American Football Database
1958 Rose Bowl
44th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Oregon 0 7 0 0 7
Ohio State University 7 0 0 3 10
Date January 1, 1958
Season 1957
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Jack Crabtree (Oregon)
Favorite Ohio State by 19
Attendance 98,202
United States TV coverage
Network NBC (B/W)
Announcers: Mel Allen, Chick Hearn
Rose Bowl
 < 1957  1959

The 1958 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1958. In the game, the 44th Rose Bowl, the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Oregon Webfoots by a score of 10–7.[1] Jack Crabtree, quarterback of the losing Webfoots, was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game, one of only two players in Rose Bowl history from a losing team who won the award outright.[2]


Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State came into the game with an eight-game winning streak, having dropped their season opener to TCU and then winning the rest of their games. They were ranked #1 in the Coaches' Poll and #2 in the AP Poll behind Auburn (Auburn was on probation due to recruiting violations and was therefore not eligible for a bowl game). The Buckeyes were heavily favored to win the Rose Bowl.[1][3]

Oregon Webfoots

Oregon came into the Rose Bowl having just lost its Civil War rivalry game to Oregon State, which put the two teams into a tie for the Pacific Coast Conference championship. Normally, Oregon State would have gone to the Rose Bowl with the head-to-head victory; however, Oregon State had appeared in the Rose Bowl a year earlier, and the PCC had a no-repeat rule.[4] Oregon had not been in the Rose Bowl since 1920.[5]

Game summary

Ohio State took the opening possession 79 yards, capped by a one-yard run by quarterback Frank Kremblas, to take a 7–0 lead. Oregon tied the game in the second quarter with a 5-yard run from Jim Shanley after an 80-yard, 10-play drive.[3][6]

The score remained 7–7 well into the second half. With 5:20 left in the third quarter, the Webfoots had a chance to take the lead, but kicker Jack Morris' 34-yard field goal try hooked wide to the left. Finally, in the fourth quarter, Ohio State's Don Sutherin attempted a kick from the same spot on the field with 14:02 left in the game. Sutherin's kick was good, and Ohio State retook the lead, 10–7.[6]

On their next possession, the Webfoots were driving until end Ron Stover fumbled. With time running out in the game, Oregon got the ball back and had a chance to tie or go ahead, but Crabtree's fourth-down pass to Stover fell incomplete with 47 seconds remaining, and the Buckeyes held on to win, 10–7.[3][6]

The Webfoots outgained the Buckeyes 351 to 304 and made 21 first downs to the Buckeyes' 19. Crabtree was 10 of 17 passing for 135 yards. Stover had 10 receptions on the day, and his 144 receiving yards established a new record for PCC participants.[6]


First quarter

  • Ohio State - Frank Kremblas 1 run (Kremblas kick)

Second quarter

Third quarter

No scoring.

Fourth quarter


The Buckeyes retained their #1 UPI ranking in the final poll and thereby earned a share of the national championship, its third such title.[3] Auburn retained the #1 AP ranking despite their probation status. Buckeye coach Woody Hayes was named College Football Coach of the Year.

Oregon's Jack Crabtree became one of a very few players of a losing team to win the Player of the Game award, and one of only two to win the award without sharing it with a member of the winning team. Benny Lom of California, who tackled his teammate Roy Riegels in the 1929 Rose Bowl after he was running the wrong way with the ball, is the only other solo Player of the Game from a losing team.[2]

Oregon, appearing in its first Rose Bowl in 38 years, would wait another 37 years to return in 1995.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Buck-ing the Odds". 2008 Rose Bowl Game Official Souvenir Magazine (University Sports Publications): 166. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Player of the Game". 2008 Rose Bowl Game Official Souvenir Magazine (University Sports Publications): 174. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "1957 National Championship". Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  4. Carlson, Kip (2006). Oregon State Football. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 52. ISBN 0-7385-3137-5. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  5. Bellamy, Ron (December 23, 2007). "Mighty Oregon honor: Fifty years ago, the Ducks fought No. 1 Ohio State to a near draw in the 1958 Rose Bowl". Register-Guard. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "1958 Rose Bowl". Retrieved 2008-03-12.

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