1956 Rose Bowl: Same opponent, same result
After being awarded a share of the National Championship in the 1954 season, the 1955 campaign ended with Red Sanders leading the team back to the Rose Bowl against Michigan State. Again, Sanders could not get the Bruins over the top and they fell to 0-4 in their first four bowl appearances in program history. Michigan State took this one by a score of 17-14.
Spartans running back Walter Kowalczyk was named MVP of the game and this time UCLA finished at No. 4 in the nation. This was Sanders’ final bowl appearance, though he did coach the Bruins to records of 7-3 and 8-2 in his final two years following this loss.
UCLA came into this season ranked at No. 1 in the AP Poll, but finished the year fourth.