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PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — Late Ohio State coach Woody Hayes, former Wisconsin fullback Alan Ameche and former Iowa halfback Bob Jeter were announced Sunday as the finalists from the 1950s for the Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class.
Hayes coached Ohio State to eight Rose Bowl games, winning four of them. His four wins and eight appearances are both ties for second all-time.
In 1953, Ameche ran for 133 yards on 28 carries in Wisconsin’s 7-0 loss to USC in the Rose Bowl. Ameche was the 1954 Heisman Trophy winner and scored the winning touchdown for the Baltimore Colts in overtime in the 1958 NFL Championship Game, which has been dubbed “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”
In the 1959 Rose Bowl, Jeter ran for 194 yards on just nine carries in Iowa’s 38-12 win over California. His performance set records for rushing yards, yards per carry at 21.6, and the longest run, of 81 yards.
A committee of members of the Football Writers Association of America is selecting a set of players and coaches, representing each decade. The committee will announce their selections in Sunday throughout the remainder of college football’s regular season, in connection with the 100th Rose Bowl Game.
One representative from each decade will be selected for the All-Century Class, which is scheduled to be announced on Dec. 8, along with one player and one coach to be selected as the greatest in the history of college football’s oldest bowl game.
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