Oregon finally rules the Rose Bowl again

Quick strikes lead Ducks to 45-38 win over Wisconsin
Jan. 2, 2012
LaMichael James celebrates after Oregon's win over Wisconsin Monday.
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Oregon ended 95 years of frustration in the Rose Bowl and two years of frustration in the Bowl Championship Series by beating Wisconsin 45-38 Monday.

De'Anthony Thomas ran for 155 yards and a touchdown and Darron Thomas threw for three scores as the Ducks racked up 621 total yards and won a shootout that set a Rose Bowl record for points scored.

De'Anthony Thomas' 91-yard burst in the first half set a Rose Bowl record for longest run from scrimmage. He also scored on a 64-yard run - his only two carries.

Oregon, which lost in the Rose Bowl to Ohio State two years ago and to Auburn in the national title game last season, finished 12-2 under third-year coach Chip Kelly.

Wisconsin, which lost to Texas Christian in the Rose Bowl last season, finished 11-3.

Darron Thomas finished with 268 yards passing on 17 completions. LaMichael James led the Ducks on the ground with 159 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.

Montee Ball had 164 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries for the Badgers, but had just 44 of those yards in the second half.

While the game was an offensive showdown, Oregon's defense came up with two key turnovers in the fourth quarter that helped seal the win.