Lake Oswego's Brady Breeze stars for Oregon in Rose Bowl win
One of Lake Oswego's best took center stage in the 2020 Rose Bowl.
Brady Breeze, a Lake Oswego native and a junior member of the Oregon football team, picked a great day to have a great day in Oregon's 28-27 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, held Wednesday, Jan. 1, in Pasadena, California.
Breeze, a 6-foot, 196-pound safety who attended Central Catholic High School, came through with a game-high 11 tackles (including a game-high nine solo stops) to help fuel No. 6 Oregon's win over the No. 8 Badgers.
"We worked so hard for this," Breeze said in a post-game interview with ESPN. "To be able to come here and win a Rose Bowl, be Rose Bowl champs, Pac-12 champs, it's such a blessing."
In addition to his 11 tackles, Breeze also forced one fumble, recovered another and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown just 3 minutes, 3 seconds into the third quarter. Breeze's score came after Wisconsin punter Anthony Lotti fumbled a snap, Breeze picked up the loose ball with one hand and sped 31 yards to paydirt, helping give the Ducks a 21-17 lead.
"That was incredible," Breeze said in his postgame interview. "One of our guys came into the gap and made a block and I just saw the ball. It was sitting right there in the right place at the right time. I felt like it was a little gift from God, giving me a touchdown in the Rose Bowl."
Breeze made another big play in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble that teammate Bryson Young recovered at the Badgers' 30-yard line. From there, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert took off for a 30-yard TD on the next play, a score that gave Oregon the winning points with 7:41 left in the game.
After the Ducks rode out the stress-filled final minutes to win their first Rose Bowl since 2015, Breeze shared gratitude for his — and his team's — successful seasons. For the year, Breeze recorded 62 tackles (including 43 solo stops), with two interceptions, five passes defended, one forced fumble and four fumbles recovered.
"I just want to thank God, my family, my friends and my teammates and coach Cristobal," he said in the interview. "This is something I've dreamed about since I was a kid and we came here and we did it and I'm just so thankful."
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