1978 Rose Bowl

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1978 Rose Bowl
64th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 7 10 10 0 27
Michigan 0 0 7 13 20
Date January 2, 1978
Season 1977
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Warren Moon (Washington QB)
Attendance 105,312
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers: Curt Gowdy, John Brodie
Rose Bowl
 < 1977  1979

The 1978 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 2, 1978. It was the 64th Rose Bowl Game. The Washington Huskies, champions of the Pacific-8 Conference, defeated the Michigan Wolverines, champions of the Big Ten Conference, 27–20. Washington quarterback Warren Moon was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game.


Michigan Wolverines[edit]

Michigan began the season ranked #2, and rose to #1 after four games. However, a stunning 16–0 loss at Minnesota dropped them to #6. A 14–6 win over #4 Ohio State gave the Wolverines the Big Ten title and they came into the Rose Bowl ranked #4.

Washington Huskies[edit]

Washington stumbled out of the gate, losing three of their first four games. They then won the rest of their games except for a 20–12 loss at UCLA. The Huskies earned the Rose Bowl berth when UCLA lost its final game on a last second field goal to USC, 29–27.


A game ball from the 1978 Rose Bowl

First quarter[edit]

  • Washington - Warren Moon, 2-yard run (Steve Robbins kick)

Second quarter[edit]

  • Washington - Steve Robbins, 30-yard field goal
  • Washington - Warren Moon, 1-yard run (Steve Robbins kick)

Third quarter[edit]

  • Washington - Spider Gaines, 28-yard pass from Warren Moon (Steve Robbins kick)
  • Michigan - Curt Stephenson, 76-yard pass from Rick Leach (Gregg Willner kick)
  • Washington - Steve Robbins, 18-yard field goal

Fourth quarter[edit]

  • Michigan - Russell Davis, 2-yard run (Gregg Willner kick)
  • Michigan - Stan Edwards, 32-yard pass from Rick Leach (kick failed)


With Notre Dame beating #1 Texas early on New Year's Day, Michigan had hopes that a dominant win over Washington would boost the Wolverines to the top ranking in the country. The Huskies' dramatic upset ended those hopes, and Notre Dame was voted #1 among five one-loss teams; Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, and Penn State were the others.


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