1926 Rose Bowl
12th Rose Bowl Game
1926 rosebowl alabama scoring.jpg
1234 Total
Alabama 00200 20
Washington 6607 19
DateJanuary 1, 1926
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPJohnny Mack Brown (Alabama)
RefereeWalter Eckersall
Rose Bowl
 < 1925  1927

The 1926 Rose Bowl Game was held on January 1, 1926, in Pasadena, California. The game is commonly referred to as "The Game That Changed The South."[1] The game featured the Alabama Crimson Tide, making their first bowl appearance, and the Washington Huskies.

The Crimson Tide was led by Johnny Mack Brown, and the Huskies by George "Wildcat" Wilson.[2]

Alabama were victorious 20–19, as they scored all 20 points in the third quarter. With the victory, the Crimson Tide were awarded with their first National Championship.

The game made its radio broadcast debut, with Charles Paddock, a sports writer and former Olympian track star, at the microphone.[3] Coach Wade was later inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1990.[4]

Johnny Mack Brown went on to a long career as a movie actor, mostly in westerns.[5]

Team selection

The Rose Bowl committee extended an invitation to Clark Shaughnessy's Tulane team,[6] but the school administration declined the offer because it felt the players were too small to compete with those of Washington.[7]

View of the crowd at the stadium, where 55,000 spectators attended the game


Coach Wallace and his players
Coach Wallace and his players

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter


  1. ^ "The Football Game That Changed the South". The University of Alabama. Archived from the original on November 12, 2009. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  2. ^ "The 1926 Rose Bowl: Alabama vs Washington". www.rollbamaroll.com. 21 December 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  3. ^ 2010 Historical Media Guide, Published by Pasadena Tournament of Roses, December 2009
  4. ^ 2009 Kickoff Luncheon and Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction program, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, December 2008
  5. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0113902/reference retrieved 12/1/16[user-generated source]
  6. ^ Tulane Grid Team To Play Washington New Year's Game; Clark Shaughnessy Goes to Western Conference Of Coaches to Arrange Details—Game to Be Staged at Pasadena, The Evening Independent, p. 30, December 4, 1925.
  7. ^ James W. Johnson, The Wow Boys: A Coach, a Team, and a Turning Point in College Football, p. 16, University of Nebraska Press, 2006, ISBN 0-8032-7632-X.