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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 tenur...
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