The Rose Bowl holds the distinction of being the oldest bowl contest in college football. It was first played in 1902 and then after a 13-year hiatus, became a perennial fixture in college football from 1916 on. This prestigious contest has a rich history. Here are some of the more interesting and exciting games.
1902- Michigan vs. Stanford
The game that would eventually be known as the Rose Bowl was called the Tournament East-West football game and the first one featured the 10-0 Michigan Wolverines against the 3- 2- 1 Stanford Cardinal. The unusual thing about this game is that it was never finished. The first quarter was scoreless and then in the second, Michigan put 17 points on the board. At the half, Stanford went into the locker room without having scored a point. In the third period, Michigan put 32 more points on the board. With eight minutes left on the game, Stanford Captain Ralph Fisher asked that the game be suspended, which it is was through agreement with Michigan captain Hugh White.
1922- Washington and Jefferson College vs. UC, Berkeley
This game, which was between Washington and Jefferson College and the University of California, Berkeley, is noted for many unique occurrences and firsts. It featured the smallest school to ever play in the Rose Bowl. The Washington and Jefferson College Presidents had an enrolment of 450 students. It was the first Rose Bowl in which an African-American quarterback, Charlie West, played and in which a freshman, Herb Kopf, participated. Both played for Washington and Jefferson College. It was the last Rose Bowl to be held in Tournament Park and it was the first tie game in this bowl's history. Finally, it is still the only Rose Bowl in which no points were scored, with the final being Washington and Jefferson College 0 and the University of California, Berkeley 0.
1925- Notre Dame vs. Stanford
This Rose Bowl saw the Knute Rockne coached Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (9- 0) take on the Glenn "Pop" Warner coached Stanford Cardinal (7-0-1). This was the time when the legendary Four Horsemen of Notre Dame were playing. In what was Notre Dame's first bowl game, the Irish beat Stanford 27- 10. Stanford took the lead in the first on a field goal. The Irish then scored 13 points in the second. By the start of the fourth, they were ahead 20- 10. In the game, the Irish took advantage of eight Cardinal fumbles. Notre Dame's Elmer Layden scored three touchdowns, two coming on pass interceptions of 78 and 70 yards. The next time the Irish would appear in a bowl would be the 1970 Cotton Bowl.
1963- USC vs. Wisconsin
In this Rose Bowl, the number one USC Trojans (10-0) met the number two Wisconsin Badgers (8-1). This was the first bowl game in which the number one and two teams in the nation met. This game featured one of the most amazing comebacks in bowl history. Partway through the fourth quarter, the Trojans were up 42- 14. It was at that point that Wisconsin quarterback Ron VanderKelen and company scored 23 unanswered points. Two of the scores came off of VanderKelen passes. But in the end, time ran out and Wisconsin lost 42- 37.
2005- Texas vs. Michigan
This Rose Bowl had the Big 12's Texas Longhorns (10-1) playing the Big Ten's Michigan Wolverines (9-2). It was the first game ever between the two teams and it was the first Rose Bowl in which a Pac-12 team did not participate. At halftime the game was tied at 14. The start of the second half saw Texas QB Vince Young run for a 60-yard touchdown. Michigan QB Chad Henne answered with a 50-yard touchdown pass to Steve Breaston. Michigan then scored 10 more points in the third to go ahead 31- 21. The final quarter saw Texas score on a 10-yard run by Young. Texas was within three, but then Wolverines kicker Garrett Rivas hit a 32-yard field goal. Down by six, Young made a 23-yard run for another score to go ahead by one. But Michigan kicker Rivas came through again with a 42-yard field goal. The Wolverines went ahead 37-35. Young drove the team 47 yards in 10 plays to get the Longhorns within field goal range. There was enough time for one more play. Placekicker Dusty Mangum, who had only been called upon to hit PATs in the game, was brought in to try a 37-yard field goal. His kick went up and wobbled through the uprights as time ran out. The final was Texas 38 and Michigan 37.