1968 UCLA Bruins football team

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1968 UCLA Bruins football
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
1968 record 3–7 (2–4 Pac-8)
Head coach Tommy Prothro (4th season)
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
← 1967
1969 →
1968 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 USC $ 6 0 0     9 1 1
No. 15 Oregon State 5 1 0     7 3 0
Stanford 3 3 1     6 3 1
California 2 2 1     7 3 1
Oregon 2 4 0     4 6 0
UCLA 2 4 0     3 7 0
Washington State 1 3 1     3 6 1
Washington 1 5 1     3 5 2
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1968 UCLA Bruins football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Los Angeles during the 1968 college football season. In their fourth year under head coach Tommy Prothro, the Bruins compiled a 3–7 record (2–4 Pac-8) and finished in a tie for fifth place in the Pacific-8 Conference.[1]

UCLA's offensive leaders in 1968 were quarterback Jim Nader with 1,008 passing yards, running back Greg Jones with 497 rushing yards, and Ron Copeland with 372 receiving yards.[2]

In what was acknowledged to be a rebuilding year, the Bruins opened the 1968 season with a 63–7 defeat of Pittsburgh and a win over Washington State. The season ground to a halt at Syracuse and with the season-ending injury of quarterback Billy Bolden, and UCLA would win only one more game, over Stanford 20–17. The Bruins gave #1 USC and Heisman Trophy winner O. J. Simpson a scare in a 28–16 loss; UCLA trailed 21–16 late in the fourth quarter and had the ball inside USC's 10-yard line, but USC recovered a fumble and then used almost all of the remaining time in driving for their insurance touchdown.

Roster[edit]

1968 UCLA Bruins football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 85 Farmer, GeorgeGeorge Farmer
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 5 Pittsburgh* No. 16 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 63-7   43,218[3]
September 28 Washington State No. 8 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 31-21   41,759
October 5 at Syracuse* No. 9 Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY L 7-20   37,367[4]
October 12 No. 3 Penn State* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA L 6-21   35,778[5]
October 19 at California California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA (Rivalry) L 15-39   48,000[6]
October 26 Stanford Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA W 20-17   37,935[7]
November 2 at No. 5 Tennessee* Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN L 18-42   64,078[8]
November 9 at No. 15 Oregon State Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR L 21-45   41,361
November 16 at Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 0-6   52,500
November 23 No. 1 USC Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Victory Bell) L 16-28   75,066
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Pacific Time.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1968 UCLA Bruins Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1968 UCLA Bruins Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ "U.C.L.A. TROUNCES PITTSBURGH, 63-7". New York Times. 22 September 1968. 
  4. ^ McGowen, Deane (6 October 1968). "SYRACUSE UPSETS U.C.L.A. SQUAD, 20-7". New York Times. 
  5. ^ Becker, Bill (13 October 1968). "Penn state subdues U.C.L.A. by 21 to 6 for fourth straight". New York Times. 
  6. ^ Prugh, J. (20 October 1968). "Bruins wallow in misery as cal wins, 39-15". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ "U.C.L.A. SETS BACK STANFORD, 20-17". New York Times. 27 October 1968. 
  8. ^ Prugh, J. (3 November 1968). "Vols demolish bruins with air blitz, 42-18". Los Angeles Times. 
  9. ^ "2015 UCLA Bruins Football Media Guide Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). Retrieved December 19, 2016.