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Rose Bowl 2007 Game Details
Location: Pasadena, California
Date: 1 January 2007, 5:00 PM EST
Teams: USC vs. Michigan
Televised on: ABC
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The Rose Bowl will be remembered for hosting the epic battle in 2006 between unbeatens Texas and USC. While the 2007 Rose Bowl will not decide the national title like it did last year, it will provide plenty of drama when the champions of the Big Ten and Pac 10 get it on again.
The game also heads back to its traditional New Year’s Day time slot in 2007.
Last year’s 41-38 classic - won by Texas when Vince Young scampered for a TD with 19 seconds left - was probably the most anticipated national title game in recent years. The two undefeated teams with the best offenses in the nation squared off for the big prize. How close were USC and Texas in offensive production? Well, the Longhorns ranked first, scoring 50.8 points per game; USC averaged 50 points.
Bodog.com opened the line with USC as a seven-point favorite. Despite the high-powered offense, the 12-0 Trojans were a modest 8-4 against the spread. With all its weapons, one name stood above the rest on the USC roster. There wouldn't have been any talk of a threepeat for the Trojans without running back Reggie Bush's two scintillating games against Notre Dame and Fresno State.
2006’s Heisman Trophy winner and No. 2 overall draft pick piled up 160 yards and three touchdowns at South Bend, Ind., in a 34-31 win on Oct. 15. His 513 all-purpose-yard performance on Nov. 29 beat the Bulldogs 50-42. Quarterback Matt Leinart actually had better numbers in 2005 than in his Heisman season the year before.
His lethal receiving unite includes Dwayne Jarrett, Steve Smith and tight end Dominique Byrd. But the Longhorns also had to worry about LenDale White, who combined with Bush to generate 2,836 yards and 20 touchdowns.
On defense, questions surrounded the Trojans. Injuries plagued the linebackers and the secondary was susceptible to big plays. Defensive ends Lawrence Jackson and Frostee Rucker flew to the quarterback but they were matched against one of the best offensive tackle tandems in the Longhorns' Jonathan Scott and Justin Blalock.
The 12-0 Longhorns entered a game as the underdog for the first time all season. Texas was 9-2 against the spread. The Longhorns' offense revolved around the ever-dangerous Vince Young. While his breakthrough game came against Michigan in that memorable Rose Bowl a year ago, the mercurial quarterback came of age against Ohio State in Columbus on Sept. 10. It was there that Young threw a 24-yard TD to receiver Limas Sweed with 2:27 remaining, a feat that proved he could handle the pressure of a big game.
The emergence of receiver Billy Pittman made Young a better passer, but his legs are still his greatest attribute. Young ran for 850 yards and nine touchdowns to lead the team. And in the Rose Bowl, he ran for 200 yards and three scores. Freshman running back Jamaal Charles has also given Texas a great one-two punch with Young. His 844 yards and 11 touchdowns kept defenses honest.
The Longhorns boasted a clear advantage over USC on defense. Corner Cedric Griffin and safeties Michael Huff and Michael Griffin formed one of the best secondaries in the nation. The Longhorns also got great pressure from their front four, which featured defensive ends Tim Crowder and tackle Rodrique Wright.
About the Rose Bowl 2007
The Rose Bowl is a post-season college football game usually played on New Year's Day in Pasadena, California. It moved to Jan. 4 in 2006 as it was the Rose Bowl’s turn to host the national title game. It moves back to Jan. 1 for the 2007 edition of the classic game.
The 2006 Rose Bowl was played on 4 January 2006 at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. The University of Southern California Trojans of the Pacific-10 Conference will meet the Texas Longhorns from the Big 12 Conference, in the National Championship Game of NCAA football.
Both teams boasted records of 12-0 this season and, for once, there was no controversy surrounding the crowning of a national champion. Texas - winner of the 2005 Rose Bowl - won its first National Championship title since 1969 behind an epic performance from QB Vince Young.
USC - winner of the 2004 Rose Bowl – was denied an unprecedented third straight national title when Young scrambled to the end zone in the final minute of a 41-38 victory.
