American Football Database
1970 Rose Bowl
56th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Southern California 3 0 7 0 10
University of Michigan 0 0 3 0 3
Date January 1, 1970
Season 1969
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Bob Chandler (USC FL)
Attendance 103,878
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers: Curt Gowdy, Kyle Rote
Rose Bowl
 < 1969  1971

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 Rose Bowl Player of the Game.


Michigan Wolverines

After early season losses to #9 Missouri and unranked Michigan State, Michigan won 4 straight games before their showdown with heavily favored top ranked Ohio State for the Rose Bowl berth. Michigan shocked the college football world by upsetting the #1 ranked Buckeyes, 24-12. The week before the Rose Bowl, Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler suffered a mild heart attack and had to miss the game.

USC Trojans

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 South Bend against Notre Dame. The Trojans were making their fourth consecutive Rose Bowl Game appearance.

Game summary

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 the 10–3 victory.


First quarter

  • USC - Ron Ayala 25-yard field goal[1]

Second quarter

  • Michigan - Tim Killian, 20-yard field goal

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • No score


USC finished the year undefeated with one tie, earning a #3 ranking behind undefeated and untied #1 Texas and #2 Penn State. Bob 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 and 11th in the UPI poll.


  1. Historical Media Guide, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, 2009

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