When points sell tickets and draw crowds, as they do these days, the 2012 Rose Bowl game is doing it's best to grab the nation's attention. At the half the Ducks and Badgers are tied 28-28, which is a record high score for a Rose Bowl half, and isn't too far off the pace from the ridiculous Baylor-Washington Alamo Bowl.
The speed of the Ducks has been an issue for Wisconsin, but they haven't backed down on offense one bit, already controlling the clock with over 21 minutes time of possession. Russell Wilson and Montee Ball have impressive resumes of their own and have not bent to the game-breaking abilities of Darron Thomas, LaMichael James, and freshman De'Anthony Thomas.
It's hard to imagine that the BCS Championship will be able to deliver as many heart-pounding moments in its entire game than this half has produced. No field goals and no punts by either team at the half is already a huge difference from the first matchup between LSU and Alabama.
The first LSU-Alabama game featured eight punts, seven field goal attempts, three decisive missed field goals, and four turnovers. LSU escaped with the overtime win with only 91 passing yards. To compare, De'Anthony Thomas has one run for 91 yards, breaking Tyrone Wheatley's Rose Bowl record.
LSU-Alabama also combined for 534 yards and no touchdowns in four quarters and an overtime session, while the Badgers and Ducks have amassed 636 yards and eight touchdowns in a half.
Of course great defense is nothing to be scoffed at, and is the reason the Crimson Tide and Tigers are playing for the most coveted hardware and the Rose Bowl participants are not. Both the Ducks and the Badgers are frantically trying to figure out a defensive scheme to stop their counterpart, but as a fan this game will be remembered for a long time for the thrills we've received in just 30 minutes of football.
Even with Oklahoma State and Stanford's elite offense's taking the field in just a little over an hour, it will be hard to beat the output this game has had between two 11-win teams going toe-to-toe.