Stanford led Illinois 7 to 6 on a Harry Hugasian touchdown until late in the third quarter. Illinois then scored 34 consecutive points including 27 points in the 4th quarter to defeat Stanford 40 to 7. Illinois running backBill Tate rushed for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns leading Illinois to 434 yards of total offense. All-AmericanJohnny Karras rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown for Illinois. It was the second Rose Bowl win for Illinois coach Ray Eliot. Stanford coach Chuck Taylor became the first man to ever be both a player and coach in the Rose Bowl, having played as one of Stanford's undefeated Wow Boys in the 1941 Rose Bowl.