1992 Rose Bowl

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1992 Rose Bowl
78th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 0 13 8 13 34
Michigan 0 7 0 7 14
Date January 1, 1992
Season 1991
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Steve Emtman - DT
Billy Joe Hobert - QB
National anthem UW Marching Band
Referee Jimmy Harper
(Southeastern Conference)
Halftime show UW Marching Band,
UM Marching Band
Attendance 103,566[1]
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers Keith Jackson
Bob Griese
Rose Bowl
 < 1991  1993

The 1992 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1992, the 78th Rose Bowl game. Before 103,566 in attendance in Pasadena, California, and a national television audience, the #2 Washington Huskies defeated the #4 Michigan Wolverines 34-14.[2]

Washington DT Steve Emtman and QB Billy Joe Hobert were named the Players Of The Game.[3] The undefeated Washington Huskies were named the national champions by the coaches poll, after being left at #2 in the AP writers poll, behind Miami.[4]

Pre-game activities[edit]

On October 22, 1991, the Tournament of Roses selected 17-year-old Tannis Ann Turrentine, a senior at Mayfield Senior School and a resident of Pasadena, as the 74th Rose Queen of the 103rd Tournament of Roses. The 1991-92 Tournament of Roses Royal Court was led by the reigning Rose Queen with six rose princesses: Laurie Fortier, San Marino; Malia Herndon, Altadena; Erin Christine Mispagel, Pasadena; Mia Rodinella, Pasadena; Kristen Colleen Russell, La Canada Flintridge; and Melissa Ann Tyson, Pasadena.

Game summary[edit]

After a scoreless first quarter, a 7–7 tie in the second, and 13–7 Husky advantage at halftime, the 1992 game became the most lopsided contest between two top-5 teams in Rose Bowl history. Trailing 34–7,[5] a late Michigan touchdown against Husky reserves closed the gap in the final score to 20 points.[6] With a minute remaining and the third-string quarterback leading the offense, Washington opted to run out the clock from the Michigan five-yard line, rather than run up the score.[7]

This was the first Rose Bowl since the beginning of the Big TenPacific 10 (originally the Pacific Coast Conference) contract that officials from a neutral conference (in this case, the Southeastern Conference) were used. From 1947 through 1991, a split crew of Big Ten and Pac-10 (Pac-8/AAWU/PCC) officials were used. From 1984, the first year a seven-man officiating crew was used, through 1991, the conference of the designated home team provided the referee and three other officials, and the other conference provided three officials. Split crews are now banned by the NCAA.


First quarter[edit]

None, tied 0–0

Second quarter[edit]

Wash. - Hobert, 2-yard run (Hanson kick) - Wash. 7–0
Mich. - Smith, 9-yard pass from Grbac (Carlson kick) - tied 7–7
Wash. - Hanson, 24-yard field goal - Wash. 10–7
Wash. - Hanson, 23-yard field goal - Wash. 13–7

Third quarter[edit]

Wash. - Bruener, 5-yard pass from Hobert (Pierce, pass from Hobert, 2 pts.) - Wash. 21–7

Fourth quarter[edit]

Wash. - Pierce, 2-yard pass from Hobert (kick failed) - Wash. 27–7
Wash. - Bailey, 38-yard pass from Brunell (Hanson kick) - Wash. 34–7
Mich. - Wheatley, 53-yard run (Carlson kick) - Wash. 34–14

Split national championship[edit]

Miami won by only four points in the final AP Poll, while Washington won by nine points in the Coaches' Poll.[4]

A fantasy article in Sports Illustrated titled "The Dream Game" had the Huskies narrowly defeat Miami in a playoff.[8]


  1. ^ 2003 UW football media guide, p.331
  2. ^ "Huskies shut down Wolverines' attack". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. January 2, 1992. p. 1B. 
  3. ^ 2008 Rose Bowl Program 1992 Rose Bowl, accessed 2008-01-26
  4. ^ a b "Stat sheet: football, final polls". Spokane Chronicle (Washington). January 2, 1992. p. E4. 
  5. ^ "Howard has un-Heismanlike outing". The Bulletin (Bend, Oregon). Associated Press. January 2, 1992. p. D1. 
  6. ^ Rose Bowl history.org - 1992 game
  7. ^ "Huskies crush Michigan 34-14". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho). Associated Press. January 2, 1992. p. 1B. 
  8. ^ Murphy, Austin (January 13, 1992). "The Dream Game". Sports Illustrated: 34. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°09′40″N 118°10′05″W / 34.161°N 118.168°W / 34.161; -118.168