2008 Rose Bowl

2008 Rose Bowl

Name=2008 Rose Bowl

Date=January 1 2008
Visitor School=University of Illinois
Visitor Name Short=Illinois
Visitor Nickname=Fighting Illini
Visitor Record=9–3

Visitor Coaches=13
Visitor BCS=13
Visitor Coach=Ron Zook
Visitor Total=17
Home School=University of Southern California
Home Name Short=USC
Home Nickname=Trojans
Home Record=10–2

Home Coaches=6
Home BCS=7
Home Coach=Pete Carroll
Home Total=49
Stadium=Rose Bowl
City=Pasadena, California
Odds= USC by 13½ cite web |url=http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=750671 |title=Rivals.com Bowl Viewer's Guide |author=Fox, David |accessdate=2007-12-17 |date=2007-12-13 |work=Rivals.com]
MVP= Offensive: USC QB John David Booty
Defensive: USC LB Rey Maualuga
Anthem= The Spirit of Troy Marching Band
Halftime= Marching Illini and Spirit of Troy Marching Bands
US Network=ESPN on ABC
US Announcers=Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters
Ratings=11.11cite web |url=http://blog.mlive.com/wolverines/2008/01/capital_one_bowl_a_hit_on_tv.html |title=Capital One Bowl a hit on TV | author=Heuser, John | accessdate=2008-01-15 | date=2008-01-15 |work=mlive.com]

The 2008 Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi, the 94th Rose Bowl Game, played on January 1 2008 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, was a college football bowl game. The contest was televised on ABC (the 20th straight year the network has aired the Rose Bowl) starting at 4:30pm EST. The game's main sponsor was Citi.

The game featured the 7th-ranked USC Trojans hosting the 13th-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini. As with the previous year's game, the contest was a semi-traditional Rose Bowl in that while it was a Big Ten vs. Pac-10 matchup, the Big Ten representative was an at-large team because the conference champion Ohio State (which lost to Illinois earlier in the season), played in the BCS National Championship Game. USC last played in the 2007 Rose Bowl and was making its third straight appearance, while Illinois was making its first appearance since 1984. Though the Illini won the conference title in 2001, the then-rotating BCS title game moved the Big Ten Conference Champion to the Sugar Bowl.

USC defeated Illinois 49–17.


External links

* [http://www.tournamentofroses.com/rosebowlgame/ Rose Bowl Game official site]

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