2019 Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual
105th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
Washington 30020 23
Ohio State 71470 28
DateJanuary 1, 2019
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPDwayne Haskins (QB, Ohio State) and Brendon White (S, Ohio State)[1]
FavoriteOhio State by 6.5[2]
National anthemOhio State University Marching Band
RefereeJohn McDaid (SEC)
Halftime showOhio State University Marching Band
University of Washington Husky Marching Band
PayoutUS$40 million to each team[3]
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN and ESPN Radio
AnnouncersESPN: Chris Fowler (play-by-play)
Kirk Herbstreit (analyst)
Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi (sideline)
ESPN Radio: Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
Nielsen ratings9.7 (16.78 million viewers)[4]
International TV coverage
NetworkESPN Deportes
AnnouncersLalo Varela and Pablo Viruega
Rose Bowl
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The 2019 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2019, at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.[5] It was the 105th edition of the Rose Bowl Game, and one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. The game matched the Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes against the Pac-12 champion Washington Huskies. Ohio State won the game, 28–23, to capture its eighth Rose Bowl championship in program history. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer announced his retirement from coaching the month before, making the 2019 Rose Bowl his final game.[6] Sponsored by the Northwestern Mutual financial services organization, the game was officially known as the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.

Pre-game activities

B-2 Spirit flyover before the game

"The Melody of Life" was the theme chosen by Pasadena Tournament of Roses president Gerald Freeny. The game was presided over by Grand Marshal Chaka Khan, the "Queen of Funk.".

George Halas (Great Lakes Navy), Randall McDaniel (Arizona State), Pop Warner (Stanford), and Vince Young (Texas) were inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame prior to the game.

The 130th Rose Parade was held in downtown Pasadena the morning of the game, with floats from both conferences. The bands and cheerleaders from both schools also participated.


The teams playing in the Rose Bowl Game were the highest ranking teams from the Pac-12 Conference and Big Ten Conference that were not selected to play in a College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinal game; Washington and Ohio State, respectively. This game marks the first time those two programs met in a bowl game.[7] This was the schools' 12th meeting; Ohio State led the all-time series, 8–3.[7] Both teams arrived in Los Angeles by December 26 and participated in the Disneyland welcome at Disney California Adventure. Their practices were held at the Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly the StubHub Center) in nearby Carson.[8]

Washington Huskies

Main article: 2018 Washington Huskies football team

Washington secured its berth in the Rose Bowl with a victory over Utah in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game on November 30.[9] The Huskies entered the Rose Bowl with a 10–3 record (7–2 in conference). This was Washington's 15th appearance in the Rose Bowl Game, with a record of 7–6–1 entering the game.

Ohio State Buckeyes

Main article: 2018 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

Ohio State, winner of the Big Ten Football Championship Game, became the Big Ten representative in the Rose Bowl when the team was not selected for the College Football Playoff.[10] The Buckeyes entered the Rose Bowl with a 12–1 record (8–1 in conference). This was Ohio State's last game under head coach Urban Meyer, who announced his intent to retire on December 4.[11] This was Ohio State's 15th appearance in the Rose Bowl Game, with a record of 7–7 entering the game.

Game summary

Jake Browning (right) scrambles to escape Ohio State's defensive pressure during the first half of the game
Game Time Weather

Kickoff: 2:12 p.m. PST
End of game: 5:41 p.m. PST
Duration: 3 hours, 29 minutes

Temperature: 60 °F (16 °C)
Wind: N 6 mph
Weather: Sunny

Game officials

John McDaid (referee), Tom Quick (umpire), Chad Green (linesman)
Michael Shirley (line judge), Jimmy Russell (back judge), Phil Davenport (field judge)
Alex Moore (side judge), Brian Davis (center judge)

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP WASH OSU
1 9:04 11 77 2:45 OSU Parris Campbell 12-yard touchdown reception from Dwayne Haskins, Blake Haubeil kick good 0 7
1 1:19 11 55 4:57 WASH 38-yard field goal by Peyton Henry 3 7
2 12:23 10 75 3:56 OSU Johnnie Dixon 19-yard touchdown reception from Dwayne Haskins, Blake Haubeil kick good 3 14
2 0:14 5 57 0:46 OSU Rashod Berry 1-yard touchdown reception from Dwayne Haskins, Blake Haubeil kick good 3 21
3 8:23 7 80 2:02 OSU J. K. Dobbins 3-yard touchdown run, Blake Haubeil kick good 3 28
4 12:17 10 66 4:38 WASH Drew Sample 2-yard touchdown reception from Myles Gaskin, Peyton Henry kick good 10 28
4 6:42 5 66 1:30 WASH Myles Gaskin 1-yard touchdown run, Peyton Henry kick good 17 28
4 0:42 10 71 2:08 WASH Myles Gaskin 2-yard touchdown run, 2-point pass failed 23 28
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 23 28


1 2 3 4 Total
No. 9 Huskies 3 0 0 20 23
No. 6 Buckeyes 7 14 7 0 28
Statistics WASH OSU
First downs 27 22
Plays–yards 91–444 69–364
Rushes–yards 36–129 32–113
Passing yards 315 251
Passing: comp–att–int 36–55–0 25–37–0
Time of possession 35:02 24:58
Ohio State Marching Band and stadium immediately after the game
Team Category Player Statistics
Washington Passing Jake Browning 35/54, 313 yds
Rushing Myles Gaskin 24 car, 121 yds, 2 TD
Receiving Andre Baccellia 12 rec, 109 yds
Ohio State Passing Dwayne Haskins 25/37, 251 yds, 3 TD
Rushing Mike Weber 15 car, 96 yds
Receiving Parris Campbell 11 rec, 71 yds, 1 TD


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