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In <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000129" title="Northwestern Wildcats" href="/topic/sports/college-sports/northwestern-wildcats-ORSPT000129.topic">Northwestern</a> University's only college football bowl game victory ever, the Wildcats pulled a stunner, beating California 20-14 in front of approximately 92,000 in Pasadena on Jan. 1, 1949. NU had finished second in the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000112" title="Big Ten" href="/topic/sports/college-sports/big-ten-ORSPT000112.topic">Big Ten</a> behind <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000125" title="Michigan Wolverines" href="/topic/sports/college-sports/michigan-wolverines-ORSPT000125.topic">Michigan</a>, but according to the no-repeat rule (which has since been rescinded), the Wolverines were not eligible to play in the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVSPR00003556" title="Rose Bowl Game" href="/topic/sports/football/rose-bowl-game-EVSPR00003556.topic">Rose Bowl</a>.<br>
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Down 14-13 late in the fourth quarter, Northwestern marched 88 yards and scored on a trick play when halfback Ed Tunnicliff took a direct snap from center and ran 43 yards to score.<br>
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"Tunnicliff's run was almost a perfect play," Bob Voigts, NU’s coach, told the Tribune at the time.
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( Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune / July 13, 2011 )

In Northwestern University's only college football bowl game victory ever, the Wildcats pulled a stunner, beating California 20-14 in front of approximately 92,000 in Pasadena on Jan. 1, 1949. NU had finished second in the Big Ten behind Michigan, but according to the no-repeat rule (which has since been rescinded), the Wolverines were not eligible to play in the Rose Bowl.

Down 14-13 late in the fourth quarter, Northwestern marched 88 yards and scored on a trick play when halfback Ed Tunnicliff took a direct snap from center and ran 43 yards to score.

"Tunnicliff's run was almost a perfect play," Bob Voigts, NU’s coach, told the Tribune at the time.

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