1901 Stanford football
Rose Bowl vs. Michigan, L 0–49
1901 record3–2–2
Head coachCharles Fickert
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The 1901 Stanford football team represented Stanford University in the 1901 college football season. The team was coached by Charles Fickert, the first former Stanford player to serve as head football coach at his alma mater.[1] The team played its home games at Stanford, California.[2][3]

Stanford was invited to represent the West in the Tournament East-West football game to be held in Tournament Park in Pasadena, California on New Year's Day, 1902, facing East representative Michigan, a team which had yet to yield a point all season. Stanford had no better luck, losing 49–0 in what would eventually to be known as the Rose Bowl.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 7 Olympic Club Stanford, CA W 6–0  
October 5 vs. Reliance Club 16th and Folsom Street Grounds • San Francisco, CA T 0–0  
October 12 vs. Olympic Club 16th and Folsom Street Grounds • San Francisco, CA T 6–6  
October 26 Reliance Club Stanford, CA W 10–0  
November 2 Nevada Stanford, CA W 12–0  
November 9 vs. California 16th and Folsom Street Grounds • San Francisco, CA (11th Big Game) L 0–2  
January 1 vs. Michigan Tournament ParkPasadena, CA (Tournament East-West Football Game) L 0–49  

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Michigan (Tournament East-West Football Game)Edit

After the conclusion of the 1901 football season, Stanford was invited to play against Michigan in a game to be held on New Year's Day, 1902 in Tournament Park in Pasadena, California. The game was dubbed the Tournament East-West Football Game and was held as part of the Tournament of Roses event to encourage tourism to the mild climate of Southern California at a time of year when most of the nation was experiencing cold winter weather.[4]

In the game, Stanford was no match for Michigan, which had outscored its opponents 501–0 during the regular season. Led by fullback Neil Snow, who ran for five touchdowns, the Wolverines led 49–0 with eight minutes remaining before the teams agreed to end the game early.[3] The outcome of the game soured the Tournament of Roses committee on football, and it was not until 1916 that football was again included as part of the festivities.[4] The game is considered the first-ever postseason bowl game in college football.[4]


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