1950 Rose Bowl
36th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
California 0770 14
Ohio State 00143 17
DateJanuary 2, 1950
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPFred "Curly" Morrison
(Ohio State FB)
FavoriteCalifornia by 6 points[1][2]
Rose Bowl
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The 1950 Rose Bowl was the 36th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Monday, January 2. The sixth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, champions of the Big Ten Conference, upset the undefeated #3 California Golden Bears, champions of the Pacific Coast Conference, 17–14.[3][4][5][6]

Ohio State fullback Fred "Curly" Morrison was named the Player of the Game. Because New Year's Day was on Sunday in 1950, the bowl games were played the following day.

It was the Big Ten's fourth consecutive win in the Rose Bowl, and California's second straight loss.


First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter



  1. ^ "Close scores expected in nation's five major football games today". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 2, 1950. p. 9.
  2. ^ "Unbeaten California given 6½-point edge over Ohio State". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. January 1, 1950. p. 19.
  3. ^ Myers, Bob (January 3, 1950). "Late field goal gives Ohio State 17-14 Rose Bowl win over California". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. 12.
  4. ^ "Ohio State whips California, 17-14". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. January 3, 1950. p. 32.
  5. ^ Hammerbeck, Bernie (January 3, 1950). "Ohio State field goal nips California 17-14". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 10.
  6. ^ "Hague's field goal gives Ohio State 17-14 win over California in Rose Bowl". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. January 3, 1950. p. 18.
  7. ^ Smith, Chester L. (January 1, 1950). "OSU trying to heal 30-year wound". Pittsburgh Press. p. 20.
  8. ^ "Record Rose Bowl crowd sees Buckeyes topple California". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). (aerial photo). January 3, 1950. p. 14.