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1994 Rose Bowl
80th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 7 7 0 7 21
UCLA 3 0 0 13 16
Date January 1, 1994
Season 1993
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Brent Moss (Wisconsin RB)
National anthem UCLA Band
Halftime show UCLA Band and University of Wisconsin Marching Band
Attendance 101,237
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers Keith Jackson, Bob Griese
Rose Bowl
 < 1993  1995

The 1994 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1994. It was the 80th Rose Bowl Game. The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the UCLA Bruins 21-16. Running back Brent Moss of Wisconsin was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game.[1]




Wisconsin Badgers

During the season, Wisconsin played Michigan State in the last Mirage Bowl and won. The 1993 Wisconsin Badgers football team only lost once, to the Minnesota Golden Gophers by a score of 21-28 in their annual rivalry game. Footage from this game held in the Metrodome was used in the television series Coach to represent the fictional Minnesota State and West Texas Universities in the "Pioneer Bowl" at the Alamodome.

Ohio State lost to Michigan 0-28 in their annual rivalry game. Both Wisconsin and Ohio State ended the season with identical 9-1-1 records with 6-1-1 conference records, and had tied the only time they met during the season in a game at Camp Randall (college football did not adopt "overtime" to resolve ties in regulation until the 1994 season). Wisconsin and Ohio State were co-champions of the Big Ten. Wisconsin won the Rose Bowl invitation tiebreaker due to Big Ten rules which stated that the tied first place team with the most recent invitation would be eliminated: Wisconsin had last been to the Rose Bowl in 1963, while Ohio State was in the 1985 Rose Bowl.[2]

UCLA Bruins

UCLA had opened the season with two close losses: 25-27 against California, and 13-14 against Nebraska. The Bruins then had a seven game winning streak, including a win over number 7 Arizona. They lost 3-9 against Arizona State. The 1993 UCLA-USC rivalry game had the Pac-10 championship and the Rose Bowl berth on the line for both the Bruins and Trojans. UCLA won 27-21 at the Coliseum. Arizona was tied for first, but did not receive the Rose Bowl invitation because of the head-to-head loss at UCLA.[3] This was Terry Donahue's only career win over USC when the Rose Bowl was on the line for both teams. This also marked Terry's last appearance as a coach in the Rose Bowl.

Game summary

The weather was 73 degrees and hazy. UCLA receiver J. J. Stokes set Rose Bowl records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (176).


First quarter

  • UCLA — Bjorn Merten, 27-yard field goal.
  • Wisconsin — Brent Moss three-yard run. Rick Schnetzky converts.

Second quarter

  • Wisconsin — Moss, one-yard run. Schnetzky converts.

Third quarter

No Scoring

Fourth quarter

  • UCLA — Ricky Davis 12- yard run. Merten converts.
  • Wisconsin — Darrell Bevell 21-yard run. Schnetzky converts.
  • UCLA — Mike Nguyen, five-yard pass from Wayne Cook. 2 point conversion Pass failed.


  1. ^ 2008 Rose Bowl Program, 2008 Rose Bowl. Accessed January 26, 2008.
  2. ^ DAVID E. SANGER - COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Wisconsin Is on Top a World Away. New York times December 6, 1993
  3. ^ UCLA football media guide (PDF copy available at


  • Kopriva, Don (1998). On Wisconsin!: The History of Badger Athletics from 1896-1998. Jim Mott. Sports Publishing LLC. doi:1571670386.  

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