NO. 1 USC 42 NO. 2 WISCONSIN 37 JANUARY 1, 1963 ROSE BOWL
THROUGH THREE QUARTERS, the first No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup in bowl game history didn't live up to the hype. The Trojans dominated, taking a 42--14 lead as quarterback Pete Beathard threw four touchdown passes. But the Badgers rallied behind Ron Vander Kelen's two touchdown tosses in the fourth quarter and cut USC's lead to five with 1:19 remaining. Though Vander Kelen threw for 401 total yards, a Rose Bowl record that still stands, time ran out on Wisconsin after it failed to recover the onside kick following that last touchdown.
NO. 1 OHIO STATE 27 NO. 2 USC 16 JANUARY 1, 1969 ROSE BOWL
O.J. SIMPSON'S TROJANS jumped out to an early 10--0 lead, and though Simpson would gain 256 total yards in this, his last collegiate game, his three turnovers (among five total for USC) proved costly. Ohio State scored 27 unanswered points, including a one-yard run by Jim Otis and two fourth-quarter TD passes by quarterback Rex Kern, the game's MVP. Woody Hayes's Buckeyes stayed undefeated and above 11--0 Penn State in the polls.
NO. 2 ALABAMA 14 NO. 1 PENN STATE 7 JANUARY 1, 1979 SUGAR BOWL
LATE IN THE fourth quarter, with both offenses struggling to move the ball and Alabama ahead 14--7, a miscommunication between 'Bama quarterback Jeff Rutledge and running back Major Ogilvie on an option pitch led to a fumble. The Nittany Lions pounced on it at the Tide's 19-yard line, and three plays later Penn State QB Chuck Fusina rolled right and hit wideout Scott Fitzkee a yard short of the end zone with less than seven minutes left. But 'Bama dug in, denying fullback Matt Suhey's leap over the top on third down. On the next play linebacker Barry Krauss (77) stopped running back Mike Guman (24) at the line to preserve the win.
NO. 2 PENN STATE 27 NO. 1 GEORGIA 23 JANUARY 1, 1983 SUGAR BOWL