6. 1956’s Game – UCLA Bruins vs. Michigan State Spartans – Final Score: Michigan State – 17 – UCLA – 14 – The 1956 Rose Bowl featured the fourth ranked 9-1 UCLA Bruins versus the second ranked 8-1 Michigan State Spartans. This year’s Rose Bowl came down to the wire and was sealed by a late game Michigan State field goal. With the number of television sets in America on the rise, 41.1% of all television sets watched the 1956 Rose Bowl. The first half ended with a 7-7 tie with each team finding their way into the end zone. During the second half of the game, all of the action came in the fourth quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, Michigan State pulled off a trick play as Michigan State’s quarterback Clarence Peaks was pitched the ball before airing it out 67-yards to take a 14-7 lead. The Bruins quickly drove down the field on the following possession, taking only five plays to find the end zone and tie the game up at 14’s. Late in the fourth quarter, Michigan State missed a 40-yard field goal and handed the ball back to UCLA. However, UCLA was plagued by penalties and were driven back to their own 1-yard line before having to punt the ball back to Michigan State. A 15-yard penalty on the punt gave Michigan State the ball on UCLA’s 25-yard line. After a pair of fumbles, both of which were recovered, Michigan State lined up for a 41-yard field goal to win the game. Kicker Dave Kaiser was able to hit the field goal and the Spartans won the game 17-14.
5. 1929’s Game – Georgia Tech vs. California Golden Bears – Final Score: Georgia Tech – 8 – California – 7 – While this game is eighty-five years old, it will always be one of the most memorable Rose Bowl games due to one play by one man. Minutes before half-time, California’s Roy Riegels picked up a fumble from Georgia Tech’s quarterback. Riegels found a way to get turned around and ran 65-yards towards his own end-zone. Riegels was stopped just before earning Georgia Tech a safety and earned himself a new nickname, Roy “Wrong Way” Riegels. According to ESPN, “over the years, Riegels turned that infamy into fame, accepting his place in history with good humor. As a guest on the TV game show “I’ve Got A Secret,” on New Year’s Night 1958, Riegels said, “I still think I was doing the right thing.” When he got up to leave the set, Riegels walked the wrong way. It got a great laugh.”