1917 Rose Bowl

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1917 Tournament East-West football game
3rd Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Penn 0 0 0 0 0
Oregon 0 0 7 7 14
Date January 1, 1917
Season 1916
Stadium Tournament Park
Location Pasadena, California
MVP John Beckett (Oregon)
Attendance 27,000
Tournament East-West football game
 < 1916 1918

The 1917 Rose Bowl, known at the time as the Tournament East-West Football Game, was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1917. It was the 3rd Rose Bowl Game. The Oregon Webfoots defeated the Penn Quakers by a score of 14–0. It was Oregon's only Rose Bowl win prior to the 2012 Rose Bowl. Oregon team captain John Beckett was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game when the award was created in 1953 and selections were made retroactively.

Oregon and Washington were both unbeaten in the Pacific Coast Conference that year, having tied in their head-to-head meeting. Oregon was invited to participate in the Tournament of Roses game prior to their final game,[1] despite the fact that Washington had one more conference win than Oregon, having beaten California twice. On the basis of the extra victory, Washington is credited with having won the conference that year.[2]

Game summary[edit]

Oregon was led by the two Huntington brothers, Shy and Hollis.[3] Following a scoreless first half, the Webfoots scored on a 15-yard pass in the 3rd quarter from Shy Huntington to Lloyd Tegert. Oregon scored again in the 4th quarter on a 1-yard run from Shy to lead the Webfoots to a 14–0 upset win.[3] Shy Huntington also had three interceptions in the game. Oregon captain John Beckett was named MVP of the game.[4]


First quarter[edit]

No scoring.

Second quarter[edit]

No scoring.

Third quarter[edit]

  • Oregon - R. L. Tegert 15-yard pass from Shy Huntington (S. Huntington kick)

Fourth quarter[edit]

  • Oregon - S. Huntington 1 run (S. Huntington kick)


Team Stats Oregon Pennsylvania
First Downs 8 13
Net Yards Rushing 198 111
Net Yards Passing 32 131
Total Yards 230 242
PC–PA–Int. 2–9–2 12–27–5
Punts-Avg. 16-35.7 10-41.8

Game notes[edit]

Attendance was swelled to 25,000 when the Pasadena Tournament of Roses put up temporary grandstand seating.


  1. ^ "Oregon plays Penn on New Year's Day". The Deseret News. November 20, 1916. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2011 Pac-12 Football Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. p. 86. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Rose Bowl 1917". RoseBowlHistory.org. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  4. ^ "1917 Rose Bowl". GoDucks.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Danzig, Allison (1956), The History of American Football: Its Great Teams, Players, and Coaches. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
  • Hibner, John Charles (1993). The Rose Bowl, 1902–1929: A Game-by-Game History of Football's Foremost Event, from its Advent through its Golden Era. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers. ISBN 0-89950-775-1 pp. 22–30.
  • Lyons, Robert S. (2010). On Any Given Sunday, A Life of Bert Bell. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 978-1-59213-731-2
  • MacCambridge, Michael (2009), ESPN College Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Game. New York: ESPN Books, Inc. ISBN 1-4013-3703-1
  • Schmidt, Raymond (2007), Shaping college football : the transformation of an American sport, 1919-1930. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-0886-8
  • Smith, Myron J. Jr. (1994), The College Football Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-29026-1* Weyand, Alexander M. (1957), The Saga of American Football. New York: The MacMillan Company.