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1959 Rose Bowl

1959 Rose Bowl
45th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 7 13 12 6 38
California 0 0 6 6 12
Date January 1, 1959
Season 1958
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Bob Jeter (Iowa HB)
Favorite Iowa by 18½ points
Halftime show Hawkeye Marching Band, University of California Marching Band
Attendance 98,297
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers: Mel Allen and Chick Hearn
Rose Bowl
 < 1958  1960

The 1959 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1959. It was the 45th Rose Bowl Game. The Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the California Golden Bears, 38–12. Bob Jeter, Iowa's star halfback, was named the Rose Bowl Player Of The Game. Iowa split the national championship with LSU in the polls taken prior to the bowl games that year, but was named national champion outright in the only poll (Football Writers) taken after the bowl games.


Iowa Hawkeyes

2nd-ranked Iowa came into the game as the Big Ten champions with a record of 7–1–1 (5–1 Big Ten).

Cal Golden Bears

Cal entered the game as the Pacific Coast Conference champions with a record of 7–3 (6–1 PCC).

Game summary

The #2 Iowa Hawkeyes (7–1–1, 5–1 Big Ten) and the #16 California [1]

Four Rose Bowl game records were set: Jeter's 81-yard run, his 194 yards of rushing offense, the 429 yards gained on the ground and the 516 yards of total offense.


First quarter

  • Iowa - Randy Duncan 2 run (Prescott kick) (7–0, Iowa)

Second quarter

  • Iowa - Jeff Langston 7 pass from Duncan (Prescott kick) (14–0, Iowa)
  • Iowa - Horn 4 run (kick failed) (20–0, Iowa)

Third quarter

  • California - Hart 1 run (pass failed) (20–6, Iowa)
  • Iowa - Willie Fleming 37 run (pass failed) (26–6, Iowa)
  • Iowa - Bob Jeter 81 run* (pass failed) (32–6, Iowa)

Fourth quarter

  • Iowa - Fleming 7 run (pass failed) (38–6, Iowa)
  • California - Hart 17 pass from Joe Kapp (run failed) (38–12, Iowa)


  1. ^ Rose Bowl Game Timeline, Tournament of Roses
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