1944 Rose Bowl
30th edition
1234 Total
Washington 0000 0
USC 07139 29
DateJanuary 1, 1944
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPNorman Verry (G) – USC
FavoriteWashington: 5 to 2 odds[1]
RefereeT.M. Fitzpatrick (PCC)[2]
Attendance68,000 [3]
Rose Bowl
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The 1944 Rose Bowl was the thirtieth edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Saturday, January 1. This was the only Rose Bowl game with teams from the same conference (Pacific Coast), necessitated by the travel restrictions imposed by the war effort.[4] It determined the champion of the PCC for the 1943 season, and the USC Trojans shut out the Washington Huskies 29–0 in a one-sided game.[2][5][6][7]

USC backup quarterback Jim Hardy threw three touchdown passes to lead the Trojans to their seventh Rose Bowl victory and eighth PCC championship.[2][5][8]

For the first time, the Rose Bowl was broadcast on the radio abroad to all American servicemen, with General Eisenhower in Western Europe allowing all troops who were not on the front lines to tune in and listen.[7][9]


Main article: 1943 college football season

Washington Huskies

Main article: 1943 Washington Huskies football team

Favored Washington won all four of its games in an abbreviated season without any PCC matchups, as the other five programs in the Northern Division were on hiatus in 1943 (and 1944).[10][11] They played Whitman College, Spokane Air Command (twice), and the March Field Flyers.[1] The Rose Bowl was the Huskies' sole conference game of the season; the three teams of the Southern Division (USC, UCLA and California) played each other twice; Stanford was on hiatus until the 1946 season.

Washington's most recent game was two months earlier on October 30,[12][13] and they had lost a dozen players to active military duty since, including two of their best backs, Jay Stoves (a transfer from idle Washington State) and Pete Susick.[7] Head coach Ralph Welch filled roster holes with Navy V-12 trainees and draft rejects who recently arrived at campus, leaving only 28 players available for the game.[7] Oddsmakers made the Huskies two-touchdown favorites to beat USC, but the fielded team differed greatly from that of the regular season.[7]

USC Trojans

Main article: 1943 USC Trojans football team


First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter


  1. ^ a b "Washington, Trojans meet". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 1, 1944. p. 10.
  2. ^ a b c Shoemaker, Lisle (January 2, 1944). "Southern California upsets Washington". Sunday Morning Star. (Wilmington, Delaware). United Press. p. 23.
  3. ^ 2003 UW media guide, p. 323
  4. ^ "Bowl attendance likely be reduced". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. December 31, 1943. p. 9.
  5. ^ a b Frawley, Frank (January 2, 1944). "Southern California laces Washington, 29-0, in Rose Bowl". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. D1.
  6. ^ "Rose Bowl 1944". Rose Bowl History. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  7. ^ a b c d e Eskenazi, David (November 1, 2011). "Wayback Machine: Pest Welch's Crazy War Years". Sportspress Northwest. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  8. ^ "The Rose Bowl 1944". mmbolding.com. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  9. ^ "Huskies (University of Washington) Football, 1889–2008". historylink.org. April 11, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  10. ^ "Idaho, Washington State, and O.S.C. withdraw from Northern Division football loop". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. September 24, 1943. p. 8.
  11. ^ Ashlock, Herb (September 24, 1943). "Hollingbery to stay "at present salary," but Schmidt's status not revealed". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). p. 9.
  12. ^ Hutcheson, Jim (October 31, 1943). "Huskies thump Spokane 41-7 in last bowl bid". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. p. 11.
  13. ^ Claasen, Harold (December 31, 1943). "Grid season ends tomorrow in variety of bowl games". Calgary Herald. (Alberta, Canada). Associated Press. p. 14.