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2002 Rose Bowl

2002 Rose Bowl
presented by AT&T
88th Rose Bowl Game

National Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 0 7 7 14
Miami 7 27 0 3 37
Date January 3, 2002
Season 2001
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Ken Dorsey (Miami QB) and Andre Johnson (Miami WR)
Favorite Miami by 8½
Referee Courtney Mauzy (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Halftime show Band of the Hour, University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band
Attendance 93,781[1]
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers: Keith Jackson, Tim Brant
Nielsen ratings 13.8[2]
Rose Bowl
 < 2001  2003

The 2002 Rose Bowl, played on January 3, 2002, was a college football bowl game. It was the 88th Rose Bowl game and was the BCS National Championship Game of the 2001 college football season. The game featured the Miami Hurricanes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, marking the first time since the 1919 Rose Bowl, and only the third time in the game's history, that neither the Big Ten nor the Pac-10 Conferences had a representative in this game. The Hurricanes won the game, 37–14, for their fifth national title.[3] Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey and wide receiver Andre Johnson were named the Rose Bowl Players of the Game.[4]


Because the Rose Bowl was hosting the BCS Championship game, as part of the agreement begun in the 1998 season, the Tournament of Roses committee would get the number one and number two ranked teams in the Bowl Championship Series system. However, this was actually the third Rose Bowl number one versus two pairing, with the first two in the 1963 and 1969 games.

Nebraska became the first team from outside the Southern United States to play in a BCS title game, as the previous three title games were all-Southern affairs.

Nebraska Cornhuskers and Miami Hurricanes

In yet another controversial season for the BCS, No. 4 Nebraska was chosen as a national title contender despite not having played in the Big 12 championship game. The Huskers went into their last regularly scheduled game at Colorado undefeated, but were beaten by Colorado 62–36. The Huskers dropped from No. 2 to No. 6 in the wire service polls. In the ensuing days, No. 2 Florida lost to Tennessee, the Colorado Buffaloes went on to win the Big 12 Championship Game over No. 3 Texas, and in the SEC Championship Game, No. 2 Tennessee was stunned by LSU. This left Miami as the undefeated and undisputed No. 1 team in the country but a host of other teams vying for #2. The BCS computers did not take into account at which point a team's loss came during the season. There were also components for strength of schedule, quality win, and margin of victory. With this calculation, one-loss Nebraska came out ahead of two-loss Colorado and one-loss, second-ranked Oregon.

Previously, Nebraska had appeared in the 1941 Rose Bowl in a 21–13 loss to Stanford. This was the first appearance for the Miami Hurricanes in the Rose Bowl.

Pac-10 and Big Ten

Oregon was the champion of the Pacific-10 Conference and was ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll. They were selected for the 2002 Fiesta Bowl, where they faced No. 3 ranked Colorado, who was No. 4 in the BCS poll. The Illinois Fighting Illini, ranked No. 8 in the BCS, won the Big Ten Conference championship and were picked for the 2002 Sugar Bowl.

Scoring summary

Scoring Play Score
1st quarter
UM – Andre Johnson 50-yard pass from Ken Dorsey (Todd Sievers kick). UM 7–0
2nd quarter
UM – Clinton Portis 39-yard run (Sievers kick). UM 14–0
UM – James Lewis 47-yard interception return (Sievers kick). UM 21–0
UM – Jeremy Shockey 21-yard pass from Dorsey (Kick failed). UM 27–0
UM – Johnson 8-yard pass from Dorsey (Sievers kick). UM 34–0
3rd quarter
NU – Judd Davies 16-yard run. (Josh Brown kick). UM 34–7
4th quarter
NU – DeJuan Groce 71-yard punt return (Brown kick). UM 34–14
UM – Sievers 37-yard field goal. UM 37–14


Oregon defeated Colorado in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl. In the final AP poll, Miami was the unanimous No. 1 team, Oregon was #2. The next time that the Rose Bowl hosted the BCS championship, the 2006 Rose Bowl, the USC Trojans would be a participant. As of the 2014 Rose Bowl, either a Pac-10/12 and/or Big Ten team has played in the game since the 2002 Rose Bowl. Nebraska has also joined the Big Ten, and can now play in the Rose Bowl through the Big Ten's tie-in with that game. Nebraska almost made the Rose Bowl in the 2012 season, but lost the Big Ten Championship Game to Wisconsin.

The game, which was played on a Thursday night, two days after the parade, has been remembered as a low point for the Rose Bowl.[5] University of Michigan coach Bo Schembechler remarked, "Didn't watch it," when asked what he thought of the 2002 Rose Bowl.[5][6]


  1. ^ "College Football: Rose Bowl". USA Today. December 17, 2002. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ "BCS title game ratings down from last year". January 8, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2008. 
  3. ^ "'"Cane Whuppin. January 7, 2002. Retrieved December 29, 2007. 
  4. ^ 2008 Rose Bowl Program, 2008 Rose Bowl. Accessed January 26, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Dufresne, Chris - For the best in bowls, the subject is Roses Stanford vs. Michigan State will be the 100th Rose Bowl game. There have been some great moments in the first 99. Los Angeles Times, December 28, 2013. Quote: "The game has provided dizzying high points and a few lows, maybe none lower than Miami against Nebraska on a Thursday night two days after the parade."
  6. ^ Dufresne, Chris Bo Knows Rose Bowls, and This One's the Real Thing. Los Angeles Times, December 29, 2003
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