Fun Duck Rose Bowl Facts

The Oregon Ducks depart for Pasadena on December 26, 2011 in hopes of capturing a Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin on January 2, 2012. Oregon has not won a Rose Bowl since 1917.

Several fun facts were released by the Oregon Athletic Department including one interesting point that its 1-4 record in the Rose Bowl, Oregon has produced four players of the game.

The 1917 MVP was tackle and team captain John Beckett (14-0 win vs. Penn). The 1958 winner was quarterback Jack Crabtree (10-7 loss to Ohio State). The 1995 MVP was record-setting quarterback Danny O'Neil (38-20 loss to Penn State). The 2010 defensive player of the game was end Kenny Rowe (26-17 loss to Ohio State).

Oregon and Penn State set 13 Rose Bowl records in the 1995 game (38-20 win by PSU), a number of which still stand today. Among those are individual records for passing yards (456), attempts (61), completions (41) and total offensive plays (74) all by Danny O'Neil, and team records for passing yards (456), attempts (61), completions (41) and total offensive plays (92) all by Oregon.

That 1995 game was also the first time Oregon had ever played before a crowd of more than 100,000 (102,247).

The 1917 Rose Bowl, in which Oregon defeated Penn 14-0, was played before a then-record crowd of 25,000. This year, Oregon fans alone purchased more than 31,000 tickets.

Oregon's first-ever Rose Bowl score (1917) came thanks to a 20-yard double-pass play earlier in its scoring drive against Penn (Shy Huntington to Hollis Huntington to Orville Monteith). It was a play that Oregon head coach Hugo Bezdek "borrowed" from the Quakers after Penn coach Bob Folwell invited Bezdek to one of his practices and taught him the play.

Rose Bowl Hall of Famer Hollis Huntington is one of only a handful of players to have appeared in three Rose Bowls. However, his is the most unconventional. He was with the Ducks for the 1917 win against Penn, and then was the game's MVP for Mare Island (USMC) in its 19-7 victory over Camp Lewis (Army). After World War I, Huntington returned to Oregon for the 1920 classic, where he rushed for 122 yards in the Ducks' 7-6 loss to Harvard.

Oregon kicker Skeet Manerud is believed to be the smallest player ever to have appeared in the Rose Bowl. The 128-pound "Web Foot" booted a 30-yard field goal in the Ducks' 7-6 loss to Harvard in 1920. He also attempted a 25-yarder near the end of the game that missed by just a foot, according to reports of the game.

Josh Wilcox is one of only 12 players with more than 100 yards receiving in the Rose Bowl. The tight end caught 11 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown in the 1995 game against Penn State. The 11 receptions is tied for third-most in Rose Bowl history.

Two men with Oregon ties have both played and then later have been head coach in the Rose Bowl. Charles "Shy" Huntington was one of the stars in Oregon's 14-0 win over Penn in 1917, and was the team's head coach in the 1920 loss to Harvard, 7-6. John Robinson played on Oregon's 1958 team and later was the head coach of four of USC's Rose Bowl teams: 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1996.

Shy Huntington set a Rose Bowl record with three interceptions against Penn in 1917, a mark which still stands today. Huntington had a fourth pick in the game nullified by penalty.

One-time Oregon coach Hugo Bezdek is the only man to have brought three different teams to the Rose Bowl. He accomplished that in 1917 with Oregon, 1918 with Mare Island (USMC) and 1923 with Penn State.

Oregon did not punt in its 1958 10-7 loss to Ohio State. That's the only time in 97 Rose Bowls that a team did not punt.

Including the 2012 game, half of Oregon's Rose Bowl appearances will have come on Mondays. The Ducks won the Monday game of 1917 (14-0 vs. Penn) and lost the 1995 Monday game to Penn State (38-20). The 1920 game was on a Thursday, the 1958 game a Wednesday and the 2010 game a Friday.

This year's game will feature the third-highest scoring team in Rose Bowl history in Oregon (600 points to date) against the fourth-highest scoring team ever to visit Pasadena in Wisconsin (580 points). The two highest-scoring teams met in the 2006 Rose Bowl Game with Texas (652) beating USC (638) by a score of 41-38.

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