1955 Rose Bowl

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1955 Rose Bowl
41st Rose Bowl Game
1234Total
USC07007
Ohio State0140620
DateJanuary 1, 1955
Season 1954
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Dave Leggett (Ohio State QB)
Favorite Ohio State by 14 points [1]
Halftime show K. Massey & Archie Whatley
Attendance89,191
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers Mel Allen
Rose Bowl
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The 1955 Rose Bowl was the 41st edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Saturday, January 1. The top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big Ten Conference defeated the USC Trojans of the Pacific Coast Conference, 20–7. [2] [3] [4]

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Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes came into his first Rose Bowl tied for the national championship with PCC champion UCLA. However, #2 UCLA was locked out of the game because of the "no-repeat" rule. [5]

Teams

Ohio State

Ohio State quarterback Dave Leggett threw eleven passes, completing six, one a touchdown pass to Robert Archbald Watkins Jr. [4] Halfback Hopalong Cassady ran for 92 yards and led the Buckeyes to 304 yards on the ground and an overall advantage of 360-206 yards in total offense.

USC

The only touchdown by USC was an 86-yard punt return by Aramis Dandoy.

Game summary

The teams played in the first rainstorm to hit Pasadena during a Rose Bowl in more than 50 years. [6] The fans were under umbrellas, and it rained during the entire game, turning the field to mud. [7]

Scoring

First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter

  • OSU – Dave Leggett 3-yard run (Tad Weed kick)
  • OSU – Bob Watkins 21-yard pass from Leggett (Watkins kick)
  • USC – Aramis Dandoy 86-yard punt return (Sam Tsagalakis kick)

Third quarter

No scoring

Fourth quarter

  • OSU – Dick Harkrader 9-yard run (Weed kick blocked)

Aftermath

Game notes

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References

  1. "Ohio State 2 TD favorite over Southern Cal". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 1, 1955. p. 11.
  2. "Ohio State subdues USC, 20-7". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 2, 1955. p. 1, sports.
  3. "Buckeyes drub USC 20-7". Eugene Register-Guard. United Press. January 2, 1955. p. 1C.
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  7. Lesmirises, Doug - Buckeyes Rose Bowl Rewind: National championship glory in the mud of 1955. Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 16, 2009 Quote: "Through mud, slime, murk and driving rain, Ohio State's dauntless Buckeyes today reached the all-time zenith of the University's football history. Ploughing through muck in the fog and semi-darkness, the Buckeyes vanquished Southern California, 20 to 7, in the worst weather conditions of Rose Bowl history."