1970 Rose Bowl
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1970 Rose Bowl
1970 Rose Bowl
56th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
USC 3070 10
Michigan 0030 3
DateJanuary 1, 1970
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPBob Chandler (FL, USC)
FavoriteMichigan by 4½ points [1]
RefereeRoss Dean (Big Ten)
(split crew: Big Ten, Pac-8)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersCurt Gowdy, Kyle Rote

The 1970 Rose Bowl was the 56th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Thursday, January 1. The USC Trojans, champions of the Pacific-8 Conference, defeated the Michigan Wolverines, champions of the Big Ten Conference, USC flanker Bob Chandler scored the only touchdown and was named the Player of the Game.[2][3][4]



After early season losses to #9 Missouri and unranked Michigan State, the Wolverines won four straight games before their showdown with heavily-favored and top-ranked Ohio State for the Big Ten championship. Michigan shocked the college football world by upsetting the top-ranked Buckeyes 24-12 to tie for the conference title and receive the Rose Bowl bid.[5][6][7] (Ohio State was ineligible anyway because of the Big Ten's "no repeat" rule, which was rescinded in 1971.)

Just days before the Rose Bowl, first-year head coach Bo Schembechler, age forty, suffered a mild heart attack and had to miss the game;[8] defensive coordinator Jim Young was the acting head coach.[3]


Aided by a pass interference penalty on fourth down followed by a controversial last-minute touchdown, USC earned the Rose Bowl berth with a 14-12 win over rival UCLA in their regular season finale.[9] The only blemish on their record was a at Notre Dame in mid-October.[10] The Trojans were making their record fourth consecutive Rose Bowl appearance, as the Pac-8 did not have a "no repeat" rule.

Game summary

The score was tied at 3–3 at halftime. With three minutes to play in the third quarter, USC quarterback Jimmy Jones threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Bob Chandler to give the Trojans a A scoreless fourth quarter ensured the USC victory.[2][3][4]


First quarter

  • USC - Ron Ayala 25-yard field goal[11]

Second quarter

  • Michigan - Tim Killian, 20-yard field goal

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • No scoring


Statistics USC Michigan
First Downs 16 20
Rushing Yards 195 162
Passing Yards 128 127
Passes 10-18-0 14-32-1
Total Yards 323 289
Punts-Average 5-41 6-36
Fumbles lost 0 0
Turnovers by 0 1
Yards penalized 38 20


USC finished the year undefeated with one tie, earning a #3 ranking behind undefeated and untied #1 Texas and #2 Penn State. Chandler went on to play for the NFL for 11 years with the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders. Michigan finished and was ranked 9th in the AP poll (released in January) and 8th in the UPI poll (released after the regular season in early December).


  1. ^ "Wolverines undefeated in Rose Bowl". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. January 1, 1970. p. 44.
  2. ^ a b c Stevenson, Jack (January 2, 1970). "'Wild Bunch' produced for Trojans". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. p. 14.
  3. ^ a b c d Hannen, John (January 2, 1970). "Trojans jolt Michigan". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). p. 16.
  4. ^ a b "McKay still runs tailbacks". The Bulletin. (Bend, Oregon). UPI. January 2, 1970. p. 8.
  5. ^ Loomis, Tom (November 23, 1969). "Michigan demolishes Ohio State 24 to 12". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). p. D1.
  6. ^ "Wolverines cry 'We're No. 1' after surprising Buckeyes". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 23, 1969. p. 1B.
  7. ^ Kessler, Kaye; Reed, William F. (December 1, 1969). "Bye-bye, No. 1". Sports Illustrated. p. 20.
  8. ^ "Wolverines miss Bo's leadership". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 2, 1970. p. 3B.
  9. ^ "USC drives 68 yards in dying minutes to top UCLA". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 23, 1969. p. 1B.
  10. ^ "Favored Irish, USC tie, 14-14 when kick fails". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 19, 1969. p. 1B.
  11. ^ Historical Media Guide, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, 2009

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