Stanford Football: Grading All 22 Starters from the Rose Bowl

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Stanford Football: Grading All 22 Starters from the Rose Bowl
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Stanford Cardinal were able to hold off the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2013 Rose Bowl by a 20-14 margin on Tuesday despite a lack of momentum in the second half.

Stanford played an excellent first quarter where it took a 14-0 lead on a pair of touchdown runs from Kelsey Young and Stepfan Taylor. After gaining just 62 yards in the opening 15 minutes, Wisconsin battled back and Montee Ball escaped for an 11-yard touchdown run to bring the deficit down to seven.

The Cardinal extended the lead to 10 after a 47-yard field goal from Jordan Williamson, but the Badgers scored a touchdown with just seconds remaining in the first half to go into the break down, 17-14.

Neither team did much in the second half. Even though both were playing relatively smart football, yards were impossible to come by. It wasn’t until late in the half until Stanford crossed over into Wisconsin territory.

After another Williamson field goal—making the score 20-14 in favor of Stanford—the Badgers had one last drive to try and take the lead. The attempt was to no avail, as Usua Amanam picked off Curt Phillips to end Wisconsin’s bid at a comeback.

Taylor didn’t have too successful of a game, but he was able to run the clock out and secure the victory for the Cardinal.

Check out how each Stanford starter played in the team’s BCS victory over the Badgers.

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