2003 Rose Bowl
89th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
Oklahoma 314314 34
Washington State 00014 14
DateJanuary 1, 2003
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPNate Hybl – QB, Oklahoma
FavoriteOklahoma by 6[1]
National anthemWashington State University Cougar Marching Band
RefereeSteve Shaw (SEC)
Halftime showPride of Oklahoma Marching Band
Washington State University Cougar Marching Band
PayoutUS$11-13 million [2]
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersBrent Musburger (play-by-play)
Gary Danielson (analyst)
Jack Arute (sideline)
Rose Bowl
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The 2003 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2003. It was the 89th Rose Bowl game. It was a match-up between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Washington State Cougars. Oklahoma led 27–0 in the fourth quarter and won, 34–14.[3][4][5] Sooner quarterback Nate Hybl was named the Player Of The Game.[6]

Pre-Game Activities

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses chooses their co-Grand Marshals of the 114th annual Rose Parade, they are: Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby, Art Linkletter and Fred Rogers from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on PBS.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2002 - Tournament of Roses President Gary L. Thomas selects 17-year-old Alexandra Wucetich, a senior at San Marino High School & a resident of San Marino, California to become the 85th Rose Queen to reign over the 114th Tournament of Roses Parade and the 89th Rose Bowl Game.

Members of the court are: Princesses Anjali Agrawal, Arcadia, La Salle High School; Heather Bell, Pasadena, John Muir High School; Katherine Berber, San Marino, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Glynn Joseph, Altadena, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Megan Maclennan, Pasadena, Polytechnic School; and Danielle Yamamoto, La Canada Flintridge, La Canada High School.


See also: 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season

Prior to the BCS, this pairing never would have occurred. Oklahoma came into the game Big 12 Champions, while Washington State came in co-champions of the Pac-10. The Rose Bowl normally features the champions of the Big Ten and the Pac-10. However, because the Buckeyes had finished second in the BCS, they were set to play in the Fiesta Bowl for the national championship against the Miami Hurricanes.[7] Earlier in the season, Ohio State had defeated Washington State 25–7.

The Orange Bowl had the next pick after the Fiesta Bowl pairing, and #3 (#5 BCS) Iowa was chosen. The Rose Bowl had the next BCS selection. The next, best available team to choose was #8 (#7 BCS) Oklahoma, who won the Big 12 Championship Game, to play Pac-10 winner Washington State. When it came time for the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl to make a second pick, both wanted the fifth-ranked USC Trojans. However, a BCS rule stated that if two bowls want the same team, the bowl with the higher payoff has the option.[8] The Orange Bowl immediately extended an at-large bid to the Trojans and paired them with at-large number 3 Iowa in a Big Ten/Pac-10 "Rose Bowl" matchup in the Orange Bowl.[8] Rose Bowl committee executive director Mitch Dorger was not pleased with the results.[8] This left the Sugar Bowl with #14 BCS Florida State, the winner of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Notre Dame at 10–2 and #9 in the BCS standings was invited to the Gator Bowl. Kansas State at #8 also was left out.

Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooners won the Big 12 South and defeated Colorado in the Big 12 Championship Game. Kansas State, although ranked higher in the AP poll, lost to Colorado in the Big 12 North, and could not play in the championship game.

Game summary

2003 Rose Bowl
Period 1 2 34Total
No. 8 Oklahoma 3 14 31434
No. 7 Washington State 0 0 01414

at Rose BowlPasadena, California

Game information
First quarter
  • OU - 12:13 DiCarlo 45-yard field goal OU 3 WSU 0
Second quarter
  • OU - 1:51 Savage 12-yard pass from Hybl (DiCarlo kick) OU 10 WSU 0
  • OU - 1:09 Perkins 51-yard punt return (DiCarlo kick) OU 17 WSU 0
Third quarter
  • OU - 8:06 DiCarlo 30-yard field goal OU 20 WSU 0
Fourth quarter
  • OU - 8:02 Fagan 9-yard pass from Hybl (DiCarlo kick) OU 27 WSU 0
  • WSU - 6:08 Riley 37-yard pass from Gesser (Dunning kick) OU 27 WSU 7
  • OU - 1:29 Griffin 19-yard run (DiCarlo kick) OU 34 WSU 7
  • WSU - 1:15 Moore 89-yard kickoff return (Dunning kick) OU 34 WSU 14


Statistics OKLA WSU
First downs 19 11
Passing yards
Passing: comp–att–int
Time of possession 37:14 22:46
Team Category Player Statistics
OKLA Passing
WSU Passing


This game drew one of the lowest attendance numbers in the modern history of the Rose Bowl. It was the first time that the stadium held less than the nominal capacity for the Rose Bowl game since before the 1947 Rose Bowl and the agreement between the Pacific Coast and Big Ten conferences. The 1944 game had the third smallest crowd played in the Rose Bowl stadium at 68,000. The 1931 edition had the second smallest crowd at 60,000. The smallest crowd at the Rose Bowl stadium was the 1934 Rose Bowl at 35,000. Former University of Michigan coach Bo Schembechler remarked, "Didn't watch it," when asked what he thought of this game and also about the Nebraska-Miami Rose Bowl the previous year[9]

During the early 2010s cycle of conference realignment, the Pac-10 eyed six Big 12 members as possible additions to the conference, including Oklahoma.[10] However, the only Big 12 school that did join the Pac-10 (now the Pac-12) was Colorado.[11]


  1. ^ "The Latest Line". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). January 1, 2003. p. 4B.
  2. ^ "CNNSI.com - 2002 College Bowls - Complete 2002-03 bowl schedule - Saturday January 04, 2003 12:53 AM". Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
  3. ^ Trimmer, Dave (January 2, 2003). "Handful of thorns". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. A1.
  4. ^ Grummert, Dale (January 2, 2003). "A thorny sendoff". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
  5. ^ Canfield, Owen (January 2, 2003). "Sooners clobber the Cougs". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 1D.
  6. ^ 2008 Rose Bowl Program Archived 2008-03-06 at the Wayback Machine, 2008 Rose Bowl. Accessed January 26, 2008.
  7. ^ 2002 BCS Standings
  8. ^ a b c Rosenblatt, Richard - BCS: Orange Bowl has a Rosy look Associated Press, December 9, 2002
  9. ^ Dufresne, Chris Bo Knows Rose Bowls, and This One's the Real Thing. Los Angeles Times, December 29, 2003
  10. ^ Thamel, Pete (7 June 2010). "Pacific-10 and Big Ten Step Toward Expansion". The New York Times.
  11. ^ "University of Colorado Joins Pac-10 - PAC-10 OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE". Archived from the original on 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2010-06-10.