|1955 Rose Bowl|
|41st Rose Bowl Game|
|Date||January 1, 1955|
|MVP||Dave Leggett (Ohio State)|
|United States TV coverage|
The quarterback for Ohio State was Dave Leggett. Mr. Leggett threw eleven passes, completing six, one a touchdown pass to Robert Archbald Watkins Jr. Hopalong Cassady ran for 92 yards and led the Bucks to 304 yards on the ground and an overall advantage of 360-206 yards in total offense.
The only touchdown by USC was an 86-yard punt return by Aramis Dandoy.
- OSU – Dave Leggatt 3-yard run (Weed kick good)
- OSU – Bob Watkins 21-yard pass from Leggett (Watkins kick good)
- USC – Aramis Dandoy 86-yard punt return (Tsagalakis kick good)
- OSU – Dick Harkrader 9-yard run (Weed kick blocked)
- Ohio State won a shared National Championship for the 1954 season. It was the first "split" championship in college football, when the writers selected the Buckeyes and the coaches chose the Bruins.
- The game was played in the rain; Coach Hayes was not happy that the bands performed the halftime show on the already muddy field
- Rose Bowl 1955 Archived 2007-07-18 at the Wayback Machine, from RoseBowlHistory.com.
- Boyles, Bob; Paul Guido (2007). 50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. p. 58. ISBN 1-60239-090-8.
- 2011 Rose Bowl Historic Media Guide, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, December 2011
- Lesmirises, Doug - Buckeyes Rose Bowl Rewind: National championship glory in the mud of 1955. Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 16, 2009 Quote: "Through mud, slime, murk and driving rain, Ohio State's dauntless Buckeyes today reached the all-time zenith of the University's football history. Ploughing through muck in the fog and semi-darkness, the Buckeyes vanquished Southern California, 20 to 7, in the worst weather conditions of Rose Bowl history."