1965 Rose Bowl Recap

January 1, 1965

Site: Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl Stadium)
Score: #4 Michigan 34, #8 Oregon State 7
Attendance: 100,243

1965 Rose Bowl Recap

After finishing no higher than fifth in the Big Ten during the previous seven years, all the pieces finally fell into place for the 1964 Wolverines. Air Force and Navy were forced to the air in the first two games, throwing a combined total of 75 passes. Michigan then ran off six victories in seven Big Ten games, dropping a one-point contest to Purdue, and shutting out Northwestern and Ohio State. The Wolverines 8-1 record earned them the conference championship, and the team headed to Pasadena, breaking a drought of 14 years.

After USC upset top-ranked Notre Dame in the regular-season finale, it appeared that the Trojans would be Michigans New Years Day opponent. However, the Pac Eight Conference instead ruled in favor of the Oregon State Beavers, who had tied Southern Cal for the conference lead. The fourth-ranked Wolverines were installed as 11-point favorites over the eighth-ranked Beavers as Oregon State brought an 8-2 mark into the game.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Beavers broke open the scoring with a five-yard pass from Paul Brothers to Doug McDougal early in the second period. Steve Clark kicked the extra point for Oregon States 7-0 start on its upset bid. Three possessions later, Wolverine tailback Mel Anthony broke free virtually untouched for 84 yards and the score. On the Wolverines next possession, Carl Ward rambled 43 yards around the right end to put Michigan in the lead for good. Bob Timberlakes pass to Ben Farabee was broken up in the end zone, but the Wolverines still held a 12-7 advantage going into the locker room.

Anthony paced the third quarter attack after recovering a blocked Beaver punt, and extending the Wolverine lead with one and seven-yard scores. Timberlake added a 24-yard TD run down the sideline in the fourth quarter to close the scoring and give Michigan a 34-7 triumph.

Anthony earned Player of the Game kudos for his efforts, and the Wolverines raised their postseason record to four victories against no losses.

Game Summary

Michigan 0 12 15 7 -- 34
Oregon State 0 0 0 0 -- 7

Second Quarter
OSU -- McDougal, 5-yard pass from Brothers (Clark kick)
U-M -- Anthony, 84-yard run (kick failed)
U-M -- Ward, 43-yard run (pass failed)
Third Quarter
U-M -- Anthony, 1-yard run (Timberlake run)
U-M -- Anthony, 7-yard run (Timberlake kick)
Fourth Quarter
U-M -- Timberlake, 24-yard run (Timberlake kick)

Team Stats UM OSU
First Downs 18 14
Net Yards Rushing 332 64
Net Yards Passing 83 179
Total Plays 62 64
Total Yards 415 243
PA/PC/Int 11/8/0 33/19/0
Punts/Avg. 5/33.6 9/43.5
Return Yards 133 89
Fumbles/Lost 2/1 1/1
Penalties/Yards 6/55 5/57

Rushing-- (M): Anthony 13-123; Ward 10-88; Timberlake 12-57; Fisher 5-30; Detwiler 5-16; Sygar 1-8; Lee 1-5; Wells 1-3; Gabler 1-1; Volk 1-1; Dehlin 1-0. (OSU): Shaw 4-28; Watkins 8-24; Washington 3-15; Queen 4-0; Brothers 12-(-3).

Passing -- (M): Timberlake 7-10-77; Evashevski 1-1-6; (OSU): Brothers 9-17-89; Queen 10-16-90

Receiving -- (M): Henderson 4-34; Defuller 1-30; Farabee 1-8; Kirby 1-6; Anthony 1-5 (OSU): Moreland 4-29; Watkins 3-43; Grim 3-42; Miller 3-21; Frketich 2-23; Shaw 1-9; McDougal 1-5; Sullivan 1-5; Crowston 1-2.

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