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1969 UCLA Bruins football
ConferencePacific-8
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 13
1969 record8–1–1 (5–1–1 Pac-8)
Head coachTommy Prothro (5th season)
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
← 1968
1970 →
1969 Pacific-8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 USC 6 0 0     10 0 1
#13 UCLA 5 1 1     8 1 1
#19 Stanford 5 1 1     7 2 1
Oregon State 4 3 0     6 4 0
Oregon 2 3 0     5 5 1
California 2 4 0     5 5 0
Washington 1 6 0     1 9 0
Washington State 0 7 0     1 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1969 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles during the 1969 college football season.

Regular seasonEdit

This was the year Prothro had geared his recruiting efforts towards as he believed this was his best team and was capable of contending for the national championship. The Bruins, quarterbacked by a sensational Jr. College transfer Dennis Dummit discovered by Prothro, were undefeated until they faced #10 Stanford in Palo Alto. Once again, Prothro was let down by now senior kicker Zenon Andrusyshyn as he missed a short field goal late in the game with the score tied 20–20. Suddenly, two long Jim Plunkett passes had Stanford in field goal range in the final seconds, but UCLA blocked Steve Horowitz's attempt to preserve the tie.

Once again, the UCLA-USC game would decide the Pac-8 title and the 1970 Rose Bowl berth. UCLA was ranked 6th with a 5–0–1 record in conference and 8–0–1 overall USC was #5 and was 6–0 in conference and 8–0–1 overall (tied Notre Dame in South Bend, 14–14); UCLA and USC were both unbeaten coming into their rivalry game for the first time since 1952. UCLA scored midway through the fourth quarter to take a 12–7 lead (knowing he need a win and not a tie to advance to the Rose Bowl, Prothro had the Bruins go for two after each touchdown and each attempt failed). USC then drove to the winning touchdown with 1:38 to play to win 14–12. The Trojans were aided by two controversial calls; the first was a dubious pass interference call on UCLA's Danny Graham on a 4th-and-10 incompletion. Secondly, on the winning touchdown pass reception, USC receiver Sam Dickerson appeared to be either out of bounds, out of the back of the end zone, or both. This loss supposedly was harder for Prothro to take than the 1967 loss and the freak officiating calls resembled the debacle at Tennessee in 1965.

Players and coachesEdit

Offense

  • 83 Gwen Cooper LE
  • 79 Gordon Bosserman LT
  • 68 Ron Tretter LG
  • 50 Dave Dalby C
  • 67 Dennis Alumbaugh RG
  • 70 Lee McElroy RT
  • 87 Mike Garratt RE
  • 19 Dennis Dummit QB
  • 43 Greg Jones LH
  • 46 George Farmer RH
  • Mickey Cureon FB

Defense

  • 93 Bob Geddes LE
  • 60 Bruce Jorgensen LT
  • 74 Floyd Reese RT
  • 89 Wesley Grant RE
  • 55 Don Widmer LLB
  • 44 K. Monty Harrison MLB
  • 57 Mike Ballou MLB
  • 92 Jim Ford RLB
  • 28 Doug Huff LC
  • 20 Danny Graham RC
  • 23 Ron Carver LS
  • 27 Dennis Spurling RS

Coaches

  • Tommy Prothro (Head)
  • Earnel Durden
  • Larry Weaver
  • Tony Kopay
  • John Jardine
  • Jerry Long
  • Lew Stueck
  • Norman Dow
  • Jim Camp
  • Bobb McKittrick

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 13Oregon StateNo. 17W 37–050,091
September 20Pittsburgh*No. 17
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 42–835,258[1]
September 27at Wisconsin*No. 14W 34–2349,243
October 4at Northwestern*No. 11W 36–041,015[2]
October 11at Washington StateNo. 11W 46–1422,100
October 18CaliforniaNo. 8
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (Rivalry)
W 32–038,998[3]
October 25at No. 19 StanfordNo. 6T 20–2084,000
November 1WashingtonNo. 9
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 57–1434,899
November 15at OregonNo. 7W 13–1028,500
November 22at No. 5 USCNo. 6
L 12–1490,814
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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Game summariesEdit

USCEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
UCLA 6 0 0 6 12
USC 0 7 0 7 14

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Chapin, D (21 September 1969). "USC edges 'huskers, 31-21; bruins romp again, 42-8". Los Angeles Times. https://search.proquest.com/docview/156267495?. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  2. Chapin, D. (5 October 1969). "ozing bruins awaken at half and roll, 36-0". Los Angeles Times. https://search.proquest.com/docview/156252309?. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  3. Chapin, D. (19 October 1969). "Bruins' 32-0 avalanche wipes out doubt---and california". Los Angeles Times. https://search.proquest.com/docview/156308312?. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  4. College Football @ Sports-Reference.com
  5. "Trojans Topple UCLA". The Palm Beach Post. November 23, 1969.


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