1939 Rose Bowl

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1939 Rose Bowl
25th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
USC 0007 7
Duke 0003 3
DateJanuary 2, 1939
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPAl Krueger (E) – USC
Doyle Nave (QB) – USC
United States TV coverage
Networknone [1]
Rose Bowl
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The 1939 Rose Bowl was the 25th Rose Bowl college football game, held in Pasadena, California, on January 2, 1939.[2][3] It concluded the 1938 college football season and featured the USC Trojans (8–2) against the Duke Blue Devils (9–0), with USC as the pre-game favorite.[4]

Scoreless after three quarters, Duke gained the lead with a 23-yard field goal by Tony Ruffa early in the fourth. However, backup quarterback Doyle Nave of the Trojans completed four straight passes to "Antelope" Al Krueger, who outmaneuvered Eric "The Red" Tipton and scored the winning touchdown with one minute remaining. Krueger's touchdown marked the first points scored against Duke during the season.[2][3]

For his performance in the game, Krueger was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in the class of 1995.[5]


Fourth quarter[edit]

Duke – Tony Ruffa 23-yard field goal

USC – Al Krueger, 19-yard pass from Doyle Nave (Gaspar kick)


USC Duke
First Downs 13 5
Rushing Yards 128 84
Passing Att-com-int 12-30-3 4-13-2
Passing Yards 81 59
Total Offense 209 143



  1. ^ "Here's lineup of bowl tilts". Miami News. Associated Press. January 2, 1939. p. 1B.
  2. ^ a b Zimmerman, Paul (January 3, 1939). "Trojans stain Duke's record in final minute, 7 to 3". Miami News. Associated Press. p. 2B.
  3. ^ a b "Southern California snags win in closing minutes". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 3, 1939. p. 1.
  4. ^ "Trojans favored over Duke in Rose Bowl game today". Miami News. INS. January 2, 1939. p. 2B.
  5. ^ 2009 Kickoff Luncheon and Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction program
  6. ^ 2013 Rose Bowl Game Historical Media Guide, Tournament of Roses Association, December 2012