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UCLA Bruins football
2012 UCLA Bruins football team
UCLA Bruins.svg
First season1919
Athletic directorDan Guerrero
Head coachJim L. Mora
1st year, 9–5–0  (.643)
Home stadiumRose Bowl (stadium)
Stadium capacity92,542
Stadium surfaceGrass
LocationPasadena, California
All-time record557–393–37 (.583)
Postseason bowl record15–17–1
Claimed national titles1[1]
Conference titles17
Division titles2
Heisman winners1
Consensus All-Americans39
Current uniform

Blue and Gold

Fight songMighty Bruins
Sons of Westwood
MascotJoe & Josephine Bruin
Marching bandThe Solid Gold Sound
RivalsCalifornia Golden Bears
USC Trojans
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UCLA Bruins football
2012 UCLA Bruins football team
UCLA Bruins.svg
First season1919
Athletic directorDan Guerrero
Head coachJim L. Mora
1st year, 9–5–0  (.643)
Home stadiumRose Bowl (stadium)
Stadium capacity92,542
Stadium surfaceGrass
LocationPasadena, California
All-time record557–393–37 (.583)
Postseason bowl record15–17–1
Claimed national titles1[1]
Conference titles17
Division titles2
Heisman winners1
Consensus All-Americans39
Current uniform

Blue and Gold

Fight songMighty Bruins
Sons of Westwood
MascotJoe & Josephine Bruin
Marching bandThe Solid Gold Sound
RivalsCalifornia Golden Bears
USC Trojans

The UCLA Bruins football program represents the University of California, Los Angeles in college football as members of the Pacific-12 Conference at the NCAA Division I FBS level. The Bruins have enjoyed several periods of success in their history, having been ranked in the top ten of the AP Poll at least once in every decade since the poll began in the 1930s. Their first major period of success came in the 1950s, under head coach Henry Russell Sanders. Sanders led the Bruins to the Coaches' Poll national championship in 1954, three conference championships, and an overall record of 66–19–1 in nine years. In the 1980s and 1990s, during the tenure of Terry Donahue, the Bruins compiled a 151–74–8 record, including 13 bowl games and an NCAA record eight straight bowl wins. The program has produced 28 first round picks in the NFL Draft, 30 consensus All-Americans, and multiple major award winners, including Heisman winner Gary Beban. The UCLA Bruins' main rivals are the USC Trojans. Jim L. Mora assumed duties as the 17th head football coach for the 2012 season.[2]

The Bruins are the Pacific-12 Conference South Division Champions for two years in a row and played in both the 2011 and 2012 Pacific-12 Football Championship Games.


Current staff

The following are coaches for the 2012 season:[3]

Jim L. MoraHead Coach
Noel MazzoneOffensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Steve BroussardRunning Backs
Adrian KlemmRunning Game Coordinator/Offensive Line
Eric YarberWide Receivers
Marques TuiasosopoTight Ends
Lou SpanosDefensive Coordinator
Angus McClureDefensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Demetrice MartinPassing Game Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Jeff UlbrichSpecial Teams Coordinator/Linebackers
Sal AlosiCoordinator of Strength & Conditioning


Rose Bowl, panorama
Fall football practices at Spaulding Field

Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl is a National Historic Landmark located in Pasadena, California with an official capacity of 92,542. It has been the home football field for the UCLA Bruins since the 1982 season. The Bruins had played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after joining the Pacific Coast Conference in 1928. The Coliseum is also the home of the rival USC Trojans. As the Coliseum is located across the street from the USC campus, Bruin officials long sought to move out from under the Trojans' shadow. An on-campus facility was discussed, but UCLA's location is not conducive to adequate traffic flow, and the campus lacks room for sufficient parking. There was an attempt to build a 44,000 seat stadium on campus, at the site where Drake Stadium eventually was built. However, the proposal was blocked by influential area residents, as well as other politicians.[4][5] In addition, the Coliseum already was constructed by and is a facility of the State of California. When the Oakland Raiders became the Los Angeles Raiders, in 1982, and after arduous negotiations with the city of Pasadena, UCLA decided to move out of the Coliseum, relocating its home games to the Rose Bowl Stadium.[6] UCLA has participated in five Rose Bowl games since moving to the stadium, including the 1983 Rose Bowl at the end of the Bruins' first season there. From 1919 to 1927, the Bruins (then known as the Cubs) used Moore Field at the Vermont Ave. campus of the "Southern Branch of the University of California."[7]

Acosta Athletic Complex

Training room, weight room, football facilities, and locker rooms are all located in the Acosta Athletic Complex, just west of Pauley Pavilion.

