Oregon 14, Pennsylvania 0

Jan. 1, 1917
Pasadena, Calif
Attendance: 27,000

Oregon All-American Shy Huntington turned in one of the more remarkable individual efforts in Rose Bowl history to lead the Ducks to victory over heavily favored Pennsylvania in the third-annual contest.

The win marked a significant turning point in the laurels of American football as it was finally conceded that western football had achieved parity with the East Coast powers.

The Quakers mustered the game’s first legitimate scoring threat midway into the second quarter. After recovering their own blocked kick, Penn utilized a series of power runs up the middle to move the ball to the three-yard line.

Instead of continuing that successful pattern, the Ivy League champions chose to test the ends which resulted in a 10-yard loss by Oregon’s Bricks Mitchell. The ensuing 29-yard field goal was not only unsuccessful, but provided the Ducks with the momentum needed to win the game.

Huntington’s first of three interceptions late in the third quarter set up the Ducks’ first score. The team moved from its own 30-yard line on a combination of passes to R.L. Tegert and Shy Huntington and Hollis Huntington and Orville Monteith runs. Shy capped the drive on the final play of the period with a 18-yard touchdown pass to Tegert.

Oregon’s clinching score in the fourth quarter was also keyed by a Huntington pass theft as Johnny Parsons broke loose for a 45-yard run on the next play from scrimmage to the one-yard line. Huntington sprinted to the corner of the end zone on the following play and added his second extra point to put the game out of reach.

The contest came to a fitting conclusion when Huntington thwarted Pennsylvania’s final 79-yard drive by picking off his third pass of the afternoon (he had a fourth interception nullified because of a penalty) and the Ducks then ran out the clock four plays later.

The elder Huntington was awarded back-of-the-game honors while team captain John Beckett was selected player of the game. In one of the few individual statistics available from the game,
Huntington rushed 17 times for 69 yards.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Coach

Oregon

0

0

7

7

14

Hugo Bezdek

Pennsylvania

0

0

0

0

0

Bob Folwell

SCORING
UO.....R.L. Tegert 15 pass from Shy Huntington (Huntington kick), 3rd
UO.....Huntington 1 run (Huntington kick), 4th

Team Statistics

UPenn

Oregon

First Downs

8

13

Rushing Yards

198

111

Passes

2-9-2

12-27-5

Passing Yards

32

131

Total Offense

230

242

Punting

16-35.7

10-41.8

Fumbles / Lost

1-1

1-1

Penalties

4-37

6-95