In 1916 the Tournament of Roses committee with new leadership decided to host the very first national championship football game to celebrate its annual parade and to gain national attention. The new book Chance for Glory relives those glory days as the committee struggles for recognition after trying everything from Chariot Racing to Ostrich Racing.
Taking the field that day would be Brown University, would be Frederick "Fritz" Pollard, among the first African-American running backs to play large college football. Coaching Washington State College would be William "Lonestar" Dietz - who would be among the coaches that would change the game of college football proving that innovation and speed could overcome the mighty and the powerful.
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See each of the players and watch the game overview.
Actual footage of the first half.
The teams would head into the locker rooms with the score ties at 0 - 0.
The Washington State team with their innovative offense would dominate the second half winning the game 14-0
The team would get a chance to see many of the local sites in California, including a visit to an ostrich farm and special race car event staged in their honor.