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1938 Rose Bowl
24th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of California 0 7 6 0 13
University of Alabama 0 0 0 0 0
Date January 1, 1938
Season 1937
Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Vic Bottari (HB) - California
Attendance 89,650
Rose Bowl
 < 1937  1939

The 1938 Rose Bowl was played on January 1, 1938, and was the 24th Rose Bowl. The game featured the California Golden Bears against the Alabama Crimson Tide, two of the top teams from the 1937 college football season. This game was the fifth trip to Pasadena for the Tide, which won all four previous Rose Bowl games.

Game summary

The game was a Vic Bottari and Sam Chapman show, who scored all the points. It was Alabama's first loss in the Rose Bowl, which prompted former Los Angeles Examiner reporter Maxwell Stiles to write: “The Crimson Tide was at its ebb, Alabama at last had lost a Rose Bowl Game.”


Second Quarter

  • Cal – Vic Bottari, 4-yard run (Sam Chapman kick good)

Third Quarter

  • Cal – Vic Bottari, 5-yard run (Sam Chapman kick failed)


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