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1968 California Golden Bears football
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
1968 record7–3–1 (2–2–1 Pac-8)
Head coachRay Willsey (5th season)
Seasons
← 1967
1969 →
1968 Pacific-8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 USC 6 0 0     9 1 1
#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 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 1968 college football season. In their fifth year under head coach Ray Willsey, the Golden Bears compiled a 7–3–1 record (2–2–1 against Pac-8 opponents), finished in fourth place in the Pac-8, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 243 to 114.[1][2]

This year's team came to be known as "The Bear Minimum". It was let by Ed White, an All-American and future member of College Hall of Fame. Relying on its defense, Cal went 7-3-1 and ranking as high as eighth in the AP poll. It won 21-7 at Michigan and beat No. 10 Syracuse 43-0. Earning three shutouts it held its opponents to 10.4 points a game.[3] As of 2011, The Bear Minimum still held Cal's records for opponents' average gains per play – 3.60, as well as the fewest rushing touchdowns per season – five (same as the 1937 "Thunder Team"). Its average yards per rush was 2.51 which is still second only to the "Thunder Team" with 2.50 yards per rush.[4]

The team's statistical leaders included Randy Humphries with 1,247 passing yards, Gary Fowler with 665 rushing yards, and Wayne Stewart with 679 receiving yards.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 21at Michigan*W 21–771,386[6]
September 28Colorado*W 10–037,500[7]
October 5San Jose State*No. 18
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
W 46–031,279[8]
October 12at Army*No. 16L 7–1032,000[9]
October 19UCLA
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA (rivalry)
W 39–1543,107[10]
October 26No. 10 Syracuse*No. 11
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
W 43–052,172[11]
November 2at WashingtonNo. 8T 7–752,000[12]
November 9at No. 1 USCNo. 11L 17–3580,787[13]
November 16OregonNo. 18
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
W 36–831,253[14]
November 23StanfordNo. 18
L 0–2073,987[15]
November 30at Hawaii*W 17–1219,042[16]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
[17]

RosterEdit

1968 California Golden Bears football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 84 Brady, JimJim Brady So
G 55 Borgia, GeraldGerald Borgia Jr
G 65 Champion, JeromeJerome Champion Jr
RB 40 Fowler, GaryGary Fowler Jr
TE 85 Harris, GeorgeGeorge Harris Jr
QB 13 Humphries, RandyRandy Humphries Jr
C 51 Laveroni, BillBill Laveroni Jr
FB 83 McGaffie, JohnJohn McGaffie Sr
T 77 Meers, MikeMike Meers Jr
QB 15 Penhall, DaveDave Penhall So
TE 83 Phillips, JohnJohn Phillips Jr
T 78 Richards, BobBob Richards Sr
G 66 Ryan, DanDan Ryan Jr
WR 90 Stewart, WayneWayne Stewart Sr
WR 21 Williams, PaulPaul Williams Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 66 Augustine, IrbyIrby Augustine Jr
LB 50 Croyle, PhilPhil Croyle So
DT 67 Hultgren, MarkMark Hultgren Jr
DB 38 Johnson, GordieGordie Johnson Jr
DB 42 Kastner, EricEric Kastner Jr
DE 89 McCaffrey, MikeMike McCaffrey Sr
LB 56 Pitta, DennisDennis Pitta Sr
DT 72 Reis, LarryLarry Reis Sr
DL 73 Schultz, SteveSteve Schultz Jr
DB 35 Sheridan, JimJim Sheridan Jr
DL 70 White, EdEd White Sr
DB 18 Wiedemann, KenKen Wiedemann Jr
LB 53 Woods, JerryJerry Woods Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1968 California Golden Bears Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/california/1968-schedule.html. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  2. "California 2015 Football Information Guide". Cal Golden Bears Athletics. p. 165. Archived from the original on October 26, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20161026170757/https://admin.xosn.com/attachments1/423534.pdf. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  3. "The Golden Bears". November 12, 2013. http://bearinsider.com/news/story.php?article=810.
  4. "California Golden Bears 2011 Football Information Guide". p. 171. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/cal/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2011-12/misc_non_event/11-footbl-mg-sec-7.pdf.
  5. "1968 California Golden Bears Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/california/1968.html. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  6. "Michigan vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5945720.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  7. "California vs Colorado Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5945714.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  8. "California vs San Jose State Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5945717.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  9. "Army vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5945722.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  10. "California vs UCLA Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5945713.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  11. "California vs Syracuse Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5945719.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  12. "Washington vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5945723.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  13. "USC vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5945721.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  14. "California vs Oregon Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5945716.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  15. "California vs Stanford Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5945718.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  16. "Hawaii vs California Summary of Football Game Statistics". NCAA. http://web1.ncaa.org/footballStatsArchive/FootballStats.pdf?id=5945715.0. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  17. 2015 Football Information Guide. Cal Athletics. 2015. p. 165. Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. https://web.archive.org/web/20161026170757/https://admin.xosn.com/attachments1/423534.pdf.
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