1970 Rose Bowl

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1970 Rose Bowl
56th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
USC 3 0 7 0 10
Michigan 0 0 3 0 3
Date January 1, 1970
Season 1969
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Bob Chandler (USC FL)
Attendance 103,878
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers: Curt Gowdy, Kyle Rote
Rose Bowl
 < 1969  1971

The 1970 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1970. It was the 56th Rose Bowl Game. The USC Trojans, champions of the Pacific-8 Conference, defeated the Michigan Wolverines, champions of the Big Ten Conference, 10–3. USC flanker Bob Chandler was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game.


Michigan Wolverines[edit]

After early season losses to #9 Missouri and unranked Michigan State, Michigan won 4 straight games before their showdown with heavily favored top ranked Ohio State for the Rose Bowl berth. Michigan shocked the college football world by upsetting the #1 ranked Buckeyes, 24-12. The week before the Rose Bowl, Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler suffered a mild heart attack and had to miss the game.

USC Trojans[edit]

Aided by a pass interference penalty and a controversial last minute touchdown, USC earned the Rose Bowl berth with a 14-12 win over rival UCLA in the season's final game. The only blemish on their record was a 14-14 tie at South Bend against Notre Dame. The Trojans were making their fourth consecutive Rose Bowl Game appearance.

Game summary[edit]

The score was tied at 3–3 at halftime. With three minutes to play in the third quarter, USC quarterback Jimmy Jones threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Bob Chandler to give the Trojans the 10–3 victory.


First quarter[edit]

  • USC - Ron Ayala 25-yard field goal[1]

Second quarter[edit]

  • Michigan - Tim Killian, 20-yard field goal

Third quarter[edit]

Fourth quarter[edit]

  • No score


USC finished the year undefeated with one tie, earning a #3 ranking behind undefeated and untied #1 Texas and #2 Penn State. Bob Chandler went on to play for the NFL for 11 years with the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders. Michigan finished 8-3 and was ranked 9th in the AP poll and 11th in the UPI poll.


  1. ^ Historical Media Guide, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, 2009

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