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Rose Bowl 2012: QB Russell Wilson's Gaffe Ends Wisconsin's Great Season

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers calls a play in the second quarter against the Oregon Ducks at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2012

Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson tried to give his team one final chance for a game-tying score with seconds remaining in the Rose Bowl, but he spiked the ball too late and time ran out, bringing his spectacular season to an unfortunate end.

Wilson had the highest quarterback rating in the country heading into bowl season, but the one thing people will remember about his senior season is that he blew the end of the Rose Bowl.

Here is the video for those of you who missed the end of the game:

Wilson's poor time management cost the Badgers a chance to throw a pass into the end zone and tie the game, and his gaffe allowed the Oregon Ducks to escape with a 45-38 win.

The Badgers started deep in their own territory with under a minute to play, and with two quick completions, Wilson led his offense to the Ducks' 25-yardline.

After the referees started running the clock with just a couple seconds left, Wilson took too much time in spiking the ball to stop the clock. The play was reviewed and the correct call was made; the ball did not hit the ground before time ran out.

Wilson should have had a play ready to run at that moment so he didn't have to spike the football. Wisconsin must have practiced two-minute drills in preparation for the Rose Bowl, so I can't imagine them not having plays to use in late-game situations with no timeouts left.

If he didn't have a play, Wilson should have told his team to just run into the end zone on a Hail Mary route. You cannot afford to waste all the time by spiking the ball.

As a senior quarterback with as much talent and football intelligence as Wilson has, this is a heartbreaking way for his season to end.

There's no guarantee the Badgers would have tied the game on the final play of regulation, but at least they would have had a shot at the end zone if Wilson managed the clock better.

The loss will not only be a tough one for Wilson to overcome but the Badgers as a team will really be feeling this disappointment for a while. They have now dropped the Rose Bowl two years in a row, losing to TCU last season.

Wilson had an amazing year—any quarterback would love to throw 31 touchdown passes with just three interceptions.

What Wilson needs to do is let this loss fuel him to become a good NFL quarterback, because someone will draft him. His talent is too good to ignore.

 

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