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The 1961 UCLA Bruins football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Los Angeles during the 1961 college football season. In their fourth year under head coach Bill Barnes, the Bruins compiled a 7–4 record (3–1 conference) and finished in first place in the Athletic Association of Western Universities.[1]

1961 UCLA Bruins football
AAWU champion
Rose Bowl, L 3–21 vs. Minnesota
ConferenceAthletic Association of Western Universities
1961 record7–4 (3–1 AAWU)
Head coachBill Barnes (4th season)
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 AAWU football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 16 UCLA $ 3 1 0     7 4 0
USC 2 1 1     4 5 1
Washington 2 1 1     5 4 1
Stanford 1 3 0     4 6 0
California 1 3 0     1 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

UCLA's offensive leaders in 1961 were quarterbacks Bobby Smith and Mike Haffner with 327 passing yards each, Haffner with 703 rushing yards, and Kermit Alexander with 297 receiving yards.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 23at Air Force*W 19-627,500[3]
September 30at Michigan*No. 9L 6-2973,019
October 7at No. 8 Ohio State*L 3-1382,992
October 14Vanderbilt*W 28-2123,704[4]
October 21Pittsburgh*
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 20-627,688[5]
October 28at StanfordW 20-035,000[6]
November 4California
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (California)
W 35-1533,792[7]
November 10TCU*
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
W 28-729,236
November 18Washington
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
L 13-1733,969
November 25at USC
W 10-757,580
January 1vs. No. 6 Minnesota*
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA (Rose Bowl)
L 3-2198,214
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1961 UCLA Bruins Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "1961 UCLA Bruins Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  3. ^ Curran, J. (24 September 1961). "Bruins' bobby smith (3 TDs) ruins air force, 19-6". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Curran, J. (15 October 1961). "Bruins in 'rout' of vandy". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Curran, J. (22 October 1961). "Bruins' defense rescues offense, beats pitt, 20-6". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ "UCLA backs speed by stanford, 20-0". The Washington Post. 29 October 1961.
  7. ^ Curran, J. (5 November 1961). "SMITH STARS AS BRUINS 'FIGHT' TO WIN". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ "2015 UCLA Bruins Football Media Guide Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). Retrieved December 19, 2016.