100 Years of Champions

Great Rose Bowl Moments: 1979 USC vs. Michigan
CFB Football
Oct 12, 2013
The 1979 Rose Bowl between the USC Trojans and the Michigan Wolverines was a showdown between two top five teams. The marquee matchup, however, might best be remembered for a controversial call. In the second quarter, from the Michigan three-yard line, USC's Charles White leaped over the line of scrimmage and reached for a touchdown. The ball was knocked out while White was in the air, before he reached the goal line, but a referee ruled White reached the endzone and called the play a touchdown. The score turned out to be the difference in the game as USC went on to win 17-10 and capture their 16th Rose Bowl.