I thoroughly enjoyed the Rose Bowl. Oregon ran a bunch of great scheme plays and showed incredible speed, both individually and in play calling. I’m waiting for the team that only has two or three plays and goes even faster. Defenses will be so lost and tired. Wisconsin showed off their excellent offensive line and had some great calls of their own plus strong quarterback play from Russell Wilson. It was Big Ten football at its finest.
However, the end of the game raised my ire. Oregon was up 7 and recovered a Wisconsin fumble late in the game. Wisconsin had frittered away two timeouts, so could only stop the clock once. Still, Oregon snapped the ball with 3 seconds left on the play clock on all but one play. The drive ended after a first down or two, and Oregon had to punt the ball back to Wisconsin with 23 seconds left.
Who cares, right? Instead of pinning Wisconsin deep with 10 seconds left and nothing but a Hail Mary chance, Wisconsin had 23 seconds left — still not a lot of time. However, Oregon went into super prevent, and Wisconsin completed two long passes. The ball was now around the Oregon 25 with 2 seconds left, clock stopped for the first down.
Well, luckily for Oregon, Wisconsin was even more brain dead after a day in the heat. They forgot that the clock winds as soon as the ball is placed after a first down, not when the ball is snapped. Quarterback Russell Wilson tried to spike the ball, hoping for more time to organize a throw to the end zone. Instead, time expired as he spiked the ball, game over.
The worst part is that Wilson couldn’t believe the call. He and others thought he’d been robbed. In fact, the referees made the right call. Oregon didn’t necessarily deserve the win, but Wisconsin proved the dumber team.