Rose Bowl Bound: Oregon Ducks in the 2020 Rose Bowl

Rose Bowl Victory
The Ducks’ 28-27 victory over the University of Wisconsin Badgers capped off a week of Rose Bowl events that were about more than just competition. The UO showcased research collaborations, academic programs, community service, alumni contributions and the rosy student experience.

Prospective students, their families, and UO leadership mingle during the admissions event.

Robert Guldberg speaks with a prospective student

A prospective student reading admissions materials

University of Oregon and University of Wisconsin volunteers work at the Food Bank

Kevin Reed working with a representative of the University of Wisconsin sealing food boxes for distribution


The University of Oregon’s eighth appearance in the Rose Bowl is one for the history books. The student-athletes earned a nail-biting victory over the University of Wisconsin Badgers. The UO was also represented by more than the football team. A flock of fans, alumni, students, faculty, fundraisers, and admissions experts took part in a host of Rose Bowl activities that shined a spotlight on UO academics and what it means to be a Duck.

Rose Bowl Win

Mario Cristobal, Justin Herbert, and Rob Mullins on the stage with the Rose Bowl trophy during the trophy presentation

Final Score: Oregon 28, Wisconsin 27
Date: January 1, 2020

Rose Bowl Game Recap

The UO’s rich history with the granddaddy of them all and strong connection to Southern California made the Rose Bowl a special opportunity to connect with alumni and students alike at admissions events, service projects and pregame celebrations.

The UO is a top out-of-state choice for California students, and more than 10 percent of the student body hails from the southern half of the state. The region is also home to more than 10,000 alumni, making it the largest network outside of Oregon.

And, while the Ducks and Badgers competed on the field, the two universities have more in common than just success on the gridiron. Both schools are the public flagship universities of their respective states and world-class research universities.

UO and UW faculty collaborate on life-changing science, support programs to boost students in STEM fields, and will team up to serve the community while in Pasadena.

The University of Oregon’s trip to Rose Bowl was something special. You can relive all the moments right here.

Rose Bowl Bolsters UO in California


Oregon Marching Band walking in the Rose Parade

Oregon Marching Band, the Oregon Cheerleaders, and the Oregon float in the Rose Parade

The Oregon float in the Rose Parade

Oregon Marching Band walking in the Rose Parade

Oregon flag corp marching in the Rose Parade


Fans having fun at the Rose Bowl Bash downtown party at the BLOC

Fan taking a photo with the Rose Bowl trophy

Duck fans having fun at the UO Alumni tailgate with the mountains in the background

Michael Schill talking with Nick Reed, who is wearing his flight suit, at the UO Alumni tailgate

B-2 bomber flying over Rose Bowl stadium



Oregon cheerleaders getting the crowd excited

Girls cheering during the game

Rose Bowl sign on the outside of the stadium

Oregon lining up against Wisconsin on the line of scrimmage about to run a play

Fans enjoying the game


No. 1
Oregon is the top out-of-state choice for students from California
Rose Bowl Appearances (1917, 1920, 1958, 1995, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2020)
southern California is home to the largest network of Oregon alumni outside of Oregon

Jordon Scott with roses in his mouth after the game

Oregon players and cheerleaders celebrate after the game

Rose Bowl sign on the outside of the stadium at night

Mario Cristobal and Brady Breeze with the Rose Bowl Trophy

Justin Herbert hanging his head in emotion after the game

Relive the Excitement!

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Did You Know?

Wisconsin might be the largest producer of cheese in the United States, but Oregon is home to the World's Best Cheese. Rogue Creamery's Rogue River Blue cheese was just named the best in the world at the 2019 World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy.

Excellence on the Field and in the Classroom

Justin Herbert with the William V. Campbell Trophy

Justin Herbert, who sports a 4.01 GPA in general science, was awarded the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy—known as the “Academic Heisman”—as the best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

Calvin Throckmorton making a block in the Pac-12 Championship Game

Calvin Throckmorton was named to the 2019 Academic All-American second team, graduating with a 3.82 GPA in human physiology while working toward a career as an orthopedic surgeon

Kayvon Thibodeaux sacking Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley in the Pac-12 Championship Game

For the nation’s No. 1 recruit in 2019, Allen Hall—home to the School of Journalism and Communication—was just as important as Autzen Stadium

Sean Killpatrick walking out of Chapman Hall

Becoming the first football player to ever graduate from the Clark Honors College, Killpatrick tackles the field and finance


Excellence in Research

Researcher in a lab
Rose Bowl Matchup Highlights Collaborations

The University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin have more in common than just success on the gridiron. A pair of recent research collaborations highlight the scholarship of faculty members from both institutions – with a nautical twist.

