Ohio State football’s all-time history in the Rose Bowl

For the second time in four years, the Ohio State football team will be headed out to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. It’s not where the Buckeyes wanted to be because of the bar being set at the College Football Playoff or bust, but it’s still an iconic stadium and game full of history and tradition, in a setting second to none. If you’ve been there, then you know.

Of course, it won’t be the Buckeyes’ first trip to the Los Angeles area. OSU has a storied and rich tradition in Pasadena, trailing only USC (34) and Michigan (20) in the number of appearances in the “Granddaddy of them All.”

January 1, will mark the 16th appearance at the Rose Bowl for the program, and we thought it’d be fun to run through all of those moments through the years, who Ohio State played, and the results of each game at the foot of the picturesque San Gabriel mountains.

Here is a walk-through of each and every appearance Ohio State has had in the Rose Bowl and how it all played out.

1921 Rose Bowl – Ohio State vs. Cal


California 28, Ohio State 0

Running record


1950 Rose Bowl – No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Cal

Ohio State fullback Fred Morrison (33) breaks away for a 15-yard gain before being taken down by California’s Paul Baldwin (34) during the Rose Bowl college football game in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/File)


Ohio State 17, California 14

Running record


1955 Rose Bowl – No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 17 Southern California

Dave Leggett, the converted fullback who directed the Ohio State Rose Bowl attack from the T-formation quarterback position, smashes through the middle of the Southern California line for the Buckeyes’ first score in Pasadena, California on Jan. 2, 1955. Leggett took the pass from the center on the Southern Cal three and was through and on the goal line before the Trojan secondary hit him. He carried the…


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