2012 Rose Bowl presented by Vizio
98th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
Wisconsin 1414100 38
Oregon 1414710 45
DateJanuary 2, 2012
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPOffensive: Lavasier Tuinei (WR, Oregon)
Defensive: Kiko Alonso (MLB, Oregon)
FavoriteOregon by 6[1]
National anthemOregon Marching Band
RefereeBrad Allen (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Halftime showBands from participants
PayoutUS$22.3 million per team[2]
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersBrent Musburger (play-by-play)
Kirk Herbstreit (analyst)
Erin Andrews (sideline)
Nielsen ratings10.17 (11.7 million viewers)
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A Honda vehicle parked at the south entrance used by the Tournament of Roses Association during the 2012 Rose Bowl game

The 2012 Rose Bowl, the 98th edition of the annual game, was a college football bowl game played on Monday, January 2, 2012 at the same-named stadium in Pasadena, California.[3] The Oregon Ducks of the Pac-12 Conference beat the Wisconsin Badgers of the Big Ten Conference, 45–38, for their first Rose Bowl win in 95 years.

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association was the organizer of the game and dedicated the game in honor of all wounded military personnel, who tossed the game coin by their representative Grand Marshal J.R. Martinez.[4] Because of sponsorship by Vizio, the first game in the 2012 edition of the Bowl Championship Series was officially titled the Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio. The contest was televised on ESPN with a radio broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio, which began at 1:30 PM (PST) with kickoff at 2:10 PM (PST).

The Rose Bowl Game, themed Just Imagine ..., was a contractual sell-out, with 64,500 tickets allocated to the participating teams and conferences. The remaining tickets went to the Tournament of Roses members, sponsors, City of Pasadena residents, and the general public. On September 8, 2011, Executive Director P. Scott McKibben resigned for personal reasons. William B. Flinn, the Tournament’s longstanding chief operating officer, assumed the role of interim executive director.[5]

Pre-game activities

The game was presided over by the 2012 Royal Court and the Grand Marshal, J.R. Martinez. Members of the Royal Court are Queen Drew Helen Washington, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Sarah Nicole Zuno, Benjamin Franklin High School; Cynthia Megan Louie, La Salle High School; Morgan Eliza Devaud, La Canada High School; Kimberly Victoria Ostiller, Flintridge Preparatory School; Hanan Bulto Worku, Pasadena High School, and Stephanie Grace Hynes, Maranatha High School.

After the teams' arrival in Southern California, the teams participated in the traditional Lawry's Beef Bowl in Beverly Hills and the Disney Media Day at Disneyland in nearby Anaheim. The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame ceremony luncheon was held on December 31, 2011 at the Pasadena Convention Center. The inductees were Ron Dayne, MVP of the 1999 and 2000 games from the University of Wisconsin; Dick Enberg, former NBC broadcaster; and George Fleming, the 1960 co-MVP (with Bob Schloredt, who was inducted in 1991) from the University of Washington.[6]

The bands and cheerleaders from both schools participated in the early morning Rose Parade on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California along with the floats, featuring stars and giant helmets, from the two conferences.


Teams playing in the Rose Bowl game were the winners of the Pac-12 and Big Ten conference championship games, unless one team (or both teams) play in the BCS National Championship game. The teams were officially selected by the football committee of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association on Selection Sunday on December 4, 2011.

The Oregon Ducks, winners of the Pac-12 Championship game, represented the Pac-12 Conference, while the Wisconsin Badgers represented the Big Ten after winning the Big Ten Championship Game. Entering the game, the Badgers led the series 3–1 over the Ducks, winning in 1977, 1978 and 2000. In 2001, Oregon, coached by Chip Kelly defeated Wisconsin 31–28 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene Oregon. Both teams had their pre-game practices at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.


Main article: 2011 Oregon Ducks football team

The Ducks were led by LaMichael James in scoring with 19 touchdowns and 114 points in 11 games. Oregon was ranked 3rd in the nation in points scored (46.2 points per game) and 5th in rushing yards (295.7). Coming into the game, Oregon had held opponents to 23.6 points per game and allowed 243.5 yards in pass defense and 137.5 yards per game in rush defense. Combining the rushing yardage with the passing offense of 219.5 yards per game, the Ducks had a total offense of 515.2 yards per game.


Main article: 2011 Wisconsin Badgers football team

Wisconsin, winning 11 games and losing 2 during the season, had the best offense in the Big Ten, scoring 80 touchdowns, 7 field goals for a total of 580 points. Wisconsin was ranked 4th in the nation in scoring (44.6 points per game) and 10th in rushing yards (237.4). The Badgers had limited opponents to just 17 points per game, 155 yards in passing and 138 yards in rushing. The team had passed for 229.5 yards per game for a total offense of 466.9 yards in total offense. Russell Wilson broke the FBS record for overall passer rating in a season.

Game notes

Game Summary

Scoring summary

Scoring Play Score
1st quarter
WIS – Jared Abbrederis 38 yd pass from Russell Wilson (Philip Welch kick), 11:48 WIS 7–0
ORE – LaMichael James 1 yd run (Alejandro Maldonado kick), 09:419 7–7
WIS – Russell Wilson 4 yd run (Philip Welch kick), 05:55 WIS 14–7
ORE – De'Anthony Thomas 91 yd run (Alejandro Maldonado kick), 00:00 14–14
2nd quarter
WIS – Montee Ball 3 yd run (Philip Welch kick), 10:52 WIS 21–14
ORE – Kenjon Barner 54 yd pass from Darron Thomas (Alejandro Maldonado kick), 10:36 21–21
WIS – Louis Nzegwu 33 yd fumble return (Philip Welch kick), 03:26 WIS 28–21
ORE – Lavasier Tuinei 3 yd pass from Darron Thomas (Alejandro Maldonado kick), 00:30 28–28
3rd quarter
ORE – De'Anthony Thomas 64 yd run (Alejandro Maldonado kick), 14:11 ORE 35–28
WIS – Philip Welch 29 yd field goal, 10:50 ORE 35–31
WIS – Nick Toon 18 yd pass from Russell Wilson (Philip Welch kick), 04:44 WIS 38–35
4th quarter
ORE – Lavasier Tuinei 11 yd pass from Darron Thomas (Alejandro Maldonado kick), 14:35 ORE 42–38
ORE – Alejandro Maldonado 30 yd field goal, 06:50 ORE 45–38


Statistics Wisconsin Oregon
First downs 23 22
Total offense, plays – yards 72–508 64–621
Rushes-yards (net) 46–212 40–345
Passing yards (net) 296 276
Passes, completions-attempts-interceptions 19–26–1 18–24–1
Time of possession 35:42 24:18



  1. ^ Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2011
  2. ^ Tournament of Roses Press Release, December 7, 2008 Archived December 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, TournamentofRoses.com
  3. ^ Rose Bowl quick facts Archived 2008-12-18 at the Wayback Machine, TournamentofRoses.com
  4. ^ Iraq War veteran named Rose Parade grand marshal, Associated Press via the Boston Globe, November 1, 2011
  5. ^ McKibben resigns from Tournament of Roses top job Archived 2012-01-08 at the Wayback Machine, Pasadena Star-News, September 8, 2011
  6. ^ Ron Dayne, Dick Enberg and George Fleming to be Inducted into Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Archived 2011-12-05 at the Wayback Machine, Tournament of Roses Association, December 4, 2011