This is the game that started it all, turning the Washington football program around, and launching both the careers of Warren Moon and Don James. The game comes complete on dvd-r with a case complete with the halftime and after game interviews. It has been edited of all the commercials and the quality is good.
1978 - Washington 27 Michigan 20
Yes, this is the era of West success in the Rose Bowl as another new name comes forth to direct the dominance over the Big Ten, Don James of Washington. James' Washington Huskies (only a 7-4 season record) drub Bo Schembechler's 10-1 Michigan 27-20 with the passing arm and running of Warren Moon and the receiving of Spider Gaines plus the toe of Steve Robbins who has two field goals and three conversions. This is a game of long yardage catches with a Moon to Gaines 64 yarder and a Rick Leach to Curt Stephenson 76 yarder for Michigan. Interceptions by Michael Jackson and Nesby Glasgow shut off Michigan's late attempts to rally.
Michigan failed to get out of the gate quick enough and even a 20-point second half could not rescue the Wolverines. A low center snap resulted in a 13-yard loss on a fourth down punt and gave Washington field position early. Ten plays later, quarterback Warren Moon scored from the two yards out. A field goal and Moon's second TD put the Huskies up 17-0 at half-time.
Moon's 28-yard scoring pass to Spider Gaines after Washington had stopped Michigan on the Huskey three-yard line appeared to put the game away in the third quarter, but Wolverine quarterback Rick Leach launched one of the finest aerial assaults in the history of this classic contest. First, he fired a Rose Bowl record TD pass of 76-yard TD pass to Curt Stephenson. Washington countered with a 18-yard field goal, but Leach completed four straight passes, and Russell Davis scored from the two. Later in the fourth quarter, Leach fired first down passes of 11 and 12 yards to Ralph Clayton, then connected with Stanley Edwards, filling in for the injured Harlan Huckleby, for 32 yards and a TD.
Leach led another dramatic drive to the Washington eight-yard line, but a diving interception by linebacker Michael Jackson stopped Michigan and preserved the 27-20 Washington win. A great game and a piece of history.