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1985 Rose Bowl

1985 Rose Bowl
71st Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
USC 10 7 3 0 20
Ohio State 3 3 3 8 17
Date January 1, 1985
Season 1984
Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Tim Green (USC QB)
Jack Del Rio (USC LB)
National anthem Ohio State University Marching Band
Halftime show Ohio State University Marching Band, Spirit of Troy
Attendance 102,594
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers: Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen
Rose Bowl
 < 1984  1986

The 1985 Rose Bowl Game was a postseason college football bowl game between the USC Trojans of the Pacific-10 Conference and Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big Ten Conference, held on New Year’s Day in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The game resulted in a 20-17 victory for the Trojans.[1]

Scoring summary

First quarter
  • Ohio State - Spangler 21-yard field goal, 12:08 - OSU 3, USC 0[2]
  • USC - Jordan 51-yard field goal, 6:52 - OSU 3, USC 3
  • USC - Connier 3-yard pass from Green (Jordan kick) 1:54 - USC 10, OSU 3
Second quarter
  • USC - Ware 19-yard pass from Green (Jordan kick) - USC 17, OSU 3
  • Ohio State - Spangler 46-yard field goal, 0:00 - USC 17, OSU 6
Third quarter
  • Ohio State - Spangler 52-yard field goal, 6:37 - USC 17, OSU 9
  • USC - Jordan 51-yard field goal, 4:05 - USC 20, OSU 9
Fourth quarter
  • Ohio State - Carter 18-yard pass from Tomczak (Tomczak run), 7:34 - USC 20, OSU 17

Tim Green and Jack Del Rio earned the Rose Bowl MVP awards.

Rose Bowl records at the Hall of Champions


  • Pac-10 finally takes the lead in the series, 20-19
  • Pac-10 won 13 out of the last 15 meetings
  • Using a swarming defense, USC caused three Mike Tomczak interceptions
  • Tomczak threw 37 passes in the game
  • Ohio State kicker Rich Spangler scored a record 52-yard field goal
  • Steve Jordan had two 51-yard field goals for the Trojans
  • Big contribution from Trojans' Tim Green and Timmie Ware, Joe Cormier, Fred Crutcher and Kennedy Pola


  1. ^ Rose Bowl Game Photo Timeline, 1980-1989, Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Accessed 2009-07-21. Archived 2009-07-23.
  2. ^ Historical Media Guide, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, 2009
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