The last five appearances and results of the Ohio State Rose Bowl


The Rose Bowl means a bit of a disappointing season for this version of the Ohio State Buckeyes, but it’s still an accomplishment to reach “the grandfather of all,” although the sparkle may have been a bit lost with the advent of the College. Football playoff. Despite the strikeouts and the Ohio State failing to qualify for the Big Ten Championship, it is still important to the momentum of this program to beat the Utah Utes.

The Buckeyes may enter this contest with what seems like a less than ideal frame of mind, but Utah is going to want this bad win, as evidenced by their team photos and incredible uniforms for the occasion. Before we dive into the 2022 version of the game, let’s take a look at the last five times Ohio State has played in this historic bowl and the results.

Rose Bowl 2019 vs. Washington

January 1, 2019; Pasadena, California, United States; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) celebrates after netting a touchdown with wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) in the first quarter against the Washington Huskies in the 2019 Rose Bowl at Rose Bowl Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2019 Rose Bowl featured the Big Ten Ohio State champion, against the Pac-12 champion Washington Huskies. Ohio State picked up the narrow victory, 28-23 in Urban Meyer’s last game as Ohio State head coach.

2010 Rose Bowl vs. Oregon

January 1, 2010; Pasadena, California, United States; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) reacts after the 2010 Rose Bowl against the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl. Ohio State defeated Oregon 26-17. Credit: Kirby Lee / Sport Image-USA TODAY Sports

The 2010 Rose Bowl featured Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes against Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks. Ohio State won 26-17 with Terrelle Pryor named MVP with 266 passing yards and 72 rushing yards.

1997 Rose Bowl v Arizona State

*** NOTE: THIS PHOTO HAS ALSO circulated on 12/28/97 (5E); and 01/19/97, PG. 3E, SPORT. *** college football – OSU quarterback Joe Germaine passes on the final touchdown on his way to the 1997 Rose Bowl victory over Arizona State. Photo by Eric Albrecht.

The Ohio State Buckeyes faced the Arizona State Sun Devils in a classic. Joe Germaine took home MVP honors leading Ohio State to a 20-17 victory. The Buckeyes have ruined Arizona State’s national championship hopes.

1985 Rose Bowl vs. USC

January 1, 1985; Pasadena, CA, USA: FILE PHOTO; Southern California wide receiver Tim Ware (19) in action against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 1985 Rose Bowl where USC defeated OSU 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Long Photography-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio Buckeyes lost to the USC Trojans 20-17 despite the Buckeyes being favored in the game. USC won the efforts of quarterback Tim Green and linebacker Jack Del Rio.

1980 Rose Bowl vs. USC

January 1, 1980, Pasadena, California, United States; PHOTO FILE; Southern California Trojans Charles White (12) carry the ball against the Ohio Buckeyes in the 1980 Rose Bowl at Rose Bowl Stadium. The Trojans defeated the Buckeyes 17-16. Credit: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State Buckeyes lost their chance to be named national champions, losing to the USC Trojans, 17-16. USC Heisman Trophy winner Charles White won the Rose Bowl MVP title with 247 yards.


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