Jody Victor®: A Look Back at Ohio State's Rose Bowl Wins

Jody Victor: The Buckeyes are making their fifth consecutive BCS bowl appearance. They are 6-7 all-time in 13 previous Rose Bowl appearances. Ohio State is making its first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1996 season, when the Buckeyes defeated Arizona State, 20-17, Jan1, 1997. Here's a look back at 3 of their winning Rose Bowl games.

1950 Rose Bowl – The Buckeyes avenged a loss to Cal in their first Rose Bowl trip by breaking a 14-all tie in the fourth quarter to snatch a victory from the Bears. With just more than three minutes remaining in the game, Cal quarterback Bob Celeri was back to punt at his own 16 on fourth down. A low snap forced Celeri to kick the ball off his wrong (left) foot, the ball dribbling out of bounds at the Cal 13. three plays advanced Ohio State to the 6, where Jimmy Hague kicked the winning field goal with under two minutes remaining. It was a dramatic end to a game OSU had dominated early, outgaining Cal 143-15 in total yards in the first half and driving inside the Bears' 20 three times with nothing to show for it. Two Ohio State touchdowns were called back by penalty. For the game, OSU held a 255-239 advantage in yardage, gaining 221 on the ground. Fred Morrison topped all carriers with 127 yards for the Buckeyes.

1955 Rose Bowl – Woody Hayes made his first trip to the Rose Bowl a memorable one, as the Buckeyes dominated the Trojans in the rain and mud. OSU and UCLA had tied for national championship honors, but the Bruins were excluded from the bowl because of the “no repeat” rule that was in effect. Led by Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, the Buckeyes ground game drove for 304 yards, helping OSU to a 360-206 advantage in total offense. Cassady ran for 92 yards, Dave Leggett for 67 and Bob Watkins for 64. Leggett, the Ohio State quarterback, was named the outstanding player of the game. He completed six of 11 passes on the day for 63 yards and a touchdown.

1958 Rose Bowl – Already proclaimed national champions, the Buckeyes were heavy favorites against the Ducks. But the game wasn't decided until the fourth quarter. Ohio State drove 79 yards on its first possession to take an early 7-0 lead. Frank Kremblas capped the drive by going in from 1 yard away, then converted the extra point. Oregon came back to tie it at 7-all before the half, and actually had a chance to lead the Buckeyes in the third period with a field goal attempt that failed from the Ohio State 24. The game came down to Don Sutherin's 24-yard field goal with 14:02 to go in the game. Oregon was stopped by a fumble on its next possession, and drove to the OSU 47 on its last drive before running out of downs.

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Jody Victor®: On To The Rose Bowl

Jody Victor: Ohio State has an 18-22 record in bowl games, dating back to the 1921 Rose Bowl, where the Buckeyes were defeated 28-0 by California. The Buckeyes have appeared in 11 different bowl games during their storied history.

The Buckeyes are 4-3 in seven BCS appearances. Ohio State holds a 14-19 record in bowl games played on New Year's Day or later. Under Jim Tressel, Ohio State is 4-4 in bowl games. Ohio State has made 13 previous Rose Bowl appearances, posting a 6-7 record.

With its 27-24 overtime victory against Iowa, Ohio State earned a share of the 2009 Big Ten championship, and the 21-10 victory at Michigan clinched the conference title outright. That marks the fifth season in a row that the Buckeyes have earned a Big Ten title, and the 34th Big Ten football title overall (18th outright) for Ohio State. The most consecutive Big Ten titles by Ohio State is six, from 1972-77.

The present exclusive agreement among the Tournament of Roses Association, the Big Ten Conference and the Pacific-10 Conference was born in 1946. The pact is the oldest intercollegiate post-season bowl agreement between two major conferences in the United States. Unless teams are ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation (to which they would then play in the national championship game), the Rose Bowl Game features the champion of the Big Ten Conference versus the champion of the Pacific-10 Conference.

The Rose Bowl Game Trophy, also known as the Leishman Trophy, is named after 1920 Tournament of Roses President William L. Leishman, who was responsible for the construction of the Rose Bowl Stadium and his son, 1939 Tournament of Roses President Lathrop K. Leishman, who was instrumental in helping establish the Rose Bowl Game as the Granddaddy of Them All. Tiffany & Co. has designed and crafted the Rose Bowl Game Trophy. It is comprised of nearly 16 pounds of sterling silver, stands nearly 21 inches tall and takes approximately two weeks to complete.

In 1953, the Rose Bowl Player of the Game Award was created to recognize the individual whose performance embodied grit, power, finesse and determination and led to a significant difference in the outcome of the game. The Rose Bowl Game polls the media representatives covering the game to make the selection. The Rose Bowl Game recognizes two Players of the Game – an offensive and defensive player. The recipients of this award also receive a spectacular crystal trophy created in cooperation with Tiffany & Co. featuring an etched replica of the Rose Bowl championship trophy.

