At LAX yesterday, I typed up some of the official notes from the Rose Bowl, but my computer -- or more accurately my Internet connection -- ate them. Here they are a day late but hopefully not a dollar short.
Oregon’s win over Wisconsin gave Pac-12 schools 148 bowl victories. That’s fourth all-time, behind the SEC (206), ACC (155) and Big Ten (150).
Oregon averaged 11.9 yards on first down against Wisconsin, buoyed by six plays of 21 yards or longer (35, 54, 29, 21, 64, 35).
Oregon's 621 yards on 64 plays blew away the Rose Bowl record for yards per play. The Ducks averaged 9.70, breaking the old mark by almost two full yards (7.89, Wisconsin vs. UCLA, 1999).
Wisconsin came in with 12 turnover-free games in its last 26, and committed two for just the third time in that span (UW has not had three in this run).
Oregon entered the game leading the nation in yards per rush at 6.53. The Ducks averaged 8.63 in the Rose Bowl, thus finishing the year with a 6.66 average (Wisconsin came in allowing just 3.92 per attempt).
The teams combined to set a Rose Bowl game record for the most points in a game with 83.
The teams combined for 1,129 total yards (UO 621, UW 508), 1 yard shy of the RBG record for most combined yards, as in the 2006 game, USC (574) and Texas (556) combined for 1,130. Oregon’s 621 yards were the second most to the 633 USC amassed against Illinois in the 2008 game.
In the comparison of running backs, Wisconsin's Montee Ball outgained Oregon's LaMichael James 164 yards to 159, with both producing top-five Rose Bowl performances. But James had just one run for zero or negative yardage. Ball had four for zero yards and three for negative yards. James averaged 6.4 yards per carry and Ball averaged 5.1.
Oregon is now 17-32 versus Big Ten schools; Wisconsin is now 23-31-2 versus Pac-12 schools.
The Ducks’ six TD drives totaled 433 yards but took only 7:32 (or 433 yards in 452 seconds); their one field goal march took 5:54.
The game time temperature was 82 degrees, the sixth warmest at kickoff in Rose Bowl history. So for those of you there going, "Sorta hot, eh?" You were correct.