1980 Rose Bowl

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1980 Rose Bowl
66th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
USC 3 7 0 7 17
Ohio State 0 10 3 3 16
Date January 1, 1980
Season 1979
Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Charles White (USC RB)
Attendance 105,526
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers: Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen, O. J. Simpson
Nielsen ratings 28.6
Rose Bowl
 < 1979  1981

The 1980 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1980. It was the 66th Rose Bowl Game. The USC Trojans, champions of the Pacific-10 Conference, defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes, champions of the Big Ten Conference, 17-16. USC running back Charles White was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game (for a second time, having shared the previous game's award with Rick Leach), rushing for a record 247 yards, including the game-winning touchdown with little more than a minute remaining in the contest. USC, having suffered a shocking 21-21 tie with Stanford (in a game in which they led 21-0) that cost them the #1 ranking, finished ranked #2 behind Alabama.

The game received a 28.6 Nielsen Rating, making it one of the highest-rated college football games of all time.[1]

Scoring summary[edit]

1st Quarter scoring: USC – Eric Hipp 41-yard field goal

2nd Quarter scoring: USC – Kevin Williams 53-yard pass from Paul McDonald (Hipp kick); OSU – Vlade Janakievski 35-yard field goal; OSU – Calvin Murray 67-yard pass from Art Schlichter (Janakievski kick)

3rd Quarter scoring: OSU – Vlade Janakievski 37-yard field goal

4th Quarter scoring: OSU – Vlade Janakievski, 24-yard field goal; USC – Charles White 1-yard run (Hipp kick)