2022 Rose Bowl presented by Capital One Venture X
108th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
Utah 142137 45
Ohio State 0211017 48
DateJanuary 2, 2022
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPJaxon Smith-Njigba (WR, Ohio State)[1]
FavoriteOhio State by 6.5[2]
RefereeJason Autrey (SEC) [3]
Halftime showThe Ohio State University Marching Band, and
The University of Utah Marching Band
United States TV coverage
ESPN Radio
AnnouncersESPN: Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Holly Rowe and Tiffany Blackmon (sidelines)
ESPN Radio: Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (color) and Cole Cubelic (sideline)
Nielsen ratings16.6 million viewers
International TV coverage
NetworkESPN Brasil
AnnouncersMatheus Suman (play-by-play) and Antony Curti (analyst)
Rose Bowl
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The 2022 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2022, with kickoff at 5:13 p.m. EST (2:13 p.m. local PST) and televised on ESPN.[4] It was the 108th edition of the Rose Bowl Game, and was one of the 2021–22 bowl games concluding the 2021 FBS football season. Sponsored by Capital One Venture X, the game was officially known as the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One Venture X.

The game saw Ohio State overcoming a 14-point deficit over Utah late in the 2nd quarter to win 48-45, on a 19-yard field goal by Noah Ruggles.

The game was organized by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and was preceded by the Rose Parade in the morning. Actor LeVar Burton served as Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade. The theme was "Dream. Believe. Achieve." The winner of the game was awarded with the Leishman Trophy.


Consistent with conference tie-ins, the game was played between Big Ten Conference representative Ohio State and Pac-12 Conference champion Utah. The teams were officially welcomed to Southern California at Disneyland on December 27.

This marked the second meeting between the teams; they first met on September 27, 1986, at Ohio Stadium where Ohio State defeated Utah, 64–6.[5]

Ohio State Buckeyes

Main article: 2021 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The Buckeyes, the co-champions of the Big Ten Conference East Division, made their 16th trip to Pasadena to compete in a Rose Bowl Game. Ohio State finished their regular season with an overall 10–2 record, 8–1 in Big Ten games. Their losses came to Oregon in the second week of the season, and to Michigan at the end of the season. The loss to Michigan dropped the Buckeyes out of a spot in the College Football Playoff. Ohio State defeated three ranked teams during the regular season: Penn State, Purdue, and Michigan State. Quarterback C.J. Stroud placed fourth in the annual Heisman Trophy race.

Utah Utes

Main article: 2021 Utah Utes football team

Winners of the Pac-12 championship, this was the first Rose Bowl Game for the Utes. Utah finished their regular season with a 9–3 overall record, 8–1 in Pac-12 play. Their losses came to BYU, San Diego State, and Oregon State. The Utes then faced Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game, a rematch between the teams. Utah had defeated Oregon on November 20 by a 38–7 score, and defeated them again for the Pac-12 title, 38–10. The Utes entered the Rose Bowl with an overall 10–3 record.

Game summary

2022 Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One Venture X
Period 1 2 34Total
No. 11 Utah 14 21 3745
No. 6 Ohio State 0 21 101748

at Rose BowlPasadena, California

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Utah Ohio State
1 9:29 5 56 1:37 Utah Britain Covey 19-yard touchdown reception from Cameron Rising, Jadon Redding kick good 7 0
1 3:28 8 67 4:47 Utah Micah Bernard 12-yard touchdown reception from Cameron Rising, Jadon Redding kick good 14 0
2 14:17 10 76 4:11 Ohio State Marvin Harrison Jr. 25-yard touchdown reception from C. J. Stroud, Noah Ruggles kick good 14 7
2 9:07 9 79 5:10 Utah Tavion Thomas 6-yard touchdown run, Jadon Redding kick good 21 7
2 8:32 2 60 0:35 Ohio State Jaxon Smith-Njigba 50-yard touchdown reception from C. J. Stroud, Noah Ruggles kick good 21 14
2 8:17 Utah Britain Covey 97-yard kickoff return for touchdown, Jadon Redding kick good 28 14
2 8:02 1 52 0:15 Ohio State Jaxon Smith-Njigba 52-yard touchdown reception from C. J. Stroud, Noah Ruggles kick good 28 21
2 6:24 4 71 1:38 Utah Cameron Rising 62-yard touchdown run, Jadon Redding kick good 35 21
3 11:20 2 11 0:52 Ohio State Marvin Harrison Jr. 8-yard touchdown reception from C. J. Stroud, Noah Ruggles kick good 35 28
3 7:10 8 59 4:10 Utah 24-yard field goal by Jadon Redding 38 28
3 2:53 11 76 4:06 Ohio State 31-yard field goal by Noah Ruggles 38 31
4 10:12 7 71 3:41 Ohio State Marvin Harrison Jr. 5-yard touchdown reception from C. J. Stroud, Noah Ruggles kick good 38 38
4 4:22 9 85 3:57 Ohio State Jaxon Smith-Njigba 30-yard touchdown reception from C. J. Stroud, Noah Ruggles kick good 38 45
4 1:54 6 57 2:20 Utah Dalton Kincaid 15-yard touchdown reception from Bryson Barnes, Jadon Redding kick good 45 45
4 0:09 7 56 1:45 Ohio State 19-yard field goal by Noah Ruggles 45 48
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.


Statistics UTAH OSU
First downs 25 29
Plays–yards 68–463 67–683
Rushes–yards 44-226 20-110
Passing yards 237 573
Passing: comp–att–int 19-24-0 37-47-1
Time of possession 34:17 25:52
Team Category Player Statistics
Utah Passing Cameron Rising 17/22, 214 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Cameron Rising 11 carries, 92 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Brant Kuithe 6 receptions, 77 yards
Ohio State Passing C. J. Stroud 37/46, 573 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT
Rushing TreVeyon Henderson 17 carries, 83 yards
Receiving Jaxon Smith-Njigba 15 receptions, 347 yards, 3 TD

Game highlights

The game featured the biggest plays (i.e., plays over 30 yards) in a Rose Bowl. Wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba set school, all-Bowls, and FBS receiving records with 347 yards on 15 receptions (23.13 yards per catch average). Quarterback C.J. Stroud set a new school and Rose Bowl record with 573 passing yards (no sacks), and a Rose Bowl record six passing touchdowns. The Buckeyes' 683 total yards were a new school record as well as a record for the program in any bowl.[6] Both teams scored 56 points combined by halftime, tying a Rose Bowl record.

Marvin Harrison Jr. made his first collegiate career start, catching three touchdowns.


The game was nationally telecasted by ESPN. Chris Fowler Handled Play-by-play duties while Kirk Herbstreit provided color analysis. Holly Rowe and Tiffany Blackmon served as sideline reporters. On National Radio Tom Hart called the game with Jordan Rodgers as his color analyst and Cole Cubelic as their sideline reporter for ESPN Radio. Locally, WBNS broadcast the game in Ohio with Paul Keels and Jim Lachey on the call. In Utah, KALL put on the broadcast, called by Bill Riley, Scott Mitchell, and Stevenson Sylvester. Internationally, the game was made available by ESPN Brasil, with Matheus Suman and Antony Curti on the call

Hall of Fame

The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on December 30, 2021, in front of the Rose Bowl stadium. The 2021 class consisted of Anthony Davis (USC), Jim Delany (Big Ten Conference), and Ron Simpkins (Michigan).[7]


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