American Football Database
1992 Rose Bowl
78th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Washington 0 13 8 13 34
University of Michigan 0 7 0 7 14
Date January 1, 1992
Season 1991
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Steve Emtman - DT
Billy Joe Hobert - QB
National anthem UW Marching Band
Halftime show UW Marching Band,
UM Marching Band
Attendance 103,566[1]
United States TV coverage
Network ABC Sports
Announcers: Keith Jackson
Bob Griese
Rose Bowl
 < 1991  1993

The 1992 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1992, the 78th Rose Bowl game. Before 103,566 in attendance in Pasadena and a national television audience, the #2 Washington Huskies defeated the #4 Michigan Wolverines 34-14. Washington DT Steve Emtman and QB Billy Joe Hobert were named the Players Of The Game.[2] The undefeated Washington Huskies were named the national champions by the coaches poll, after being left at #2 in the AP writers poll, behind Miami.

Game summary

After a scoreless first quarter, a 7–7 tie in the second, and 13–7 Husky advantage at halftime, the 1992 game became the most lopsided contest between two top-5 teams in Rose Bowl history. Trailing 34–7, a late Michigan touchdown against Husky reserves closed the gap in the final score to 20 points.[3] With a minute remaining and the third-string quarterback leading the offense, Washington opted to run out the clock from the Michigan five-yard line, rather than run up the score.[4]


First quarter

None, tied 0-0

Second quarter

Wash. - Hobert, 2-yard run (Hanson kick) - Wash. 7-0
Mich. - Smith, 9-yard pass from Grbac (Carlson kick) - tied 7-7
Wash. - Hanson, 24-yard field goal - Wash. 10-7
Wash. - Hanson, 23-yard field goal - Wash. 13-7

Third quarter

Wash. - Bruener, 5-yard pass from Hobert (Pierce, pass from Hobert, 2 pts.) - Wash. 21-7

Fourth quarter

Wash. - Pierce, 2-yard pass from Hobert (kick failed) - Wash. 27-7
Wash. - Bailey, 38-yard pass from Brunell (Hanson kick) - Wash. 34-7
Mich. - Wheatley, 53-yard run (Carlson kick) - Wash. 34-14

Split national championship

Miami won by only four points in the final AP Poll, while Washington won by nine points in the Coaches' Poll.[5]

A fantasy article in Sports Illustrated titled "The Dream Game" had the Huskies narrowly defeat Miami in a playoff.[6]


  1. 2003 UW football media guide, p.331
  2. 2008 Rose Bowl Program 1992 Rose Bowl, accessed 2008-01-26
  3. Rose Bowl - 1992 game
  4. "Huskies crush Michigan 34-14". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press: p. 1B. January 2, 1992.
  5. "Stat sheet: football, final polls". Spokane Chronicle: p. E4. January 2, 1992.
  6. Murphy, Austin (January 13, 1992). "The Dream Game". Sports Illustrated: 34.

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