I remember the exact day when I made a resolution to never under-estimate Gary Patterson again.
It was Jan. 1, 2011. My alma mater, Wisconsin, was playing Patterson’s TCU Horned Frogs in the Rose Bowl. No disrespect to unbeaten TCU, but they were coming out of the Mountain West. Heavens to Jim Delany, what were they even doing in Pasadena?
The one-loss Badgers, meanwhile, had bounced back from an early stumble at Michigan State to win the Big Ten. More impressively, their defense was led by future NFL stud J.J. Watt. And running backs (James White, John Clay, Montee Ball) were growing on trees in Madison that year.
There was no way Wisconsin was going to mess this up.
And yet, at the end of the day, TCU prevailed 21-19 thanks to the good work of QB Andy Dalton and his coach, who drew up everything so well and then got his team to execute it. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.