Rose Bowl Prior Results
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score|
|4 Jan. 2006||Texas||41||USC||38|
|1 Jan. 2005||Texas||38||Michigan||37|
|1 Jan. 2004||Southern California||28||Michigan||14|
|1 Jan. 2003||Oklahoma||34||Washington State||14|
|3 Jan. 2002||Miami||37||Nebraska||14|
|1 Jan. 2001||Washington||34||Purdue||24|
|1 Jan. 2000||Wisconsin||17||Stanford||9|
|1 Jan. 1999||Wisconsin||38||UCLA||31|
|1 Jan. 1998||Michigan||21||Washington State||16|
|1 Jan. 1997||Ohio State||20||Arizona State||17|
|1 Jan. 1996||Southern California||41||Northwestern||32|
|2 Jan. 1995||Penn State||38||Oregon||20|
|1 Jan. 1994||Wisconsin||21||UCLA||16|
|1 Jan. 1993||Michigan||38||Washington||31|
|1 Jan. 1992||Washington||34||Michigan||14|
|1 Jan. 1991||Washington||46||Iowa||38|
|1 Jan. 1990||Southern California||17||Michigan||10|
|2 Jan. 1989||Michigan||22||Southern California||14|
|1 Jan. 1988||Michigan State||20||Southern California||17|
|1 Jan. 1987||Arizona State||22||Michigan||15|
|1 Jan. 1986||UCLA||45||Iowa||28|
|1 Jan. 1985||Southern California||20||Ohio State||17|
|2 Jan. 1984||UCLA||45||Illinois||9|
|1 Jan. 1983||UCLA||24||Michigan||14|
|1 Jan. 1982||Washington||28||Iowa||0|
|1 Jan. 1981||Michigan||23||Washington||6|
|1 Jan. 1980||Southern California||17||Ohio State||16|
|1 Jan. 1979||Southern California||17||Michigan||10|
|2 Jan. 1978||Washington||27||Michigan||20|
|1 Jan. 1977||Southern California||14||Michigan||6|
|1 Jan. 1976||UCLA||23||Ohio State||10|
|1 Jan. 1975||Southern California||18||Ohio State||17|
|1 Jan. 1974||Ohio State||42||Southern California||21|
|1 Jan. 1973||Southern California||42||Ohio State||17|
|1 Jan. 1972||Stanford||13||Michigan||12|
|1 Jan. 1971||Stanford||27||Ohio State||17|
|1 Jan. 1970||Southern California||10||Michigan||3|
|1 Jan. 1969||Ohio State||27||Southern California||16|
|1 Jan. 1968||Southern California||14||Indiana||3|
|2 Jan. 1967||Purdue||14||Southern California||13|
|1 Jan. 1966||UCLA||14||Michigan State||12|
|1 Jan. 1965||Michigan||34||Oregon State||7|
|1 Jan. 1964||Illinois||17||Washington||7|
|1 Jan. 1963||Southern California||42||Wisconsin||37|
|2 Jan. 1962||Minnesota||21||UCLA||3|
|2 Jan. 1961||Washington||17||Minnesota||7|
|1 Jan. 1960||Washington||44||Wisconsin||8|
|1 Jan. 1959||Iowa||38||California||12|
|1 Jan. 1958||Ohio State||10||Oregon||7|
|1 Jan. 1957||Iowa||35||Oregon State||19|
|2 Jan. 1956||Michigan State||17||UCLA||14|
|1 Jan. 1955||Ohio State||20||Southern California||7|
|1 Jan. 1954||Michigan State||28||UCLA||20|
|1 Jan. 1953||Southern California||7||Wisconsin||0|
|1 Jan. 1952||Illinois||40||Stanford||7|
|1 Jan. 1951||Michigan||14||California||6|
|2 Jan. 1950||Ohio State||17||California||14|
|1 Jan. 1949||Northwestern||20||California||14|
|1 Jan. 1948||Michigan||49||Southern California||0|
|1 Jan. 1947||Illinois||45||UCLA||14|
|1 Jan. 1946||Alabama||34||Southern California||14|
|1 Jan. 1945||Southern California||25||Tennessee||0|
|1 Jan. 1944||Southern California||29||Washington||0|
|1 Jan. 1943||Georgia||9||UCLA||0|
|1 Jan. 1942||Oregon State||20||Duke||16|
|1 Jan. 1941||Stanford||21||Nebraska||13|
|1 Jan. 1940||Southern California||14||Tennessee||0|
|2 Jan. 1939||Southern California||7||Duke||3|
|1 Jan. 1938||California||13||Alabama||0|
|1 Jan. 1937||Pittsburgh||21||Washington||0|
|1 Jan. 1936||Stanford||7||SMU||0|
|1 Jan. 1935||Alabama||29||Stanford||13|
|1 Jan. 1934||Columbia||7||Stanford||0|
|2 Jan. 1933||Southern California||35||Pittsburgh||0|
|1 Jan. 1932||Southern California||21||Tulane||12|
|1 Jan. 1931||Alabama||24||Washington State||0|
|1 Jan. 1930||Southern California||47||Pittsburgh||14|
|1 Jan. 1929||Georgia Tech||8||California||7|
|2 Jan. 1928||Stanford||7||Pittsburgh||6|
|1 Jan. 1927||Stanford||7||Alabama||7|
|1 Jan. 1926||Alabama||20||Washington||19|
|1 Jan. 1925||Notre Dame||27||Stanford||10|
|1 Jan. 1924||Washington||14||Navy||14|
|1 Jan. 1923||Southern California||14||Penn State||3|
|2 Jan. 1922||California||0||Washington & Jefferson||0|
|1 Jan. 1921||California||28||Ohio State||0|
|1 Jan. 1920||Harvard||7||Oregon||6|
|1 Jan. 1919||Great Lakes � US Navy||17||Mare Island||0|
|1 Jan. 1918||Mare Island � USMC||19||Camp Lewis � US Army||7|
|1 Jan. 1917||Oregon||14||Pennsylvania||0|
|1 Jan. 1916||Washington State||14||Brown||0|
|1 Jan. 1902||Michigan||49||Stanford||0|
History of the Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl is the oldest college football bowl game, first played on New Year's Day 1902 as part of the Tournament of Roses, when Michigan posted a 49-0 win over Stanford. The game was not resumed again until 1916, when Washington State blanked Brown, 14-0. The game has since been played continuously on or after January 1st of each year.
In its early years the game featured a team from the Pacific Coast Conference (predecessor to today's Pac 10 Conference). Beginning in 1947, the Rose Bowl matched the champions of the Big Ten and Pacific 10 Conferences. In 1998 the Rose Bowl became part of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), and as such now plays host to the National Championship Game once every four years.
While for years the game was without a sponsor, in 1998 it became known as The Rose Bowl Game Presented by AT&T. In 2002 the sponsorship changed, and the game was renamed The Rose Bowl Presented by PlayStation 2. After the arrangement with Sony expired in 2005, Citibank picked up the sponsorship, and the game is now known as The Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi.
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