Two years ago, when UW broke an eight-year bowl drought, I wrote a story reviewing the school’s history in bowl games.
Included was a rating of the bowl games (which was based in part on the interviews with some around the program, as well).
With another bowl game on tap Saturday, I thought I’d re-print the ratings, adding the two games that have taken place since. And as always, feel free to agree or disagree in the comments section. And for the record, UW considers the 1938 Pineapple as an official bow, so the school lists UW’s bowl record at 16-15-1:
Rank Date Bowl Site Score Comment
1 Jan. 1, 1992 Rose Pasadena, Calif. UW 34, Michigan 14 Maybe not the most exciting game, but stands at top as conclusion to best season in school history.
2 Jan. 1, 1985 Orange Miami UW 28, Oklahoma 17 UW comeback elevated Huskies to a No. 2 finish in final poll, though many fans still feel Huskies were No. 1.
3 Jan. 1, 1960 Rose Pasadena, Calif. UW 44, Wisconsin 8 Jim Owens’ first Rose Bowl marked revival of West Coast football as UW beat Badgers with shocking ease.
4 Jan. 2, 1961 Rose Pasadena, Calif. UW 17, Minnesota 7 Win gave UW what it regards as its first national title and back-to-back Rose Bowl titles.
5 Jan. 2, 1978 Rose Pasadena, Calif. UW 27, Michigan 20 Don James’ first bowl win against heavily favored Wolverines signaled the beginning of an era.
6 Jan. 1, 1926 Rose Pasadena, Calif. Alabama 20, UW 19 Regarded for years as one of the most exciting Rose Bowls.
7 Dec. 22, 1979 Sun El Paso, Texas UW 14, Texas 7 Win over No. 11 Longhorns in their home state gave Huskies further validity in James’ fifth season.
8 Jan. 1, 1991 Rose Pasadena, Calif. UW 46, Iowa 34 Dominating win helped set stage for national title the following season.
9 Jan. 1, 2001 Rose Pasadena, Calif. UW 34, Purdue 24 Marques Tuiasosopo’s shining moment, beating a Drew Brees Purdue team, marks UW’s last appearance in Rose.
10 Jan. 1, 1982 Rose Pasadena, Calif. UW 28, Iowa 0 One of UW’s most dominating bowl performances as the Hawkeyes didn’t get past UW’s 29-yard-line. 11 Dec. 30, 2010 Holiday San Diego UW 19, Nebraska 7 UW entered the game a 17-point underdog but use its defense to pull off one of its biggest bowl upsets.
12 Dec. 25, 1982 Aloha Honolulu UW 21, Maryland 20 Tim Cowan threw for 350 yards as UW pulled out win after Rose hopes had been dashed by WSU.
13 Dec. 30, 1989 Freedom Anaheim, Calif. UW 34, Florida 7 Rout of Emmitt Smith-led Gators foreshadowed dominating early ’90s runs.
14 Jan. 1, 1924 Rose Pasadena, Calif. UW 14, Navy 14 Navy dominated statistically but Huskies managed tie in their first Rose Bowl appearance.
15 Jan. 1, 1964 Rose Pasadena, Calif. Illinois 17, UW 7 Dick Butkus-led Illini defense held the Huskies to 180 yards in the last Rose Bowl appearance for Owens.
16 Dec. 25, 1997 Aloha Honolulu UW 51, Mich. St. 23 Big bowl win over Nick Saban-coached MSU squad put a nice finish on disappointing season.
17 Dec. 29, 2011 Alamo San Antonio Baylor 67, UW 56 Ultimately a disappointing loss that led to firings on the defensive staff. But hard to beat the entertainment value, and Keith Price’s performance was one for the ages.
18 Dec. 28, 2001 Holiday San Diego Texas, 47, UW 43 Back-and-forth game considered one of the classics in bowl that has hosted many.
19 Dec. 30, 1985 Freedom Anaheim, Calif. UW 20, Colorado 17 Chris Chandler led UW in rushing and passing as Huskies squeaked out a win over Buffs.
20 Dec. 19, 1987 Independence Shreveport, La. UW 24, Tulane 12 Well, it was a win, though sloppy and in a year UW was just 7-4-1.
21 Jan. 1, 1993 Rose Pasadena, Calif. Michigan 38, UW 31 Wolverines rushed for 308 yards in James’ last game as coach.
22 Jan. 1, 1981 Rose Pasadena, Calif. Michigan 23, UW 6 Tough day for Huskies in Bo Schembechler’s first Rose Bowl win.
23 Jan. 1, 1937 Rose Pasadena, Calif. Pittsburgh 21, UW 0 Pitt outgained UW 254-57 on the ground, dominating from the start.
24 Jan. 1, 1944 Rose Pasadena, Calif. USC 29, UW 0 World War II meant the PCC North and South titlists played each other in Rose Bowl, the Trojans winning in a rout.
25 Dec. 29, 1999 Holiday San Diego Kansas St. 24, UW 20 No. 7 K-State heavily favored, but Huskies led in fourth quarter before fading.
26 Dec. 26, 1983 Aloha Honolulu Penn State 13, UW 10 Huskies fell just short in their second straight visit to the islands.
27 Dec. 30, 1996 Holiday San Diego Colorado 33, UW 21 Corey Dillon’s 140 yards not enough to overcome Rick Neuheisel’s Colorado squad.
28 Dec. 25, 1986 Sun El Paso, Texas Alabama 28, UW 6 Desultory loss cited by many as moment James changed recruiting philosophy to go for speed.
29 Dec. 31, 2002 Sun El Paso, Texas Purdue 34, UW 24 UW took 17-0 lead before falling apart in Neuheisel’s final game as Huskies coach.
30 Dec. 29, 1995 Sun El Paso, Texas Iowa 38, UW 18 Sensing a trend? Sun Bowl has not been kind to Huskies. Underdog Hawkeyes dominated from the start.
31 Dec. 25, 1998 Oahu Honolulu Air Force 45, UW 25 Huskies surprisingly outclassed from the start in what turned out to be Jim Lambright’s last game as UW coach.
* Jan. 1, 1938 Pineapple Honolulu UW 53, Hawaii 13 Not officially a bowl game but called such to get teams to go to Hawaii to play.