Harvard 7, Oregon 6

Jan. 1, 1920
Pasadena, Calif
Attendance: 35,000

Skeet Manerud’s fourth-quarter 25-yard drop kick was ruled no good, allowing unbeaten Harvard to hang on to a 7-6 victory in the sixth-annual Tournament of Roses classic.

Accounts of the game described the kick being so close that the scoreboard had already given Oregon credit for the successful attempt as Harvard players banged their helmets to the ground over the impending setback.

The Ducks, coached by the school’s 1917 Rose Bowl hero Shy Huntington, lived and died by the toes of Manerud and secondteam All-American Bill Steers as four other kicks either sailed wide of their mark or were blocked.

After both teams had first-quarter drop kicks blocked, Steers got Oregon on the scoreboard early in the second quarter on a threepointer from the 25-yard line. But the Crimson came roaring back behind quarterback Billie Murray, who first returned an Oregon punt 25 yards before completing a pair of passes to the Bowl’s player of the game, Eddie Casey, to set up a Fred Church’s 13-yard touchdown run.

A 15-yard Harvard penalty later in the second period played a major role in the Ducks’ second three-pointer, Manerud’s successful 30-yard kick completing the day’s scoring.

The Ducks’ third-quarter field goal attempt fell short before both teams had attempts blocked in the final 15 minutes. Oregon still possessed a golden opportunity to take the lead when it started its final drive on Harvard’s 18-yard line. The lack of a passing threat enabled Harvard to keep the offense out of the end zone en route to Oregon’s final ill-fated drop kick.

The Crimson, which accumulated only nine first downs all afternoon, was then able to run out the clock before the final gun. The team amassed 272 yards on the ground, Hollis Huntington rushing for 122 yards in his third Rose Bowl in four years (he played for Mare Island in the 1918 contest.)

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Coach

Harvard

0

7

0

0

7

Bob Fisher

Oregon

0

6

0

0

6

Shy Huntington

SCORING
UO.......Bill Steers 25 drop kick, 2nd
H........Fred Church 13 run (Arnold Horween kick), 2nd
UO.......Skeet Manerud 30 drop kick, 2nd


Individual Leaders

Rushing
H. Huntington (UO) 29-122, Steers (UO) 15-75.
A. Horween (H) 19-75,

Passing
Murray (H) 2-2-0-40, Felton (H) 3-2-0-19.

Receiving
Casey (H) 4-59.

 

Team Statistics

Harvard

Oregon

First Downs

9

16

Rushing Yards

146

272

Passes

4-6-0

0-2-0

Passing Yards

59

0

Total Offense

205

272

Punting

8-28.9

7-30.8

Fumbles / Lost

3-2

3-1

Penalties

4-34

5-59