1916 Rose Bowl

1916 Rose Bowl

Name=Tournament of Roses football game
Date=January 1, 1916
Visitor School=Brown University
Visitor Name Short=Brown
Visitor Nickname=Bruins
Visitor Record=5-3-1
Visitor Coach=Ed Robinson
Visitor Total=0
Home School=Washington State University
Home Name Short=Washington State
Home Nickname=Cougars
Home Record=6-0
Home Coach=William
"Lone Star" Dietz

Home Total=14
Stadium=Tournament Park
City=Pasadena, California
Attendance=10,000 (estimated) [ [http://wsucougars.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/1916-rose-bowl.html Washington State Cougars in the 1916 Rose Bowl] - Washington State athletic department]
MVP=Carl Dietz, Washington State
US Network=
US Announcers=
Originally titled the "Tournament of Roses football game," the second of what is now known as the Rose Bowl game was played on January 1, 1916. The Rose Bowl game has been played annually since this game.

The first game, the 1902 Tournament East-West football game, was so lopsided that for the next 15 years, the Tournament of Roses officials ran chariot races, ostrich races, and other various events instead of football.Bowl Games: College Football's Greatest Tradition, by Robert Ours, 2004, pgs. 3-4] But, on New Year's Day 1916, football returned to stay as Washington State University defeated Brown University in this First annual Tournament of Roses football game.

Tournament Park

Before the Rose Bowl stadium was built for the 1923 Rose Bowl Game, games were played in Pasadena's Tournament Park, approximately three miles southeast of the current stadium. It is best known for being the site of the first Rose Bowl Game in 1902, and the second to eighth Rose Bowl Games from 1916 to 1922 before the Rose Bowl opened in 1923. Its capacity at the time was 43,000 people.

How They Got There

The Washington State Cougars had an undefeated season. They won 28-3 over Oregon, 29-0 at Oregon State, 41-0 at Idaho, 27-7 over Montana, 17-0 over Whitman and 48-0 at Gonzaga.

The 1915 Bruins lost 7-0 to Amherst, 6-0 to Syracuse, and 16-7 loss Harvard. They had a scoreless tie with Trinity. Brown outscored its opponents 167-32 that year, defeating URI, 38-0, Williams, 33-0, Vermont, 46-0, Yale, 3-0 and Carlisle, 39-3. The Bruins were chosen as the Eastern representatives after posting a 5-3-1 mark.

The Tournament of Roses committee were responsible for selecting and inviting the teams. The Bruin victories over Yale and Carlisle were deciding factors for inviting Brown to participate.

Game summary

Fritz Pollard became the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl game. He was limited to 47 yards in 13 carries during the game.


3rd quarter

WSU - Ralph Boone 3 run (Arthur Durham kick)

4th quarter

WSU - Carl Dietz 4 run (Durham kick)


Coach William "Lone Star" Dietz and his Cougar squad served as extras in the football film "Tom Brown of Harvard" each morning and then practiced for the bowl game in the afternoon.

The Tournament of Roses organization continues to have a college football game to this day as part of the New Year's Day celebrations.

The Western and Northern universities permitted minority players, a situation that would eventually lead to the Pacific Coast Conference - Big Nine conference agreement for the 1947 Rose Bowl. Most Southern universities were still segregated until the 1960s. None of the Southeastern Conference schools had an African American athlete until 1966. The Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Sugar Bowl would not be integrated until 1948, 1955, and 1956 respectively. [football, gridiron. (2008). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved January 28, 2008, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: [http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-234274 www.britannica.com/eb/article-234274] . Football in the United States - The racial transformation of American football. Encyclopædia Britannica]

Carl Dietz, the Washington State fullback, was named the Most Valuable Player of the game when the award was created in 1953 and selections were made retroactively. [http://www.bowlprograms.com/rosebowl/?pg=182 2008 Rose Bowl Program] , 2008 Rose Bowl. Accessed January 26, 2008.]

The Official 2007 NCAA Division I football records book lists the attendance at 7,000. [Official 2007 NCAA Division I football records book - PDF copy available at NCAA.org]

External links

* [http://www.rosebowlhistory.org/rose-bowl-1916.php Summary at Rosebowlhistory.org]
* [http://www.tournamentofroses.com/rosebowlgame/ Rose Bowl Game official site]
* [http://www.facilitiesmanagement.caltech.edu/tournament_park.html Tournament Park] — California Institute of Technology, Facilities Management Department
* [http://wsucougars.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/1916-rose-bowl.html Washington State Cougars in the 1916 Rose Bowl]


ee also

*Rose Bowl Game


*Maxwell Stiles - "The Rose Bowl: A Complete Action and Pictorial Exposition of Rose Bowl Football", Sportsmaster Publications (1946), ASIN: B0007FBNU4
*Brown University Football Media guide (PDF copy available at brownbears.cstv.com)

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