2013 Rose Bowl presented by Vizio
99th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
Wisconsin 01400 14
Stanford 14303 20
DateJanuary 1, 2013
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPOffense: Stepfan Taylor (RB, Stanford)
Defense: Usua Amanam (CB, Stanford)
FavoriteStanford by 6.5[1]
National anthemStanford Band
RefereeJerry McGinn (Big East)
Halftime showStanford Band
University of Wisconsin Marching Band
PayoutUS$36 million per team[3]
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersBrent Musburger (play-by-play)
Kirk Herbstreit (analyst)
Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi (sideline) (ESPN)
Nielsen ratings9.6 (17 Million viewers)[4]
International TV coverage
NetworkESPN Deportes
AnnouncersGeorgina Ruiz Sandoval
Robert Abramowitz
Rose Bowl
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The 2013 Rose Bowl, the 99th edition of the annual game, was a college football bowl game played on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at the same-named stadium in Pasadena, California.[5] The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association is the organizer of the game.[6] The game matched Big Ten Conference Champions Wisconsin Badgers against the Pac-12 Conference Champions Stanford Cardinal, a rematch of the same two teams in the 2000 Rose Bowl. The Cardinal defeated the Badgers 20–14 for the Rose Bowl Championship. This was Wisconsin's third consecutive Rose Bowl defeat.

Because of sponsorship by Vizio, the first game in the 2013 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 "Oh, the Places You'll Go!", 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.

Pre-game activities

The game was presided over by the 2013 Rose Queen Vanessa Manjarrez, the Royal Court (Madison Teodo, Sonia Shenoi, Kathryne Benuska, Nicole Nelam, Tracy Cresta, and Victoria McGregor), Tournament of Roses President Sally Bixby, and Grand Marshal Jane Goodall.

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 prior to the game at the Pasadena Convention Center.

The bands and cheerleaders from both schools participated in the pre-game Rose Parade on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California along with the floats.

A USAF B-2 of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base performed a fly-over at the end of the National Anthem before the game.


Teams playing in the Rose Bowl game are typically the winners of the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences (each of which currently determines this by means of a conference championship game), unless one team (or both teams) plays 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 2, 2012. Also former ABC college football announcer Keith Jackson announced the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2012 inductees John Cooper, Brian Griese and Ron Yary. Both teams held their pre-game practices at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Prior to the game, the two teams had met five times with the Badgers leading the series 4–0–1.


Main article: 2012 Stanford Cardinal football team

Stanford, representing the North Division in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, defeated UCLA, the South Division Champions 27–24 to earn a trip to Pasadena. The Cardinal last played in the 2000 Rose Bowl, also against the Wisconsin Badgers, losing 17–9.

The Cardinal led the Pac-12 Conference in scoring defense (17.5 per game), rushing defense (87.7 yards per game), sacks (56), and kickoff coverage. Running back Stepfan Taylor rushed 302 times for 1442 yards with 12 touchdowns, averaging 110.9 yards per game.


Main article: 2012 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The Wisconsin Badgers, representing the Leaders Division in the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game, defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Legends Division Champions 70–31 to earn their third consecutive trip to the game. Wisconsin lost to the TCU Horned Frogs 21–19 in 2011 and to the Oregon Ducks 45–38 in 2012. Head coach Bret Bielema accepted the head coaching position at Arkansas prior to the game.[7] Wisconsin was coached in the Rose Bowl by Bielema's predecessor and former athletic director Barry Alvarez,[8] a member of both the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. He was the coach of the 1999 Wisconsin Badgers football team that defeated Stanford in the 2000 Rose Bowl and, prior to this game, had never lost a Rose Bowl (3–0).[9]

Running back Montee Ball rushed for 1,730 yards and 21 touchdowns on the season. He had nine 100-yard rushing games including two 200-yard rushing performances this season. His career 76 rushing touchdowns and 82 total touchdowns are both NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision records, and his 25 career games with multiple touchdowns equals the previous FBS record of Travis Prentice (who was also the prior holder of the two records broken by Ball). Ball is the 2012 Doak Walker Award winner.

Game summary


Stanford 20 Wisconsin 14

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter


Statistics WIS STAN
First Downs 17 17
Total offense, plays – yards 69–301 55–344
Rushes-yards (net) 45–218 35–187
Passing yards (net) 83 157
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 10–17–1 13–20–0
Time of Possession 29:52 30:08

Game notes

Related events


  1. ^ Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 12, 2012
  2. ^ "99th Rose Bowl: Stanford Cardinal vs. Wisconsin Badgers". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  3. ^ Tournament of Roses Press Release, December 7, 2008 Archived December 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, TournamentofRoses.com
  4. ^ Michael Humes, Combined Overnight Ratings for Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl BCS Games Rises over 2012, ESPN, January 2, 2013
  5. ^ Rose Bowl quick facts Archived December 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, TournamentofRoses.com
  6. ^ Iraq War veteran named Rose Parade grand marshal, Associated Press via the Boston Globe, November 1, 2011
  7. ^ Associated Press, Wisconsin Coach Headed to Arkansas, New York Times, December 4, 2012
  8. ^ Bennett, Brian (December 5, 2012). "Barry Alvarez to coach Rose Bowl". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  9. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (December 26, 2012). "Alvarez savors return to Rose Bowl". ESPN. Retrieved December 29, 2012.