Wisconsin's 3rd straight Rose Bowl comes up thorns

UPDATED Tuesday, January 1, 2013--10:15p.m.
MADISON--For a few hours today, it seemed as if all eyes were glued to the Badger's third-straight appearance in the Rose Bowl. "I knew the Badgers were in a little bit over their head but I was hoping it would all work out," said James Fauska, one Badger fan.

Red-clad fans crowded around televisions, hoping this time the Badgers would come out on top.

And while the score disappointed Wisconsin fans yet again, the fans we spoke with were actually pretty pleased with the team's performance."I thought the Badgers were in it the whole way, the Badgers showed a lot better than what I expected but I was hoping that it would all end up different," said Fauska.

We found former Badger running back Ken Starch watching the game. He pointed out that three straight Rose Bowls--win or lose--is still pretty impressive. "We shouldn't be really...upset about them losing three Rose Bowls in a row, they're in three Rose Bowls," he said.

And amongst the fans we spoke with there was no shortage of certainty that the team would be back.."With the recruiting program that they got just give it time," said Starch. "It's going to turn around and they're going to win a Rose Bowl, maybe even a national championship."

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- The way Wisconsin's season played out, a third consecutive Rose Bowl loss fit right in.

The unranked Badgers were beaten 20-14 by No. 8 Stanford on Tuesday, another thorn in a season full of them. Three overtime losses. Coach Bret Bielema quitting to go to Arkansas. Star running back Montee Ball attacked and left with a concussion in August.

Even the one-game return of Barry Alvarez, who won three Rose Bowls while reviving Wisconsin's program, couldn't turn things around.

New coach Gary Andersen got a close-up view of what needs fixing from his position on the sideline.

The Badgers (8-6) failed to avenge tight losses the last two years in Pasadena.

This time, they got shut out in the second half as the first five-loss team to reach the Rose Bowl.

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