Wisconsin Badger fans invaded Santa Monica for the Party at the Pier (pep rally) on Saturday, December 31, 2011. Badger fans traveled to Southern California for the Rose Bowl game against the University of Oregon on Monday, January 2, 2012. A sea of red-and-white enthusiasts filled the pier. Young and old were entertained by music from the University of Wisconsin marching band, performances by the dance and cheer squads, video highlights from the season, and interviews with UW ”greats”: Barry Alvarez (Athletic Director and former football coach), Ron Dayne, and Mark Tauscher. Midway through the rally, the players took the stage while throwing autographed mini footballs to the crowd. Matt LePay interviewed the team captains as well as junior running back Montee Ball, who paused before speaking as echoes of ”One more year!” filled the air. (Ball was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy award and must decide by the end of the season whether or not to turn pro.) The rally concluded with the band playing Varsity.