1963 Rose Bowl

1963 Rose Bowl

Name=1963 Rose Bowl
Date=January 1, 1963
Visitor School=University of Wisconsin
Visitor Name Short=Wisconsin
Visitor Nickname=Badgers
Visitor Record=8-1

Visitor Coaches=
Visitor Coach=Milt Bruhn
Visitor Total=37
Home School=USC
Home Name Short=USC
Home Nickname=Trojans
Home Record=10-0

Home Coaches=
Home Coach=John McKay
Home Total=42
Stadium=Rose Bowl
City=Pasadena, California
Attendance = 98,698
MVP = Ron VanderKelen (Wisconsin QB), Pete Beathard (USC QB)
Anthem = University of Wisconsin Marching Band
Halftime = Spirit of Troy, University of Wisconsin Marching Band
US Network = NBC
US Announcers = Mel Allen, Bill Symes

The 1963 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1963. It was the 49th Rose Bowl Game. The USC Trojans defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 42-37. Ron VanderKelen, the Wisconsin Quarterback and Pete Beathard, the USC quarterback, were both named the Rose Bowl Player Of The Game. [http://www.bowlprograms.com/rosebowl/?pg=182 2008 Rose Bowl Program] , 2008 Rose Bowl. Accessed January 26, 2008.] Down 42-14 in the fourth quarter, Wisconsin quarterback Ron VanderKelen put together a number of drives to score 23 points and put the Badgers in position to win the game. It was the first #1 vs. #2 matchup in any bowl game.


This was the first time in the Rose Bowl where the #1 and #2 teams on the AP poll played. It was only the first time in a Bowl game. It was the seventh time overall that the #1 and #2 team faced each other since the inception of the AP poll in 1936. [ [http://www.kiko13.com/cflrankings/aponevstwo.htm Games Where #1 Faced #2] (kiko13.com)] The Bowl Championship Series was created later to make at least one matchup of the top two teams in the nation. This was the second Rose Bowl meeting between USC and Wisconsin, the first being in the 1953 Rose Bowl.

Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin opened the season by defeated New Mexico State and Indiana. On October 13, they defeated Notre Dame 17-8, which would propel them to be ranked number 10. Then the Badgers defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 42-15, which left them ranked number 5 in the nation. A 7-14 loss to Ohio State the next week dropped Wisconsin out of the polls. On November 3rd, the Badgers won in Michigan stadium over the Wolverines 34-12. This set up the November 10th homecoming game with the Badgers ranked number 8 and the #1 ranked Northwestern Wildcats in Madison. Wisconsin smashed Northwestern 37-6. A win at Illinois set up a #3 Wisconsin vs #5 Minnesota battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe. Minnesota had represented the Big Ten the previous two years in the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin was victorious 14-9, and was awarded the Big Ten berth. They finished the season ranked number 2 in the nation.

USC Trojans

After two consecutive losing season in 1960 and 1961, John McKay turned the Trojans around in his third season as head coach. The team opened with a defeat of number 8 ranked Duke. Consecutives wins against Southern Methodist, at Iowa, California, and at Illinois got the Trojans ranked higher in the top 10. On November 3, 1962, the Trojans played their biggest game of the season against the Washington Huskies, who were ranked number 9. In the homecoming game, the Trojans blanked the Huskies 14-0. [Zimmerman, Paul - EVERYTHING'S ROSY! TROJANS WIN, 14-0. Los Angeles Times, November 4, 1962 ] With that win, the Trojans were ranked number two behind Northwestern. On November 17, by beating Navy and with Alabama losing to Georgia Tech 6-7, USC ascended to the number one spot in the AP poll. In the UCLA-USC rivalry game, the Bruins led 3-0 until the fourth quarter, when the Trojans scored two touchdowns. [Zimmerman, Paul - TROJANS ALMOST TRIP ON WAY TO BOWL. 86,740 See Stubborn Bruins Bow in 4th Quarter, 14-3. Los Angeles Times, November 25, 1962 ] In what would be the final game for Notre Dame football coach Joe Kuharich, USC shut out a 5-4 Notre Dame team at the Coliseum. [Zimmerman, Paul - PERFECT ENDING: TROJANS, 25; IRISH, 0. Los Angeles Times, December 2, 1962] The Trojans finished undefeated and ranked number 1 for the first time since the 1939 USC Trojans team played in the 1940 Rose Bowl.

