2000 Rose Bowl

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2000 Rose Bowl
presented by AT&T
86th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Stanford 0 9 0 0 9
Wisconsin 0 3 7 7 17
Date January 1, 2000
Season 1999
Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Ron Dayne (Wisconsin RB)
National anthem Stanford Band
Referee Dennis Hennigan (Big East)
Halftime show University of Wisconsin Marching Band, Stanford Band
Attendance 93,731
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers Keith Jackson, Dan Fouts
Rose Bowl
 < 1999  2001

The 2000 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2000. It was the 86th Rose Bowl game and was played on January 1, 2000 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. The game featured the Wisconsin Badgers defeating the Stanford Cardinal by a score of 17-9. Ron Dayne, the Wisconsin running back, was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game for the second consecutive year.[1]

Pre-game activities[edit]

On Tuesday, October 26, 1999 - the Pasadena Tournament of Roses selects Sophia Bush, a senior at Westridge School & a resident of Pasadena became the 82nd Rose Queen to reign over the 111th Rose Parade and the 86th Rose Bowl Game on New Year' Day of the 21st century.

The game was presided over by the 2000 Tournament of Roses Royal Court and Rose Parade Grand Marshal Roy L. Disney. Members of the royal court were: Princesses Lauren Beattie, La Canada Flintridge, La Canada High School; Caitlin Bogert, Pasadena, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Grace Chen, San Marino, San Marino High School; Kellie Handy, South Pasadena, South Pasadena High School; Carol Huang, San Marino, San Marino High School; and Mariasol Pena, Arcadia, Arcadia High School. The 1999-00 Tournament of Roses President was Kenneth H. Burrows.


Wisconsin Badgers[edit]

Wisconsin entered the game as the sole champions of the Big Ten Conference, their first untied conference championship season since 1962 when they played in the 1963 Rose Bowl, although they had been conference co-champions in 1993 and 1998, appearing in the 1994 and 1999 Rose Bowls. The Wisconsin offense featured a powerful running game with 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne at running back.

Stanford Cardinal[edit]

Stanford entered the game as the champions of the Pacific-10 Conference. It was their first conference championship season since 1971 and their first Rose Bowl since 1972.

Game summary[edit]


First quarter[edit]

  • No Score

Second quarter[edit]

  • Stanford – Mike Biselli 28-yard field goal 13:26 3-0 Stanford
  • Wisconsin – Vitaly Pisetsky 31-yard field goal 9:19 3-3
  • Stanford – Kerry Carter 1-yard run (two-point conversion failed) 2:03 9-3 Stanford

Third quarter[edit]

  • Wisconsin – Ron Dayne 4-yard run (Pisetsky kick) 12:57 10-9 UW

Fourth quarter[edit]


Ron Dayne was named the Rose Bowl MVP for the second time (the first time being the 1999 Rose Bowl), becoming only the third player in the history of the Rose Bowl to repeat as MVP. To this day, he is the only player from a Big Ten Conference team to accomplish this feat: Bob Schloredt of the Washington Huskies (AAWU) was the first, Charles White of USC (Pac-10) was the second, and Vince Young of the Texas Longhorns (Big 12) has subsequently become the fourth.

The two teams would go on to face off again exactly thirteen years later in the 2013 Rose Bowl, with Barry Alvarez returning to serve as interim head coach for Wisconsin, but this time, Stanford would win 20-14.

2000 Rose Queen Sophia Bush has gone on to become a successful actress, starring for nine seasons as Brooke Davis on One Tree Hill, and currently as Detective Erin Lindsay on Chicago P.D..

Cultural references[edit]

  • The animated series Futurama occasionally references this game, as part of a running gag that the mother of Philip J. Fry is a devout football fan.
    • The episode, Jurassic Bark, in which the (incorrectly inversed) 2nd quarter score is briefly shown on Fry's parents' television, while Fry's mother wears a "cheesehead" hat to show loyalty to Wisconsin.
    • The episode The Luck of the Fryrish Fry's mother mentions the day Wisconsin won the Rose Bowl 17-9 in reference to the day Fry disappeared.
    • The episode Game of Tones ends with a dream sequence of Fry and his mother watching the end of the game.


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