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1979 Rose Bowl
65th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 3 7 0 10
USC 7 10 0 0 17
Date January 1, 1979
Season 1978
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Charles White (USC RB)
Rick Leach (Michigan QB)
Attendance 105,629
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers Curt Gowdy, Don Meredith, O. J. Simpson
Rose Bowl
 < 1978  1980

The 1979 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1979. It was the 65th Rose Bowl Game. The USC Trojans, champions of the Pacific-10 Conference, defeated the Michigan Wolverines, champions of the Big Ten Conference, 17-10. USC running back Charles White and Michigan quarterback Rick Leach were named the Rose Bowl Players of the Game.




Michigan Wolverines

Michigan came into the game ranked 5th with a 10-1-0 record. Their only loss was to Purdue. Michigan tied for the Big 10 title with Michigan State and earned the Rose Bowl berth based on their win over the Spartans.

USC Trojans

USC came into the game ranked 2nd in the UPI and 3rd in the AP with a 11-1-0 record, their only loss coming in Tempe, AZ to Arizona State 20-7. USC defeated UCLA 17-10 to win the Pac-10 conference.


First quarter

Second quarter

  • Michigan - Gregg Willner, 36-yard field goal
  • USC - Charles White, 3-yard run (Frank Jordan kick)
  • USC - Frank Jordan, 35-yard field goal

Third quarter

  • Michigan - Roosevelt Smith, 44-yard pass from Rick Leach (Gregg Willner kick)

Fourth quarter

  • No score


In the Sugar Bowl, Alabama (ranked #3 in the UPI and #2 in the AP) upset #1 Penn State, 14-7. Thus, USC vaulted into the #1 spot in the UPI poll while Alabama was #1 in the AP poll despite USC's easy early season win at Tuscaloosa over Alabama, 24-14.


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