PASADENA, CA- Less than two minutes remained in the 105th Rose Bowl Game pesented by Northwestern Mutual, as No. 6 Ohio State led No. 9 Washington 28-17. After trailing 28-3 at the end of the third quarter, Washington scored 14 unanswered fourth quarter points and had the ball with a chance to pull within four. Senior tight end Hunter Bryant lept in the air, raised one hand and hauled in Jake Browning’s pass for a miraculous catch to put Washington in scoring position.
Four plays later senior running back Myles Gaskin scored from two yards out. With just 42 seconds left on the clock, however, the Huskies fourth quarter comeback effort fell short. Ohio State senior receiver Johnnie Dixon recovered Washington’s onside kick attempt to seal a 28-23 Rose Bowl victory for the Buckeyes, the first for head coach Urban Meyer in his last game.
“This has been a bucket list,” Meyer said. “We came so close, and I love all the other bowls, but being a Big Ten guy from Ohio and watching the Rose Bowl in the 70s with Archie Griffin playing, it’s everything everybody says it was.”
Meyer, the only coach to win national titles in two different conferences and the third-winningest coach in college football history, announced his retirement on Dec. 4.
“While we enjoyed tonight, I don’t believe I’m going to coach again,” Meyer said.