1921 San Diego East-West Christmas Classic

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1921 San Diego East-West Christmas Classic
1234 Total
Centre 126713 38
Arizona 0000 0
Date December 26, 1921
Season 1921
Stadium Balboa Stadium
Location San Diego, California
San Diego East-West Christmas Classic

The 1921 San Diego East-West Christmas Classic was a college football postseason bowl game between the Centre Praying Colonels and the Arizona Wildcats. The Colonels beat the Wildcats 38-0 in the first ever Christmas Classic.


Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Centre was undefeated going into this game. Their upset over Harvard is considered one of the greatest upsets in college history. Arizona was in their first bowl game, led by Harold "Nosey" McClellan and his 124 points during the scoring.[1]

Game summary[edit]

Red Roberts scored the first touchdown five minutes into the match. Bo McMillin went over the right tackle for another score. Centre led 18-0 at the half as Arizona was held to no first downs in two quarters of play. Arizona made an attempt to drive towards a score, but Centre intercepted an Arizona pass to keep the game scoreless. Centre's potent attack and relentless defense stifled the Wildcats. Herb Covington scored on a punt return and a sweep to seal the victory.[2]


Centre would play in the 1922 Dixie Classic a week later, but lose in the game that started the 12th man tradition. This was Centre's final bowl win. Arizona would have to wait until 1949 to make another bowl game and 1986 to win one.


  1. ^ "Arizona Sports History - The University of Arizona Official Athletic Site". Arizonawildcats.com. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Centre Overwhelms Arizona on Muddy Field, 38 to 0". Arizona Daily Star. December 27, 1921. p. 9. Retrieved June 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read