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The 1970 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1970. It was the 56th Rose Bowl Game. The USC Trojans, champions of the Pacific-8 Conference, defeated the Michigan Wolverines, champions of the Big Ten Conference, 10–3. USC flanker Bob Chandler was named the player of the game.[2][3]

1970 Rose Bowl
56th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
USC 3070 10
Michigan 0030 3
DateJanuary 1, 1970
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPBob Chandler (FL, USC)
FavoriteMichigan by 4½ points [1]
RefereeRoss Dean (Big Ten)
(split crew: Big Ten, Pac-8)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersCurt Gowdy, Kyle Rote
Rose Bowl
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After early season losses to #9 Missouri and unranked Michigan State, the Wolverines won four straight games before their showdown with heavily-favored and top-ranked Ohio State for the Big Ten championship. Michigan shocked the college football world by upsetting the #1 ranked Buckeyes 24–12 to tie for the conference title and receive the Rose Bowl bid. (Ohio State was ineligible anyway because of the Big Ten's "no repeat" rule, which was rescinded in 1971.) Just days before the Rose Bowl, Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler suffered a mild heart attack and had to miss the game; defensive coordinator Jim Young was the acting head coach.[3]


Aided by a pass interference penalty and a controversial last-minute touchdown, USC earned the Rose Bowl berth with a 14–12 win over rival UCLA in the season's final game. The only blemish on their record was a 14–14 tie at Notre Dame. The Trojans were making their record fourth consecutive Rose Bowl appearance, as the Pac-8 did not have a "no repeat" rule.

Game summaryEdit

The score was tied at 3–3 at halftime. With three minutes to play in the third quarter, USC quarterback Jimmy Jones threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Bob Chandler to give the Trojans a 10–3 lead. A scoreless fourth quarter ensured the USC victory.[2]


First quarterEdit

  • USC - Ron Ayala 25-yard field goal[4]

Second quarterEdit

  • Michigan - Tim Killian, 20-yard field goal

Third quarterEdit

Fourth quarterEdit

  • No scoring


Statistics     USC     Michigan
First Downs 16 20
Rushing Yards 195 162
Passing Yards 128 127
Passes 10–18–0 14–32–1
Total Yards 323 289
Punts–Average 5–41 6–36
Fumbles lost 0 0
Turnovers by 0 1
Yards penalized 38 20


USC finished the year undefeated with one tie, earning a #3 ranking behind undefeated and untied #1 Texas and #2 Penn State. Chandler went on to play for the NFL for 11 years with the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders. Michigan finished 8–3 and was ranked 9th in the AP poll (released in January) and 8th in the UPI poll (released after the regular season in early December).


  1. ^ "Wolverines undefeated in Rose Bowl". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). uPI. January 1, 1970. p. 44.
  2. ^ a b c Stevenson, Jack (January 2, 1970). "'Wild Bunch' produced for Trojans". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. p. 14.
  3. ^ a b c Hannen (January 2, 1970). "Trojans jolt Michigan". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). p. 16.
  4. ^ Historical Media Guide, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, 2009

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