In what was supposed to be a battle of high-powered offenses, the 86th Rose Bowl game between Wisconsin and Stanford ended up a defensive struggle. The Badgers, getting a boost from Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, rallied in the second half for a 17-9 win over the Cardinal. In the process, Wisconsin became the first Big Ten school in history to win the Rose Bowl in back-to-back
Dayne, whose 64-yard run on the second play of the second half energized the Big Ten champs, gained game MVP honors for the second year in a row. Daynes stats in his final game as a Badger included 200 yards on 34 carries. The Badger defense bottled up Stanfords running attack all game and limited the Cardinal to minus five yards rushing (tied for the second-best mark in school history). QB Todd Husak threw for 258 yards, but UWs defense dictated the action for most of the game. Wisconsin had a 17-9 lead in the second half on TD runs by Dayne and Brooks Bollinger, but it took another defensive
stand to clinch the win. Stanfords final drive ended when Husak was sacked on fourth down with just over a minute left.