Spaulding Field

The on campus practice facility for the football team is Spaulding Field, which has two football fields, one grass and one artificial turf, or synthetic turf.


Bruin on Bruin scrimmage

The UCLA athletic colors are "True Blue" and gold. The "True Blue" is a slightly darker shade than the previous powder blue worn by teams.[8]

In the early days of the school, UCLA had the same colors as the California Golden Bears: Yale Blue and California Gold.[9] Blue symbolized the ocean, while gold represented the state of California, known as the "Golden State".[10]

When football coach Red Sanders came to UCLA for the 1949 season he redesigned the football uniforms. The Yale Blue was changed to a lighter shade of blue. Sanders figured that the baby blue would look better on the field and in film. He would dub the baby blue uniform "Powderkeg blue", powder blue with an explosive kick.[10][11] For the 1954 season, Sanders added the now familiar loop on the shoulders, the UCLA Stripe, to give an impression of motion.[12] The away uniforms became white, with a navy blue and gold shoulder stripe and gold pants. The helmets became gold.

At times, beginning with the 1954 football season, the font for the numbers on the uniforms has been Clarendon typeface. Otherwise it has been block numerals.[12] In the 1980s the uniform pants became yellow to look better in color publications, the jerseys a lighter blue, and the UCLA script was added to the helmets. In the 1990s, the uniform pants became gold again.

In 2003, the True Blue colors were adopted.[8] The away uniforms got true blue shoulder stripes and numbers in 2006,[13] but were replaced by navy blue again in 2010.[14]

In 2009, the Bruins wore a 1967 throwback uniform against Washington and USC, though against USC the team's normal helmet was worn.

Yearly records

Fred Cozens (Independent) (1919–1919)
Harry Trotter (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1920–1922)
James J. Cline (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1923–1924)
William H. Spaulding (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1925–1927)
William H. Spaulding (Pacific Coast Conference) (1928–1938)
1938UCLA7–4–14–3–1T-3rdW 32–7 Poi
Edwin Horrell (Pacific Coast Conference) (1939–1944)
1942UCLA7–4–06–1–01stL 0–9 Rose13
Bert LaBrucherie (Pacific Coast Conference) (1945–1948)
1946UCLA10–1–07–0–01stL 14–45 Rose4
Henry Russell Sanders (Pacific Coast Conference) (1949–1957)
1953UCLA8–2–06–1–01stL 20–28 Rose45
1955UCLA9–2–06–0–01stL 14–17 Rose44
William F. Barnes (Athletic Association of Western Universities) (1958–1964)
1961UCLA7–43–11stL 3–21 Rose
Tommy Prothro (Pacific-8 Conference) (1965–1970)
1965UCLA8–2–14–01stW 14–12 Rose54
Pepper Rodgers (Pacific-8 Conference) (1971–1973)
Dick Vermeil (Pacific-8 Conference) (1974–1975)
1975UCLA9–2–17–1T-1stW 23–10 Rose55
Terry Donahue (Pacific-10 Conference) (1976–1995)
1976UCLA9–2–16–12ndL 6–36 Liberty1515
1977UCLA0–11 [c]0–7 [c]8th [c]
1978UCLA8–3–16–22ndT 10–10 Fiesta1412
1981UCLA7–4–14–2–1T-4thL 14–33 Bluebonnet
1982UCLA10–1–15–1–11stW 24–14 Rose55
1983UCLA7–4–16–1–11stW 45–9 Rose1713
1984UCLA9–35–2T-3rdW 39–37 Fiesta910
1985UCLA9–2–16–21stW 45–28 Rose76
1986UCLA8–3–15–2–1T-2ndW 31–10 Freedom1414
1987UCLA10–27–1T-1stW 20–16 Aloha911
1988UCLA10–26–22ndW 17–3 Cotton66
1991UCLA9–36–2T-2ndW 6–3 Sun1918
1993UCLA8–46–1T-1stL 16–21 Rose1817
1995UCLA7–54–4T-5thL 30–51 Aloha
Bob Toledo (Pacific-10 Conference) (1996–2002)
1997UCLA10–27–11stW 29–23 Cotton55
1998UCLA10–28–01stL 31–38 Rose88
2000UCLA6–63–5T-5thL 20–21 Sun
2002UCLA8–54–4T-4thW 27–13 Las Vegas[e]
Karl Dorrell (Pacific-10 Conference) (2003–2007)
2003UCLA6–74–4T–5thL 9–17 Silicon Valley
2004UCLA6–64–4T–5thL 21–24 Las Vegas
2005UCLA10–26–23rdW 50–38 Sun1316
2006UCLA7–65–44thL 27–44 Emerald
2007UCLA6–75–4T–4thL 16–17 Las Vegas[f]
Rick Neuheisel (Pacific-10 Conference) (2008–2011)
2009UCLA7–63–68thW 30–21 EagleBank
2011UCLA6–85–4South Division Champs[g]L 14–20 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl[h]
Jim L. Mora (Pacific-12 Conference) (2012–present)
2012UCLA9–56–3South Division ChampsL 26-49 Holiday Bowl
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
UCLA defeated USC in 2012 for the City title