Ohio State is 130-104-12 all-time when facing a ranked opponent, and 40-41-7 on the road against ranked teams. Under Coach Jim Tressel, the Buckeyes are 36-13 overall and 12-6 on the road against ranked teams.

The Buckeyes are 7-0 all-time against Oregon, having last played in 1987. The first meeting was the 1958 Rose Bowl where No. 2 Ohio State edged the Ducks, 10-7. The last meeting was in 1987, a 24-14 Ohio State victory in Columbus in the second game of the season and the final season under former head coach Earle Bruce.

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Jody Victor®: Buckeyes Making First Rose Bowl Appearance Since 1997

Jody Victor: The 96th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi is scheduled for January 1, 2010, at 2:10 p.m. (PST) following the Rose Parade and will be televised live on ABC.

* The Buckeyes are making their fifth consecutive BCS bowl appearance

* Ohio State is making its first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1996 season, when the Buckeyes defeated Arizona State, 20-17, Jan. 1, 1997

* The Buckeyes are 6-7 all-time in 13 previous Rose Bowl appearances

* Coach Jim Tressel is 93-21 in 9 seasons at Ohio State: 228-78-2 in his 24th season overall. He is 4-4 in bowl games and 3-3 in BCS bowls at Ohio State

* The Buckeyes are 7-0 all-time against the Ducks, having last played in 1987. The first meeting was the 1958 Rose Bowl

* Ohio State's defense has allowed just 11 touchdowns over its past 43 quarters of play

* Ohio State ranks among the NCAA Top 10 in five defensive categories

* Six Buckeyes earned all-Big Ten recognition

* Ohio State has won five Big Ten titles in a row

* The Buckeyes led the Big Ten in total defense, rushing defense, rushing offense and turnover margin

Known as The Granddaddy of Them All, the Rose Bowl Game kicked off a myriad of college football legacies in 1902. Since then, the game has showcased 18 Heisman Trophy Winners, produced 28 national champions, featured 197 consensus All-Americans and honored 95 college football legends by inducting them into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

The Rose Bowl Stadium seating capacity is 88,500 but for the Rose Bowl Game is approximately 91,000. It has a natural turf playing surface of Bullseye Bermuda grass overseeded with rye. On game day, the turf is cut to approximately 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch.

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Jody Victor®: Ohio State Award Winners

Jody Victor: Ohio State safety Kurt Coleman was voted 2009 team Most Valuable Player as announced at the Football Appreciation Banquet. Coleman also received the Bill Willis Award as the outstanding defensive player and the W.W. Hayes Award as outstanding player in the Michigan game. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor received the Archie Griffin Award as the outstanding offensive player.

Other award winners: Andrew Moses (John Galbreath, academics), Zach Boren (first-year offensive player); John Simon (first-year defensive player); Ray Small (Ike Kelley, special teams standout), Ross Homan (Randy Gradishar, linebacker); Dane Sanzenbacher (Paul Warfield, receiver); Brandon Saine and Dan Herron (Rex Kern, outstanding offensive back); Anderson Russell (Arnie Chonko, defensive back); Dan Potokar (Bo Rein, most inspirational); Jake Ballard and Jim Cordle (Jim Parker, offensive lineman); Thaddeus Gibson (SAE, Homecoming game standout); Cameron Heyward (Agonis Rick Meyer award); Thaddeus Gibson (Jim Marshall Warrior); Cameron Heyward (Jack Stephenson, defensive lineman).

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Jody Victor®: Ten Buckeyes Earn Football Honors

Jody Victor: Ten members of the 2009 Big Ten Conference champion Ohio State football team were honored with conference post-season awards. Two Buckeyes – Kurt Coleman and Justin Boren – were selected first-team all-conference. Coleman, a senior safety, was named to the all-Big Ten first-team by both the conference coaches and the media. Boren, a junior offensive guard, was named first-team by the media voters and second-team by the head coaches.

Ohio State, whose 19-member senior class has tied the school record with 43 wins the past four years, has extended its run of Big Ten championships and BCS bowl games to five consecutive by winning a tough, November slate of games on the road against Penn State, at home against Iowa and at Michigan. The team will begin preparation for the Jan. 1, 2010 Rose Bowl game after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Four Buckeyes were named second-team all-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media: junior running back Brandon Saine, junior defensive linemen Thaddeus Gibson and Cameron Heyward, and junior linebacker Ross Homan.

Honorable mention accolades went to junior offensive guard Bryant Browning (a coaches and media selection), senior defensive lineman Doug Worthington (media), junior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (coaches) and sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor (media).

Coleman, a quarter-finalist for the Lott Trophy and a nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy which honors exemplary community service with academic and athletic achievement, was also named Ohio State's sportsmanship award honoree.

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