American Football Database
1990 Rose Bowl
76th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Michigan 0 3 7 0 10
University of Southern California 0 10 0 7 17
Date January 1, 1990
Season 1989
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Ricky Ervins (USC RB)
Attendance 103,450
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers: Keith Jackson, Bob Griese
Rose Bowl
 < 1989  1991

The 1990 Rose Bowl was the 76th Rose Bowl Game. The game was a rematch of the 1989 Rose Bowl, won by Michigan, 22-14. Gaining a measure of revenge, the USC Trojans defeated the Michigan Wolverines 17-10. USC running back Ricky Ervins was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game.[1] The contest was Bo Schembechler's final game as Michigan's head coach.


Michigan Wolverines

The Wolverines lost their opening game, at home, to Notre Dame 24-19. The UCLA Bruins under Terry Donahue and the Michigan Wolverines under Bo Schembechler met for the only time since the 1983 Rose Bowl in a UCLA home game at the Rose Bowl Stadium on September 23, 1989. The #5 ranked Michigan Wolverines defeated #24 ranked UCLA 24-23. This was the first win in a 10-game winning streak. The biggest win was a 24-10 win at Illinois that ultimately gave the Big 10 title to Michigan over the 2nd place Illini.

USC Trojans

USC lost their opener to Illinois 14-13, but won the rest with the exception of a 28-24 mid season loss at Notre Dame and a 10-10 tie in their regular season finale with rival UCLA. They won the Pac-10 title by 2½ games over Washington.

Game summary

The game was expected to be a tight physical defensive struggle and it was. USC had leads of 7-0 first when Todd Marinovich ran for a touchdown and 10-3 with a field goal, but each time Michigan came back to tie the score. Midway through the 4th quarter, Michigan faced a 4th down and 2 yards to go at its own 46 yard line. The normally conservative Bo Schembechler called for a fake punt and it worked to perfection as punter Chris Stapleton rambled 24 yards for what would have been a first down. However, Michigan was called for holding on what is currently a disputed penalty in the USC-Michigan rivalry history. On the resultant drive, USC scored the winning touchdown with just over a minute to play. At the end of the game Schembechler walked off the field refusing interview requests. It was the legendary coach's last game at Michigan.


First quarter

None 0-0 tie

Second quarter

USC Marinovich, 1-yard run (Rodriguez kick) USC 7-0
MI Carlson, 19-yard field goal USC 7-3
USC Rodriguez, 34-yard field goal USC 10-3

Third quarter

MI Jefferson, 2-yard run (Carlson kick) 10-10 tie

Fourth quarter

USC Ervins, 14-yard run (Rodriguez kick) 17-10 USC


  1. 2008 Rose Bowl Program, 2008 Rose Bowl. Accessed January 26, 2008.

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