1975 California Golden Bears football team
|1975 California Golden Bears football|
|1975 record||8–3 (6–1 Pac-8)|
|Head coach||Mike White (4th year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Roger Theder|
|Captain||Paul Von der Mehden|
|1975 Pacific-8 football standings|
|#5 UCLA * +||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||2||–||1|
|#14 California +||6||–||1||–||0||8||–||3||–||0|
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. The team did not participate in a bowl game because during the season it lost to co-champion UCLA.
|September 13||at Colorado*||Folsom Field • Boulder, CO||L 34–27||46,211|
|September 20||No. 20 West Virginia*||California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA||L 28–10||23,375|
|September 27||at Washington State||Martin Stadium • Pullman, 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 Stadium • Eugene, 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 Coliseum • Los 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 Stadium • Colorado Springs, CO||W 31–14||35,770|
|November 22||at Stanford||No. 13||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (The Big Game)||W 48–15||88,000|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in local to gamesite.|
- 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
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."
The following players were claimed in the 1976 NFL Draft.
|Chuck Muncie||Running Back||1||3||New Orleans Saints|
|Steve Rivera||Wide Receiver||4||100||San Francisco 49ers|
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- 2009 California football information guide
- "Muncie bowls over Cards, and wait begins." Eugene Register-Guard. 23 Nov 1975