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Classic Rose Bowl Moments

Since its first contest in 1902, the Rose Bowl has become the "granddaddy" of all bowl games. Most games have been more competitive since that first contest, a 49-0 whitewashing of Stanford by Michigan. Many of them have been classic battles.

1902 - Michigan 49, Stanford 0  More
After its first contest in 1902, no one could have anticipated the Rose Bowl would one day become the "granddaddy" of all bowl games.

1975 - S. California 18, Ohio State 17  More
They opened the season with a humiliating loss, but ended it less than four months later playing in the Rose Bowl. Oh, what a reversal of fortune for the 1974 USC Trojans.

1988 - Michigan St. 20, USC 17  More
Nearly a quarter century. That's how long the Spartans had waited since their last trip to the Rose Bowl. After 22 years of placing anywhere but first in the Big Ten, Michigan State finally made it to Pasadena to face, of all teams, USC.

1989 - Michigan 22, USC 14  More
Coming into the 1989 Rose Bowl, many questioned whether or not Michigan could withstand a USC team led by 1988 Heisman Trophy runner-up and All-American linebacker Junior Seau.

1993 - Michigan 38, Washington 31  More
The Washington Huskies took home the Rose Bowl trophy in 1991 and 1992. On New Year's Day 1993, running back Tyrone Wheatley and the Michigan Wolverines thwarted the Huskies' attempt to become the first team to win three Roses in a row.

1994 - Wisconsin 21, UCLA 16  More
From 1947 through 1998, the Rose Bowl's Big Ten representative usually hailed from Ann Arbor, Mich., or Columbus, Ohio. Once in a while, though, a team other than Michigan or Ohio State would sneak in. 1994's surprise entry was the Wisconsin Badgers.

1997 - Ohio State 20, Arizona State 17  More
The 1997 Rose Bowl between Ohio State and Arizona State featured one of the most dramatic endings in Rose Bowl history.

 Billy Joe Hobert hits Mark Bruener in the back of the end zone for six.
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 Mark Brunell takes it up the middle for the touchdown.
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 Rose Bowl MVP Jacque Robinson goes 35 yards for the TD.
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 Warren Moon calls his own number to put UW up 6-0.
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 1971: Brockington is stopped by the Stanford defense.
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 1971: Jackie Brown scores for the Indians.
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 1971: Brockington dives the touchdown.
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 1971: John Brockington goes 42 yards before he is tackled.
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