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2015 Rose Bowl


2015 Rose Bowl

2015 Rose Bowl
CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game
101st Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon 8 10 27 14 59
Florida State 3 10 7 0 20
Date January 1, 2015
Season 2014
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Offense: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota[1]
Defense: Oregon LB Tony Washington.[2]
Favorite Oregon by 8[3]
Referee Matt Austin (SEC)[4]
Halftime show Bands from participants
Attendance 91,322[4]
Payout US$23.9 million per team[5]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Announcers ESPN:
Chris Fowler (play-by-play)
Kirk Herbstreit (analyst)
Heather Cox (sideline reporter)
Tom Rinaldi (sideline reporter)
ESPN Radio:
Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Todd McShay
Nielsen ratings 14.8 (28.2 million viewers)

The 2015 Rose Bowl (officially known as the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual[6]) was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2015, at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. This 101st Rose Bowl Game, as a semifinal for the College Football Playoff (CFP), matched the Oregon Ducks against the Florida State Seminoles as selected by the system's selection committee to compete for a spot at the National Championship game to be played on January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.[7] It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season.

The game was televised on Northwestern Mutual financial services organization sponsored the game.

On the match day, the 126th edition of the annual Rose Parade took place at 8 am Pacific Time with a theme of Inspiring Stories.[8]

Oregon won the game, beating Florida State, the last undefeated team of the season, by the score of 59–20 and advanced to the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game, assuring that no team will finish the season with a perfect record.

Pre-game activities

After the teams' arrival in Southern California, the teams participated in the traditional Lawry's Beef Bowl in Beverly Hills and the Disney Media Day at Disney California Adventure in nearby Anaheim. The teams were also treated to The LA Improv in Hollywood. The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame ceremony luncheon was held prior to the game at the Pasadena Convention Center. Knute Rockne, Notre Dame; Dick Vermeil, UCLA; and Ki-Jana Carter, Penn State headlined the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2014.[9]

Pre-game activities were held at the Rose Bowl parking lots and at Brookside Golf Course.


The two participants were announced on December 7, 2014 (12:45 PM ET), based on the final rankings by the CFP committee. The Oregon Ducks will play the Florida State Seminoles. The matchups for the Rose Bowl and the other semifinal, the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, were geographically selected to ensure the top team will be closest to its fanbase.[10][11] More than one team from the same conference may participate in the game, and avoiding rematches will not be a selection factor.[12]

Traditionally, the Rose Bowl pits the winners of the Big Ten Conference and Pacific-12 Conference; however, when the Rose Bowl is a CFP semifinal (every three years beginning with this game), any teams may be selected. Oregon was the Pacific-12 champion, but the Big Ten champion Ohio State played in (and won) the Sugar Bowl.

Florida State

Florida State wore its white jerseys and used the east bench on game day.


Oregon wore its green jerseys and used the west bench on game day.

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ORE FSU
1 9:06 10 48 4:43 FSU 28-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo 0 3
1 6:55 9 73 2:11 ORE Royce Freeman 1-yard touchdown run, 2-point pass good 8 3
2 10:12 19 88 4:45 ORE 28-yard field goal by Aidan Schneider 11 3
2 5:18 13 65 4:54 FSU 26-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo 11 6
2 2:18 10 75 3:00 ORE Thomas Tyner 1-yard touchdown run, Aidan Schneider kick good 18 6
2 0:36 6 71 1:35 FSU Karlos Williams 10-yard touchdown run, Roberto Aguayo kick good 18 13
3 11:54 5 69 1:32 ORE Royce Freeman 3-yard touchdown run, Aidan Schneider kick good 25 13
3 8:07 10 75 3:47 FSU Travis Rudolph 18-yard touchdown reception from Jameis Winston, Roberto Aguayo kick good 25 20
3 6:43 5 81 1:24 ORE Darren Carrington 56-yard touchdown reception from Marcus Mariota, Aidan Schneider kick good 32 20
3 4:21 2 43 0:21 ORE Darren Carrington 30-yard touchdown reception from Marcus Mariota, Aidan Schneider kick good 39 20
3 1:36 8 35 2:45 ORE Fumble recovery returned 58 yards for touchdown by Tony Washington, Aidan Schneider kick no good (blocked) 45 20
4 13:56 6 43 2:01 ORE Marcus Mariota 23-yard touchdown run, Aidan Schneider kick good 52 20
4 10:13 4 57 2:23 ORE Thomas Tyner 21-yard touchdown run, Aidan Schneider kick good 59 20
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 59 20

