January 2 was an exciting day for the Oregon Ducks as they were victorious over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl. This was the first time the Ducks have won the Rose Bowl since they conquered the University of Pennsylvania 95 years ago. They have played in the Rose Bowl six times but and took their second win last Monday. Their two Rose Bowl wins are quite contrasted since they’re first win was when helmets were made of leather; and they showed up on the field this time in their shiny chromatic helmets.
The whole game was back and forth; both teams were tied throughout the first and second quarter; Badgers’ Jared Abbrederis scored a touchdown and Wisconsin made the extra point. Then, Oregon followed up with a rushed in touchdown by LaMichael James, they also made the extra point. Wisconsin then rushed in another touchdown with extra point. And with 32 seconds left De’Anthony Thomas rushed an incredible 91 yards to make a touchdown, the Ducks then made the extra point as well. The second quarter went much the same way with back and forth scoring. Then, in the third quarter Wisconsin put a lead of three points on the Ducks. The Ducks, however, locked down the Badgers on defense in the fourth and scored 10 points; leaving the final score of the game 38-45, Oregon.
Some of the most influential players in the game were Darron Thomas, De’Anthony Thomas, and Lavasier Tuinei. Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas completed 74 percent of his pass attempts, averaged 12 passing yards each play, and threw 3 touchdowns. De’Anthony rushed 155 yards and had 4 pass receptions, accumulating a total of 34 passing yards. Lavasier Tuinei received 8 passes, accumulated a total of 158 yards, and made 2 touchdowns; impressive stats for a receiver.
It was just a good overall game; two great teams, fairly matched in this game. Not a lot of turnovers, or fumbles; just a classic, clean game. Both impressive teams, I look forward to watching them progress.