Originally written January 03, 2012 on Gridiron Grit:
PASADENA, Calif.– It’s what they had in mind all along, a shot at redemption, a shot at triumph, a shot at capturing a BCS victory in the Granddaddy of them all. It’s the most gratifying experience in Oregon’s existence, to begin a new year by winning its first Rose Bowl game in 95 years. This is one of those remarkable, surreal moments in which Oregon finally prevailed when it mattered the most, and might have actually been a sign of things to come in the near future. He stood on the sideline nervously, like a lost kid with an uneasy state of mind, and then Oregonhead coach Chip Kelly jumped after his team recovered a fourth-quarter fumble by Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis. It was only as if Kelly had won millions on a slot machine but it dawned on him that the turnover had changed the complexion of the game, and he knew his team was in position to win the 98th Rose Bowl as time dwindled. It was a thrilling game filled with electrifying performances. Did you see De’Anthony Thomas? He...
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