Hidden Connections

A Tale of Two Universities

University of Oregon logo

University of Oregon

Location: Eugene, Oregon
Year Founded: 1876
Enrollment: 22,615
Mascot: The Duck
Member of the American Association of Universities (AAU)
Carnegie Classification: Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
Population of Eugene: 168,916
Population of Oregon: 4,190,713

University of Wisconsin at Madison logo

University of Wisconsin

Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Year Founded: 1848
Enrollment: 44,411
Mascot: Buckingham U. "Bucky" Badger
Member of the American Association of Universities (AAU)
Carnegie Classification: Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
Population of Madison: 255,214
Population of Wisconsin: 5,813,568

of Oregon's student body hails from the southern half of California
of Oregon Football players are from southern California
of the Oregon Marching Band are from Southern California

Ducks in Hollywood

The silver screen and your TV screen alike are filled with Ducks, from Sam Elliott, former UO hurdler and star of The Ranch and A Star is Born, to Daniel Wu, BARC ’97 (architecture), star of Into the Badlands, Warcraft, and Tomb Raider.

Some of the Ducks who are making waves in Hollywood

Ty Burrell with fans at a Ducks event
Actor and comedian: Modern Family, Muppets Most Wanted, Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Stephen Cannell sitting next to a typewriter
Executive producer and writer: The Rockford Files, the Greatest American Hero, the A-Team, 21 Jump Street
A young Larry Ferguson as “Turk” in William Inge’s Come Back, Little Sheba, performed at the UO’s Robinson Theatre.
Screenwriter: Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Beverly Hills Cop
Scene from Steve Jobs from overhead
Art director: Inception, Thor, Passengers, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avatar 2 and 3 (upcoming)
James Ivory holding his Oscar
Producer, director, writer: Call Me by Your Name, Howard’s End, the Remains of the Day
Two stormtroopers and Boba Fett
Visual effects: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Jurassic Park, Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Captain America: the Winter Soldier, Game of Thrones
Alexi Pappas in a scene from Tracktown movie
Director, writer, actor: Tracktown, Tall as the Baobab Tree
Spencer Paysinger with a football
Consultant and inspiration for All-American
Heidi Schreck during a performance of Constitution
Writer, producer, and playwright: Billions, Nurse Jackie, What the Constitution Means to Me
Eric Stillwell in a Star Trek costume with a Tribble
Writer: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager
Joe Dipasquale, Jeff Whitty, and Melissa McCarthy sitting around a table after the 2019 Bafta Awards
Actor and writer: Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Shortbus, Lisa Picard is Famous


The Webfoots put the West Coast on the Map

Back in 1917, when the Ducks played in the third-ever Rose Bowl, things were a lot different. For starters, they weren’t the Ducks. And it wasn’t the Rose Bowl.

But thanks to the team that stunned Penn in 1917, the Webfoots’ performance finally brought national attention to the football played on the West Coast.

Making History

Historical photos courtesy of UO Libraries


Did You Know?

Prior to the composition of “Mighty Oregon” by Oregon Marching Band director Albert Perfect and journalism student DeWitt Gilbert in 1916, the Oregon Marching Band had “borrowed” “On Wisconsin” as UO’s fight song. And without “Mighty Oregon,” how would we have ever learned to Throw the O?

Supwitchugirl performs during a pep rally prior to the 2011 BCS National Championship Game

We Still Love Our Ducks

Ten years ago this fall, the Ducks were poised to take on Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, behind first-year coach Chip Kelly, Jeremiah Masoli, LaMichael James, and LeGarrette Blount. 

Back when student-produced viral videos could still surprise, then UO seniors Michael Bishop BA ’10 (magazine); Jamie Slade, BA ’10 (advertising); and Brian McAndrew, BS’10 (electronic media production), collectively known as Supwitchugirl, professed their love for Oregon football in a music video—“I Love My Ducks (I Smell Roses).”

The trio initially took heat from the university for unauthorized use of The Duck mascot.

“We put it on YouTube just for fun,” McAndrew said. “Honestly, things didn’t take off until the university asked us to take it down.”

UO officials and the group quickly made nice, leading to a live performance at the Rose Bowl pep rally at Santa Monica Pier.

The next year, the group premiered “I Love My Ducks (Return of the Quack)” on The Dan Patrick Show. The sequel featured Duck legend Joey Harrington, and later that year the group performed live for an estimated crowd of 30,000 at a Phoenix-area pep rally before the national title game against Auburn.

Millions of YouTube views later, McAndrew oversees multimedia and video work for a health food company. Slade is a senior producer for a major advertising agency. And Bishop is a Portland-based freelance copywriter, who works for major brands.

Now, the Twittersphere is alive and well in 2019 with @supwitchugirl hinting at an unlikely come back, perhaps involving rapper Big Boi, who’s son Cross Patton is a freshman running back for the Ducks.

Stay tuned.