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Saturday, January 1, 2011
Penalties proving costly for Badgers

By Adam Rittenberg

PASADENA, Calif. -- Wisconsin takes great pride in not beating itself, and the numbers bear it out.

The Badgers not only tie for the national lead in fewest turnovers (9), but they also lead the nation in fewest penalties per game (2.92). It has been a different story in the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO, as Wisconsin already has been flagged five times.

A pass interference penalty on cornerback Devin Smith on TCU's opening drive of the second half proved particularly costly. Rather than third-and-13 in its own territory, TCU got a first down and cashed in with a touchdown drive. While the call was questionable, it still stung.

Wisconsin then muffed the ensuing kickoff and committed a block in the back foul.

The Badgers are beating themselves too much in this game, and they need to turn it around fast. TCU leads 21-13 early in the third quarter.