It was the final pass of Tolzien's college career, a laser intended for tight end Jacob Pedersen. Down to their final possession, trailing 21--13, the Badgers had returned to first principles. John Clay, the 6'1", 248-pound battering ram of a back, rumbled 14 yards, then 30 yards on consecutive snaps. At long last Carimi & Co. had begun to wear down their smaller opponents. Ball finished the drive with a four-yard touchdown run that brought Wisconsin to within two.
The Frogs were on the ropes. The Badgers had just shoved them the length of the field. TCU was running on fumes. "We knew they were gonna run it," recalls Carder. "We knew they were gonna come out with two backs, two tight ends and just power it in."
Instead, Wisconsin lined up four wide receivers, with Tolzien in the shotgun formation. "They're like, 95 percent pass when they get in shotgun," Carder noted. "It actually caught us off guard."
Patterson called Y-Dogs, on which Carder blitzes. With his path to Tolzien blocked, said Carder, "I just stopped, read [Tolzien's] eyes and jumped. I bet [Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema] is kicking himself in the ass right about now."
If not, plenty of second-guessing Badgers fans were willing to do it for him. As one bald man in a red shirt acidly remarked on his way to the parking lot, "I can't wait to hear what Bret says about our new spread offense."
TCU won because Patterson succeeded in getting an extra guy to the party. Two minutes after Carder's game-sealing play, the Frogs ran out the clock, and the party started in earnest.
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