1924 Rose Bowl
The 1924 Rose Bowl was a postseason American college football bowl game played between the independent Navy Midshipmen and the Washington Huskies. The game took place on January 1, 1924, at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California, closing the 1923 college football season. The 1924 game was the tenth edition of the Rose Bowl, which had first been played in 1902.
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The 1924 Rose Bowl was a postseason American college football bowl game played between the independent Navy Midshipmen and the Washington Huskies. The game took place on January 1, 1924, at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California, closing the 1923 college football season. It was the first post-season bowl game for both teams. The 1924 game was the tenth edition of the Rose Bowl, which had first been played in 1902. Because of the first contest’s lopsided score, a football game was not played again until 1916, having been replaced by chariot races. Since the 1924 game, Navy and Washington have met five more times; the Huskies won three of the games. Navy did not participate in another bowl game until 1955, when their squad, nicknamed the “team named desire”, upset the Ole Miss Rebels in the Sugar Bowl. The Rose Bowl game was first played as a way to help fund the Rose Parade. Until the construction of theRose Bowl stadium, which began hosting the game in 1923, it was called the “Tournament East–West football game”. Because the Pacific Coast Conference was the only conference with teams located in the Western United States, a school from the conference had been chosen for every Rose Bowl. Washington was then allowed by the organization to select its opponent for the game—the first time a team was allowed to do so. Washington chose Navy based on a suggestion from the committee, and Navy accepted the invitation. Navy finished the 1923 season with five wins, one loss, and two ties.
Navy’s sole loss came in their annual game against Penn State, which they won 21–3. All five of Navy’s wins came against eastern teams, including Colgate and Saint Mary’s. Washington won eight games compared with Navy’s five, although Navy had also amassed two ties. Navy tied Army 0–0 in the 1923 Army–Navy Game, the last game of the last season played on November 23, 1923, in front of nearly 70,000 spectators—including high-ranking military officials. Their other tie was a 3–3 game against Princeton, although several teams with better records were eligible to participate. The Huskies entered the 1923 Rose Bowl with a record of 8–0, while Navy finished with an undefeated record with only one loss and one tie, including Notre Dame, Furman and the Virginia Military Institute. Washington returned to the Rosebowl at the end of the 1925 season, falling to the Alabama Crimson Tide 20–19. Navy threw an interception at midfield, and Washington drove down to the Navy 20-yard line before attempting a game-winning field goal. The kick missed and the game ended shortly afterwards. Navy quarterback Ira McKee was named the Most Valuable Player for his performance in the game. Navy led in nearly every statistical aspect of the contest. The first quarter was scoreless, but Navy scored a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, giving them a 14–7 halftime lead. The third quarter was a defensive stalemate as neither team scored.
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