1990 Rose Bowl

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1990 Rose Bowl
76th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
USC 0 10 0 7 17
Michigan 0 3 7 0 10
Date January 1, 1990
Season 1989
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Ricky Ervins (USC RB)
Referee Jim Kemerling (Big Ten)
(split crew between Big Ten and Pac-10)
Attendance 103,450
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers Keith Jackson, Bob Griese
Rose Bowl
 < 1989  1991

The 1990 Rose Bowl was the 76th Rose Bowl Game. The game was a rematch of the 1989 Rose Bowl, won by Michigan, 22–14. Gaining a measure of revenge, the USC Trojans defeated the Michigan Wolverines 17–10. USC running back Ricky Ervins was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game.[1] The contest was Bo Schembechler's final game as Michigan's head coach.

Pre-game activities[edit]

On Tuesday, October 24, 1989 - Tournament of Roses President Don W. Fedde chooses 17-year-old Yasmine Begum Delawari, a senior at La Canada High School and a resident of La Cañada Flintridge, California becomes the 72nd Rose Queen to reign over the 101st Rose Parade and the 76th Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day.

The game was presiding over by the 1990 Tournament of Roses Royal Court and Rose Parade Grand Marshal U.S. Senator John Glenn of Ohio. Members of the court are: Princesses Kristin Gibbs, South Pasadena, Pasadena City College; Inger Miller, Altadena, John Muir High School; Marisa Stephenson, Arcadia, Arcadia High School; Joanne Ward, Arcadia, Arcadia High School; Kandace Watson, Pasadena, John Muir High School; and Peggy Ann Zazueta, Temple City, Maranatha High School.


Michigan Wolverines[edit]

The Wolverines lost their opening game, at home, to Notre Dame 24–19. The UCLA Bruins under Terry Donahue and the Michigan Wolverines under Bo Schembechler met for the only time since the 1983 Rose Bowl in a UCLA home game at the Rose Bowl Stadium on September 23, 1989. The #5 ranked Michigan Wolverines defeated #24 ranked UCLA 24–23. This was the first win in a 10-game winning streak. The biggest win was a 24–10 win at Illinois that ultimately gave the Big Ten title to Michigan over the second place Illini.

USC Trojans[edit]

USC lost their opener to Illinois 14–13, but won the rest with the exception of a 28–24 mid season loss at Notre Dame and a 10–10 tie in their regular season finale with rival UCLA. They won the Pac-10 title by 2½ games over Washington.

Game summary[edit]

The game was expected to be a tight physical defensive struggle and it was. USC had leads of 7–0 first when Todd Marinovich ran for a touchdown and 10–3 with a field goal, but each time Michigan came back to tie the score. Midway through the fourth quarter, Michigan faced a 4th-and-2 at its own 46-yard line. The normally conservative Bo Schembechler called for a fake punt and it worked to perfection as punter Chris Stapleton rambled 24 yards for what would have been a first down. However, Michigan was called for holding. On the resultant drive, USC scored the winning touchdown with just over a minute to play. At the end of the game Schembechler walked off the field refusing interview requests. It was the legendary coach's last game at Michigan.


First quarter[edit]

None 0–0 tie

Second quarter[edit]

USC Marinovich, 1-yard run (Rodriguez kick) USC 7–0
MI Carlson, 19-yard field goal USC 7–3
USC Rodriguez, 34-yard field goal USC 10–3

Third quarter[edit]

MI Jefferson, 2-yard run (Carlson kick) 10–10 tie

Fourth quarter[edit]

USC Ervins, 14-yard run (Rodriguez kick) 17–10 USC


  1. ^ 2008 Rose Bowl Program, 2008 Rose Bowl. Accessed January 26, 2008.

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