Rose Bowl



Michigan 34

Oregon State 7



Michigan Fight Song



Long Beach, CA Press Telegram


The Michigan fullback ran 84 yards, a Michigan halfback ran 43 yards, the Michigan quarterback ran 24 yards and a Michigan pig ran 100 yards. Other than that, nothing much happened in the 76th annual Rose Bowl Game.


The coach of the losing team probably lost his chance for promotion to a big-city job, the coach of the winning team unleashed a club that might carve out a new football dynasty in the Big 10 and the professors of the AAWU learned the painful lesson that they had better not again send little boys to do big boys' work.


Other than that, nothing much happened as Michigan whacked Oregon State 34-7 Friday.


Except that someone threw a smoke bomb onto the field and the game had to be halted while referee Eddie Wagner fought the bright yellow billows and 50 million Americans rooted for the "bomber" to strike again.


Other than that, nothing much happened.


The Michigan fullback, senior Mel Anthony, ran 84 yards for a touchdown that broke open the game, a run that is the longest in the history of the annual Pasadena New Year's Day classic (video). Then a sophomore lineman named Bob Mielke blocked a punt that set up the Wolverines' third touchdown, early in the second half, and the rout was on.


Other than that….well, you know.


For the 15th time in the 19 years since the Midwest's Big 10 and the West Coast's Whatchamacallit hooked up in the yearly year-end football frolic, the West has been had. It was the West's worst loss in 13 years.


Anthony, who scored three touchdowns to equal the Rose Bowl record set by Four Horseman Elmer Layden 40 years ago in Notre Dame's 27-10 win over Stanford, was voted the game's outstanding performer. He gained 123 yards in 13 carries.


There was one other record. The 100-yard run by the real, live pig that was thrown from the stands was the longest ever in the Rose Bowl by a non-human.


Michigan, a team loaded with good sophomores and juniors who will be a threat for the Big 10 title again next season (but which can't repeat in the Rose Bowl), was better than expected and Oregon State was worse than expected.


Nobody anticipated much from the Beavers on offense, but there were hopes they could do something on defense. They had not the size nor the stamina, however, and after fighting the bulky Wolverines on even terms through the first 30% of the contest, they went under for the count.


The OSU coach, Tommy Prothro, who is rumored the next head man at UCLA, said he was disappointed that his team's defense was so leaky. He said his team's offense was about what he expected, which explains why he ordered punts twice on third down and once on second down. (Prothro said he has not been officially contacted about the UCLA job, but admitted he has been "informally approached." The selection is due during the coming week.)


Anthony’s record long run came in the second period after the Oregonians had marched nearly the length of the field to a 7-0 lead (video) and then sent the Michigan quarterback, Bob Timberlake, backpedaling to the shadow of his own goal post.


It was second down and 18 when Timberlake pitched out to Anthony around right end. The 200-pound six-footer cut the corner, headed up the sideline in front of the Beaver bench, cut back toward the middle of the field at about the 50 and, with the aid of two clearing blocks, simply outran the opposition.


"Nobody laid a hand on me all the way," said Anthony in the noisy shower room.


There was almost a visible collapse of Beaver spirit immediately. The Beavers still led 7-6 for the kick was wide, but four minutes later it was 7-12 when sophomore halfback Carl Ward went 43 yards under the same circumstances as Anthony- around right end, down the sideline and diagonally across the middle, untouched after he wiggled loose during the early part of the scamper (video).


From there it was downhill, especially after sophomore guard Mielke blocked a punt (video) that set up a 15-yard march for TD No. 3 on the Michigan ledger. Anthony scored it from the one. He got TD No. 4 from the seven at the end of a 78-yard drive as the Beavers tired badly.


The fifth TD was on a 24-yard run by Timberlake, who may be the quarterback for the New York Giants next season (video).


Oregon State's touchdown was the first one of the game. It came as soph QB Paul Brothers hit six passes without a miss. The payoff pitch was five yards long to end Doug McDougal.


For a while it looked quite bright for all the Oregonians in our midst. And they can take some consolation in the fact that if that pig had been eligible at Oregon State- a reupholstered cow college- it would have been a different story in the Rose Bowl New Year's Day.


OSU's Paul Brothers unleashes a pass as Bill Yearby (75) closes in.


Jim Detwiler carries for Michigan.


Mel Anthony scores on record breaking run.


Attendance: 100,243

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter
OSU- McDougal 5 yd pass from Brothers (Clark kick)
UM- Anthony 84 yd run (kick failed)
UM- Ward 43 yd run (pass failed)

Third Quarter
UM- Anthony 1 yd run (Timberlake run)
UM Anthony 7 yd run (Timberlake kick)

Fourth Quarter
UM- Timberlake 24 yd run (Timberlake kick)

Individual Statistics

UM- Anthony 13-123, Ward 10-88, Timberlake 12-57, Fisher 5-30
OSU- Shaw 4-28, Watkins 8-24

UM- Timberlake 7-10-77, Evashevski 1-1-6
OSU- Brothers 9-17-89, Queen 10-16-90

UM- Henderson 4-34
OSU- Moreland 4-29, Watkins 3-43, Grim 3-42, Miller 3-21, Frketich 2-23