UCLA Bruins football, 1980–89

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1980[edit]

1980 UCLA Bruins football
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #13
AP #14
1980 record 9–2–0 (5–2–0 Pac-10)
Head coach Terry Donahue
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »

The Bruins finished second in the Pacific-10. In the battle for the Victory Bell, the Bruins beat USC.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13 Colorado* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 56-14   37,250
September 20 at Purdue* Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 23-14   69,333
September 27 Wisconsin* #16 The Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 35-0   40,018
October 4 at #2 Ohio State* #11 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC W 17-0   88,084
October 11 #16 Stanford #5 The Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 35-21   64,175
October 25 at California #3 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 32-9   53,000
November 1 at Arizona #2 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ L 17-23   42,876
November 8 Oregon #8 The Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA L 14-20   40,907
November 15 at Arizona State #17 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ W 23-14   65,640
November 22 #12 USC #18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC W 20-17   83,491
November 30 vs. Oregon State #14 National StadiumTokyo, Japan (Mirage Bowl) KTLA W 34-3   80,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Freeman McNeil Running Back 1 3 New York Jets
Kenny Easley Defensive Back 1 4 Seattle Seahawks

[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Kenny Easley, S, All American, All-Conference Honor
  • Irv Eatman, DT, All-Conference Honor
  • Avon Riley, LB, All-Conference Honor
  • Tim Wrightman, TE, All-Conference Honor
  • Larry Lee, OG, All-Conference Honor
  • Freeman McNeil, TB, All American, All-Conference Honor

1981[edit]

1981 UCLA Bruins football
Bluebonnet Bowl, L, 14–33 vs Michigan
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
1981 record 7–4–1 (4–2–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Terry Donahue
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »

The Bruins finished fourth in the Pacific-10. In the battle for the Victory Bell, USC beat the Bruins.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 at Arizona #12 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ W 35-18   49,311
September 19 at #20 Wisconsin* #9 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 31-13   69,212
September 26 at Iowa* #6 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA KTLA L 7-20   60,004
October 3 Colorado* #16 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 27-7   40,347
October 10 at Stanford #17 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA L 23-26   70,103
October 17 at #18 Washington State Martin StadiumPullman, WA ABC T 17-17   40,000
October 24 California Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 34-6   41,637
October 31 at Oregon Autzen StadiumEugene, OR W 28-11   24,272
November 7 #16 Washington Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 31-0   41,818
November 14 #9 Arizona State #18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 34-24   47,361
November 21 at #10 USC #15 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC L 21-22   89,423
December 31 vs. #16 Michigan* #19 AstrodomeHouston, TX (Bluebonnet Bowl) L 14-33   50,107
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Luis Sharpe Tackle 1 16 St. Louis Cardinals
Tim Wrightman Tight End 3 62 Chicago Bears

[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

1982[edit]

1982 UCLA Bruins football
Pacific-10 champions
Rose Bowl champions
Rose Bowl, W, 24–14 vs Michigan
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #5
1982 record 10–1–1 (5–1–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Terry Donahue
Home stadium Rose Bowl
Seasons
« 1981 1983 »

The Bruins finished first in the Pacific-10. In the battle for the Victory Bell, the Bruins beat USC.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 11 Long Beach State* #18 Rose BowlPasadena, CA W 41-10   45,396
September 18 at Wisconsin* #14 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 51-26   77,947
September 25 at #20 Michigan* #12 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI CBS W 31-27   105,413
October 2 at Colorado* #9 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO W 34-6   38,702
October 9 Arizona #8 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA T 24-24   50,133
October 16 Washington State #12 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 42-17   41,732
October 23 at California #11 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 47-31   51,600
October 30 Oregon #11 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 40-12   40,808
November 6 at #10 Washington #9 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA CBS L 7-10   58,558
November 13 Stanforddagger #12 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 38-35   78,452
November 20 #15 USC #11 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC W 20-19   95,736
January 1 vs. #19 Michigan* #5 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC W 24-14   104,991
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Blanchard Montgomery Linebacker 3 59 San Francisco 49ers
Jo-Jo Townsell Wide Receiver 3 78 New York Jets

[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

1983[edit]

1983 UCLA Bruins football
Pacific-10 champions
Rose Bowl champions
Rose Bowl, W, 45–9 vs Illinois
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #17
AP #13
1983 record 7–4–1 (6–1–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Terry Donahue
Home stadium Rose Bowl
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »

