1962 Rose Bowl: Minnesota avenges loss to Washington
The Minnesota Golden Gophers were the 1960 National Champions and they clinched that despite a Rose Bowl loss to Washington on New Year’s Day 1961. A year later, UCLA was their opponent and the Golden Gophers got that elusive Rose Bowl victory.
Minnesota beat UCLA 21-3 and its quarterback, Sandy Stephens, was named MVP, another blowout loss for the Bruins in the biggest game of the season. That made it five losses in UCLA’s first five Rose Bowl appearances and four losses for the 1961 season. Bill Barnes was now the UCLA head coach and his team finished at 7-4 and was unranked nationally after climbing as high as No. 9 in the poll during the season.