April 10, 1993
Roy Riegels can rest in peace. History now has Chris Webber to kick around. LLOYD PEYTON Los Angeles
January 1, 1999 |
Many football fans still believe that Roy Riegels of the University of California ran the wrong way and scored a touchdown for the opponent, Georgia Tech, thereby giving the Ramblin' Wreck an 8-7 victory in the 1929 Rose Bowl game. The fact and legend connected with the play have become so intertwined through the decades that only an "instant replay" of rare black-and-white film, slowed down to frame-by-frame stop motion, can determine exactly what happened.
August 9, 1991 |
Nearly 63 years have gone by since Roy Riegels scooped up a Georgia Tech fumble, spun around and ran 65 yards toward his own goal line, but that run by the California center who became known as Wrong Way Riegels remains the single most famous--or infamous--play in Rose Bowl history. Riegels, now 83 and afflicted with Parkinson's disease, was on hand Thursday when he and nine other college football personalities were inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.
May 4, 1989 |
Funeral services were held Wednesday for John (Stumpy) Thomason, 83, whose fumble in the 1929 Rose Bowl game led to the "Wrong Way Riegels" play in Georgia Tech's 8-7 victory. Thomason, a retired automobile dealer and a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, played halfback at Georgia Tech in 1927-1929. It was in the second quarter of the Rose Bowl that California center Roy Riegels scooped Thomason's fumble and went 66 yards in the wrong direction before he realized his mistake, turned around and was tackled by Georgia Tech at his 1-yard line.
October 31, 1991 |
Calvary Chapel linebacker Jake Guild's run to glory last Saturday was 80 yards away . . . but the wrong way. With the Eagles holding a 13-0 second-quarter lead on a rainy night at Orange Coast College, Guild first tipped a La Verne Lutheran pass, then spun around to catch the loose ball at the La Verne Lutheran 20. Then, slightly disoriented and seeing only open field between him and an end zone, he bolted for it. "I was in disbelief," Calvary Chapel Coach Kris Van Hook said.
May 5, 1985 |
Some guys go into halls of fame with spikes flashing, fists flying, banners waving, crowds roaring. Others back in, tiptoe through, get dragged in. Quite a few get there, so to speak, by mistake. Roy Riegels ran the wrong way. Fred Merkle forgot to touch second base. Fred Snodgrass dropped a fly ball. Gene Tunney stayed down for a Long Count. Dempsey didn't go to a neutral corner. Sharkey fouled Schmeling. Two Americans, Rey Robinson and Eddie Hart missed their starting time in the Olympics.