Source: [4]


Statistics[4] ORE FSU
First downs 30 28
Plays–yards 81–639 87–528
Rushes–yards 45–301 39–180
Passing yards 338 348
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 26–36–1 29–48–1
Turnovers 1 5
Time of possession 27:17 32:43


Oregon broke the record for the most points (59) scored in a Rose Bowl, surpassing the previous record of 49 (set in 1902, then tied in 1948 and 2008). Oregon's 41 points in the second half were also the most ever scored in one half of a Rose Bowl. Oregon set the Rose Bowl record for total offensive yards (639).

Game notes

  • The Grand Marshal and the Queen and Royal Court of the Tournament of Roses did not participate in the game because it was a College Football Playoff game. Marching bands from both schools participated in the morning Rose Parade during the semifinal game hosting years. Two floats sponsored by Northwestern Mutual were built to honor the Rose Bowl and the NCAA "Inspiring Potential".
  • On May 14, 2014, Northwestern Mutual signed an agreement to be the presenting sponsor of the game from 2015 through 2020.
  • Tickets cost $225 per seat, while end zone seats cost $150. The total ticket allotment for both teams is approximately 25,000.
  • The game featured both the 2013 and 2014 Heisman Trophy winners; for 2013: FSU quarterback Jameis Winston and for 2014: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. This was only the third such meeting.
  • Oregon's victory ended FSU's school-record winning streak at 29 games dating back to late in the 2012 season.
  • This was the first meeting between these two teams.

Related events

  • June 28, 2014 – Northwestern Mutual Youth Clinic
  • December 7, 2014 – Selection Sunday[13]
  • December 27, 28, 29, 2014 – Float Decorating & Viewing Event for Rose Parade 2015[14]
  • December 28, 29, 2014 – Lawry's Beef Bowl
  • December 29, 2014 – Equestfest powered by Wells Fargo
  • December 29, 30, 2014 – Bandfest powered by REMO
  • December 30, 2014 – The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, noon at the Pasadena Convention Center
  • December 31, 2014 – Kickoff Luncheon in Rose Bowl Area
  • January 1, 2015 – Rose Bowl Game Public Tailgate Parties
  • January 1, 2015 – Rose Bowl 2015 VIP Hospitality Event[15]


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  4. ^ a b c d Stats, StatBroadcast®
  5. ^ Media Guide, Tournament of Roses Association, December 2013
  6. ^ Paul Myerberg, Northwestern Mutual to sponsor Rose Bowl, USA Today, May 14, 2014
  7. ^ "College Football Playoff" Will Be Name of New Event, College Football Playoff, April 23, 2013
  8. ^ Rose Parade 2015 - 126th Rose Parade presented by HONDA
  9. ^ Knute Rockne, Dick Vermeil and Ki-Jana Carter to be Inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, Tournament of Roses Association, August 26, 2014
  10. ^ Kelley, Kevin (August 14, 2014). "College Football Playoff Protocol Released", Retrieved August 17, 2014. "The team ranked No. 1 by the selection committee will play team No. 4 in the semifinals. Team No. 2 will meet team No. 3.... When assigning teams to sites, the committee will place the top two seeds at the most advantageous sites, weighing criteria such as convenience of travel for its fans, home-crowd advantage or disadvantage and general familiarity with the host city and its stadium. Preference will go to the No. 1 seed."
  11. ^
  12. ^ College Football Playoff Selection Committee Fact Sheet, College Football Playoff, October 15, 2013
  13. ^ All Events, Tournament of Roses Association, July 25, 2013
  14. ^ Float Decorating & Viewing Event : 2015 Rose Parade
  15. ^ Rose Bowl 2015 VIP Hospitality Event
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