1975 UCLA Bruins football team

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1975 UCLA Bruins football
Rose Bowl Champions
Pac-8 Champions
Rose Bowl, W, 23–10 vs. Ohio State
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #5
1975 record 9–2–1 (6–1–0 Pac-8)
Head coach Dick Vermeil (2nd year)
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
« 1974 1976 »
1975 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 UCLA § 6 1 0     9 2 1
#14 California § 6 1 0     8 3 0
Stanford 5 2 0     6 4 1
Washington 5 2 0     6 5 0
#17 USC 3 4 0     8 4 0
Oregon 2 5 0     3 8 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     1 10 0
Washington State 0 7 0     3 8 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1975 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. Coached by Dick Vermeil, the Bruins won their first conference championship in 10 years, and won the Rose Bowl over an undefeated and top-ranked Ohio State team.

Regular season[edit]

Coming off an injury plagued 1974 season that saw the Bruins go 6-3-2, UCLA began the season ranked #16. A season opening 37-21 win over Iowa State saw them move up to #12; this was followed by a 34-28 win over #10 Tennessee. But then they stumbled in a turnover plagued 20-20 tie at Air Force; Ohio State then handed UCLA its first loss of the season, 41–20, on October 4, 1975 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. After the game, Woody Hayes prophetically told his team that they would be facing UCLA again in the Rose Bowl. UCLA was the only opponent to score more than 14 points in a game all season against Ohio State, and they did it twice.

The Ohio State loss dropped he Bruins out of the top 20, but they returned to #13 after wins over Stanford, Washington State, and a key win over California. But another loss, this time to Washington 17-13, dropped them back out of the top 20 and resulted in a 5-way tie for 1st place in the Pac-8 between UCLA, California, Stanford, USC, and Washington. After a pair of wins over the Oregon schools, the Bruins went into their season ending game against rival USC needing a win to go to the Rose Bowl. A loss or tie would send California to Pasadena. Despite fumbling 11 times and losing 8, UCLA beat the Trojans 25-22. UCLA ended up tied with California for the Pac-8 championship, but advanced to the Rose Bowl on the strength of their 28–14 win over the Golden Bears.[1] The Bruins went into the Rose Bowl ranked #11. The 1975 USC-UCLA game was legendary coach John McKay's final game at the Coliseum.

It was the only Rose Bowl appearance for Dick Vermeil in only his second season coaching at UCLA. He would leave to coach the Philadelphia Eagles after the season.

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Time (PST) Opponent Result Bruins points Opponents Record
1 Sept. 13 8:05 PM Iowa State Win 37 21 1–0–0
2 Sept. 20 12:50 PM Tennessee Win 34 28 2–0–0
3 Sept. 27 2:30 PM @ Air Force Tie 20 20 2–0–1
4 Oct. 4 6:00 PM Ohio State Loss 20 41 2–1–1
5 Oct. 11 1:30 PM @ Stanford Win 31 21 3–1–1
6 Oct. 18 1:30 PM @ Washington State Win 37 23 4–1–1
7 Oct. 25 3:00 PM California Win 28 14 5–1–1
8 Nov. 1 1:30 PM Washington Loss 13 17 5–2–1
9 Nov. 8 1:30 PM @ Oregon Win 50 17 6–2–1
10 Nov. 15 1:30 PM Oregon State Win 31 9 7–2–1
11 Nov. 28 5:00 PM @ USC Win 25 22 8–2–1
12 Jan. 1 2:00 PM Ohio State (1976 Rose Bowl) Win 23 10 9–2–1

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Game Notes[edit]

Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UCLA 7 0 7 6 20
Ohio State 7 21 10 3 41

1st quarter scoring: UCLA – James Sarpy 13-yard pass from John Sciarra (Brett White kick); OSU – Greene 2-yard run (Klaban kick)

2nd quarter scoring: OSU – Johnson 3-yard run (Klaban kick); OSU – Johnson 2-yard run (Klaban kick); OSU – Greene 17-yard run (Klaban kick)

3rd quarter scoring: OSU – A. Griffin 17-yard run (Klaban kick); OSU – Klaban 34-yard field goal; UCLA – Eddie Ayers 2-yard run (White kick)

4th quarter scoring: UCLA – Ayers 1-yard run (kick failed); OSU – Klaban 42-yard field goal

Ohio State (Rose Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UCLA 0 0 16 7 23
Ohio State 3 0 0 7 10
See also: 1976 Rose Bowl

1st quarter scoring: Ohio State – Tom Klaban 42-yard field goal

2nd quarter scoring: No score

3rd quarter scoring: UCLA – Brett White 33-yard field goal; UCLA – Wally Henry 16-yard pass from John Sciarra (White kick failed); UCLA – Henry 67-yard pass from Sciarra (White kick)

4th quarter scoring: Ohio State – Pete Johnson 3-yard run (Klaban kick); UCLA – Wendell Tyler 54-yard run (White kick)

Players and coaches[edit]

34 returning lettermen from Coach Dick Vermeil's first team that was 6–3–2 in 1974.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • John Sciarra, QB, All-Conference, NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship, ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All America, National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholarship, NCAA Top Eight Award, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (2014)
  • Randy Cross, G, All-Conference, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (2010)
  • Fulton Kuykendall, LB, All-Conference
  • Head coach Dick Vermeil will be inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014.[4]

1975 team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were claimed in the 1975 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Fulton Kuykendall Linebacker 6 132 Atlanta Falcons
Eugene Clark Offensive Guard 9 222 Pittsburgh Steelers
Art Kuehn Center 15 384 Washington Redskins
Myke Horton Offensive Tackle 17 428 New England Patriots

The following players were claimed in the 1976 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Cliff Frazier Defensive Tackle 2 41 Kansas City Chiefs
Randy Cross Center 2 42 San Francisco 49ers
John Sciarra Defensive Back 4 103 Chicago Bears
Phil McKinnely Tackle 9 246 Atlanta Falcons
Norman Andersen Wide Receiver 11 299 Chicago Bears
Terry Tautolo Linebacker 13 353 Philadelphia Eagles
Brett White Punter 15 412 Philadelphia Eagles
Dale Curry Linebacker 15 430 Dallas Cowboys

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeff Prugh – UCLA DROPS BALL BUT HOLDS ROSES; USC Loses in McKay's Farewell. Los Angeles Times. November 29, 1975
  2. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=989&season=1975
  3. ^ UCLA 1975 Press Guide, Compiled by UCLA Athletic News Bureau, Vic Kelley, Manager
  4. ^ Knute Rockne, Dick Vermeil and Ki-Jana Carter to be Inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, Tournament of Roses Association, August 26, 2014
  5. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1976.htm

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