1936 Rose Bowl

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1936 Rose Bowl
22nd Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
Stanford 7000 7
SMU 0000 0
DateJanuary 1, 1936
StadiumRose Bowl Stadium
LocationPasadena, California
MVPKeith Topping (E) – Stanford
Monk Moscrip (E) – Stanford
Rose Bowl
 < 1935  1937

The 1936 Rose Bowl was the 22nd Rose Bowl game, an American post-season college football game that was played on New Year's Day 1936 in Pasadena, California. It featured the undefeated SMU Mustangs against the Stanford Indians, which had one loss. [1]


Stanford had been to six previous Rose Bowls in a span of 34 years (and they would go to four more in the next 36 years), but they had only managed to win once while losing four times and tying once.

SMU had a perfect record of 12–0 and was ranked at the top with a defense that shut out their opponents 8 out of 12 games. This was their second ever bowl game but their first marquee bowl game.

Game summary[edit]

Not wanting to lose for the third consecutive time in the Rose Bowl, Stanford strove to score first, which they did with Bill Paulman's touchdown run in the first quarter. The rest of the game was a defensive struggle (which is why two ends were named MVP), highlighted by Stanford's six interceptions and SMU's crucial fumble at Stanford's five yard line. In the end, there was 355 combined yards, but also 25 combined punts and only 15 first downs.


First Quarter[edit]

  • Stan – Bill Paulman, 1-yard run (Moscrip kick good)

Game notes[edit]

The game was the first sellout for the Rose Bowl Game with all 84,784 seats filled with a large portion of fans from Texas to watch their Mustangs play. According to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, there was a request for additional 200,000 tickets.


  1. ^ 2009 Kickoff Luncheon and Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction program