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Glory Days > Rose Bowl Game, 1934

Newsreel footage of the Rose Bowl held in Pasadena, CA on January 1, 1934.  Newsreel by PathĂ© News, edited by W. French Githens, CC 1927.

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Rose Bowl Game: Columbia vs. Stanford, 1934

To this day the 1934 Rose Bowl is remembered for Columbia's 7-0 victory over Stanford, one of the greatest upsets in college football history. 

The Lions posted victory after victory in 1933, losing only to Princeton. In 1934, the Rose Bowl, inaugurated in 1916 and held annually on New Years' Day in Pasadena, California, was the only college bowl game. The Orange Bowl and the Sugar Bowl wouldn't begin until 1935, and the Cotton Bowl began in 1937. Shortly after the Lions closed the 1933 season with a 16-0 shutout of Syracuse, the Rose Bowl extended an invitation to Columbia. Many sportswriters and fans gave Columbia little chance of victory.

The play is known as KF-79. Cliff Montgomery faked a handoff to halfback Ed Brominski, who sprinted to the right with the Stanford defense in full pursuit. But the QB pulled the ball back and handed it off to his fullback, Al Barabas, who sped around the left end since all of his blockers were accompanying Brominski. Barabas went into the end zone untouched.

Columbia was the 7-0 victor, and the toast of the college football world. They returned home to New York to a parade led by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia from Penn Station up to Morningside Heights and a celebratory dinner held in the Columbia gymnasium. With the official formation of the Ivy League in 1956 prohibiting post-season football, Columbia is the last Ivy League school to win a football Bowl championship.

Rose Bowl Game Ticket

Ticket for the January 1, 1934 Rose Bowl game between Columbia and Stanford.

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Rose Bowl Football

Game ball from the January 1, 1934 Rose Bowl game against Stanford. Columbia beat Stanford by a score of 7-0.

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The Record Book of Columbia Football. Page 32

Wining play diagram from The Record Book of Columbia Football1934.

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Rose Bowl Victory Dinner Program. Inside

January 13, 1934 Rose Bowl celebratory dinner program with players’ signatures.

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