The 1973 Rose Bowl - January 1, 1973. It was the 59th Rose Bowl Game. The USC Trojans defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 42-17. USC running back Sam "Bam"Cunningham scored four touchdowns and was named the Rose Bowl Player Of The Game. The Trojans were voted unanimously the number one team in college football, the first time in college football history. The attendance of 106,869 set the Rose Bowl Stadium record, as well as the NCAA bowl game record. Feel free to ask questions.