Seven years of fifth or worse finishes in the Big Ten were endured by a flailing Michigan football program. Until the 1964-65 season. Michigan put together eight wins and just one loss to get a conference title and a Rose Bowl berth. On January 1st, 1965 they took the field against Oregon State -- a surprise opponent after USC lost the vote to represent the Pac Eight -- and demolished the Beavers 34-7.
Rose Bowls are a cherished thing to Big Ten teams, especially Michigan. When they make it, it's special, win or lose. A 9-1 record can do a lot of things, and for Michigan it not only bought Bump Elliot more time but it gave a hint of the dominance to come.