|1939 Rose Bowl|
|25th Rose Bowl Game|
|Date||January 2, 1939|
|MVP||Al Krueger (USC E)|
Doyle Nave (USC QB)
|Favorite||USC by 10 to 14 points|
|Referee||Bob Morris |
The 1939 Rose Bowl was the 25th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Monday, January 2, and concluded the 1938 college football season.
The seventh-ranked USC Trojans of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) downed the undefeated #3 Duke Blue Devils of the Southern Conference, 7–3.
Scoreless after three quarters, Duke gained the lead with a 23-yard field goal by Tony Ruffa early in the fourth. However, backup quarterback Doyle Nave of the Trojans completed four straight passes to sophomore end "Antelope" Al Krueger, who outmaneuvered Eric "The Red" Tipton and scored the winning touchdown with one minute remaining. Krueger's touchdown marked the first points scored against Duke during the season.
For his performance in the game, Krueger was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in the class of 1995.