1960 Rose Bowl
|1960 Rose Bowl|
|46th Rose Bowl Game|
|Date||January 1, 1960|
|MVP||Bob Schloredt (QB Washington)
George Fleming (HB Washington)
The 1960 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on Friday, January 1, 1960 at the end of the 1959 college football season. It was the 46th Rose Bowl Game. This was the first Rose Bowl appearance by the Huskies since the 1944 Rose Bowl and the first appearance by the Badgers since the 1953 Rose Bowl. This was the first time these two football programs met on the field. The Washington Huskies defeated the Wisconsin Badgers, 44–8.
The Washington Huskies were the first conference champions of the newly formed Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU), commonly referred to as the "Big Five" at the time, and now as the "Pac-12". The conference formed in the wake of the "pay for play" scandal and collapse of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) after the 1958 college football season. As a result of the demise of the PCC, the Rose Bowl had no contractual agreement with either the Big 5 or Big 10 to send their champions to the game: both teams received "at-large" invitations and accepted.
Washington came entered the game as the West representative, the first champions of the newly formed AAWU conference. Washington was led by quarterback Bob Schloredt, a 20-year-old junior who "conspicuously lack[ed] his trade's traditional egotism", stating "I consider myself just adequate." Remarkably, he was also 90% blind in his left eye.
Wisconsin came to the game as the Big Ten Conference champions and a 7–2 overall record, with losses to Purdue and Illinois. Despite the similarity in the poll rankings, Wisconsin entered the game as a 6½ point favorite due in part to recent dominance of the Big Ten Conference in Rose Bowl games. Big Ten representatives had won twelve of the last thirteen.
1st Quarter scoring: WASH – Don McKeta 6-yard run (George Fleming kick); WASH – Fleming 36-yard field goal; WASH – Fleming 53-yard punt return (Fleming kick)
2nd Quarter scoring: WIS – Tom Weisner 4-yard run (Allan Schoonover pass from Dale Hackbart); WASH – Folkins 23-yard pass from Bob Schloredt (Fleming kick)
3rd Quarter scoring: WASH – Jackson 2-yard run (Fleming kick)
4th Quarter scoring: WASH – Schloredt 3-yard run (Fleming kick); WASH – Don Millich 3-yard pass from Bob Hivner (pass failed)
- Vice-president of the United States Richard M. Nixon served as Tournament Grand Marshal
Washington quarterback Bob Schloredt and halfback George Fleming would be named a co-Players of the Game. Schloredt was subsequently named the Player of the Game in the 1961 Rose Bowl, becoming the first player in the history of the Rose Bowl to be twice-honored as the Player of the Game. Fleming became the first African American to be elected to the Washington state Senate in 1970
- SeattlePI.com - UW 1960 Rose Bowl win in rare archive pictures