1975 Rose Bowl
|1975 Rose Bowl|
|61st Rose Bowl Game|
|Date||January 1, 1975|
Pat Haden (USC QB)|
John McKay, Jr. (USC SE)
|Favorite||Ohio State by 6 points |
Charles Moffett (Pac-8)|
(split crew: Pac-8, Big Ten)
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Curt Gowdy, Al DeRogatis|
The 1975 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1975. It was the 61st Rose Bowl Game. The fifth-ranked USC Trojans of the Pacific-8 Conference defeated #3 Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big Ten Conference, 18–17 in one of the most exciting games in the history of the Rose Bowl.
After a touchdown pass with two minutes remaining to draw within a point, USC quarterback Pat Haden passed to Shelton Diggs for a two-point conversion to take a the lead. It gave the Trojans the Rose Bowl victory and the UPI coaches poll national title.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The defending Rose Bowl champs were the nation's top ranked team for much of the season, until they were upset by Michigan State 16–13 at East Lansing on November 9. Two weeks later, the Buckeyes earned the Rose Bowl berth with a 12–10 victory over Michigan, when kicker Mike Lantry's last-second field goal attempt sailed just wide.
USC was upset by Arkansas 22–7 in Little Rock in the season opener, then reeled off five straight wins before a 15–15 tie at home against California. They won their final four games, the most dramatic being a season-ending 55–24 win over #5 Notre Dame in which the Trojans trailed 24–0.
- OSU — Champ Henson - 2-yard run (PAT - Tom Klaban kick)
- No scoring.
- USC — Jim Obradovich 9-yard pass from Pat Haden (PAT - Limahelu kick).
- OSU — Cornelius Greene 3-yard run (PAT - Klaban kick)
- OSU — Klaban - 32-yard field goal.
- USC — J. K. McKay 38-yard pass from Haden (PAT - Haden pass to Shelton Diggs)
Undefeated Oklahoma was the #1 team in the AP poll, but were on probation so they were ineligible for a bowl game. The UPI poll did not consider teams on probabation, and after the regular season, the UPI had Alabama first, followed by Ohio State, Michigan, and USC. USC's dramatic Rose Bowl win over Ohio State enabled them to leapfrog Michigan, and when Notre Dame upset Alabama in the Orange Bowl, 13-11, USC was voted #1 in the UPI poll. This game marked USC head coach John McKay's last appearance in the Rose Bowl.
This was the last season in which the Big Ten and Pac-8 conferences allowed just one bowl team each, to the Rose Bowl.
- Third straight time the two teams meet in the Rose Bowl.
- Head coach John McKay wins fourth national title.
- McKay ends his Rose Bowl career with a 5-3 record, tying Howard Jones for victories.
- Anthony Davis injured and plays less than 1 quarter.
- Quarterback Pat Haden & split end John McKay, Jr. were named co-MVPs.
- USC kicker Chris Limahelu, 59, died of prostate cancer on April 7, 2010.
- Taylor, Jim (January 1, 1975). "Bucks 6-point pick in Rose Bowl today". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). p. 49.
- Daytona Beach Morning Journal (January 1, 1975). "Southern Cal seeks Revenge on two counts". (Florida). Associated Press. p. 4C.
- Underwood, John; Jares, Joe (January 13, 1975). "Top of the ladder, with a boost". Sports Illustrated. p. 24.
- Dodds, Tracy (January 2, 1975). "Trojans disdain tie in 18-17 victory". Milwaukee Journal. p. 11, part 2.
- Cour, Jim (January 2, 1975). "Number one son no gamble for McKay". Beaver County Times. (Pennsylvania). UPI. p. D4.
- "Trojans grab Roses, 18-17". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. January 2, 1975. p. 1B.
- Rose Bowl Timeline
- "Kick, kick, kick kick: 12-10, OSU". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. (Florida). Associated Press. November 24, 1974. p. 1B.
- Kennedy, Ray (December 2, 1974). "Still alive and kicking". Sports Illustrated. p. 22.
- "Davis haunts Irish with 4 TD's 55-24". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). UPI. December 1, 1974. p. 1C.
- Jares, Joe (December 9, 1974). "That California earthquake". Sports Illustrated. p. 30.
- "USC Football 1975" media guide
- "Rose Bowl Game Timeline". tournamentofroses.com. Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
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