1916 Rose Bowl

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1916 Tournament East-West football game
2nd Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Brown 0 0 0 0 0
Washington State 0 0 7 7 14
Date January 1, 1916
Season 1915
Stadium Tournament Park
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Carl Dietz, Washington State
Favorite Brown by 2 to 1
Attendance 10,000 (estimated)[1]
Tournament East-West football game
 < 1902 1917

Originally titled the "Tournament East-West 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 13 years, the Tournament of Roses officials ran chariot races, ostrich races, and other various events instead of football.[2] 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[edit]

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.


Team captains Andrews of Brown University (L) and Clark of Washington State, together with referee Walter H. Eckersall of Chicago just before kickoff.

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

The 1915 Brown University Bruins lost 7–0 to Amherst, 6–0 to Syracuse, and 16–7 to Harvard. They had a scoreless tie with Trinity. Brown outscored its opponents 167–32 that year, beating Rhode Island 38–0, Williams 33–0, Vermont 46–0, Yale 3-0 and Carlisle 39–3. Brown was chosen as the Eastern representative with a 5–3–1 record.

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[edit]

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. Wallace Wade played on the line. The game was played in a cold quagmire of mud from several days of rain.[3]

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.[4] Later, Pollard was the first black named to the Walter Camp All-America team and became the first black NFL head coach.

The official 2007 NCAA Division I football records book lists the attendance at 7,000.[5] Washington State listed at 10,000 in its media guide.

The quarterback of the Washington State University team, Thomas Arthur Durham, eventually had a successful Naval career, rising to the rank of Commodore.


  1. ^ Washington State Cougars in the 1916 Rose Bowl Archived November 7, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. - Washington State athletic department
  2. ^ Bowl Games: College Football's Greatest Tradition, by Robert Ours, 2004, pgs. 3-4
  3. ^ football, gridiron. (2008). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved January 28, 2008, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: www.britannica.com/eb/article-234274. Football in the United States - The racial transformation of American football. Encyclopædia Britannica
  4. ^ 2008 Rose Bowl Program Archived 2008-03-06 at the Wayback Machine., 2008 Rose Bowl. Retrieved January 26, 2008.
  5. ^ Official 2007 NCAA Division I football records book - PDF copy available at NCAA.org


  • 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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