1980 Rose Bowl

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1980 Rose Bowl
66th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
USC 3707 17
Ohio State 01033 16
DateJanuary 1, 1980
StadiumRose Bowl Stadium
LocationPasadena, California
MVPCharles White (USC RB)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersDick Enberg, Merlin Olsen, O. J. Simpson
Nielsen ratings28.6
Rose Bowl
 < 1979  1981

The 1980 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1980. It was the 66th Rose Bowl Game. The USC Trojans, champions of the Pacific-10 Conference, defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes, champions of the Big Ten Conference, 17–16. USC's Heisman Trophy running back Charles White was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game (for a second time, having shared the previous game's award with Rick Leach), rushing for a record 247 yards, including the game-winning touchdown with little more than a minute remaining in the contest.

Ohio State went into the game with an 11-0 record, and was one of two undefeated and untied teams in the nation, along with Alabama. Had the Buckeyes won the game, they would have likely won at least a share of the national championship; they were ranked #1 in the AP Poll at kickoff.

USC, having suffered a shocking 21–21 tie with Stanford (in a game in which they led 21–0) that cost them the #1 ranking, finished ranked #2 in both polls behind Alabama.

The game received a 28.6 Nielsen Rating, making it one of the highest-rated college football games of all time.[1]

Scoring summary[edit]

1st Quarter scoring: USC – Eric Hipp 41-yard field goal

2nd Quarter scoring: USC – Kevin Williams 53-yard pass from Paul McDonald (Hipp kick); OSU – Vlade Janakievski 35-yard field goal; OSU – Gary Williams 67-yard pass from Art Schlichter (Janakievski kick)

3rd Quarter scoring: OSU – Vlade Janakievski 37-yard field goal

4th Quarter scoring: OSU – Vlade Janakievski, 24-yard field goal; USC – Charles White 1-yard run (Hipp kick)