PASADENA, Calif. Two-minute drives and Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips had become synonymous during his brief stint as the team's starter. Facing dire situations against tough Ohio State and Penn State defenses last month, Phillips led the Badgers down the field for game-tying touchdown drives to force overtime.
So when Wisconsin trailed Stanford on Tuesday evening by six points with just a few minutes remaining, it seemed reasonable to believe Phillips would work his magic one last time. One more march down the field, and Phillips would go down in Wisconsin lore for pulling a Rose Bowl victory out of the hat.
It didn't happen.
Phillips' final pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted at Stanford's 42-yard-line with 2:03 remaining in the game, and Stanford went on to defeat Wisconsin, 20-14, to capture the Rose Bowl. The throw, intended for Badgers tight end Jacob Pedersen, never had a chance.
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