  1. ^ National Champion UCLA was ineligible for the Rose Bowl due to a "no-repeat" rule, with USC (a team UCLA had beaten 34–0) sent instead and losing.
  2. ^ 9–1, #5 ranked UCLA was voted out of the Rose Bowl by the AAWU conference in favor of 7–4 USC due to it having one more 'conference game win", 4–1 to UCLA's 3–1. UCLA beat USC earlier that year.
  3. ^ a b c UCLA finished the 1977 season 7–4 overall and 5–2 in conference, tied for 2nd in the conference. They later forfeited the 7 wins due to having an ineligible player.
  4. ^ UCLA was ineligible for post season play after the 1980 season due to probation.
  5. ^ Coach Toledo was fired before the bowl game, so offensive line coach Ed Kezirian coached the 2002 Las Vegas Bowl.
  6. ^ Coach Dorrell was fired before the bowl game, so defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker coached the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl.
  7. ^ USC had a better conference record, but was ineligible for postseason play due to probation, so UCLA, the 2nd place finisher, was the Pac-12's first South Division Champions.
  8. ^ Coach Neuheisel was fired before the bowl game, so offensive coordinator Mike Johnson coached the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Bowl games

UCLA has played in 31 bowl games in its history, compiling a record of 15–16–1. From 1946 to 1974, no team could participate in the Rose Bowl two years in a row. This is why the 1954 team, which won the conference, did not participate in the 1955 Rose Bowl.

January 2, 1939Poi BowlWHawaii327
January 1, 1943Rose BowlLGeorgia09
January 1, 1947Rose BowlLIllinois1445
January 1, 1954Rose BowlLMichigan State2028
January 1, 1956Rose BowlLMichigan State1417
January 1, 1962Rose BowlLMinnesota321
January 1, 1966Rose BowlWMichigan State1412
January 1, 1976Rose BowlWOhio State2310
December 20, 1976Liberty BowlLAlabama636
December 25, 1978Fiesta BowlTArkansas1010
December 31, 1981Bluebonnet BowlLMichigan1433
January 1, 1983Rose BowlWMichigan2414
January 2, 1984Rose BowlWIllinois459
January 1, 1985Fiesta BowlWMiami3937
January 1, 1986Rose BowlWIowa4528
December 30, 1986Freedom BowlWBrigham Young3110
December 25, 1987Aloha BowlWFlorida2016
January 2, 1989Cotton BowlWArkansas173
December 31, 1991Sun BowlWIllinois63
January 1, 1994Rose BowlLWisconsin1621
December 25, 1995Aloha BowlLKansas3051
January 1, 1998Cotton BowlWTexas A&M2923
January 1, 1999Rose BowlLWisconsin3138
December 29, 2000Sun BowlLWisconsin2021
December 25, 2002Las Vegas BowlWNew Mexico2713
December 30, 2003Silicon Valley BowlLFresno State917
December 30, 2004Las Vegas BowlLWyoming2124
December 30, 2005Sun BowlWNorthwestern5038
December 27, 2006Emerald BowlLFlorida State2744
December 22, 2007Las Vegas BowlLBrigham Young1617
December 29, 2009EagleBank BowlWTemple3021
December 31, 2011Kraft Fight Hunger BowlLIllinois1420
December 27, 2012Holiday BowlLBaylor2649
Total33 bowl games15–17–1

Head coaching history

1919Fred Cozens2–6
1920–1922Harry Trotter2–13–1
1923–1924James J. Cline2–10–3
1925–1938William H. Spaulding72–51–8
1939–1944Edwin C. Horrell24–31–6
1945–1948Bert LaBrucherie23–16
1949–1957Henry Russell Sanders66–19–1
1958George W. Dickerson1–2
1958–1964William F. Barnes31–34–3
1965–1970Tommy Prothro41–18–3
1971–1973Pepper Rodgers19–12–1
1974–1975Dick Vermeil15–5–3
1976–1995Terry Donahue151–74–8
1996–2002Bob Toledo49–32
2003–2007Karl Dorrell35–27
2008–2011Rick Neuheisel21–28
2012–Jim L. Mora9–2

