Jan. 1, 2011
Final Stats |
• For the ninth time this season, Wisconsin scored points on its opening possession of the game. The Badgers drove 55 yards in eight plays (4:21) to open the game with a 30-yard field goal by Phillip Welch.
• UW lost for the first time this season when scoring first in a game (10-1).
• Wisconsin’s 226 total rushing yards were almost twice as many as TCU’s nation-leading defense had been allowing entering today’s game (89.2 yards per game).
• With Montee Ball rushing for 132 yards (996 for the season) and John Clay rushing for 76 yards (1,012 for the season) the duo joined James White (1,052) to fall just 4 yards shy of become the first running back trio in FBS history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season for the same team.
• With two rushing touchdowns Saturday – one by John Clay and one by Montee Ball – the Badgers tied the Big Ten record with 48 rushing scores on the season, matching the record set by Ohio State in 1974.
• Wisconsin finished the game with 385 yards of total offense, becoming just the second team this season to gain more than 300 yards against TCU this season.
• Wisconsin won the time of possession battle, 36:35-21:33, including 21:28-8:32 in the first half.
• In allow 21 points to TCU – including just 7 points in the second half – the Badgers kept the Horned Frogs to less than half their season scoring average of 43.3 points per game.
• Wisconsin’s loss snapped a run of three-consecutive Rose Bowl wins for the Badgers.
• UW is now 3-4 all-time in the Rose Bowl Game.
• In completing 12 of 21 pass attempts for 159 yards, senior QB Scott Tolzien finished the season with a Big Ten single-season-record completion percentage of 72.9 percent. That breaks the league record of 67.8 percent held by former UW quarterback Darrell Bevel.
• RB Montee Ball went over 100 yards rushing for the fifth consecutive game, breaking the 100-yard plateau in the first half and finishing the game with 22 carries for 132 yards. TCU allowed just one 100-yard rusher during the regular season (Zach Line of SMU had 139 yards).
• For the third straight bowl game, K Phillip Welch made two field goals (30-yarder in the first quarter and 39-yarder to end the first half). He is now 6-of-7 on field goals in bowl games.
• John Clay’s 1-yard TD run in the first quarter was his 14th of the season and 41st of his career.