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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 TrojansJim 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[edit]

The following are coaches for the 2013 season:[3]

Name Position
Jim L. Mora Head Coach
Noel Mazzone Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Steve Broussard Running Backs
Adrian Klemm Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line
Eric Yarber Wide Receivers
Taylor Mazzone Quarterbacks
Lou Spanos Defensive Coordinator
Angus McClure Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Demetrice Martin Passing Game Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Jeff Ulbrich Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers
Sal Alosi Coordinator of Strength & Conditioning


Rose Bowl, panorama

Fall football practices at Spaulding Field

Rose Bowl[edit]

Main article: Rose Bowl (stadium)

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 Raidersbecame 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[edit]

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

Spaulding Field[edit]

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.


Bowl games[edit]

UCLA has played in 33 bowl games in its history, compiling a record of 15–17–1. 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.

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 2, 1939 Poi Bowl W Hawaii 32 7
January 1, 1943 Rose Bowl L Georgia 0 9
January 1, 1947 Rose Bowl L Illinois 14 45
January 1, 1954 Rose Bowl L Michigan State 20 28
January 1, 1956 Rose Bowl L Michigan State 14 17
January 1, 1962 Rose Bowl L Minnesota 3 21
January 1, 1966 Rose Bowl W Michigan State 14 12
January 1, 1976 Rose Bowl W Ohio State 23 10
December 20, 1976 Liberty Bowl L Alabama 6 36
December 25, 1978 Fiesta Bowl T Arkansas 10 10
December 31, 1981 Bluebonnet Bowl L Michigan 14 33
January 1, 1983 Rose Bowl W Michigan 24 14
January 2, 1984 Rose Bowl W Illinois 45 9
January 1, 1985 Fiesta Bowl W Miami 39 37
January 1, 1986 Rose Bowl W Iowa 45 28
December 30, 1986 Freedom Bowl W Brigham Young 31 10
December 25, 1987 Aloha Bowl W Florida 20 16
January 2, 1989 Cotton Bowl W Arkansas 17 3
December 31, 1991 Sun Bowl W Illinois 6 3
January 1, 1994 Rose Bowl L Wisconsin 16 21
December 25, 1995 Aloha Bowl L Kansas 30 51
January 1, 1998 Cotton Bowl W Texas A&M 29 23
January 1, 1999 Rose Bowl L Wisconsin 31 38
December 29, 2000 Sun Bowl L Wisconsin 20 21
December 25, 2002 Las Vegas Bowl W New Mexico 27 13
December 30, 2003 Silicon Valley Bowl L Fresno State 9 17
December 30, 2004 Las Vegas Bowl L Wyoming 21 24
December 30, 2005 Sun Bowl W Northwestern 50 38
December 27, 2006 Emerald Bowl L Florida State 27 44
December 22, 2007 Las Vegas Bowl L Brigham Young 16 17
December 29, 2009 EagleBank Bowl W Temple 30 21
December 31, 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl L Illinois 14 20
December 27, 2012 Holiday Bowl L Baylor 26 49
Total 33 bowl games 15–17–1      

Head coaching history[edit]

Years Coach Record
1919 Fred Cozens 2–6
1920–1922 Harry Trotter 2–13–1
1923–1924 James J. Cline 2–10–3
1925–1938 William H. Spaulding 72–51–8
1939–1944 Edwin C. Horrell 24–31–6
1945–1948 Bert LaBrucherie 23–16
1949–1957 Henry Russell Sanders 66–19–1
1958 George W. Dickerson 1–2
1958–1964 William F. Barnes 31–34–3
1965–1970 Tommy Prothro 41–18–3
1971–1973 Pepper Rodgers 19–12–1
1974–1975 Dick Vermeil 15–5–3
1976–1995 Terry Donahue 151–74–8
1996–2002 Bob Toledo 49–32
2003–2007 Karl Dorrell 35–27
2008–2011 Rick Neuheisel 21–28
2012– Jim L. Mora 11–5