1921 Rose Bowl

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1921 Tournament East-West football game
7th Rose Bowl Game
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1 2 3 4 Total
California 7 14 0 7 28
Ohio State 0 0 0 0 0
Date January 1, 1921
Season 1920
Stadium Tournament Park
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Harold Muller (California)
Attendance 42,000
Tournament East-West football game
 < 1920 1922

The 1921 Rose Bowl, known at the time as the Tournament East-West Football Game, was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1921 at Tournament Park in Pasadena, California. It was the seventh Rose Bowl Game. The California Golden Bears defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes by a score of 28–0 in the second Big Ten Conference versus Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) meeting in a Rose Bowl, the first being the 1902 Rose Bowl, which featured Michigan and Stanford. California's victory stood as the only Rose Bowl win for a PCC team over a Big Ten team until the 1953 Rose Bowl.[1]

California finished the season undefeated after handing Ohio State its first loss of the season. The Bears, who outscored their opponents 510–14 for the season, remained undefeated from 1920 until 1924. End Harold Muller was named Player of the Game. He completed a 53-yard touchdown pass to Brodie Stephens after receiving a toss from Pesky Sprott. Sprott scored two touchdowns after carrying the ball 20 times for 90 yards. As of 2016, this remains the last time Cal defeated OSU.

Ohio State All-American Gaylord Stinchcomb rushed for 82 yards.


First Quarter[edit]

  • Cal – Sprott, 1-yard run (Toomey kick good)

Second Quarter[edit]

  • Cal – Stephens, 53-yard pass from Muller (Toomey kick good)
  • Cal – Sprott, 5-yard run (Toomey kick good)

Fourth Quarter[edit]

  • Cal – Deeds, 61-yard run (Toomey kick good)


  1. ^ 2009-10 Rose Bowl Media Guide, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, December 2009