It wasn't the outcome they were looking for, but in their final games with the Wisconsin Badgers, Platteville standouts Louis Nzegwu and Paul Chryst played heavy roles in the highest scoring Rose Bowl in history.
At the 3:26 mark of the second quarter, Nzegwu, a former prep running back for the Hillmen, picked up a fumble by Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas and ran 33 yards for a touchdown. Wisconsin linebacker Mike Taylor forced the fumble.
In the coaches booth, Chryst, Wisconsin's offensive coordinator, orchestrated the Badgers' offense, which amassed 508 yards; including 296 in the air from quarterback Russell Wilson, and 212 on the ground.
Down by seven with less than a minute remaining in the game, the Badgers offense drove to inside the Oregon 30 yard line in two plays, before time expired while Wisconsin tried to spike the ball.
Chryst (1984) and Nzegwu (2008) are both Platteville High School graduates. Chryst is leaving Wisconsin to become the next head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Nzegwu played his final game for the Badgers on Monday.