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A rose is a sign of love and beauty.
For Wisconsin, the flower's thorns bear a reminder of pain and defeat.
For the third consecutive season, the Badgers came to the Rose Bowl, only to leave with a crushing loss. On a chilly New Year's Day, it was Stanford that emerged as the victors, beating Wisconsin 20-14 in front of 93,359 on Tuesday.
With Barry Alvarez briefly out of retirement to coach the Big Ten champions in Pasadena -- after Bret Bielema bolted for the Arkansas job -- many in Madison figured the Badgers' recent Rose Bowl woes were over.
Not so fast.
Facing the physical Cardinal (12-2), the Badgers (8-6) found themselves with the ball, down six with 4:23 to go, and in a position to win. But chances for a victory were dashed when quarterback Curt Phillips was intercepted by Stanford's Usua Amanam for the only turnover of the game.
"Every season stands on its own merit," said Alvarez, Wisconsin's current AD and winner of three Rose Bowls during his 16-year coaching tenure with the Badgers. "I think ... that most people (would) like to get here once. But we just didn't get it done."
In 2011, the Badgers missed a tying two-point conversion and fell to TCU 21-19. A year later, facing high-flying Oregon and with no timeouts remaining, QB Russell Wilson failed to spike the ball in time, ending a last-minute drive in Wisconsin's 45-38 loss.
"I just felt like maybe we were a team of destiny," Alvarez said. "Curt's run the two-minute offense pretty well. So I just felt like somehow we were going to find a way to score."
Added Badgers running back Montee Ball, "This is not the way we wanted to go out," said the senior, who rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown in his final Badgers game. "It stings just as much (as previous years) because we fell short, extremely short when we had the opportunity to win."
With a permanent coaching staff soon to be in place, and a "very good nucleus coming back next year," Alvarez said, Wisconsin will be out to defend its back-to-back Big Ten titles.
And if another shot at the Rose Bowl comes their way, the 2013 Badgers may end up as the long, lost team of destiny, bringing relief to their heartbroken fans.
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#6 Stanford vs. WisconsinRose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Tuesday, January 1st, 5:00 PM on ESPN
Do we really need an intro for the Rose Bowl? The Granddaddy of Them All? The oldest and most prestigious bowl game in college football? The Rose Bowl has been the highest attended bowl game since 1945, and has crowned dozens of national champions. Stanford is making their 13th appearance...
Another trip to Pasadena and another loss to a great team at the Rose Bowl.
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Wisconsin RB Montee...
Wisconsin will get a third crack at snapping the Big Tenâ€™s losing streak in the Rose Bowl. A conference team hasnâ€™t brought home the roses since the Badgers last did it in the 2000 game when they downed Stanford.
The Grandaddy of them all will mark the end of a brief, albeit sizeable, flurry of bowl games featuring BIG squads. The game will appear on ESPN at 5 p.m. E.T.