American Football Database
1955 Rose Bowl
41st Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Southern California 0 7 0 0 7
Ohio State University 0 14 0 6 20
Date January 1, 1955
Season 1954
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Dave Leggett (Ohio State)
Attendance 89,191
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers: Mel Allen
Rose Bowl
 < 1954  1956

The 1955 Rose Bowl was a college football game played between the University of Southern California (USC) and the Ohio State University. Ohio State won the game, 20–7.[1]

Woody Hayes came into his first Rose Bowl tied for the National Championship with PCC champion UCLA. However, #2 UCLA was locked out of the game because of the "no-repeat" rule.[2]


Ohio State

The quarterback for Ohio State was Dave Leggett. Mr. Leggett threw eleven passes, completing six, one a touchdown pass to Bob Watkins.[1] Hopalong Cassady ran for 92 yards and led the Bucks to 304 yards on the ground and an overall advantage of 360-206 yards in total offense.

University of Southern California

The only touchdown by USC was an 86-yard punt return by Aramis Dandoy.

Game Summary

The teams played in the first rainstorm to hit Pasadena in more than 50 years.[3]


Second Quarter

  • OSU – Dave Leggatt 3-yard run (Weed kick good)
  • OSU – Bob Watkins 21-yard pass from Leggett (Watkins kick good)
  • USC – Aramis Dandoy 86-yard punt return (Tsagalakis kick good)

Fourth Quarter

  • OSU – Dick Harkrader 9-yard run (Weed kick blocked)


  • Ohio State won a shared National Championship for the 1954 season. It was the first "split" championship in college football, when the writers selected the Buckeyes and the coaches chose the Bruins.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Rose Bowl 1955, from
  2. Boyles, Bob; Paul Guido (2007). 50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. p. 58. ISBN 1-60239-090-8.
  3. 2011 Rose Bowl Historic Media Guide, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, December 2011
  • Ohio State Bowl History [1]