The Wisconsin defense forced six turnovers, while the offense churned out 250 yards rushing as the Badgers downed UCLA 21-16 in the Rose Bowl. It was the Badgers first New Years Day bowl victory.
More than 70,000 Badger fans attended the game and provided a distinct home-field advantage in the Bruins home facility.
Tailback Brent Moss, the Rose Bowl MVP, helped the UW to a 14-3 halftime lead by scoring on a pair of short runs. Moss rushed for 158 yards on 36 carries.
Wisconsin extended its lead to 21-10 when Darrell Bevell provided the games most unlikely play. On second down from the UCLA 21, Bevell broke containment and weaved his way to the end zone for the game-winning points.
Trailing 21-16, UCLAs final drive made it to the Badger 18-yard line before Wayne Cook was stopped and the clock expired before the Bruins could run another play.
The win, as much as it was for our players and coaches, was for our fans, said UW head coach Barry Alvarez. They supported us all the way.