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1926 Rose Bowl
12th Rose Bowl Game
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Date January 1, 1926
Season 1925
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
Attendance 55,000
Rose Bowl
 < 1925  1927

The 1926 Rose Bowl Game was held on January 1, 1926 in Pasadena, California. The game is commonly referred to as "the game that changed the south."[1] The game featured the Alabama Crimson Tide, making their first bowl appearance, and the Washington Huskies.

Alabama were victorious 20–19, as they scored all twenty points in the third quarter. With the victory, the Crimson Tide were awarded with their first National Championship.

The game made its radio broadcast debut, with Charles Paddock, a sports writer and former Olympian track star, at the microphone.[2] Coach Wade was later inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1990.[3]

Team selection

The Rose Bowl committee extended an invitation to Clark Shaughnessy's Tulane team,[4] but the school administration declined the offer because it felt the players were too small to compete with those of Washington.[5]


First Quarter

  • Wash – Paton, 1-yard run (Guttormsen kick failed)

Second Quarter

  • Wash – Cole, 20-yard pass from Wilson (Guttormsen kick failed)

Third Quarter

  • Ala – Hubert, 1-yard run (Buckler kick good)
  • Ala – Brown, 59-yard pass from Gillis (Buckler kick good)
  • Ala – Brown, 30-yard pass from Hubert (Buckler kick failed)

Fourth Quarter

  • Wash – Guttormsen, 27-yard pass from Wilson (Cook kick good)


  1. "The Football Game That Changed the South". The University of Alabama. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  2. 2010 Historical Media Guide, Published by Pasadena Tournament of Roses, December 2009
  3. 2009 Kickoff Luncheon and Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction program, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, December 2008
  4. Tulane Grid Team To Play Washington New Year's Game; Clark Shaughnessy Goes to Western Conference Of Coaches to Arrange Details—Game to Be Staged at Pasadena, The Evening Independent, p. 30, December 4, 1925.
  5. James W. Johnson, The Wow Boys: A Coach, a Team, and a Turning Point in College Football, p. 16, University of Nebraska Press, 2006, ISBN 0-8032-7632-X.

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