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1926 Stanford football team


1926 Stanford football team

Alabama, T 7–7
Conference Pacific Coast Conference
1926 record 10–0–1 (4–0 PCC)
Head coach Glenn "Pop" Warner
Home stadium Stanford Stadium

The 1926 Stanford football team represented Stanford University in the 1926 college football season. In Head Coach Pop Warner's third season, Stanford went undefeated in the regular season. Stanford would face the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 1927 Rose Bowl for the national championship, but the two teams would tie 7–7, resulting in both teams being recognized as national champions by various organizations. The 1927 Stanford-Alabama match was the final Rose Bowl to end in a tie.

The team played their home games at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California and competed in the Pacific Coast Conference.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 18, 1926 Fresno State* Stanford Stadium • Stanford, California W 44–0  
September 25, 1926 Caltech* Stanford Stadium • Stanford, California W 13–0  
October 2, 1926 Occidental* Stanford Stadium • Stanford, California W 19–0  
October 9, 1926 Olympic Club* Stanford Stadium • Stanford, California W 7–3  
October 16, 1926 Nevada* Stanford Stadium • Stanford, California W 33–9  
October 23, 1926 at Oregon Hayward FieldEugene, Oregon W 29–12  
October 30, 1926 at USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California W 13–12  
November 6, 1926 Santa Clara* Stanford Stadium • Stanford, California W 33–14  
November 13, 1926 Washington Stanford Stadium • Stanford, California W 29–10  
November 20, 1926 at California California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, California (32nd Big Game) W 41–6  
January 1, 1927 vs. Alabama* Rose BowlPasadena, California (Rose Bowl) T 7–7  
*Non-conference game.

Game summaries

Rose Bowl

1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 0 0 0 7 7
Stanford 7 0 0 0 7
Main article: 1927 Rose Bowl

The 1927 Rose Bowl was held on January 1, 1927 in Pasadena, California. Stanford (10-0, 4-0 PCC) faced off against the Southern Conference Champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0, 8-0 SoCon). The game would end in a 7–7, and was the last Rose Bowl game to end in a tie.

United Press called the 1927 Rose Bowl "the football championship of America", and the game was considered the most exciting in the series up to that time. The crowd of 68,000 set an attendance record. Stanford's George Bogue missed an 18-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter, then threw a touchdown pass to Ed Walker and kicked the point after to put Stanford up, 7-0. Stanford held that lead through most of the rest of the game, but in the final minutes, they were forced to punt on fourth down. Frankie Wilton's kick was blocked, and Alabama took over 14 yards from goal. Four plays later, and with a minute left, Jimmy Johnson carried the ball for a touchdown, making it 7-6. The two-point conversion, and overtime, were decades in the future. Stanford's only hope was to block the point after, but Alabama ran the play quickly and Herschel Caldwell's kick tied Stanford, and took away a Stanford victory in the final minute.[1]


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