|1973 UCLA Bruins football|
|1973 record||9–2 (6–1 Pac-8)|
|Head coach||Pepper Rodgers|
|Offensive coordinator||Homer Smith (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|1973 Pacific-8 football standings|
|#8 USC †||7||–||0||–||0||9||–||2||–||1|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1973 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles during the 1973 NCAA Division I football season. Members of the Pacific-8 Conference, the Bruins were led by third-year head coach Pepper Rodgers and played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Quarterbacks Mark Harmon and John Sciarra ran the wishbone offense, and the Bruins were 9–2 overall and 6–1 om the Pac-8. After an opening loss at fourth-ranked Nebraska, the Bruins won nine straight, but lost again to USC in the season finale. UCLA repeated as conference runner-up, but the Pac-8 did not allow a second bowl team until the 1975 season. They were ranked twelfth in the final AP poll, ninth in the UPI coaches poll.
Schedule[edit | edit source]
|September 8||at No. 4 Nebraska*||No. 10||ABC||L 13–40||74,966|
|September 22||Iowa*||No. 18||W 55–18||34,456|
|September 29||at Michigan State*||No. 17||W 34–21||60,850|
|October 6||Utah*||No. 16||W 66–16||32,697|
|October 13||at Stanford||No. 15||W 59–13||55,000|
|October 20||at Washington State||No. 13||W 24–13||32,200|
|October 27||California||No. 13||W 61–21||35,492|
|November 3||Washington||No. 10||W 62–13||30,000|
|November 10||at Oregon||No. 9||W 27–7||21,200|
|November 17||Oregon State||No. 8||W 56–14||18,540|
|November 24||at No. 9 USC||No. 8||ABC||L 13–23||88,037|
- Prior to the 1975 season, the Pac-8 and Big Ten conferences allowed only one postseason participant each, for the Rose Bowl.
Roster[edit | edit source]
- QB Mark Harmon
- PK Efren Herrera
- RB Kermit Johnson
- FB James McAlister
- QB John Sciarra
- FS Jim Bright
- LB Jack Jorgensen
Awards and honors[edit | edit source]
- First Team All Americans: Jimmy Allen (DB), Efren Herrera (K), Kermit Johnson (RB, Consensus selection), James McAlister (RB), Fred McNeill (DE)
- All Conference First Team: Jimmy Allen (DB), James Bright (DB), Kermit Johnson (RB), Ed Kezirian (OT), Steve Klosterman (OG), Fulton Kuykendall (LB), Fred McNeill (DE), John Nanoski (DB), Al Oliver (OT), Cal Peterson (DE)
References[edit | edit source]
- "Cornhuskers too much for Bruins". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((location)): p. 1C. September 9, 1973. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=aaZYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7OADAAAAIBAJ&pg=1808%2C1898844.
- "Another Pasadena visit for USC...". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((location)): p. 1D. November 25, 1973. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=OTJWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=l-cDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3063%2C6045569.
- "How They Scored". Los Angeles Times. October 14, 1973. https://search.proquest.com/docview/157430350?. Retrieved September 21, 2007.
- "Bruins sputter, but beat WSU 24-13". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((location)): p. 2B. October 21, 1973. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=J0MnAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Q-EDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4520%2C5033155.
- College Football @ Sports-Reference.com
- 1975 UCLA Media Guide, UCLA Athletic News Bureau, 1975