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Posted Dec 29, 2008


Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2009 Rose Bowl Game.

2009 Rose Bowl Profile & History

USC (11-1) vs. Penn State (11-1)

 
Jan. 1, 5:00 p.m. ET, ABC

Rose Bowl History
2008 USC 49, Illinois 17
2007 USC 32, Michigan 18
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

- 2009 CFN Rose Bowl Preview

Scroll Down For Each Team's Bowl History

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 Nittany Lion Bowl Moment: In one of the most memorable bowl games of all-time, Penn State shocked Miami in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl to earn its second national championship in four years. With a record-breaking 70 million viewers watching, the Lions intercepted Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde five times, the last one by Pete Giftopoulos at the Penn State one-yard line to seal an unexpected and heart-stopping 14-10 win.

The Last Time You'll See ...

Penn State:
WR Deon Butler. As walk-ons go, Butler has set the bar for all future Lions. The kid from Virginia with the questionable size and the burning desire to play in Happy Valley would go on to be a four-year starter, making 175 catches for 2,674 yards and 22 touchdowns. His departure, along with Derrick Williams and Jordan Norwood, will leave Penn State hurting at the position heading into 2009.
 
USC: LB Rey Maualuga. Part linebacker and part You Tube sensation, few players can intimidate the opposition with his crushing hits like Maualuga. He returned to Troy for his senior season to win a national championship. While that won’t happen, he did enhance his legacy as one of the greatest linebackers to ever play at a school that’s been home to a slew of All-Americans at the position.
 
Breakout Player ...

USC
: FB Stanley Havili. Is there a more versatile or athletic fullback anywhere in America? Havili doesn’t get many touches on a squad loaded with star tailbacks, but when he does, he usually makes it count. A tremendous lead blocker for those runners, he’s also a valuable outlet in the passing game, catching 62 passes for 596 yards and eight touchdowns in his first two seasons. At just about any other school, Havili would warrant a dozen or so carries a game.
 
Penn State
: RB Stephfon Green. While Evan Royster got the majority of the touches this fall, Green did a nice job of laying a foundation for the future in his redshirt freshman season. The 5-11, 194-pound burner has turned 95 carries into 521 yards and four touchdowns, while catching 10 passes for 201 yards and another score. Royster will continue to be the starter, but Green has earned a place as the big-play option out of the backfield.
 

Best Non-Game Event
For players, the two events surrounding their bowl week experience special to the Rose Bowl are the Disneyland Welcome Press Conference and Lawry's Beef Bowl. Upon arrival to the Los Angeles area, the head coach and players from each team are welcomed at Disneyland with a press conference and then given the opportunity to roam throughout the parks (Disneyland and California). For the players involved in the press conference, typically around five per team, Disneyland escorts take them to the front of the line for VIP treatment. These players certainly are most popular on the team that day. The welcome experience concludes at ESPN Zone on Disney property for food and games. Lawry's Beef Bowl is annually hosted by Lawry's The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, honoring the players and coaches of the Rose Bowl. Since its inception in 1957, teams are treated to a VIP experience and a friendly challenge of consuming as much meat at possible. Over the years, it has become known as one of college football's most enduring pre-bowl game traditions, inseparably linked to The Granddaddy of Them All.  

For fans, the Rose Parade would certainly be the most popular event surrounding the Rose Bowl Game.  Known as the premier parade in the world, spectators at the Rose Parade experience the beautiful pageantry and tradition of magnificent floral floats, high-stepping equestrians, and spirited marching bands.  This year will be the 120th Rose Parade.

Player Gift Package
Players from each team will receive a Sony DVD Camcorder, a commemorative Fossil watch, a commemorative OGIO Backpack, a commemorative New Era 59Fifty fitted hat, a commemorative plaque, a commemorative autographed football, and a one-year subscription to ESPN The Magazine.

Charitable Component
Established in 1983, the Tournament of Roses Foundation is a non-profit corporation that manages charitable contributions on behalf of the Tournament of Roses. Grants are awarded under the categories of performing and visual arts, sports and recreation. and volunteer motivation and leadership development.  The 2008 Tournament of Roses Foundation grant recipient’s awards range from $1,200 to $10,000. This year, 24 civic, educational and cultural organizations were funded.

Teams participating in the Rose Bowl also have the option to participate in a charity event during their stay in Los Angeles. The Rose Bowl Game works with each team to assist in arranging in a charity event. 

