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The 1982 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game, played on January 1, 1982. It was the 68th Rose Bowl Game. The Washington Huskies defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes by a score of 28–0. Washington freshman Jacque Robinson gained 142 yards on 20 carries and set up or scored three of the Huskies' four touchdowns and was named player of the game. Washington quarterback Steve Pelluer was 15 for 29 passing, end Paul Skansi had four big catches and Mark Jerue made 13 tackles as linebacker.

1982 Rose Bowl
68th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
Washington 013015 28
Iowa 0000 0
DateJanuary 1, 1982
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPJacque Robinson
(RB, Washington)
FavoriteIowa by 3 points [1]
RefereeRich McVay (Big Ten; split crew between Big Ten and Pac-10)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersDick Enberg, Merlin Olsen
Rose Bowl
 < 1981  1983

Washington HuskiesEdit

Washington, the defending Pac-10 champion, began the season ranked 15th. After winning their first three games to rise to #12, they were knocked off by Arizona State in Seattle, 26–7. They won their next four games, heading into crucial matchups with UCLA and USC. UCLA shut out the Huskies 31–0 in Los Angeles but then Washington shut down USC and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen 13–3 in Seattle. Washington then claimed the Pac-10 title by beating rival Washington State, 23–10, while USC knocked UCLA out of 1st place with a 22–21 win in which they blocked a Bruins' last second field goal attempt.

Iowa HawkeyesEdit

Iowa started the season by upsetting #7 Nebraska, losing to Iowa State, then upsetting #6 UCLA. The Hawkeyes took over first place in the Big Ten with a 9–7 win over Michigan in Ann Arbor, but fell to third place behind Ohio State and Michigan with back to back losses to Minnesota and Illinois. They rose back into a tie for second place when Minnesota upset Ohio State. When Ohio State beat Michigan 14–9 in Ann Arbor, that knocked the Wolverines out of first, and left Iowa and Ohio State tied atop the Big 10 standings. Because they did not play each other, Iowa was awarded the Rose Bowl berth since Ohio State had been to the Rose Bowl more recently (1980; the Hawkeyes' most recent trip was in 1959).

Iowa became the first team other than Michigan or Ohio State to represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl since Indiana in the 1968 game (1967 season).


Second quarterEdit

  • Wash – Robinson, 1-yard run (Chuck Nelson kick good)
  • Wash – Vince Coby, 1-yard run (Pelluer pass to Chris James incomplete)

Fourth quarterEdit

  • Wash – Robinson, 34-yard run ( Pelluer passes to Skansi for 2-point conversion)
  • Wash – Tim Cowan, 3-yard run (Nelson kick good)


Statistics WASH IOWA
First Downs 22 14
Total offense, plays – yards 80–328 64–264
Rushes-yards (net) 51–186 43–180
Passing yards (net) 142 84
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 15–29–1 10–21–3
Time of Possession



  • First shutout since 1953 when USC defeated Wisconsin, 7–0.[3]
  • Jacque Robinson became the first freshman to win the Rose Bowl Player of the Game award
  • Referee Rich McVay died eight months later, suffering a massive heart attack while officiating a Michigan State-Illinois game at Champaign.[4]


  1. ^ "Harrah's Odds: Rose Bowl". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. January 1, 1982. p. 28.
  2. ^ 2013 Iowa Hawkeyes Media Guide, Iowa Football, 2013, p122
  3. ^ Historical Media Guide, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, 2009
  4. ^ Jauss, Bill, Referee dies on field Chicago Tribune, September 12, 1982, Section 4, Page 3