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Rose Bowl Bowl Player Profile, History & More

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Posted Dec 14, 2006


2007 Rose Bowl Bowl Player Profile, History & More



USC (10-2) vs. Michigan (11-1)

January 1st, 5:00 p.m. ET, ABC

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Rose Bowl History
2006 Texas 41, USC 38
2005 Texas 38, Michigan 37
2004 USC 28, Michigan 14
2003 Oklahoma 34, Washington St 14
2002 Miami 37, Nebraska 14
2001 Washington 34, Purdue 24
2000 Wisconsin 17, Stanford 9
1999 Wisconsin 38, UCLA 31
1998 Michigan 21, Washington St 16
1997 Ohio State 20, Arizona State 17
1996 USC 41, Northwestern 32
1995 Penn State 38, Oregon 20
1994 Wisconsin 21, UCLA 16
1993 Michigan 38, Washington 31
1992 Washington 34, Michigan 14
1991 Washington 46, Iowa 34
1990 USC 17, Michigan 10
1989 Michigan 22, USC 14
1988 Michigan State 20, USC 17
1987 Arizona State 22, Michigan 15
1986 UCLA 45, Iowa 28
1985 USC 20, Ohio State 17
1984 UCLA 45, Illinois 9
1983 UCLA 24, Michigan 14
1982 Washington 28, Iowa 0
1981 Michigan 23, Washington 6
1980 USC 17, Ohio State 16
1979 USC 17, Michigan 10
1978 Washington 27, Michigan 20
1977 USC 14, Michigan 6
1976 UCLA 23, Ohio State 10
1975 USC 18, Ohio State 17
1974 Ohio State 42, USC 21
1973 USC 42, Ohio State 17
1972 Stanford 13, Michigan 12
1971 Stanford 27, Ohio State 17
1970 USC 10, Michigan 3
1969 Ohio State 27, USC 16
1968 USC 14, Indiana 3
1967 Purdue 14, USC 13
1966 UCLA 14, Michigan State 12
1965 Michigan 34, Oregon State 7
1964 Illinois 17, Washington 7
1963 USC 42, Wisconsin 37
1962 Minnesota 21, UCLA 3
1961 Washington 17, Minnesota 7
1960 Washington 44, Wisconsin 8
1959 Iowa 38, California 12
1958 Ohio State 10, Oregon 7
1957 Iowa 35, Oregon State 19
1956 Michigan State 17, UCLA 14
1955 Ohio State 20, USC 7
1954 Michigan State 28, UCLA 20
1953 USC 7, Wisconsin 0
1952 Illinois 40, Stanford 7
1951 Michigan 14, California 6
1950 Ohio State 17, California 14
1949 Northwestern 20, California 14
1948 Michigan 49, USC 0
1947 Illinois 45, UCLA 14
1946 Alabama 34, USC 14
1945 USC 25, Tennessee 0
1944 USC 29, Washington 0
1943 Georgia 9, UCLA 0
1942 Oregon State 20, Duke 16 (at Durham, N.C.)
1941 Stanford 21, Nebraska 13
1940 USC 14, Tennessee 0
1939 USC 7, Duke 3
1938 California 13, Alabama 0
1937 Pittsburgh 21, Washington 0
1936 Stanford 7, SMU 0
1935 Alabama 29, Stanford 13
1934 Columbia 7, Stanford 0
1933 USC 35, Pittsburgh 0
1932 USC 21, Tulane 12
1931 Alabama 24, Washington St 0
1930 USC 47, Pittsburgh 14
1929 Georgia Tech 8, California 7
1928 Stanford 7, Pittsburgh 6
1927 Alabama 7, Stanford 7
1926 Alabama 20, Washington 19
1925 Notre Dame 27, Stanford 10
1924 Navy 14, Washington 14
1923 USC 14, Penn State 3
1922 California 0, Washington & Jefferson 0
1921 California 28, Ohio State 0
1920 Harvard 7, Oregon 6
1919 Great Lakes 17, Mare Island 0
1918 Mare Island 19, Camp Lewis 7
1917 Oregon 14, Pennsylvania 0
1916 Washington State 14, Brown 0
1902 Michigan 49, Stanford 0

