Ohio State football and its history in the Rose Bowl – Buckeyes Wire

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For the second time in four years, the Ohio State football team will be headed out to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. It’s not where the Buckeyes wanted to be because of the bar being set at the College Football Playoff or bust, but it’s still an iconic stadium and game full of history and tradition, in a setting second to none. If you’ve been there, then you know.
Of course, it won’t be the Buckeyes’ first trip to the Los Angeles area. OSU has a storied and rich tradition in Pasadena, trailing only USC (34) and Michigan (20) in the number of appearances in the “Granddaddy of them All.”
January 1, will mark the 16th appearance at the Rose Bowl for the program, and we thought it’d be fun to run through all of those moments through the years, who Ohio State played, and the results of each game at the foot of the picturesque San Gabriel mountains.
Here is a walk-through of each and every appearance Ohio State has had in the Rose Bowl and how it all played out.
Congratulations to @CalFootball on their big win in the Redbox Bowl! @Cal's first bowl game was the 1921 Rose Bowl (below). Andy Smith's Wonder Team beat Ohio State 28-0 at Tournament Park in Pasadena & the huge demand for tickets led to construction of the Rose Bowl in 1922. pic.twitter.com/3bhQGHiYus
— Cal Bears History (@CalBearsHistory) December 31, 2019

California 28, Ohio State 0
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Ohio State fullback Fred Morrison (33) breaks away for a 15-yard gain before being taken down by California’s Paul Baldwin (34) during the Rose Bowl college football game in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/File)
Ohio State 17, California 14
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Dave Leggett, the converted fullback who directed the Ohio State Rose Bowl attack from the T-formation quarterback position, smashes through the middle of the Southern California line for the Buckeyes’ first score in Pasadena, California on Jan. 2, 1955. Leggett took the pass from the center on the Southern Cal three and was through and on the goal line before the Trojan secondary hit him. He carried the ball 16 times from his quarterback spot, averaging more than four yards per carry. Ohio State won, 20-7. (AP Photo)
Ohio State 20, Southern California 7
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Oregon’s halfback finds a hole in the Ohio State defense in the second period of the Rose Bowl game and carries the pigskin 14 yards to the Ohio State 31-yard line on Jan. 1, 1958, in Pasadena, California. (AP Photo)
Ohio State 10, Oregon 7
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Jan 1, 1969; Pasadena, CA, USA: Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Rex Kern (10) in action against the Southern California Trojans during the 1969 Rose Bowl where OSU beat USC 27-16 at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Credit: Long Photography-USA TODAY Sports
Ohio State 27, Southern California 16
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Jan 1, 1971; Pasadena, CA, USA: Stanford Cardinal quarterback Jim Plunkett (16) throws the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the 1971 Rose Bowl game where Stanford beat OSU 27-17 at the Rose Bowl. Credit: Long Photography-USA TODAY Sports
Stanford 27, Ohio State 17
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Jan 1, 1973; Pasadena, CA, USA: Ohio State Buckeyes running back Archie Griffin (45) in action during the 1973 Rose Bowl game where OSU beat USC 42-17 at the Rose Bowl. Credit: Long Photography-USA TODAY Sports
Southern California 42, Ohio State 17
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Jan 1, 1974; Pasadena, CA, USA: Southern California running back Anthony Davis (28) runs the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes defense during the 1974 Rose Bowl game where USC lost to OSU 21-42 at the Rose Bowl. Credit: Long Photography-USA TODAY Sports
Ohio State 42, Southern California 21
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Jan 1, 1975; Pasadena, CA, USA: Ohio State Buckeyes running back Pete Johnson (33) running the ball against the Southern California Trojans during the 1975 Rose Bowl game where USC beat OSU 18-17 at the Rose Bowl. Credit: Long Photography-USA TODAY Sports
Southern California 18, Ohio State 17
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Jan 1, 1976; Pasadena, CA, USA; FILE PHOTO; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Archie Griffin (45) carries the ball against the UCLA Bruins in the 1976 Rose Bowl. UCLA defeated Ohio State 23-10. Credit: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
UCLA 23, Ohio State 10
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Jan 1, 1980; Pasadena, CA, USA: FILE PHOTO; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Art Schlichter (10) under center against the Southern California Trojans during the 1980 Rose Bowl game where USC defeated OSU 17-16 at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Credit: Long Photography-USA TODAY Sports
Southern California 18, Ohio State 17
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Jan 1, 1985; Pasadena, CA, USA: Southern California wide receiver Tim Ware (19) in action against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the 1985 Rose Bowl where USC beat OSU 20-17. Credit: Long Photography-USA TODAY Sports
Southern California 20, Ohio State 17
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Jan 1, 1997; Pasadena, CA, USA; FILE PHOTO; Ohio State Buckeyes tackle Orlando Pace (75) in action against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the 1997 Rose Bowl. Ohio State defeated Arizona State 20-17. Credit: Photo By USA TODAY Sports
Ohio State 20, Arizona State 17
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Jan 1, 2010; Pasadena, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) tries to break free from the grasp of Oregon Ducks cornerback Javes Lewis (14) in the fourth quarter of the 2010 Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl. Ohio State defeated Oregon 26-17. Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
Ohio State 26, Oregon 17
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PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrate after winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019, in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Ohio State 28, Washington 23
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Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) hands off to quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) during the first quarter of the NCAA football game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports
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