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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