1920 Tournament East-West football game
6th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
Harvard 0700 7
Oregon 0600 6
DateJanuary 1, 1920
StadiumTournament Park
LocationPasadena, California
MVPEddie Casey (Harvard)
Tournament East-West football game
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The 1920 Rose Bowl, known at the time as the Tournament East-West Football Game, was a college football bowl game in Pasadena, California, played on January 1, 1920. In the sixth Rose Bowl, the once-tied Harvard Crimson met the once-defeated Oregon Webfoots at Tournament Park;[1][2][3] Harvard won 7–6, with all of the scoring in the second quarter.[4][5][6]

Crimson halfback Edward Casey was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game when the award was created in 1953 and selections were made retroactively.[7] It was the first Rose Bowl game following World War I in which college football returned to the Tournament of Roses. The two previous Tournament games had featured teams from the United States armed forces.

This game established a pattern of inviting a team from the Eastern half of the United States to face one from the West Coast. Except for the 1944 game during World War II, this continued until the advent of the Bowl Championship Series game in January 2002.

Game summary

Following a field goal by future Oregon Sports Hall of Famer Bill Steers, Harvard scored on a 13-yard run by Fred Church on a drive that was keyed by two catches by future College Football Hall of Famer Eddie Casey. Arnold Horween added the extra point, which would prove critical as Oregon could only manage one more score, a field goal from 128-pound (58 kg) Skeet Manerud. Four other Oregon kicks were blocked or missed, including a fourth-quarter Manerud attempt that just missed.[4][5][6][8]


1 2 3 4 Total
Harvard 0 7 0 0 7
Oregon 0 6 0 0 6
Qtr. Team Scoring play Score
2 ORE Bill Steers 25 yard FG ORE 3–0
HARV Fred Church 13 yard rush, Arnold Horween kick HARV 7–3
ORE Skeet Manerud 30 yard FG HARV 7–6


The 1919 Harvard team was undefeated, with two close calls; the only blemish was a come-from-behind tie at Princeton on November 8.[10][11] Oregon finished with two losses; during the regular season, the Webfoots fell 7−0 to Washington State in Portland, also on November 8.[12][13]


  1. ^ "30,000 expected to see Harvard-Oregon battle at Pasadena". Chicago Sunday Tribune. December 28, 1919. p. 3, sec. 2.
  2. ^ "Harvard's Heavie St backfield to be pitted against Oregon in gridiron classic tomorrow". Eugene Daily Guard. (Oregon). December 31, 1920. p. 1.
  3. ^ "Harvard-Oregon game promises hot action". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). December 31, 1919. p. 11.
  4. ^ a b "Harvard defeats Oregon 7 to 6". Eugene Daily Guard. (Oregon). January 1, 1920. p. 1.
  5. ^ a b "Harvard's Crimson triumphs over Oregon by 7 to 6". Chicago Daily Tribune. January 2, 1920. p. 15.
  6. ^ a b "Harvard trims Oregon 7-6 in Pasadena battle". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). January 2, 1920. p. 1.
  7. ^ 2008 Rose Bowl Program Archived 2008-03-06 at the Wayback Machine, 2008 Rose Bowl. Accessed January 26, 2008.
  8. ^ "Rose Bowl Timeline". Archived from the original on May 22, 2008. Retrieved May 21, 2008.
  9. ^ MacCambridge, Michael (2005). ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. New York, N.Y.: ESPN Books. p. 1440. ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.
  10. ^ "Harvard comes from behind and ties Princeton". Chicago Sunday Tribune. November 9, 1919. p. 1, sec. 2.
  11. ^ "Harvard stages comeback and hold Princeton to tie". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). November 9, 1919. p. 1, sec. 2.
  12. ^ "W.S.C. eleven whallops Oregon by score of 7 to 0". Eugene Daily Guard. (Oregon). November 8, 1919. p. 1.
  13. ^ "State College downs Oregon; clinches title". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). November 9, 1919. p. 1, sec. 2.


  • Oregon Ducks football media guide
  • Harvard Crimson football media guide
  • Williams, Harry A. – FOOTBALL TITLE SETTLED TODAY. Harvard and Oregon Elevens are Both Primed for the Greatest Game of the Season; General Betting Gives Crimson Players Distinct Edge. Los Angeles Times, January 1, 1920
  • Hayden, Charles F. – GAME'S COLORFUL SETTING. Huge Crowd Turns Out for East vs. West Football Match—Military Touch. Los Angeles Times, January 2, 1920
  • Williams, Harry A. – HARVARD WINS BY A POINT. Oregon's Showing a Triumph for Coach Shy Huntington and His Helpers. Los Angeles Times, January 2, 1920
  • Lowry, Paul – CHURCH'S DASH BRINGS VICTORY Harvard's Crack Half Back Makes a Great Run; Oregon's Defeat Centered on this Desperate Rush; Northerner's Superior Condition was Apparent. Los Angeles Times, January 2, 1920 'Freddie Church, straddling through a mixed mass of players on a wide end run, snipped off the distance that meant victory for Harvard over Oregon yesterday. The score was 7 to 6. Church's dash was for only to yards, measured straight down the field, but before he had stretched his long limbs to a point directly behind the goal posts he had covered something like 70 yards.