The Bruins finished first in the Pacific-10. In the battle for the Victory Bell, the Bruins beat USC.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 at #15 Georgia* #20 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA ABC L 8-19   82,122
September 17 Arizona State Rose BowlPasadena, CA CBS T 26-26   47,093
September 24 at #1 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 10-42   76,510
October 1 BYU* Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA L 35-37   50,044
October 8 at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 39-21   55,804
October 15 at Washington State Martin StadiumPullman, WA W 24-14   30,000
October 22 California Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 20-16   58,062
October 29 #11 Washington Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA ABC W 27-24   60,094
November 5 at Oregon Autzen StadiumEugene, OR W 24-13   24,511
November 12 at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ CBS L 24-27   42,640
November 19 at USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) W 27-17   83,763
January 2 vs. #4 Illinois* Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC W 45-9   103,217
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Don Rogers Defensive Back 1 18 Cleveland Browns
Jay Schroeder Quarterback 3 83 Washington Redskins

[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

1984[edit]

1984 UCLA Bruins football
Fiesta Bowl champions
Fiesta Bowl, W, 39–37 vs Miami (FL)
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #10
1984 record 9–3 (5–2 Pac-10)
Head coach Terry Donahue
Home stadium Rose Bowl
Seasons
« 1983 1985 »

The Bruins finished fourth in the Pacific-10. In the battle for the Victory Bell, the Bruins beat USC.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 at San Diego State* #4 Jack Murphy StadiumSan Diego, CA W 18-15   49,220
September 15 Long Beach State* #7 Rose BowlPasadena, CA W 23-17   40,132
September 22 #1 Nebraska* #8 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA CBS L 3-42   71,355
September 29 at Colorado* #17 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO W 33-16   38,925
October 6 Stanford #17 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA Metro L 21-23   53,806
October 13 Washington State Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 27-24   40,122
October 20 at California California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA CBS W 17-14   55,200
October 27 at Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ CBS W 21-13   67,221
November 3 Oregondagger Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA Metro L 18-20   44,420
November 10 Oregon State Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 26-17   34,116
November 17 #7 USC Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) CBS W 29-10   90,096
January 1 vs. #13 Miami (FL)* #14 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) NBC W 39-37   60,310
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notes[edit]

Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UCLA 7 6 13 7 33
Colorado 0 6 3 7 16

[5]


Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Steve Bono Quarterback 6 142 Minnesota Vikings
Mike Young Wide Receiver 6 161 Los Angeles Rams
Ron Pitts Defensive Back 7 169 Buffalo Bills
Duval Love Guard 10 274 Los Angeles Rams

[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

1985[edit]

1985 UCLA Bruins football
Pacific-10 champions
Rose Bowl champions
Rose Bowl, W, 45–28 vs Iowa
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #7
AP #6
1985 record 9–2–1 (6–2 Pac-10)
Head coach Terry Donahue
Home stadium Rose Bowl
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »

The Bruins finished first in the Pacific-10. In the battle for the Victory Bell, USC beat the Bruins.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 at #8 BYU* #20 Cougar StadiumProvo, UT ESPN W 27-24   65,455
September 14 at Tennessee* #10 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN ABC T 26-26   94,370
September 21 San Diego State* #12 Rose BowlPasadena, CA W 34-16   54,625
September 28 at Washington #13 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA CBS L 14-21   60,801
October 5 Arizona State Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA CBS W 40-17   50,494
October 12 at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA CBS W 34-9   63,000
October 19 at Washington State #18 Martin StadiumPullman, WA KNBC W 31-30   32,302
October 26 California #17 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA TBS W 34-7   61,530
November 9 at Arizona #14 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ W 24-19   57,779
November 16 Oregon State #13 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 41-0   45,102
November 23 at USC #8 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) L 13-17   90,064
January 1 vs. #4 Iowa* #13 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC W 45-28   103,292
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Mike Sherrard Wide Receiver 1 18 Dallas Cowboys
John Lee Kicker 2 32 St. Louis Cardinals
Mark Walen Defensive Tackle 3 74 Dallas Cowboys
Tommy Taylor Linebacker 4 97 San Diego Chargers
Robert Jenkins Tackle 6 144 Los Angeles Rams
Steve Jarecki Linebacker 8 195 Los Angeles Rams

[7]

Awards and honors[edit]

1986[edit]

1986 UCLA Bruins football
Freedom Bowl champions
Freedom Bowl, W, 31–10 vs BYU
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #14
AP #14
1986 record 8–3–1 (5–2–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Terry Donahue
Home stadium Rose Bowl
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »

