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1968 UCLA Bruins football
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
1968 record3–7 (2–4 Pac-8)
Head coachTommy Prothro (4th season)
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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 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.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 5Pittsburgh*No. 16W 63-743,218[3]
September 28Washington StateNo. 8
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 31-2141,759
October 5at Syracuse*No. 9L 7-2037,367[4]
October 12No. 3 Penn State*
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
L 6-2135,778[5]
October 19at CaliforniaL 15-3948,000[6]
October 26Stanford
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 20-1737,935[7]
November 2at No. 5 Tennessee*L 18-4264,078[8]
November 9at No. 15 Oregon StateL 21-4541,361
November 16at WashingtonL 0-652,500
November 23No. 1 USC
L 16-2875,066
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
[9]

RosterEdit

1968 UCLA Bruins football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 88 Copeland, RonRon Copeland
WR 85 Farmer, GeorgeGeorge Farmer
RB 43 Jones, GregGreg Jones
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 57 Ballou, MikeMike Ballou
DT 93 Geddes, KenKen Geddes
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 7 Andrusyshyn, ZenonZenon Andrusyshyn
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

ReferencesEdit


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