01 January 2009

she don't like losing, to her it's still a game

Other than wicked hangovers, New Years Day means the Rose Bowl Game. The meeting of the Big 10 and PAC 10 champions in Pasadena, California. So while you're watching USC hang 47 points on Penn State today take a look back at the:

top 5 Rose Bowl Games

#5 - January 1, 1993 - Michigan vs. Washington

In a rematch of the 1992 Rose Bowl Michigan and Washinton met in Pasadena in front of 94,000 fans. Tyrone Wheatley rushed for 235 yards to lead the Victors to a 38-31 victory snapping a two year bowl winning streak for the Huskies. Michigan finished the season ranked #7.

#4 - January 1, 1948 - Michigan vs. USC

Michigan's second Rose Bowl Appearance ended the same as their first in 1902. A 49-0 victory. When the Wolverines arrived in Pasadena, they were 15-point favorites and coach Fritz Crisler felt it was necessary to call a team meeting to stifle over-confidence. Ten minutes into the game, on Michigan's second possession, Jack Weisenburger spun across the line from the one to cap an 11 play, 64 yard drive and initiate the day's scoring. In the second quarter, Weisenburger gained another one-yard touchdown, and Chappuis jump-passed to Elliott from the 11 to give the Maize and Blue a 21-0 half-time lead. Notre Dame had been named the 1947 National Champions, however following Michigan's dominating performance the Associated Press held a special vote and retroactively named Michigan the National Champions by a 266-119 margin. The win gave Michigan their 9th National Championship as they finished the season 9-0.

#3 - January 2, 1989 - Michigan vs. USC

The 75th Rose Bowl game was moved to January 2nd due to New Years Day falling on a Sunday. The Wolverine's would go on to win 22-14 behind the running of Rose Bowl MVP Leroy Hoard to give Bo Schembechler his last Rose Bowl Victory before his retirement in 1990.

#2 - January 1, 1998 - Michigan vs. Washington State

Third year coach Llyod Carr and the Wolverines entered the game 10-0 having only conceded 110 points throughout the regular season. Led by Heisman trophy winner Charles Woodson, and Rose Bowl MVP Brian Griese the Wolverines won 21-16 and ended the season 11-0, ranked #1 by the AP and Coaches Poll and claimed their 11th National Championship.

#1 - January 1, 1902 - Michigan vs. Stanford

The first Rose Bowl Game featured Michigan and Stanford. Michigan entered the game 10-0 and had outscored oponents 550-0 over the course of the season. To this day the 1901 Michigan Wolverines remain the only NCAA football team to go undefeated, untied, and unscored-upon. Fielding Yost lead the blue & maize to a 49-0 lead and with 8 minuted remaining in the game Stanford quit giving Michigan their first of 11 national championships. The beating unleashed by the Wolverines was so severe that game organizers wouldn't hold the next Rose Bowl for 15 years, instead opting to hold chariot races, ostrich races, and other various events instead of football. Stanford disbanded their football team replacing it with rugby until the humiliation of 1902 finally wore off in 1918.

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