Highly desirable game program from the 1955 Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes defeated five ranked opponents during the regular season, including a 31-14 drilling of No. 2 Wisconsin, to earn Woody Hayes first trip to the Rose Bowl.
The only thing standing in the way of Hayes and his first National Championship was 17th ranked Southern California. After a scoreless first quarter, Dave Leggett gave the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead on a three-yard touchdown run and 21-yard touchdown pass. USC cut into the lead right before halftime with an 86-yard punt return for a score. The Buckeyes, however, would not be denied. Dick Harkrader provided the exclamation point with a nine-yard fourth quarter run that gave the Buckeyes a 20-7 win and Ohio State's first National Championship since 1942.
Leggett was given the Rose Bowl MVP as the Buckeyes finished 10-0 and first in the country by the Associated Press. It also set the stage for Woody's first ever Heisman winner as Hopalong Cassady would return for his senior season in 1955.
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