The Bruins finished second in the Pacific-10. In the battle for the Victory Bell, the Bruins beat USC.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 at #1 Oklahoma* #4 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK ABC L 3-38   75,684
September 20 at San Diego State* #19 Jack Murphy StadiumSan Diego, CA W 45-14   50,338
September 27 Long Beach State* #16 Rose BowlPasadena, CA Prime W 41-23   48,140
October 4 #16 Arizona State #15 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA CBS L 9-16   51,533
October 11 #11 Arizona Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA CBS W 32-25   51,279
October 18 at California #19 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 36-10   59,000
October 25 Washington State #17 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 54-16   46,189
November 1 at Oregon State #15 Civic StadiumPortland, OR W 49-0   23,703
November 8 Stanforddagger #12 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA CBS L 23-28   68,857
November 15 at #10 Washington #19 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA CBS T 17-17   59,916
November 22 #10 USC #18 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) Prime W 45-25   98,370
December 30 vs. BYU* #15 Anaheim StadiumAnaheim, CA (Freedom Bowl) Mizlou W 31-10   55,422
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

1987[edit]

1987 UCLA Bruins football
Pacific-10 co-champions
Aloha Bowl champions
Aloha Bowl, W, 20–16 vs. Florida
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #11
1987 record 10–2 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Terry Donahue
Home stadium Rose Bowl
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »

The Bruins finished first in the Pacific-10. In the battle for the Victory Bell, USC beat the Bruins.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 San Diego State* #3 Rose BowlPasadena, CA PPV W 47-14   54,287
September 12 at #2 Nebraska* #3 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ESPN L 33-42   76,313
September 19 Fresno State* #13 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 17-0   49,264
September 26 Arizona #13 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA ABC W 34-24   55,823
October 3 at Stanford #11 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA ABC W 49-0   57,500
October 17 #16 Oregon #9 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA PPV W 41-10   53,320
October 24 California #8 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 42-18   51,107
October 31 at Arizona State #7 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ ABC W 31-23   70,754
November 7 at Oregon State #7 Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR W 52-17   20,104
November 14 Washington #5 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA ABC W 47-14   70,332
November 21 at USC #5 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC L 13-17   92,516
December 25 vs. Florida* #10 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI (Aloha Bowl) ABC W 20-16   24,839
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Oregon[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon 0 7 3 0 10
UCLA 7 10 7 17 41

[8]


Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Gaston Green Running Back 1 14 Los Angeles Rams
Ken Norton, Jr. Linebacker 2 41 Dallas Cowboys
Flipper Anderson Wide Receiver 2 46 Los Angeles Rams
David Richards Guard 4 98 San Diego Chargers
Dennis Price Defensive Back 5 131 Los Angeles Raiders
James Washington Defensive Back 5 137 Los Angeles Rams
James Primus Running Back 9 222 Atlanta Falcons
Mel Farr Running Back 9 248 Denver Broncos
Paco Craig Wide Receiver 10 254 Detroit Lions
Ben Hummel Linebacker 12 317 Dallas Cowboys

[9]

Awards and honors[edit]

1988[edit]

1988 UCLA Bruins football
Cotton Bowl Classic Champions
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #6
1988 record 10–2–0 (6–2–0 Pac-10)
Head coach Terry Donahue
Home stadium Rose Bowl
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »

In the battle for the Victory Bell, USC beat the Bruins.

Team Players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were claimed in the 1989 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Troy Aikman Quarterback 1 1 Dallas Cowboys
Carnell Lake Defensive Back 2 34 Pittsburgh Steelers
Eric Ball Running Back 2 35 Cincinnati Bengals
Darryl Henley Defensive Back 2 53 Los Angeles Rams
Jim Wahler Defensive Tackle 4 94 Phoenix Cardinals
Marcus Turner Defensive Back 11 283 Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Smith Tackle 12 326 New York Giants

[10]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Troy Aikman, QB, Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award

1989[edit]

1989 UCLA Bruins football
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
1989 record 3–7–1 (2–5–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Terry Donahue
Home stadium Rose Bowl
Seasons
« 1988 1990 »

The Bruins finished ninth in the Pacific-10. In the battle for the Victory Bell, USC tied the Bruins. The eight consecutive bowl game win streak ended.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 9 Tennessee* #6 Rose BowlPasadena, CA Prime L 6-24   54,316
September 16 at San Diego State* #20 Jack Murphy StadiumSan Diego, CA W 28-25   31,639
September 23 #5 Michigan* #24 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA ABC L 23-24   71,797
September 30 California Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA W 24-6   50,183
October 7 Arizona State #25 Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA ESPN W 33-14   53,188
October 14 at Arizona #22 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ ABC L 7-42   51,562
October 21 at Oregon State Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR ABC L 17-18   21,510
October 28 Washington Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA ABC L 27-28   48,801
November 4 at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA L 14-17   45,000
November 11 Oregon Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA Prime L 20-38   46,433
November 18 at #8 USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC T 10-10   86,672
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]