Ten Things You Didn’t Know About The Rose Bowl

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About The Rose Bowl

It’s the Grand Daddy of Them All – Everyone knows the Rose Bowl!
But, here are ten thing you may not know about the oldest college football bowl game.

  • 1. The 1922 Rose Bowl between California and Washington & Jefferson ended in a 0-0 tie.
  • 2. Five of the first seven Rose Bowls had the losing teams score no points (shutouts)
  • 3. The 1942 Rose Bowl was won by Oregon State University. The game was played at Duke University’s field in Durham, North Carolina. The game had been moved across the country due to the banning of gatherings of large crowds on the west coast following the Pearl Harbor attack.
  • 4. There is only one member of the Pac 10 or Big 10 that has never appeared in a Rose Bowl; The University of Arizona.
  • 5. The Rose Bowl was originally called the ‘Tournament East-West Football Game’ in 1902.
  • 6. Between 1968 and 1980, a span of 13 seasons, the University of Southern California won the Rose Bowl seven times.
  • 7. The University of California (1949, 1950, 1951) and the University of Michigan (1977, 1978, 1979) are the only teams to have lost three consecutive Rose Bowls.
  • 8. Longtime Chicago Bears Head Coach and Owner George Halas was the MVP of the 1919 Rose Bowl.
  • 9. On the “Live At The Fillmore East” recording from New Year’s Day 1970, Jimi Hendrix precedes his song ‘The Power of Soul’ by saying regarding the Rose Bowl, “Right now I would like to congratulate the Southern California Trojans. I’m very happy that they beat Michigan.”
  • 10. Stanford lost the first Rose Bowl in 1902 to Michigan by a score of 49-0. The score could’ve been much worse had Stanford not quit the game after the third quarter.


  1. Tex Noel says:

    Your “Ten Things You Didn’t Know About The Rose Bowl” was good and well-researched.

    No. 10, Stanford didn’t quit after the third quarter–why?

    College football in 1902 played games in halves; quarters began in 1912.

    Exec. Dir. IFRA

  2. Mark says:

    I stand corrected. Great find, we don’t hold ourselves to be perfect. Stanford forfeited in the second half. Thanks Tex!

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