The third-ranked Texas Christian University Horned Frogs concluded a perfect 2010 season by outlasting the fourth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers in the 97th Rose Bowl Game, 21-19.

Gary Patterson shows off the 2011 Rose Bowl Game Trophy

Wisconsin had an opportunity to tie the score with 2 minutes remaining in the game, but a Scott Tolzien two-point conversion pass attempt was knocked down at the line of scrimmage by Frog linebacker Tank Carder.

TCU recovered the Badgers’ onside kick attempt and ran out the clock to finish 13-0 this season. The Frog win, the fifth bowl victory by a non-AQ school over a BCS opponent in the past 6 years, will, no doubt, add fuel to the fire for a college football playoff or a “Plus-1″ arrangement.

Senior Frog quarterback Andy Dalton (a highly efficient 15-23, 219 yds, 1 TD and 31 yards rushing, 1 TD) was named the offensive MVP and Carder (6 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 sack) received defensive MVP honors.

James White tries to evade Tank Carder in first quarter action.

Texas Christian won the battle of field position in the second half, forcing Wisconsin to begin their first three possessions from their own 5, 3, and 11-yard lines. The Badgers’ fourth and final ┬ápossession of the game consumed 77 yards and 5:32 off the clock, culminating with Montee Ball’s 4-yard touchdown run.

Wisconsin’s decision to take to the air for the crucial two-point conversion will be questioned for years to come. Rather than relying on a running game that had pounded out 226 yards – the most TCU had given up in a game all season – the Badgers opted to put Tolzien in the shotgun for the potential game-tying play.

Wisconsin's Montee Ball averaged 6 yards per carry.

Running behind an offensive line that boasted two All-Americans, Montee Ball and John Clay averaged 6.0 and 6.9 yards per carry in the game, respectively, conjuring up memories of Ron Dayne’s glory days in The Granddaddy of Them All.

However, Tolzien was far off the mark from his regular season completion percentage of 74.3, going 12 of 21 (57.1%, 159 yards) and normally reliable place kicker Philip Welch was wide left on a 39-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter.

Remarkably, the 97th Rose Bowl Game was free of turnovers on both sides of the line of scrimmage, and only 61 penalty yards were assessed (Wisconsin – 41, TCU – 20).

TCU’s victory over Wisconsin was their first BCS bowl game win in two appearances and they became the first non-AQ school to ever take home the Rose Bowl Game trophy.

TCU will play one more season in the Mountain West Conference before moving to the Big East in 2012.

One of the game's key match-ups: TCU's Marcus Cannon vs J.J. Watt

Antoine Hicks tries to snare Andy Dalton's pass in third quarter action.