1991 Rose Bowl
77th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Iowa 0 7 7 20 34
University of Washington 10 23 6 7 46
Date January 1, 1991
Season 1990
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
 United States
MVP Mark Brunell (QB Washington)
Attendance 101,273 [1]
United States TV coverage
Network ABC-TV
Announcers: Keith Jackson
Bob Griese
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The 1991 Rose Bowl was the 77th Rose Bowl Game, played on January 1, 1991. The #8 Washington Huskies built a 33-7 halftime lead and defeated the #17 Iowa Hawkeyes 46-34. Washington sophomore quarterback Mark Brunell was named the Player of the Game.[2] The 80 points scored in the game broke the previous Rose Bowl record of 79, which had stood for nearly thirty years (set in the 1963 Rose Bowl). This record, in turn, stood for more than twenty years until it was broken in the 2012 Rose Bowl. This was Iowa's 5th and, to date, most recent Rose Bowl appearance. An ESPN Classic poll of the top 20 Rose Bowls named this game #20.[when?]

Game summary[edit | edit source]

Washington scored 23 points in the second quarter and built a sizable 33-7 lead at halftime. The teams each scored a touchdown in the third quarter, taking the score to 39-14. With a 25-point lead, Washington substituted reserves early in the fourth quarter, and the Hawkeyes quickly scored two touchdowns. UW responded with a touchdown to put the score at 46-26; Iowa followed with the final score of the game, a touchdown and two-point conversion to bring the final score to 46-34, the closest Iowa had been since the middle of the second quarter. Washington (10-2) was elevated to #5 in both polls and Iowa (8-4) dropped one notch to finish eighteenth in both polls.

Scoring[edit | edit source]

First quarter[edit | edit source]

Wash. - Hanson, 23-yard field goal - Wash. 3-0
Wash. - Hall, 27-yard return of blocked punt (Hanson kick) - Wash. 10-0

Second quarter[edit | edit source]

Iowa - Bell, 15-yard run (Skillette kick) - Wash. 10-7
Wash. - Hanson, 34-yard field goal - Wash. 13-7
Wash. - Mincy, 37-yard interception return (pass failed) - Wash. 19-7
Wash. - Brunell, 5-yard run (Hanson kick) - Wash. 26-7
Wash. - Bailey, 22-yard pass from Brunell (Hanson kick) - Wash. 33-7

Third quarter[edit | edit source]

Iowa - Rodgers, 7-yard run (Skillette kick) - Wash. 33-14
Wash. - Brunell, 20-yard run (run failed) - Wash. 39-14

Fourth quarter[edit | edit source]

Iowa - Rodgers, 9-yard run (run failed) - Wash. 39-20
Iowa - Bell, 20-yard run (pass failed) - Wash. 39-26
Wash. - Bailey, 31-yard pass from Brunell (Hanson kick) - Wash. 46-26
Iowa - Saunders, 12-yard pass from Rodgers (Velicer, pass from Rodgers) - Wash. 46-34

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 2003 UW football media guide, p.330
  2. 2008 Rose Bowl Program, 1991 Rose Bowl, accessed January 26, 2008.

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