1970 UCLA Bruins football
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
1970 record6–5 (4–3 Pac-8)
Head coachTommy Prothro (6th season)
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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1970 Pacific-8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Stanford 6 1 0     9 3 0
Washington 4 3 0     6 4 0
Oregon 4 3 0     6 4 1
UCLA 4 3 0     6 5 0
California 4 3 0     6 5 0
#15 USC 3 4 0     6 4 1
Oregon State 3 4 0     6 5 0
Washington State 0 7 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970 UCLA Bruins football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Los Angeles during the 1970 college football season. In their sixth and final year under head coach Tommy Prothro, the Bruins compiled a 6–5 record (4–3 Pac-8) and finished in a four-way tie for second place in the Pacific-8 Conference.[1]

UCLA's offensive leaders in 1970 were quarterback Dennis Dummit with 2,392 passing yards, running back Marv Kendricks with 573 rushing yards, and wide receiver Rick Wilkes with 595 receiving yards.[2]

In his final season at UCLA, Prothro's team suffered a rash of key injuries and finished 6–5, yet they were three close games from a 9–2 season and Rose Bowl berth. Before those injuries set in, UCLA took a 3–0 record into Austin to play defending national champ and top ranked Texas. Trailing 13–3 at the half, UCLA rallied and had a 17–13 lead in the final minute. But with 12 seconds left, Texas completed a long pass when their receiver caught the ball between two UCLA defenders, who then collided, allowing the receiver to score.

UCLA also blew a 20-point fourth quarter lead against Oregon, when Ducks sophomore quarterback Dan Fouts rallied his team to three touchdowns and a 41–40 win.

Finally, there came the showdown with Stanford; the game was expected to be a shootout between UCLA quarterback Dennis Dummit and Heisman winner Jim Plunkett. But the defenses ruled as UCLA took a 7–6 lead into the 4th quarter. Stanford took a 9–7 lead on a field goal, but UCLA was driving to a potential game-winning field goal or touchdown themselves when they completed a pass inside the Stanford 10-yard-line, only to have the receiver get sandwiched by two defenders on the tackle and fumble. This game ultimately decided the Pac-8 championship and 1971 Rose Bowl representative.

The season ended on a high note when UCLA beat rival USC, 45–20, in a game that was not that close. This would end up being Prothro's final game at UCLA.

Prothro was frustrated by bizarre officiating at critical moments, numerous last minute narrow losses, and losing out of the Rose Bowl by the conference vote in 1966. Prothro also decried the Pac-8 rule that only allowed the conference champion to go to a bowl game; he witnessed many lower ranked inferior teams (often ones he defeated during the season) go to bowl games while his Bruins stayed home. After George Allen was fired by the Los Angeles Rams, Prothro accepted that job.


September 12at Oregon StateNo. 18W 14-923,520
September 19at Pittsburgh*No. 16W 24-1536,539[3]
September 26Northwestern*No. 15W 12-736,803[4]
October 3at No. 2 Texas*No. 13L 17-2065,500
October 10OregonNo. 15
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
L 40-4144,722
October 17at CaliforniaNo. 19W 24-2143,000[5]
October 24No. 8 StanfordNo. 16
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
L 7-983,518
October 30Washington StateNo. 19
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 54-930,029
November 14at WashingtonNo. 17L 20-6159,208
November 21USC
W 45-2078,773
December 5at No. 5 Tennessee*L 17-2863,242
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


1970 UCLA Bruins football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
TE 88 Christiansen, BobBob Christiansen Jr
C 50 Dalby, DaveDave Dalby Jr
QB 19 Dummit, DennisDennis Dummit Sr
G 65 Goodman, BrianBrian Goodman So
T 74 Walton, BruceBruce Walton So
Pos. # Name Class
DB 29 Ellis, AlanAlan Ellis So
DT 73 Galigher, EdEd Galigher Jr
DB 21 Moore, ReynaudReynaud Moore Jr
LB 58 Pifferini, BobBob Pifferini Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 44 Barnes, BruceBruce Barnes So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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


  1. "1970 UCLA Bruins Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  2. "1970 UCLA Bruins Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  3. "U.C.L.A. Defeats Pittsburgh, 24-15". Chicago Tribune. 20 September 1970. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  4. "UCLA nips northwestern". The Washington Post. 27 September 1970.
  5. "UCLA trips california in final minute". 18 October 1970. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  6. "2015 UCLA Bruins Football Media Guide Year-by-Year Results". Retrieved June 14, 2017.

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