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100 Years of Champions

Great Rose Bowl Moments: Chariot races upstage football

Sep 5, 2013
After Stanford suffered a lopsided 49-0 loss in the inaugural Rose Bowl in 1902, the Tournament of Roses opted for Roman-style chariot races to replace the football festivities. It wasn't until 1916 when the action returned to the gridiron. Washington State shut down Brown's Fritz Pollard in a 14-0 win that enabled the Rose Bowl game to become an annual New Year's Day tradition.