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Tournament of Roses Archives

46. Silence Is Golden

Don Hutson grabs long TD after miscommunication

Jan. 1, 1935: Late in the first half of the 1935 Rose Bowl against Stanford, Alabama coach Frank Thomas, nursing a 16-7 lead, sent end Don Hutson onto the field to tell quarterback Joe Riley to run the ball. However, NCAA rules didn't allow players entering the game to speak until one play elapsed. Riley, seeing his All-American teammate, assumed Thomas wanted a long pass. The first of Hutson's two long scoring catches sealed Alabama's 29-13 victory.

-- Ivan Maisel