The Rose Bowl started with the Tournament of the Roses, a grand celebration of life, and the New Year.
As the Tournament became more popular and crowds grew, Tournament President William L. Leishman announced in 1920 that a venue similar to the Yale Bowl would be constructed in the Arroyo Seco area of Pasadena. The stadium was named “The Rose Bowl” on New Year's Day 1923 before USC defeated Penn State 14–3.
In the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl, Stanford returned to Pasadena 112 years later and faced Michigan State. No.4 Michigan won a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford. Find out more at Huffington Post.