1954 UCLA Bruins football team

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1954 UCLA Bruins football
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National Champions (UPI)
Pacific Coast Conference Champions
Conference Pacific Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #2
1954 record 9–0 (6–0 PCC)
Head coach "Red" Sanders (6th year)
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
« 1953 1955 »
1954 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1/2 UCLA 6 0 0     9 0 0
#17 USC 6 1 0     8 4 0
Oregon 5 3 0     6 4 0
California 4 3 0     5 5 0
Washington State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Stanford 2 4 0     4 6 0
Idaho 1 2 0     4 5 0
Washington 1 6 0     2 8 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     1 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from Coaches' Poll/ AP Poll

The 1954 UCLA Bruins football team represented UCLA in the 1954 college football season. They played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California and were coached by "Red" Sanders. It was Sanders' sixth season as the UCLA head coach. The Bruins finished 9–0 overall, and were Pacific Coast Conference Champions with a 6–0 record.[1] The Bruins compiled 367 points against their opponents in nine games, and allowed only 40 points. The Bruins were not eligible to play in the Rose Bowl vs. Ohio State because of the "no repeat" rule in effect at the time. No team was allowed to participate in consecutive Rose Bowl games, and since UCLA had played in the 1954 Rose Bowl, they were excluded from the 1955 event. USC competed in the Rose Bowl instead, losing to Ohio State. Following the outcome, UCLA and Ohio State split the national championship since UCLA was ranked #1 by the UPI Coaches' Poll and Ohio State was ranked #1 by the AP Poll.

Previous season[edit]

The Bruins finished the 1953 regular season with a 9–1 overall record, and won the Pacific Coast Conference with a 6–1 record. Their only loss on the season came at Stanford, where they lost 20–21. UCLA participated in the 1954 Rose Bowl, losing to the #5 Michigan State Spartans 20–28.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 18 San Diego NTC* #8 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 67–0    
September 25 at Kansas* #8 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS W 32–7    
October 1 #6 Maryland* #4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 12–7   73,376
October 9 at Washington #2 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA W 21–20   35,678
October 16 Stanford #3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 72–0    
October 23 at Oregon State #3 Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR W 61–0    
October 30 at California #3 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 27–6    
November 6 Oregon #1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 41–0    
November 20 #7 USC #2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 34–0   102,548
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • First Team All Americans – Jack Ellena (T, cosensus selection), Jim Salsbury (G), Bob Davenport (F)[2]
  • All conference first team: Jack Ellena (T), Jim Salsbury (G), Bob Davenport (FB), Primo Villanueva (H), Bob Long (E), Sam Boghosian (G)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 UCLA Football Media Guide". UCLABruins.com. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ 1975 UCLA Media Guide, UCLA Athletic News Bureau, 1975