Michigan vs. Stanford – First Rose Bowl Game – 1902
December 28, 2006
The above photo is one of many great shots in the Rose Bowl Game timeline on the official Rose Bowl site. It’s from the first ever Rose Bowl Game in 1902. As the account makes clear, it was a very good day for the gang from Michigan:
1902 – Michigan 49 Stanford 0
Michigan (10-0) defeats Stanford (3-1-2) at wooden Tournament Park, 49-0. Fielding (Hurry Up) Yost’s point-a-minute Wolverines outscore 11 foes 550-0 for the season. Michigan fullback Neil Snow scores five touchdowns in this first Tournament of Roses Game and halfback Willie Heston carries 18 times for 170 yards. Guard W.K. Roosevelt, second cousin of Theodore Roosevelt, plays for Stanford despite a bone fracture in his leg.
You can get a lot more Rose Bowl / Wolverines history from Absolute Michigan and learn more about Fielding Yost in Wikipedia and at the UM Bentley Historical Library.