1955 Rose Bowl was a college football game played between the University of Southern California (USC) and the Ohio State University. Ohio State won the game, 20–7. [1 ]
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. [2 ]
Ohio State [ edit ]
quarterback for Ohio State was Dave Leggett. Mr. Leggett threw eleven passes, completing six, one a touchdown pass to Bob Watkins. [1 ] Hopalong Cassady ran for 92 yards and led the Bucks to 304 yards on the ground and an overall advantage of 360-206 yards in total offense.
University of Southern California [ edit ]
The only touchdown by USC was an 86-yard
punt return by Aramis Dandoy.
Game Summary [ edit ]
The teams played in the first rainstorm to hit Pasadena during a Rose Bowl in more than 50 years.
Scoring [ edit ]
Second Quarter [ edit ]
OSU – Dave Leggatt 3-yard run (Weed kick good)
Bob Watkins 21-yard pass from Leggett (Watkins kick good) USC – Aramis Dandoy 86-yard punt return (Tsagalakis kick good)
Fourth Quarter [ edit ]
OSU – Dick Harkrader 9-yard run (Weed kick blocked)
Aftermath [ edit ]
Ohio State won a shared National Championship for the 1954 season. It was the first "split" championship in college football, when the writers selected the Buckeyes and the coaches chose the Bruins.
Game notes [ edit ]
The game was played in the rain; Coach Hayes was not happy that the bands performed the halftime show on the already muddy field
References [ edit ]
^ a b Rose Bowl 1955, from RoseBowlHistory.com.
^ Boyles, Bob; Paul Guido (2007). 50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. p. 58. ISBN 1-60239-090-8.
^ 2011 Rose Bowl Historic Media Guide, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, December 2011