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2011 Rose Bowl: TCU, Wisconsin Football Fans Ponder What Went Right, Wrong

In the aftermath of the 2011 Rose Bowl, TCU and Wisconsin fans are celebrating and mourning a hard-fought game. SB Nation's Mountain West community credits the win to the Horned Frogs' high-flying aerial attack edging out the Badgers' stalwart run game:

They took it to Wisconsin in the passing game by getting deep passes early in that first quarter for their two touchdowns. TCU had trouble all game stopping the Wisconsin running game and was getting abused all day by the Wisconsin offensive line and the running of Montee Ball and John Clay.

On a more somber note for Badgers fans, Mountain West types also credit Wisconsin's offensive playcalling for the victory, never a good thing to hear from one's enemy. SB Nation's Wisconsin community, Bucky's 5th Quarter, fiercely concurs:

After ending the regular season on such a roll that made it seem like they could do no wrong, the Badgers fell victim to a number of mistakes and fell 21-19 to TCU in Wisconsin's first Rose Bowl since 2000.

The offense committed penalties, dropped passes and missed blocks. The defense missed tackles, got lost in coverage and dropped interceptions.

It was a game of missed opportunities.

But what everyone will be talking about is UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst's play-calling, especially on Wisconsin's last offensive play of the game.


For more scores and highlights of the 2010 college football postseason, browse our complete bowl schedule & results page.