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1976 UCLA Bruins football
Liberty Bowl, L 6–36 vs. Alabama
ConferencePacific-8
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 15
1976 record9–2–1 (6–1 Pac-8)
Head coachTerry Donahue (1st season)
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 Pacific-8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 USC 7 0 0     11 1 0
#15 UCLA 6 1 0     9 2 1
Stanford 5 2 0     6 5 0
California 3 4 0     5 6 0
Washington 3 4 0     5 6 0
Washington State 2 5 0     3 8 0
Oregon 1 6 0     4 7 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     2 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles during the 1976 NCAA Division I football season. Ranked at 17th in the pre-season AP poll, former UCLA player Terry Donahue took over as the head coach. The Bruins were 9–2–1 for the season and second in the Pacific-8 Conference. UCLA lost 6–36 in the Liberty Bowl to Alabama.[1]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 9at No. 3 Arizona State*No. 17W 28-1050,876[2]
September 18Arizona*No. 5W 37-941,651[3]
September 25Air Force*No. 5
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 40-737,302
October 2at No. 8 Ohio State*No. 4T 10-1087,969
October 9StanfordNo. 5
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 38-2050,894
October 16Washington StateNo. 4
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 62-335,508
October 23at CaliforniaNo. 4W 35-1962,228
October 30at WashingtonNo. 3W 30-2147,187
November 6OregonNo. 3
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 46-032,470
November 13at Oregon StateNo. 2W 45-1422,151
November 20No. 3 USCNo. 2
L 14-2490,519
December 20vs. No. 16 Alabama*No. 7L 6-3652,736
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
[4]

Game summariesEdit

CaliforniaEdit

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• UCLA 14 0 7 14 35
California 0 13 0 6 19

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  • QB Jeff Dankworth sat out the second quarter with a bruised hip; returned in the third

[5]

Alabama (Liberty Bowl)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 17 7 3 9 36
UCLA 0 0 0 6 6



1st quarter scoring: Alabama – Bucky Berrey 37-yard field goal; Alabama – Barry Krauss 44-yard interception return (Bucky Berrey kick); Alabama – Johnny Davis 2-yard run (Bucky Berrey kick)

2nd quarter scoring: Alabama – Jack O'Rear 20-yard pass from Tony Nathan (Bucky Berrey kick)

3rd quarter scoring: Alabama – Bucky Berrey 25-yard field goal

4th quarter scoring: Alabama – Bucky Berrey 28-yard field goal; UCLA – Jim Brown 61-yard run (Kick failed); Alabama – Rick Watson 1-yard run (2-point pass failed)

RosterEdit

1976 UCLA Bruins football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Dankworth, JeffJeff Dankworth
WR Henry, WallyWally Henry
RB Tyler, WendellWendell Tyler
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 40 Tuiasosopo, ManuManu Tuiasosopo So
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

Awards and honorsEdit

  • All-American: Jeff Dankworth (QB), Oscar Edwards (DB), Jerry Robinson (LB, consensus)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2014 UCLA Media Guide, UCLA Athletics Department, 2014
  2. "UCLA severs arizona state win skein at 13". Chicago Tribune. Chicago Tribune (September 10, 1976).
  3. Oates, B. (September 19, 1976). "UCLA takes care of the rest of Arizona". Los Angeles Times.
  4. "2015 UCLA Bruins Football Media Guide Year-by-Year Results". http://sidearm.sites.s3.amazonaws.com/uclabruins.com/documents/2015/8/13/FB_15MG_96_100.pdf. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  5. Ocala Star-Banner. 1976 Oct 24. Retrieved 2018-Oct-28.
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