Tank Carder vaults himself into TCU lore
January, 1, 2011
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com
PASADENA, Calif. -- TCU linebacker Tank Carder's bat-down of Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien's two-point conversion pass attempt will instantly go down in school lore as perhaps the biggest play in the program's history. Without a doubt it will be one of the most talked about plays for a long time.
"I hope so, that’d be nice," Carder said. "And, hopefully, they’ll talk about TCU in the Rose Bowl for a long time."
Carder's play prevented the Badgers from tying the score in the final minutes and the Horned Frogs then ran out the clock for a 21-19 victory Saturday in the program's only appearance in the Rose Bowl.
Wisconsin had pounded the ball on the ground for 10 of the 11 plays on the touchdown drive almost exclusively with the fresh legs of bruising running back John Clay. But, when Wisconsin broke the huddle on the two-point coversion play, they came out in a spread formation.
"I was definitely on the blitz," Carder said. "We thought they were going to run. Coach [Gary] Patterson put me on the blitz. I got blocked so I stepped back and he [Tolzien] cocked his arm back and I jumped up and swatted it down."
Carder's crushing sack on Tolzien ended a Wisconsin drive in the third quarter.
The junior finished with nine tackles, the sack and pass breakup, and was named Defensive Player of the Game.