1975 California Golden Bears football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
1975 California Golden Bears football
Pac-8 co-champion
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 15
AP No. 14
1975 record 8–3 (6–1 Pac-8)
Head coach Mike White (4th season)
Offensive coordinator Roger Theder
Captain Chuck Muncie
Captain Paul Von der Mehden
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →
1975 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 UCLA ^ + 6 1 0     9 2 1
No. 14 California + 6 1 0     8 3 0
Stanford 5 2 0     6 4 1
Washington 5 2 0     6 5 0
No. 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
  • ^ – Selected as Rose Bowl representative
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1975 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8) during the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. In their fourth year under head coach Mike White, the Golden Bears compiled an 8–3 record (6–1 against Pac-8 opponents), finished in a tie with UCLA for the Pac-8 championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 330 to 233. At the end of the season the Golden Bears gained 2,522 passing yards and 2,522 rushing yards. The average was 229 total yards per game and the team was ranked number one in total offense.[1] The team did not participate in a bowl game because during the season it lost to co-champion UCLA.[2][3]

The team's statistical leaders included Joe Roth with 1,880 passing yards, Chuck Muncie with 1,460 rushing yards, and Steve Rivera with 790 receiving yards.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13 at Colorado* Folsom FieldBoulder, CO L 34–27   46,211
September 20 No. 20 West Virginia* California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA L 28–10   23,375
September 27 at Washington State Martin StadiumPullman, WA W 33–21   24,500
October 4 San Jose State* California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA W 27–24   32,788
October 11 at Oregon Autzen StadiumEugene, OR W 34–7   18,000
October 18 Oregon State California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA W 51–24   31,256
October 25 at No. 19 UCLA Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 28–14   46,100
November 1 No. 4 USC California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA W 28–14   58,871
November 8 Washington No. 18 California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA W 27–24   43,270
November 15 at Air Force* No. 15 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO W 31–14   35,770
November 22 at Stanford No. 13 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA (The Big Game) W 48–15   88,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in local to gamesite.

[4]

Roster[edit]

  • Jim Breech, k
  • Chuck Muncie, tb
  • Joe Roth, qb
  • Paul Von der Mehden
  • Wesley Walker, wr
  • Steve Rivera, wr
  • John Dixon, tb, fb
  • Phil Heck, lb
  • Jeff Barnes, de
  • George Freitas, te
  • Tom Newton, fb
  • Burl Toler, lb

Results[edit]

Stanford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
California 14 13 0 21 48
Stanford 6 0 0 9 15

at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

  • Date: November 22
  • Game attendance: 88,000

Cal needed a win and UCLA tie or loss to earn a berth in the Rose Bowl.

Chuck Muncie finished with over 3,000 yards rushing in his career along with 37 touchdowns, 230 points and 4,188 all-purpose yards. By scoring four times, Muncie also tied a single game school record and finished the year with 15 TDs for another Cal mark.

After the game, coach Mike White said "If Chuck Muncie isn't the Heisman Trophy winner, I don't know who is."

[5]

Draft picks[edit]

The following players were claimed in the 1976 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Chuck Muncie Running Back 1 3 New Orleans Saints
Steve Rivera Wide Receiver 4 100 San Francisco 49ers

[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jares, Joe (September 6, 1976). "SCOUTING REPORTS". SI.com. Archived from the original on 2016-10-25. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  2. ^ a b "1975 California Golden Bears Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. p. 148. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ "California 2015 Football Information Guide" (PDF). CalBears.com. Cal Golden Bears Athletics. p. 165. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ 2009 California football information guide
  5. ^ "Muncie bowls over Cards, and wait begins." Eugene Register-Guard. 23 Nov 1975
  6. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1976.htm