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by Ivan Maisel

Paul W. Bryant Museum/University of Alabama


Pasadena, Calif. | Jan. 1, 1926

After three schools declined, the Rose Bowl reluctantly chose Alabama to play Washington in the 1926 Rose Bowl. Pasadena feared a southern team would be "mixing a lemon with a rose." The Tide spotted the Huskies a 12-0 halftime lead, then scored three third-quarter touchdowns and won 20-19. Consider the go-ahead touchdown, Pooley Hubert's 61-yard pass to Johnny Mack Brown, the first play of the rise of southern football.