1994 Rose Bowl
80th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
Wisconsin 7707 21
UCLA 30013 16
DateJanuary 1, 1994
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPBrent Moss (Wisconsin RB)
National anthemUCLA's The Solid Gold Sound Band
RefereeJohn Laurie (Big Eight)
Halftime showUCLA's The Solid Gold Sound Band and University of Wisconsin Marching Band
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersKeith Jackson, Bob Griese
Rose Bowl
 < 1993  1995

The 1994 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1994. It was the 80th Rose Bowl Game. The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the UCLA Bruins 21–16. Running back Brent Moss of Wisconsin was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game.[1]

Pre-game activities

On Tuesday, October 19, 1993, Tournament of Roses Interim President Michael E. Ward selected 18-year-old Erica Beth Brynes, a senior at Arcadia High School and a resident of Arcadia, as the 76th Rose Queen, to reign over the 105th Rose Parade and the 80th Rose Bowl Game.

The game was presided over by the 1994 Tournament of Roses Royal Court and Rose Parade Grand Marshal William Shatner. The Royal Court was led by Queen Erica and consisted of six rose princesses: Nicole Bangar, South Pasadena; Therese Erdman, Arcadia; Shannon Hall, San Marino; Sabrina Prud'homme, Altadena; Shannon Sheldon, San Marino; and Jennifer Trayner, San Marino.

Before the game, Chris Farley gave Wisconsin's “motivational speech” playing his popular Saturday Night Live character, Matt Foley.


See also: 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season

Wisconsin Badgers

Main article: 1993 Wisconsin Badgers football team

In the final game of the season, Wisconsin defeated Michigan State in the last Coca-Cola Classic to secure a conference co-championship. The Badgers' sole loss was to Minnesota by a score of 21–28 in their annual rivalry game.

Ohio State lost to Michigan, 28–0, in their annual rivalry game. Wisconsin and Ohio State ended the season with identical 9–1–1 records with 6–1–1 conference records, and tied when they met during the season in a game at Camp Randall (college football would not adopt "overtime" to resolve ties in regulation until the 1996 season). Wisconsin and Ohio State were co-champions of the Big Ten Conference. Wisconsin won the Rose Bowl invitation tiebreaker due to Big Ten rules which resolved first-place ties by eliminating the most recent invitee: Wisconsin had last been to the Rose Bowl in 1963, while Ohio State was in the 1985 Rose Bowl.[2]

UCLA Bruins

Main article: 1993 UCLA Bruins football team

UCLA opened the season with two close losses: 25–27 against California, and 13–14 against Nebraska. The Bruins then won seven in a row, including a win over #7 Arizona. They lost 3–9 against Arizona State. The 1993 UCLA–USC rivalry game had the Pac-10 championship and the Rose Bowl berth on the line for both the Bruins and the Trojans. UCLA won 27–21 at the Coliseum. Arizona was tied for first, but did not receive the Rose Bowl invitation because of the head-to-head loss at UCLA.[3] This was coach Terry Donahue's last Rose Bowl appearance.

Game summary

The weather was 73 degrees and hazy. UCLA receiver J. J. Stokes set Rose Bowl records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (176). Brent Moss gashed the UCLA defense for 158 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.


First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

No Scoring

Fourth quarter


Team Stats Wisconsin UCLA
First Downs 21 31
Net Yards Rushing 250 212
Net Yards Passing 96 288
Total Yards 346 500
PC–PA–Int. 10–20–1 28–43–1
Punts–Avg. 6–38.2 2–35.0
Fumbles–Lost 2–0 5–5
Penalties–Yards 12–89 9–95



  1. ^ 2008 Rose Bowl Program Archived 2008-03-06 at the Wayback Machine, 2008 Rose Bowl. Accessed January 26, 2008.
  2. ^ DAVID E. SANGER - COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Wisconsin Is on Top a World Away. New York Times December 6, 1993
  3. ^ UCLA football media guide (PDF copy available at www.uclabruins.com)


  • Kopriva, Don (1998). On Wisconsin!: The History of Badger Athletics from 1896-1998. Jim Mott. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-57167-038-6.