearSports.com


PASADENA, Calif. -- Hey, Gramps. Or maybe you would prefer Granddaddy, because that's the way you're always referred to in Rose Bowl literature, as "the Granddaddy of Them All."

Love you -- I'd have to, or I wouldn't have dropped by 57 straight times, planning to make it 58 Friday -- but you're becoming virtually unrecognizable.

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© RealClearSports 2010
9:15AM

RealClearSports: Colt Is the Real McCoy

By Art Spander
For RealClearSports.com


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- This is southern California at its luxurious best, the Marriott Hotel on a bluff, the Pacific in the distance, the outside temperature in the mid 70s.

Except the kid wearing the white jersey with No. 12 on the front is inside, and his view is of cameras, microphones and prying journalists.

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© RealClearSports 2010
8:13AM

RealClearSports: Terrelle Pryor Proves He's a Quarterback

By Art Spander
For RealClearSports.com


PASADENA -­- Isn't this what he was supposed to do? Wasn't Terrelle Pryor rated the best prep football player in the land a couple of seasons ago? Didn't everyone contend when Ohio State picked up Pryor it picked up a national championship? Or at the least a BCS bowl game win?

It hadn't worked that way. Until Friday night. Until the first evening of 2010.

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