Georgia Tech beat Cal 8-7 in the 1929 Rose Bowl to complete its undefeated season. However, GT's Roy Riegels made the "play" of the game. Riegels scooped up a fumble minutes before halftime, got turned around and ran 65 yards in the wrong direction. While Riegels got stopped before the end zone, Cal would get a safety soon after by blocking GT's punt. From then on, Riegels was known as Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels.
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Mariota leads Oregon to victory in first College Football Playoff game (2015)
In the first ever College Football Playoff game, Oregon solidified itself as one of the nation's best programs with a historic Rose Bowl beatdown of defending national champions Florida State. The Ducks beat FSU 59-20 and set Rose Bowl records for points (59), total yards (639) and second half points (41).
Miami wins title against Nebraska (2002)
This game wasn't so much a battle as it was a coronation of the University of Miami. The Hurricanes throttled Nebraska 37-14 to capture its fifth national title. The 2001 Miami team would go on to have 17 NFL first-round draft picks and 38 total players selected in the NFL Draft.
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Ki-Jana Carter takes opening play to the house for Penn State (1995)
Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter came ready to play against Oregon in the 1995 Rose Bowl. On Penn State's first offensive play of the game, Carter ran 83 yards for a touchdown to give the Nittany Lions the early lead. As legendary announced Keith Jackson said at the time of the Ducks, "they had him, they thought and then he was gone." Penn State would go on to win the Rose Bowl 38-20 and Carter was named co-MVP of the game.
Rick Neuheisel leads UCLA to victory despite being sick (1984)
UCLA starting quarterback Rick Neuheisel awoke on the morning of the 1984 Rose Bowl with food poisoning. In fact, Neuheisel was so sick that head coach Terry Donahue put his QB into a private car for the trip to the Rose Bowl. Despite the illness, Neuheisel had the game of his life. He threw for four touchdowns as the Bruins took down Illinois 45-9.
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The Four Horsemen ride one last time (1925)
Notre Dame's legendary "Four Horsemen", Elmer Layden, Jim Crowley, Harry Stuhldreher, and Don Miller, played in their final game together in the 1925 Rose Bowl against Stanford. The undefeated Fighting Irish (9-0) took down Stanford 27-10 in their lone Rose Bowl appearance. The 1925 Rose Bowl represented Notre Dame's first trip to the west coast and the program's first bowl game as well.
Leinart leads USC to split national title (2004)
USC beat Michigan in the 2004 Rose Bowl 28-14 on the back of QB Matt Leinart. Leinart threw for four touchdowns in the win over the Wolverines and was named the Rose Bowl MVP for his efforts. USC, which had been left out of the BCS Natonal Championship Game because it had finished No. 3 in the BCS poll, went on to claim the AP National Title and split 2004 national championship with LSU.
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Bo Schembechler finally wins a bowl game (1981)
Legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler had lost his first seven bowl games as the Wolverines head coach, including five previous Rose Bowl's. However, in 1981 Schembechler finally found the right recipe as his Wolverines clobbered Washington 23-6. The Wolverines carried Schembechler off of the field after the victory. After the game the coach said "I stood here five times before a loser. Now I'm smoking a cigar and smiling. Right now, I'm on top of the world. I feel great about everything."
Joe Germaine leads the Buckeyes to victory (1997)
In one of the most exciting Rose Bowl games ever played, Ohio State QB Joe Germaine led the Buckeyes to an improbable last-second victory over Arizona State. With 1:40 remaining, Ohio State trailed 17-14. Germaine, with the help of Dimitrious Stanley and David Boston, led the Buckeyes down the field and into the end zone for a 20-17 victory.
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Vince Young leads Texas to win over USC in the Game of the Century (2006)
The 2006 Rose Bowl is probably in the running for the greatest college football game ever played. USC, gunning for its third straight national title, took on Texas on Jan. 4, 2006. The Trojans featured two Heisman Trophy winners (Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush) and the Longhorns were lead by QB Vince Young. Young's performance was one for the ages as he gained 467 total yards (267 passing, 200 rushing) and scored the game winning touchdown with 19 seconds left to give Texas a 41-38 victory and the 2006 national title.