The 85th Rose Bowl was billed as a battle between Wisconsins nationally rated defense and UCLAs vaunted offense. In truth, the Badgers Ron Dayne rambled his way to four touchdowns and the UW defense got a stop in the final minute to earn a hard-fought 38-31 Rose Bowl triumph over the sixthranked Bruins.
UCLAs defense struggled to stop Dayne, whose 246 yards rushing were one yard shy of the game record. The Badgers mixed in some timely running (65 yards) and passing (154) from QB Mike Samuel in building a 31-21 lead in the third period. The Bruins cut the lead to three on Jermaine Lewis second TD and were driving again when freshman Jamar Fletcher intercepted All-American Cade McNown
and returned the pick for a TD.
Once again, UCLA battled back and pulled within 38-31. The Bruins last drive started on their 46-yard line with 1:42 left. Three incompletions by McNown set up Wendell Bryants game-clinching sack on
More than 55,000 Badger fans enjoyed the schools second Rose Bowl win. Daynes record-setting performance earned him bowl MVP honors.