Achievements and Awards

Team Achievements

National Champions

1954Red SandersUPI9-0 (6-0)-
Total national championships1

Conference Champions

YearCoachConferenceOverall RecordConference Record
1935William SpauldingPCC8-24-1
1942Edwin HorrellPCC7-46-1
1946Bert LaBrucheriePCC10-17–0
1953Red SandersPCC8–26-1
1954Red SandersPCC9-06–0
1955Red SandersPCC9-26–0
1959Bill BarnesAAWU5-4-13-1
1961Bill BarnesAAWU7-43-1
1965Tommy ProthroAAWU8-2-14-0
1975Dick VermeilPac-89-2-16-1
1982Terry DonahuePac-1010–1-15-1-1
1983Terry DonahuePac-107-4-16-1-1
1985Terry DonahuePac-109-2-16–2
1987Terry DonahuePac-1010-27-1
1993Terry DonahuePac-108-46-2
1997Bob ToledoPac-1010-27-1
1998Bob ToledoPac-1010-28-0
Total conference championships:17

Individual award winners

Gary Beban1967
Gary Beban1967
Troy Aikman1988
Marcedes Lewis2005
Cade McNown1998
Jonathan Ogden1995
Kris Farris1998
Kai Forbath2009

UCLA became the first school to have a top winner in both basketball and football in the same year with Gary Beban winning the Heisman Trophy and Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) winning the U.S. Basketball Writers Association player of the year award in 1968.

College Football Hall of Famers

The following former Bruins have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Five former Bruins have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

UCLA football team's Rose Bowl records

Rose Bowl MVPs

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame

UCLA Bruins currently in the NFL


UCLA Bruins in the NFL
NFL Draft selections
Total selected:291
First picks in draft:1
1st Round:28
NFL achievements
Hall of Famers:4

All-Century UCLA Bruin Team

Chosen in 1999 by fan vote[citation needed]

C—Dave Dalby
G—Hardiman Cureton
G—Randy Cross
T—Jonathan Ogden
T—Kris Farris
TE—Tim Wrightman
QB—Troy Aikman
RB—Skip Hicks
RB—Kermit Johnson
RB— Mel Farr
RB—Freeman McNeil
RB—Maurice Jones-Drew
RB—Kenny Washington
SE—Tom Fears
FL—J. J. Stokes
K—John Lee

DL— Manu Tuiasosopo
DL— Irv Eatman
DL— Jack Ellena
DL— Floyd Reese
MG— Cliff Frazier
LB— Jerry Robinson
LB— Donn Moomaw
DB— Kenny Easley
DB— Don Rogers
DB— Eric Turner
DB— Bob Stiles
P— Ben Wilson

Retired numbers

The following players have been honored with retired numbers.

School records

Team records

  • Consecutive wins: 20 (1997–1998)
  • Consecutive wins at home: 12 (1946–1947)
  • Consecutive games without being shut out: 245 (1971–1992)
  • Consecutive shutouts of opponents: 3 (1954–1955)

Individual records


KLAC 570-AM in Los Angeles ("AM 570") is the current flagship radio station for UCLA football. Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens are the current broadcast team in the booth, along with sideline reporter Wayne Cook, who is a former Bruin quarterback.

Former play-by-play announcers include John Rebenstorf (1991),[21] Paul Olden (1989–1990),[22] Joel Meyers (1984–1988),[23] Kent Derdivanis (1983–1985),[23] Fred Hessler (1961–1982),[24] and Roy Storey. Former UCLA football analysts include Billy Ray Smith (1997–2000), Steve Hartman (1996),[25] David Norrie (1991–1995),[26] John Rebenstorf (1990),[27] Bob Steinbrinck (1972–1989), Bob Waterfield (1959), Sam Balter (1950–1958).

