First championship rose bowl 1916 Game

The Innovation and Triumph of the 1916 Washington State Rose Bowl Team

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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Meet the Champions

See each of the players and watch the game overview.

1916 Rose Bowl First Half

Actual footage of the first half. 

The teams would head into the locker rooms with the score ties at 0 - 0.

1916 Rose Bowl SEcond Half

The Washington State team with their innovative offense would dominate the second half winning the game 14-0

Seeing the Sites

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.