How Success is Measured
The Rose Bowl Game is proud of its partnership with the Big Ten and Pac-10 Conferences. As the oldest agreement between a bowl game and two major conferences, each year, the Rose Bowl Game focuses on several goals to help determine success based on results. A positive partnership impact, the economic impact, television ratings, and game played on the field serve as the measuring sticks.  In a non-national championship year, the estimated economic impact on the Pasadena community is $58.6 million. A New Year's Day game and outstanding tradition have afforded the Rose Bowl Game great television ratings and they prefer a minimum of 10.0. Ideally, anything between 12-14 is considered outstanding.

The game on the field is obviously the one key goal that is out of the committee’s hands.  The Rose Bowl wants a good match-up and one that the outcome is determined in the fourth quarter, with a final score within a seven-point margin.  The combination of these factors play into the success they achieve with their partner conferences.  At the end of each season they review these goals and measure the overall success of the game. 

MVP of the Bowl
There are a significant number of moving parts to staging a bowl game. To single out one person is difficult, as the elements involved in the operation and execution are extensive. The Rose Bowl works as a team in governance and management, with the TEAM being the most important element.

Impact to the Community
The Rose Bowl Game and Rose Parade have become staples of the holiday season in Pasadena, as the community showcases to the world the tradition and passion associated with both New Year's Day events.  Pasadena has put itself on the map nationally and internationally as hosts to the game and parade and the financial impact alone is extremely significant.

Role of Volunteers
The role of volunteers with the Rose Bowl Game is two-fold.  First is the oversight of providing policy with relationship associated with the game and second is the capacity to serve as hosts to the visiting teams, conferences and media members. As a non-profit organization, the role of volunteers is essential and vital to the success of the Tournament of Roses.

- 2009 CFN Rose Bowl Preview
USC Bowl History (24-10-2)
2008 Rose USC 49, Illinois 17
2007 Rose USC 32, Michigan 18
2006 Rose Texas 41, USC 38
2005 Orange USC 55, Oklahoma 19
2004 Rose USC 28, Michigan 14
2003 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
Penn State Bowl History (26-12-2)
2007 Alamo Penn State 24, Texas A&M 17
2007 Outback Penn State 20, Tennessee 10
2006 Orange Penn State 26, Florida State 23 (3 OT)
2002 Capital One Auburn 13, Penn State 9
1999 Alamo Penn State 24, Texas A&M 0
1998 Outback Penn State 26, Kentucky 14
1997 Citrus Florida 21, Penn State 6
1996 Fiesta Penn State 38, Texas 15
1995 Outback Penn State 43, Auburn 14
1994 Rose Penn State 38, Oregon 20
1993 Citrus Penn State 31, Tennessee 13
1992 Blockbuster Stanford 24, Penn State 3
1991 Fiesta Penn State 42, Tennessee 17
1990 Blockbuster Florida State 24, Penn State 17
1989 Holiday Penn State 50, BYU 39
1987 Citrus Clemson 35, Penn State 10
1986 Fiesta Penn State 14, Miami (Fla.) 10
1985 Orange Oklahoma 25, Penn State 10
1983 Aloha Penn State 13, Washington 10
1982 Sugar Penn State 27, Georgia 23
1981 Fiesta Penn State 26, USC 10
1980 Fiesta Penn State 31, Ohio State 19
1979 Liberty Penn State 9, Tulane 6
1978 Sugar Alabama 14, Penn State 7
1977 Fiesta Penn State 42, Arizona State 30
1976 Gator Notre Dame 20, Penn State 9
1975 Sugar Alabama 13, Penn State 6
1974 Cotton Penn State 41, Baylor 20
1973 Orange Penn State 16, LSU 9
1972 Sugar Oklahoma 14, Penn State
1971 Cotton Penn State 30, Texas 6
1969 Orange Penn State 10, Missouri 3
1968 Orange Penn State 15, Kansas 14
1967 Gator Penn State 17, Florida State 17
1962 Gator Florida 17, Penn State 7
1961 Gator Penn State 30, Georgia Tech 15
1960 Liberty Penn State 14, Oregon 12
1959 Liberty Penn State 7, Alabama 0
1947 Cotton Penn State 13, SMU 13
1922 Rose USC 14, Penn State 3