If you like David vs. Goliath, then you likely loved every minute of this game.
Though Northwestern came into the game ranked in the top five, they had the definite feel of an underdog going against the USC Trojans, one of the nation's premier college football programs.
That year, Northwestern put themselves on the map with a win at Notre Dame to start the season. They eventually beat other top dogs like Michigan and Penn State, and went to their first Rose Bowl since 1949.
What's even more remarkable is that this season was Northwestern's first winning record since 1972.
Announcer Keith Jackson knew how rare it was for the Wildcats to be in this position.
Jackson's famous comment, "We've had all the romance, now let's find out if she can dance" summed up their season perfectly.
However, this would not be Northwestern's day.
Keyshawn "Just Gimme the Damn Ball" Johnson stole the show in Pasadena. He grabbed 12 balls and racked up 212 yards against the porous Wildcat secondary.
His 56-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter gave the Trojans a comfortable 12-point lead, but Northwestern would eventually crawl back to within one point.
This game started my love for the Rose Bowl.
Being from Chicago and seeing the Northwestern-mania growing with every day made this Rose Bowl truly special.
Goliath may have won this game, but David stole the hearts of many.