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Wisconsin QB Wilson lives dad's dream at Rose Bowl


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Before Harrison Wilson III died last year, he made sure his son knew what he considered the ultimate achievement in football.

Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson says, "My dad used to always tell me back in the past, `Man, there's got to be some way you get to the Rose Bowl."'

Russell Wilson's landmark achievements in his much-chronicled single season at Wisconsin finally started to sink in this week when he stepped on the Rose Bowl turf for the first time, a week before the Badgers (11-2) face Oregon (11-2).

Most of the Badgers already had been to Pasadena last season, when since-graduated quarterback Scott Tolzien led them to a Big Ten title and a narrow loss to TCU. Wilson, who already has his degree from North Carolina State, stepped into the program last June and led Wisconsin back to the same hallowed turf his father always hoped he could reach.

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