1970 - USC 10 Michigan 3
Bo Schembechler, destined to coach a Rose Bowl team more times than anyone else in the game's history (10 appearances), makes a losing 10-3 debut in a hospital bed as USC (9-0-1) frustrates 8-2 Michigan. Bo suffers a heart attack the eve of the game and turns the team over to assistant Jim Young who sees Trojan Ron Ayala kick a 25-yard field goal and Bob Chandler score on a 33-yard pass play from Jimmy Jones. The best Michigan can accomplish is a 20-yard field goal by Tim Killian. McKay credits a six-man front on defense for the victory, big Tony Terry added to the "Wild Bunch" consisting of Jimmy Gunn, Charlie Weaver, Al Cowlings, Tody Smith and Bubba Scott.
1971 - Stanford 27 Ohio State 17
Now it is Johnny Ralston's turn to continue the rise of West Coast football as his Jim Plunkett & Company from Stanford (8-3) destroy Woody Hayes' unbeaten Ohio State season (9-0) in a 27-17 upset. Stanford rallies from a 17-13 deficit in the fourth quarter with a touchdown catch by little Randy Vataha from Plunkett and a Jackie Brown touchdown bolt set up by a great Bob Moore catch. It is a tremendous quarterback duel between Plunkett (20 for 30 passing) and Ohio State's Rex Kern (129 yards running on 20 carries). John Brockington and Leo Hayden put on a running show, but Stanford's defense stops Brokington late in the game. Steve Horowitz kicks a 48-yard field goal for Stanford. Among Stanford defensive stars are captain Jack Schultz of South Pasadena, safety; center John Sande and linebacker Ron Kadziel.
1972 - Stanford 13 Michigan 12
Johnny Ralston does it again, this time with another 8-3 Stanford team that knocks Bo Schembechler's Michigan (11-0) out of the national championship in a 13-12 thriller. Blond Don Bunce is Ralston's engineer this time, winding up with 24 pass completions in 44 attempts. Stanford pulls out victory as the final gun barks with a 31-yard Rod Garcia field goal, his second of the game. A Dana Coin field goal and Fritz Seyferth touchdown plunge build an early 10-3 Michigan lead before Jackie Brown runs 31 yards for a tying touchdown with a trick forward handoff between his legs from fullback Jim Kehl. Michigan appears to have victory through a fluke when Stanford's Jim Ferguson is tackled by Wolverine Ed Shuttlesworth for a safety when running a missed field goal out of the end zone and back in. Then Bunce starts to connect in a drive that sets up the Garcia winning kick.
1973 - USC 42 Ohio State 17
One of Johnny McKay's greatest USC teams (11-0) wins the national championship by trouncing Woody Hayes' 9-1 Ohio State 42-17. Human torpedo Sam Cunningham zooms into the end zone four times for touchdowns. Bigger, faster and more talented USC dominates despite a Buckeye lineup that has Archie Griffin, destined to start in the Rose Bowl four straight years; leading national scorer fullback Champ Henson, Neal Colzie, Randy Gradishar and others. Anthony Davis carries 23 times for 157 yards, USC quarterback Mike Rae completes 18 of 25 passes for 229 yards, receivers Charles Young and Lynn Swann catch six aerials each, linebacker Richard Wood makes 10 tackles. Twenty-three Trojans from this great team go into pro football.
1974 - Ohio State 42 USC 21
Woody Hayes gets revenge in a complete turnaround as his 9-0-1 Ohio Staters trounce Johnny McKay's 9-1-1 USC Trojans 42-21. Hayes' quarterback Cornelius Greene unleashes a selective aerial game that paves the way for the running and bolting of backs like Archie Griffin, Pete Johnson and Greene himself. Ohio State has only a 449-406 total yardage edge at the finish to actually lead 21-20 before Greene bullets to Fred Pagtack and runs by Neal Colzie, Johnson (three touchdowns for the day), Griffin (a 47-yard scoring spring and 149 yards for the game) and Greene break it open. Chris Limahelu kicks 47 and 42-yard field goals for USC. USC gets strong contributions from quarterback Pat Haden (21 for 39 passing), receiver J.K. McKay, Anthony Davis, Lynn Swann, Rod McNeil, Manny Moore, Charlie Phillips. Michigan's linemen featuring John Hicks on offense and Van DeCree on defense prevail.