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The 1964 Rose Bowl was the 50th Rose Bowl Game, played on January 1, 1964. It featured the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Washington Huskies.[3][4]

1964 Rose Bowl
50th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
Washington 0700 7
Illinois 0377 17
DateJanuary 1, 1964
StadiumRose Bowl Stadium
LocationPasadena, California
MVPJim Grabowski
FavoriteIllinois by 6 points [1][2]
United States TV coverage
Rose Bowl
 < 1963  1965

Illinois was led by Dick Butkus, Jim Grabowski, Lynn Stewart, and Archie Sutton on their way to a 17–7 victory over the Huskies, led by Junior Coffey.[3]

The game was scoreless until the second quarter; Washington scored first, following an Illinois fumble at its own 27-yard line. Backup quarterback, Bill Siler, kept it for three yards, then passed it to Joe Mancuso for 18 yards to the Illini 6. Siler then faked a pass and pitched to halfback Dave Kopay, who scored behind the block of halfback Ron Medved, with 8:26 left in the first half. The Illini got on the scoreboard with Jim Plankenhorn's field goal in the waning seconds of the second quarter and Washington led 7–3 at halftime.[5]

In the third quarter, Illinois took control as Jim Warren scored the "go-ahead" touchdown on a two-yard run. Sophomore Grabowski rushed for 125 yards, scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and was named the game's Most Valuable Player.[3] Butkus played both ways in this contest, both at center and linebacker. He recovered a fumble, and had an interception (in addition to leading a defense that held Washington to only 59 yards rushing and 71 yards passing for the game).[6]


The opposing running backs were both drafted by the Green Bay Packers, Coffey in 1965 and Grabowski in 1966.


  1. ^ "Illini favored by six points". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). UPI. December 31, 1963. p. 6.
  2. ^ Zimmerman, Paul (January 1, 1964). "Illinois defense, power, speed rated over Huskies". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Los Angeles Times). p. 12.
  3. ^ a b c "Sophomore sparks win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 2, 1964. p. 1D.
  4. ^ "Soph FB paces Illinois' win in 'Rose'". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 2, 1964. p. 36.
  5. ^ "Illinois' soph Grabowski, smart defense defeat crippled, gallant Washington". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 2, 1964. p. 16.
  6. ^ The Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, January 2, 1964.