PASADENA, CALIF. - TCU won the Rose Bowl for all those schools that never even imagined they could get there.
Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score, linebacker Tank Carder swatted down a 2-point conversion pass attempt with 2 minutes to play, and the third-ranked Horned Frogs completed a perfect season with a 21-19 victory over No. 4 Wisconsin on Saturday.
“I’ve been saying for a while that parity in college football is here,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “I got texts from everybody across the nation, from Boise State and schools all over. Today we played for us, and for all the schools that wanted a chance.”
Bart Johnson caught an early TD pass and recovered a late onside kick for the Horned Frogs (13-0), who followed up their second straight unbeaten regular season by busting the BCS in dramatic fashion.
Dalton passed for 219 yards for TCU, which won’t win the national title — that will go to either Auburn or Oregon after they meet in the BCS championship game on Jan. 10.
Montee Ball rushed for 132 yards and a late score for the Big Ten co-champion Badgers (11-2), who fell just short of a late rally when Carder made a defensive play that will live forever in TCU lore.