Oregon's fastest player was gone before a Badger could take a step.
In the closing seconds of the Rose Bowl's first quarter Monday, freshman De'Anthony Thomas -- 5 feet 9 and 173 pounds of speed -- took a handoff on the Oregon 9-yard line and was in the end zone in a matter of seconds.
"I just saw open field and tried to take it for a touchdown," said Thomas, who credited his offensive line for the longest run and scoring play in Rose Bowl history.
Thomas only had one more carry in the game, and that was a 64-yard touchdown run on the third play of the second half. He ended the game with 314 all-purpose yards (also a Rose Bowl record) in the 45-38 win over Wisconsin -- an exciting contest that will be remembered for the Badgers' failure to spike the ball before time expired on a potential game-winning drive.
"Well, No. 6 (Thomas) is special. . . . We talk about tackling, but on a couple of those plays, you look at the 98-yarder, or whatever that was, nobody put a hand on (him),"...