1993 Rose Bowl
79th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
Michigan 107147 38
Washington 714100 31
DateJanuary 1, 1993
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPTyrone Wheatley (Michigan RB)
FavoriteWashington by 2 points [1]
RefereeGene Wurtz (WAC)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersBrent Musburger,
Dick Vermeil
Rose Bowl
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The 1993 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1993, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. In the 79th Rose Bowl; the #7 Michigan Wolverines, champions of the Big Ten, defeated the ninth-ranked Washington Huskies, champions of the Pac-10, 38–31.[2][3][4] Michigan running back Tyrone Wheatley was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game.[5]

Both Michigan and Washington would meet again in the 2024 CFP National Championship Game, which Michigan won 34-13.

Game summary

The game, one of the great contests in Rose Bowl history, was back and forth, with six lead changes. Michigan scored the final two touchdowns to win by seven points, avenging the previous year's loss and foiling the Huskies' attempt at a third straight Rose Bowl title. MVP Tyrone Wheatley scored three touchdowns and rushed for 235 yards on just 15 carries (15.7 avg.)[2][3][4]

Michigan finished the season undefeated (with three ties) at 9–0–3, ranked #5 in the final polls. Washington (9–3) was ranked #1 in early November at 8-0, but losses to Arizona and Washington State, along with this one, dropped them to #11 (AP) and #10 (Coaches) in the final national rankings.

This turned out to be Don James' last game as the Huskies' head coach. He resigned in protest shortly before the beginning of the next season after the NCAA and Pac-10 levied sanctions against Washington for rules violations.[6][7]


First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter


  1. ^ "The Latest Line". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). January 1, 1993. p. 7B.
  2. ^ a b Bonk, Thomas (January 2, 1993). "Wheatley conducts 1-man Rose parade past Huskies". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times). p. 1D.
  3. ^ a b "Michigan stops Huskies". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. January 2, 1993. p. D3.
  4. ^ a b Blanchette, John (January 2, 1993). "Michigan nips 3-peat in the bud". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. D1.
  5. ^ 2008 Rose Bowl Program Archived 2008-03-06 at the Wayback Machine, 1992 Rose Bowl. Accessed January 26, 2008.
  6. ^ Boling, Dave (August 23, 1993). "UW head coach quits over sanctions". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. A1.
  7. ^ Cour, Jim (August 23, 1993). "Huskies coach James reigns". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. p. B1.