Rose Bowl Flashback 6-Pack: 1974
Take a look back at Ohio State's six Rose Bowl wins. Today: 1974 OSU 42, USC 21.
1974 Rose Bowl
No. 7 Southern California 21
No. 4 Ohio State 42
Jan. 1, 1974, Rose Bowl, 105,267
PASADENA, Calif. - Ohio State used a powerful running attack, led by Archie Griffin's 149 yards, to break open a close game and run past USC. Pete Johnson added 94 yards and three touchdowns for the Buckeyes, who totaled 320 yards on the ground.
OSU fell behind, 21-14, early in the third before scoring the final 13 points of the quarter. The first score was set up by a Cornelius Greene to Fred Pagac pass good for 39 yards to the USC 4. Johnson bulled over for the tally, and a blocked extra point kick left it 21-20.
Ohio State took the lead for good after Neal Colzie set up the go-ahead score with a 56-yard punt return to the USC 9. Greene covered the final yard with 2:12 left in the quarter for a 27-21 lead.
Griffin capped the final scoring drive with 4:35 remaining by dashing 47 yards over right tackle.