1955 Rose Bowl

1955 Rose Bowl
41st Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
USC 0700 7
Ohio State 01406 20
Date January 1, 1955
Season 1954
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Dave Leggett (Ohio State)
Attendance 89,191
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers Mel Allen

The 1955 Rose Bowl was a college football game played between the University of Southern California (USC) and the Ohio State University. Ohio State won the game, 207.[1]

Woody Hayes came into his first Rose Bowl tied for the national championship with PCC champion UCLA. However, #2 UCLA was locked out of the game because of the "no-repeat" rule.[2]


Ohio State

The quarterback for Ohio State was Dave Leggett. Mr. Leggett threw eleven passes, completing six, one a touchdown pass to Robert Archbald Watkins Jr.[1] Hopalong Cassady ran for 92 yards and led the Bucks to 304 yards on the ground and an overall advantage of 360-206 yards in total offense.


The only touchdown by USC was an 86-yard punt return by Aramis Dandoy.

Game summary

The teams played in the first rainstorm to hit Pasadena during a Rose Bowl in more than 50 years.[3]


Second quarter

Fourth quarter


Game notes


  1. 1 2 Rose Bowl 1955, from RoseBowlHistory.com.
  2. Boyles, Bob; Paul Guido (2007). 50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. p. 58. ISBN 1-60239-090-8.
  3. 2011 Rose Bowl Historic Media Guide, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, December 2011
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