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "UCLA Names Jim L. Mora Head Football Coach". UCLA. http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/121011aab.html. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/ucla-m-footbl-mtt.html#coaches
  4. ^ Crowe, Jerry – There goes the neighborhood: How UCLA stadium bid was scuttled. Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2009
  5. ^ Reich, Ken – Stadium for UCLA Given Support – Architect's Study Cites Project as 'Desirable' STADIUM SUPPORT. Los Angeles Times, November 18, 1965. UCLA officials—still reportedly trying to decide whether to recommend the building of a 44,000-seat football stadium on campus—have released details of an architectural feasibility study.
  6. ^ UCLA History Project – This Month in History Aug. 18, 1982 … A gridiron home – includes a photograph of the 1983 Rose Bowl game from an overhead shot
  7. ^ Chris Roberts (August 1, 2005). Stadium Stories: UCLA Bruins. Globe Pequot. http://books.google.com/books?id=Bsq3O3PkPGsC&lpg=PA5&ots=sI2BNdGCYu&dq=Moore%20Field%201925%20ucla%20football&pg=PA7#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Foxman, Adam (25 August 2003). "In with the TRUE blue". The Daily Bruin. http://www.dailybruin.com/articles/2003/8/25/in-with-the-true-blue/. Retrieved 22 August 2010. "In fall of 2003, all of UCLA’s 22 varsity athletic teams will be “True Blue” for the first time."
  9. ^ Resource: A reference guide for new Berkeley students – Student History
  10. ^ a b "A Blue & Red Rivalry". Daily News (Los Angeles). http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-11353790.html. Retrieved November 4, 2012. "IN ITS EARLY YEARS, UCLA had the same navy blue and gold colors as UC Berkeley -- blue to symbolize the ocean, yellow to reflect the Golden State."(subscription required)
  11. ^ "Powder Keg Blue"
  12. ^ a b UCLA football Media guide
  13. ^ Lukas, Paul (August 29, 2006). "The new fashions of college". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on August 14, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/62QTsVhRS.
  14. ^ Angulo, Blair (August 30, 2010). "UCLA makes uniform changes". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on October 14, 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/62QTfyruA.
  15. ^ Tillman, Howard elected to college Hall of Fame, Associated Press, May 27, 2010
  16. ^ Ogden Officially Enters College Football Hall of Fame, UCLABruins.com, December 5, 2012
  17. ^ College Football Hall of Famers
  18. ^ Pro Football Hall of Famers
  19. ^ "NFL Players by College - U". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/nfl/college/_/letter/u. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  20. ^ Bruin Gold
  21. ^ Stewart, Larry (7 June 1991). "NBC Will Improve if Riley Gets Costas Out of His Hair". http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/61312534.html?dids=61312534:61312534&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Jun+07%2C+1991&author=LARRY+STEWART&pub=Los+Angeles+Times+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=NBC+Will+Improve+if+Riley+Gets+Costas+Out+of+His+Hair&pqatl=google.
  22. ^ "Paul Olden Will Announce UCLA Football, Basketball". http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/2018972.xml?dids=2018972:2018972&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Sep+06%2C+1989&author=Stewart%2C+Larry&pub=Los+Angeles+Times&desc=Paul+Olden+Will+Announce+UCLA+Football%2C+Basketball&pqatl=google.
  23. ^ a b Stewart, Larry (6 September 1985). "Strike Up the Band, Here Comes Parade of College Football". http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/64527545.html?dids=64527545:64527545&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Sep+06%2C+1985&author=LARRY+STEWART&pub=Los+Angeles+Times+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=Strike+Up+the+Band%2C+Here+Comes+Parade+of+College+Football&pqatl=google.
  24. ^ "Fred Hessler Has Going-Away Party". 22 July 1983. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/670415552.html?dids=670415552:670415552&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&date=Jul+22%2C+1983&author=&pub=Los+Angeles+Times&desc=Fred+Hessler+Has+Going-Away+Party&pqatl=google.
  25. ^ Stewart, Larry (6 September 1996). "SPORTS WEEKEND; Donahue May Push Wrong Buttons". http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/16654787.html?dids=16654787:16654787&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Sep+06%2C+1996&author=LARRY+STEWART&pub=Los+Angeles+Times+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=SPORTS+WEEKEND%3B+Donahue+May+Push+Wrong+Buttons&pqatl=google.
  26. ^ Stewart, Larry (14 June 1991). "Champagne May Have Influenced Some Announcing". http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/61319879.html?dids=61319879:61319879&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Jun+14%2C+1991&author=LARRY+STEWART&pub=Los+Angeles+Times+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=Champagne+May+Have+Influenced+Some+Announcing&pqatl=google.
  27. ^ Stewart, Larry (10 August 1990). "Will Clippers Settle for a Fixer-Upper in Hunt for TV Home?". http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/60094823.html?dids=60094823:60094823&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Aug+10%2C+1990&author=LARRY+STEWART&pub=Los+Angeles+Times+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=Will+Clippers+Settle+for+a+Fixer-Upper+in+Hunt+for+TV+Home%3F&pqatl=google.

Additional sources

  • ESPN College Football Encyclopedia (Pages 908–915)

External links