Ohio State rallied late to stun Jake Plummer and second-ranked Arizona State 20-17 in a thrilling 1997 Rose Bowl. The Sun Devils entered the game 11-0 and with a win would have probably won at least a share of the national title, which Florida captured a few nights later with a win over Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. Buckeyes head coach John Cooper had led ASU to its only previous Rose Bowl appearance in 1987.

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