COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dave Leggett, MVP in the 1955 Rose Bowl win over Southern California that clinched an Ohio State national championship, died Tuesday. He was 79.
Ohio State reported his son Scott said he died at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo., after a long illness.
Leggett helped coach Woody Hayes to his first national championship by passing for a TD, rushing for another, recovering a USC fumble and leading a 77-yard, fourth-quarter drive for the game-winning score.
Leggett also led a legendary 99-yard drive to help beat rival Michigan in the final regular-season game.
He was in the Air Force for two stints, played briefly in the NFL for the Chicago Cardinals and in the Canadian Football League before working in investments and financial planning.