2020 Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual
106th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
Oregon 7777 28
Wisconsin 10773 27
DateJanuary 1, 2020
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPJustin Herbert (QB, Oregon) & Brady Breeze (S, Oregon)[1]
FavoriteWisconsin by 3[2]
National anthemOregon Marching Band
RefereeBrandon Cruse (Big 12)
Halftime showOregon Marching Band and University of Wisconsin Marching Band
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN and ESPN Radio
AnnouncersESPN: Chris Fowler (play-by-play)
Kirk Herbstreit (analyst)
Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi (sidelines)
ESPN Radio: Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
International TV coverage
NetworkESPN Deportes
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The 2020 Rose Bowl Game was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2020, with kickoff at 5:00 p.m. EST (2:00 p.m. local PST) on ESPN.[3] It was the 106th edition of the Rose Bowl Game, and one of the 2019–20 bowl games concluding the 2019 FBS football season. Sponsored by the Northwestern Mutual financial services organization, the game was officially known as the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, and was a rematch of the 2012 Rose Bowl, which Oregon also won. Wisconsin made it to their first Rose Bowl since 2013; the game marked the Badgers' fourth consecutive Rose Bowl loss, having lost three straight times from 2011 to 2013.


The game matched Big Ten Conference runner-up Wisconsin and Pac-12 Conference champion Oregon. The 2012 Rose Bowl featured the same teams, won by Oregon, who scored 10 unanswered fourth-quarter points in a 45–38 victory.

Oregon Ducks

Main article: 2019 Oregon Ducks football team

Oregon entered the game with an 11–2 record (8–1 in conference). They finished atop the Pac-12's North Division, then defeated Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game to secure their spot in the Rose Bowl.[4] Oregon was 2–1 against ranked FBS opponents, defeating Washington and Utah while losing to Auburn. The Ducks' only other loss was to Arizona State. This was Oregon's eighth Rose Bowl; they had a 3–4 record in prior appearances, last playing in the 2015 edition, which they won over Florida State.

Wisconsin Badgers

Main article: 2019 Wisconsin Badgers football team

Wisconsin entered the game with a 10–3 record (7–2 in conference). They finished tied with Minnesota atop the Big Ten's West Division, and advanced to the Big Ten Championship Game due to their regular season win over Minnesota. In the Big Ten title game, the Badgers fell to Ohio State, 34–21. As Ohio State was selected for the College Football Playoff, Wisconsin received an invitation to the Rose Bowl.[5] The Badgers were 3–2 against ranked opponents, defeating Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota while losing to Ohio State twice. Their only other loss was to Illinois. This was Wisconsin's tenth Rose Bowl; they had a 3–6 record in prior appearances, last playing in the 2013 edition, which they lost to Stanford.

Game summary

2020 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual
Period 1 2 34Total
No. 6 Oregon 7 7 7728
No. 8 Wisconsin 10 7 7327

at Rose BowlPasadena, California

Game information
First Quarter
  • (9:53) ORE – Justin Herbert 4 yard rush, Camden Lewis kick (Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 5:07; Oregon 7–0)
  • (9:41) WIS – Aron Cruickshank 95 yard kickoff return, Collin Larsh kick (Tied 7–7)
  • (8:05) WIS – Collin Larsh 44 yard field goal (Drive: 4 plays, 1 yard, 1:30; Wisconsin 10–7)
Second Quarter
  • (3:16) ORE – Justin Herbert 5 yard rush, Camden Lewis kick (Drive: 3 plays, 33 yards, 0:47; Oregon 14–10)
  • (0:11) WIS – Jack Coan 11 yard pass to Quintez Cephus, Collin Larsh kick (Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards, 2:57; Wisconsin 17–14)
Third Quarter
  • (11:57) ORE – Brady Breeze 31 yard fumble return, Camden Lewis kick (Oregon 21–17)
  • (4:53) WIS – Mason Stokke 2 yard rush, Collin Larsh kick (Drive: 11 plays, 65 yard, 7:04; Wisconsin 24–21)
Fourth Quarter
  • (12:09) WIS – Collin Larsh 27 yard field goal (Drive: 11 plays, 51 yard, 5:53; Wisconsin 27–21)
  • (7:41) ORE – Justin Herbert 30 yard rush, Camden Lewis kick (Drive: 1 play, 30 yards, 0:10; Oregon 28–27)


Statistics ORE WIS
First downs 13 18
Plays–yards 51–204 72–322
Rushes–yards 30–66 37–136
Passing yards 138 186
Passing: comp–att–int 14–21–1 23–35–1
Time of possession 21:57 38:03
Team Category Player Statistics
Oregon Passing Justin Herbert 14/20, 138 yards, 1 INT
Rushing C. J. Verdell 17 carries, 49 yards
Receiving Juwan Johnson 5 receptions, 66 yards
Wisconsin Passing Jack Coan 23/35, 186 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Jonathan Taylor 21 carries, 94 yards
Receiving Quintez Cephus 7 receptions, 59 yards, 1 TD

Some controversy arose from an offensive pass interference call that went against Wisconsin near the end of the game, which nullified a Wisconsin first down and eventually gave the ball back to Oregon, who was able to run the clock down and win the game. The call and its impact on the game led former NFL referee Terry McAulay to publicly disagree with the call.[6]


  1. ^ Wade, Kevin (January 1, 2020). "Oregon's Justin Herbert and Brady Breeze MVPs of Rose Bowl". 247Sports.com. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "Oregon vs. Wisconsin - Game Summary". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "2019-20 college football bowl schedule, games, dates, times, TV channels". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Crepea, James (December 6, 2019). "C. J. Verdell, Oregon Ducks run over Utah for Pac-12 championship, earn Rose Bowl berth: Game at a glance". oregonlive.com. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Delong, Katie (December 8, 2019). "No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Oregon: Badgers face Ducks in 106th Rose Bowl Game". fox6now.com. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "Veteran NFL Official: The Rose Bowl Refs Were Wrong". The Spun. January 2, 2020. Retrieved February 1, 2021.