Rose Bowl Player Profile
DT Alan Branch, Michigan – The name “Branch”, which conjures up visions of an object that’s wispy or frail, just doesn’t do justice to Michigan’s larger-than-life presence in the middle of the defensive line.  At 6-6 and 330 pounds, this Branch looks a whole lot more like a tree trunk.  The junior from New Mexico is the prototypical space-eater for the Wolverines, occupying multiple blockers, disrupting plays before they begin and creating daylight for teammates to wreak havoc.  However, don’t make the mistake of confusing Branch with just another wide body.  He is an athlete blessed with the kind of explosion, quickness and speed that should be illegal for an interior lineman his size.  Branch has a tremendous burst and nimble feet, sort of like a larger William Perry, when the Fridge was dominating the ACC for Clemson in the 1980s.  How agile is he?  Branch wasn’t that much smaller in high school than he is today, yet played a little point guard his senior year, averaging six assists a game for the basketball team and took back five punts for scores during his prep career.  Now that’s Branch, as in Cliff Branch.  If you set out to judge the big fella solely on his numbers—23 tackles, five tackles for loss and two sacks—you’re completely missing his importance to the nations top-ranked rush defense.  Now in his second season as a starter, Branch has become the BASF of college football—he doesn’t make a lot of the plays.  He makes a lot of the players around him better.

Best Trojan Bowl Moment
– There have been a ton of memorable Rose Bowl wins in USC’s storied past, however, the 2005 Orange Bowl was the site of the program’s most impressive moment, a 55-19 demolition of unbeaten Oklahoma to win a second straight national championship.  Matt Leinart set an Orange Bowl record with five touchdown passes, while the mighty Trojans raised debates whether they were a modern-day dynasty. 

Best Wolverine Bowl Moment – More three dozen bowl games, 18 postseason victories and 19 trips to Pasadena ensure there are plenty of viable candidates.  Slipping by Alabama in overtime in the 2000 Orange Bowl.  Beating Washington in 1981 for the school’s first Rose Bowl win in 16 years.   How about capping a perfect 1947 season by trouncing USC 49-0?  Still, it’s tough to deny the 1997 squad, which got past Washington State 21-16 in the Rose Bowl.  It wasn’t the sharpest Wolverine effort, but it was enough to give the University its first national title in nearly half a century.

USC's best win ... USC 50 ... Arkansas 14
It took about a half for the USC offense to get on track, and then it exploded as John David Booty threw three second half touchdown passes as part of a 28-point run to make the game a laugher. Arkansas kept it close early on thanks to a one-yard touchdown run from Robert Johnson and some decent defense, but five turnovers, including three fumbles from RB Felix Jones, proved too much to overcome. The Hogs scored midway through the fourth quarter on a one-yard touchdown run from star QB recruit Mitch Mustain, but he threw a late interception that led to a one-yard Allen Bradford touchdown run.

USC's worst performance ... UCLA 13 ... USC 9
UCLA ruined USC's national title hopes when Eric McNeal snuffed out a final USC drive deep in Bruin territory tipping the ball in the air before making the interception. The Bruin offense only managed 235 yards of total offense, but cranked out a 91-yard drive in the first quarter culminating in a one-yard Pat Cowan touchdown run and got two Justin Medlock field goals in the second half. The UCLA defense held USC scoreless after one-yard C.J. Gable run in the final minute of the first half. A holding call in the end zone gave USC a safety on the way to a 9-7 halftime lead.

Michigan's best win ...
Michigan 27 ... Wisconsin 13
Michigan took advantage of Wisconsin special teams errors in the first half for ten points highlighted by a 24-yard touchdown catch from Mario Manningham, and then put the game away in the second half on a 38-yard Manningham touchdown grab and a five-yard Mike Hart scoring run. Wisconsin played good defense, but couldn't manage anything but two Taylor Mehlhaff field goals after P.J. Hill took a short pass for a rumbling 29-yard touchdown early in the first quarter.


Michigan's worst performance ...
Michigan 34 ... Ball State 26
Michigan needed the full sixty minutes to put Ball State away after a fourth down Cardinal pass in the final minutes fell incomplete in the end zone. The Cardinals jumped out to a stunning early lead with a safety and a 35-yard interception return for a score from Erik Keys, but then the Wolverine offensive line took over leading the way to 40-yard Brandon Minor scoring run and a one-yard Mike Hart run on the way to a 31-12 lead midway through the third quarter. Just when it seemed like Michigan could coast, Nate Davis and Dante Love hooked up for a 54-yard score. A two-yard Larry Bostic scoring run got the Cardinals to within eight midway through the fourth.


