1955 Rose Bowl

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1955 Rose Bowl
41st Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
USC 0 7 0 0 7
Ohio State 0 14 0 6 20
Date January 1, 1955
Season 1954
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Dave Leggett (Ohio State)
Attendance 89,191
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers Mel Allen
Rose Bowl
 < 1954  1956

The 1955 Rose Bowl was a college football game played between the University of Southern California (USC) and the Ohio State University. Ohio State won the game, 20–7.[1]

Woody Hayes came into his first Rose Bowl tied for the national championship with PCC champion UCLA. However, #2 UCLA was locked out of the game because of the "no-repeat" rule.[2]


Ohio State[edit]

The quarterback for Ohio State was Dave Leggett. Mr. Leggett threw eleven passes, completing six, one a touchdown pass to Robert Archbald Watkins Jr.[1] Hopalong Cassady ran for 92 yards and led the Bucks to 304 yards on the ground and an overall advantage of 360-206 yards in total offense.


The only touchdown by USC was an 86-yard punt return by Aramis Dandoy.

Game summary[edit]

The teams played in the first rainstorm to hit Pasadena during a Rose Bowl in more than 50 years.[3]The fans were under umbrellas, and it rained during the entire game, turning the field to mud.[4]


Second quarter[edit]

  • OSU – Dave Leggatt 3-yard run (Weed kick good)
  • OSU – Bob Watkins 21-yard pass from Leggett (Watkins kick good)
  • USC – Aramis Dandoy 86-yard punt return (Tsagalakis kick good)

Fourth quarter[edit]

  • OSU – Dick Harkrader 9-yard run (Weed kick blocked)


  • Ohio State won a shared National Championship for the 1954 season. It was the first "split" championship in college football, when the writers selected the Buckeyes and the coaches chose the Bruins.

Game notes[edit]

  • The game was played in the rain; Coach Hayes was not happy that the bands performed the halftime show on the already muddy field


  1. ^ a b Rose Bowl 1955, from RoseBowlHistory.com.
  2. ^ Boyles, Bob; Paul Guido (2007). 50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. p. 58. ISBN 1-60239-090-8. 
  3. ^ 2011 Rose Bowl Historic Media Guide, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, December 2011
  4. ^ Lesmirises, Doug - Buckeyes Rose Bowl Rewind: National championship glory in the mud of 1955. Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 16, 2009 Quote: "Through mud, slime, murk and driving rain, Ohio State's dauntless Buckeyes today reached the all-time zenith of the University's football history. Ploughing through muck in the fog and semi-darkness, the Buckeyes vanquished Southern California, 20 to 7, in the worst weather conditions of Rose Bowl history."