PASADENA, Calif. – (AP and WMTV) The Ducks beat the Badgers by a single point in the Rose Bowl.
The final score was 28-27.Its the third straight win for Oregon.
Justin Herbert scored his third rushing touchdown on a 30-yard run with 7:41 to play. Brady Breeze returned a fumble 31 yards for an early touchdown for the Ducks. Herbert then made his go-ahead rambling run on the next snap after Breeze forced another fumble in yet another frenetic edition of this venerated bowl game.
Aron Cruickshank returned an early kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown as the Big Ten runner-up Badgers lost in their fourth consecutive trip to Pasadena over the last 10 years.
Wide receiver Danny Davis fumbled a handoff in the fourth quarter, setting up the Ducks to get another touchdown and the lead in the game.
"You know, we teach ball security all the time, of course that comes down to me, I've got to hold onto the ball," said Davis. "It hurts, but the opportunity to get better as a team, and continue to get better as a player and a person. The sky's the limit."
What got the Badgers back to the Rose Bowl was playing their brand of football: physical running complimented by a smoother defense. With the Rose Bowl loss, the Badgers could only look at themselves for the loss.
" The guys put it out there," said head coach Paul Chryst. "And yet everyone knows football else did some things that make it harder to win and we did not overcome that."
"When you play an elite team like Oregon, an elite team like that, they're going to capitalize on those mistakes so I think that was the biggest part on us was you know, understanding that," said running back Jonathan Taylor. "But we should've had to clean things up. You can't expect to win versus a team, like against like Oregon, with turnovers, and penalties. You know special teams issues. You know I think that definitely played a factor in not playing clean Wisconsin football."
Now Chris Orr And Jonathan Taylor shared one more embrace as teammates before leaving the field. Orr has graduated and will move on to the NFL draft, while Jonathan Taylor, one of the most decorated college running backs ever will make his decision if he will forego his final season.