Game Summary

USC tackle Marv Marinovich, the father of USC and Los Angeles Raiders QB Todd Marinovich, was ejected when he got caught elbowing Steve Underwood, the Wisconsin captain. [Stiegman, Pat - [http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=194603 1963: The greatest Rose Bowl ever] . Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 23, 1993. "... the Trojans were a few quarts low in the second half, losing several players to injury and tackle Marv Marinovich (yes, father of Los Angeles Raiders QB Todd Marinovich) to ejection when he got caught elbowing Underwood in the skull AFTER a play in the third quarter. "I was walking back to the huddle and BAM, I felt this bump in the back of the head," [Steve] Underwood said. "I turned around here here's Marinovich and the ref standing right there, watching the whole thing. It was so stupid, it was unbelievable." ] Wisconsin, under the direction of quarterback Ron VanderKelen put together an incredible comeback attempt in the fourth quarter. Pete Beathard had completed his fourth TD pass with 14:54 left in the game to put USC up 42-14. Then the Badgers scored 23 points before time ran out.


First Quarter

*USC Touchdown Pete Beathard to Ron Butcher

econd Quarter

*Wisconsin Touchdown 1 yard run fullback
*USC touchdown Ben Wilson run
*USC touchdown Ron Heller 25 yard run

Third Quarter

*USC Touchdown Beathard pass to Hal Bedsole (57 yards)
*Wisconsin touchdown VanderKelen 17-yard run
*USC touchdown pass by Pete Beathard to Hal Bedsole

Fourth Quarter

*USC touchdown pass by Pete Beathard to Fred Hill
*Wisconsin touchdown Lou Holland (13-yard run)
*Wisconsin touchdown Gary Kroner (four-yard reception)
*Wisconsin safety A bad snap on USC punt resulted in a UW safety.
*Wisconsin touchdown VanderKelen 19-yard pass to Pat Richter for the final 42-37 score


The 1969 Rose Bowl was the second matchup between the AP #1 and #2 teams. The 2006 Rose Bowl was the third Rose Bowl game matchup between the AP #1 and #2 teams. All three #1 vs #2 Rose Bowl games have featured the USC Trojans.

Eleven Rose Bowl records were set. Ron VanderKelen, completed 33 of 48 passes for 401 yds. Five records still stand as of 2008. Most intercepted passes (3 by Ron VanderKelen), Most touchdown passes (4 by USC, and six by both USC and Washington), Most first downs by one team, (32 by Wisconsin), Most penalties (USC 12 for 93 yards). The passing records were broken by Danny O'Neill of the Oregon Ducks in the 1995 Rose Bowl.

It has been listed as the fifth greatest bowl game by ESPN page 2 [ [http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/bestbowls.html ESPN.com - Page 2 The List:Greatest bowl games] . ESPN, January 2003]

Major League outfielder Rick Reichardt played for Wisconsin.

External links

* [http://www.tournamentofroses.com/rosebowlgame/ Rose Bowl Game official site]
* [http://www.rosebowlhistory.org/rose-bowl-1963.php Summary at Rosebowlhistory.org]

ee also

*Rose Bowl Game



*University of Southern California football media guide. (PDF copy available at [http://www.usctrojans.com www.usctrojans.com] )
*University of Wisconsin football media guide. (PDF copy available at [http://www.uwbadgers.com www.uwbadgers.com] )
*Stiegman, Pat - [http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=194603 1963: The greatest Rose Bowl ever] . Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 23, 1993
*Crowns, Crystal - [http://www.dailycardinal.com/article/446 A Rose Bowl for the ages, Wisconsin’s last shot at a national title] . The Daily Cardinal, September 27, 2007
*cite book
title=Great Moments in Wisconsin Sports
publisher=Big Earth Publishing

*Murray, Jim - [http://articles.latimes.com/2006/jan/04/sports/sp-murray4 A Close Second] . Los Angeles Times, January 2, 1963. Reprinted as "One Flinging Badger Made Trojans Sweat", January 4, 2006
*cite book
last = Kopriva
first = Don
others= Jim Mott
authorlink =
title = On Wisconsin!: The History of Badger Athletics from 1896-1998

publisher = Sports Publishing LLC
series =
year = 1998
doi = 1571670386

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