Stanford extended its season-ending win streak to eight games.
Stanford faced Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl game for the second time in as many appearances. Stanford led the 86th Rose Bowl game in 2000, 9-3 at halftime, only to lose to the Badgers, 17-9.
The Cardinal made its fourth all-time BCS bowl appearance, tied for 12th best among FBS schools in the Bowl Championship Series sera that began with the 1998 season. Stanford had played previously in the 2000 Rose Bowl, 2011 Orange Bowl and 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
Stanford's three straight seasons of at least 11 victories are unprecedented in school history. The Cardinal never won 11 games prior to 2010 and had reached 10 wins only three times previously (1926, 1942 and 1992).
Stanford now has won 12 games in season for the second time in program history (2010 being the first).
Stanford owned the No. 1 scoring defense in the Pac-12 Conference, allowing 17.46 points per game that ranked 14th in the nation heading into the 2013 Rose Bowl game. The Cardinal limited the Badgers to 14 points, none in the second half.
In 11 of 14 games this season, Stanford held opponents to 20 points or less. The Cardinal also has held 25 of its past 33 opponents to 20 points or less, dating to 2010.
Stanford's tough 3-4 defense ranked first in the nation in both tackles for loss (9.23 average, 120 total) and sacks (4.31 average, 56 totals) before registering four tackles for loss and one sack against Wisconsin.
In 11 of 14 games this season, either Zach Ertz or Levine Toilolo led the Cardinal in receiving.
Stanford is 17-11 in its past 28 games decided by a touchdown or less.
Stanford has won 26 of its past 27 games played in California. The only loss was to No. 6 Oregon in 2011.
The Cardinal outscored opponents, 103-34, this season in the first quarter.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan started the final five games of the season, all victories.
Stanford senior running back Stepfan Taylor finished his career with 4,300 rushing yards (a school record) and ended 2012 with 1,530. He's one of only two running backs (Darrin Nelson is the other) in school history to have three 1,000-yard seasons and the first to do it three years in a row. His 45 career touchdowns also is a school record.
Stanford was favored to win the Rose Bowl by 4.5 points. The Cardinal won by six.
Stanford is 35-5 over the past three seasons. Notre Dame and Alabama, who will play in the 2013 BCS national championship game, are 28-10 and 33-5, respectively, during the same time.
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