2006 Rose Bowl
Texas 41 ... USC 38

In one of the greatest games of all-time, Texas came back from down 12 in the final 6:42 as Vince Young ran for a 17-yard score with 4:03 to play, the defense held USC's LenDale White on fourth down, and then Young led the offense on a ten-play, 56-yard drive culminating in an eight-yard touchdown run on fourth down for the win. Young ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns, but the Trojan rushing attack was equal to the task with 209 yards led by White's 124 yards and three scores. The Trojans appeared to have it won after Reggie Bush dove for a 26-yard touchdown and Dwayne Jarrett caught a 22-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, but Young proved to be too much to stop. USC cranked out 574 yards of total offense, Texas 556.
Player of the game: Texas QB Vince Young completed 30 of 40 passes for 267 yards and ran 19 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Texas - Passing: Vince Young, 30-40, 267 yds
Rushing: Vince Young, 19-200, 3TD. Receiving: David Thomas, 10-88
USC - Passing: Matt Leinart, 29-40, 365 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
LenDale White, 20-124, 3 TD. Receiving: Dwayne Jarrett, 10-121, 1 TD


USC Bowl History (22-10-2)
2005 Rose Texas 41, USC 38
2004 Orange USC 55, Oklahoma 19
2003 Rose USC 28, Michigan 14
2002 Orange USC 38, Iowa 17
2001 Las Vegas Utah 10, USC 6
1998 Sun TCU 28, USC 19
1995 Rose USC 41, Northwestern 32
1994 Cotton USC 55, Texas Tech 14
1993 Freedom USC 28, Utah 21
1992 Freedom Fresno State 24, USC 7
1990 John Hancock Michigan St 17, USC 16
1989 Rose USC 17, Michigan 10
1988 Rose Michigan 22, USC 14
1987 Rose Michigan St 20, USC 17
1986 Citrus Auburn 16, USC 7
1985 Aloha Alabama 24, USC 3
1984 Rose USC 20, Ohio State 17
1981 Fiesta Penn State 26, USC 10
1979 Rose USC 17, Ohio State 16
1978 Rose USC 17, Michigan 10
1977 Bluebonnet USC 47, Texas A&M 28
1976 Rose USC 14, Michigan 6
1975 Liberty USC 20, Texas A&M 0
1974 Rose USC 18, Ohio State 17
1973 Rose Ohio State 42, USC 21
1972 Rose USC 42, Ohio State 17
1969 Rose USC 10, Michigan 3
1968 Rose Ohio State 27, USC 16
1967 Rose USC 14, Indiana 3
1966 Rose Purdue 14, USC 13
1962 Rose USC 42, Wisconsin 37
1954 Rose Ohio State 20, USC 7
1952 Rose USC 7, Wisconsin 0
1948 Rose Michigan 49, USC 0
1945 Rose Alabama 34, USC 14
1944 Rose USC 25, Tennessee 0
1943 Rose USC 29, Washington 0
1939 Rose USC 14, Tennessee 0
1938 Rose USC 7, Duke 3
1932 Rose USC 35, Pittsburgh 0
1931 Rose USC 21, Tulane 12
1929 Rose USC 47, Pittsburgh 14
1924 Christmas Festival USC 20, Missouri 7
1922 Rose USC 14, Pittsburgh 3
Michigan Bowl History (18-19)
2005 Alamo Nebraska 32, Michigan 28
2004 Rose Texas 38, Michigan 37
2003 Rose USC 28, Michigan 14
2002 Outback Michigan 38, Florida 30
2001 Citrus Tennessee 45, Michigan 17
2000 Citrus Michigan 31, Auburn 28
1999 Orange Michigan 35, Alabama 34 (OT)
1998 Citrus Michigan 45, Arkansas 31
1997 Rose Michigan 21, Washington State 16
1996 Outback Alabama 17, Michigan 14
1995 Alamo Texas A&M 22, Michigan 20
1994 Holiday Michigan 24, Colorado State 14
1993 Hall of Fame Michigan 42, North Carolina State 7
1992 Rose Michigan 38, Washington 31
1991 Rose Washington 34, Michigan 14
1990 Gator Michigan 35, Mississippi 3
1989 Rose USC 17, Michigan 10
1988 Rose Michigan 22, USC 14
1987 Hall of Fame Michigan 28, Alabama 24
1986 Rose Arizona State 22, Michigan 15
1985 Fiesta Michigan 27, Nebraska 23
1984 Holiday Brigham Young 24, Michigan 17
1983 Sugar Auburn 9, Michigan 7
1982 Rose UCLA 24, Michigan 14
1981 Bluebonnet Michigan 33, UCLA 14
1980 Rose Michigan 23, Washington 6
1979 Gator North Carolina 17, Michigan 15
1978 Rose USC 17, Michigan 10
1977 Rose Washington 27, Michigan 20
1976 Rose USC 14, Michigan 6
1975 Orange Oklahoma 14, Michigan 6
1971 Rose Stanford 13, Michigan 12
1969 Rose USC 10, Michigan 3
1964 Rose Michigan 34, Oregon State 7
1950 Rose Michigan 14, California 6
1948 Rose Michigan 49, USC 0
1901 Rose Michigan 49, Stanford 0