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1975 California Golden Bears football team

The 1975 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8) during the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. In their fourth year under head coach Mike White, the Golden Bears compiled an 8–3 record (6–1 against Pac-8 opponents), finished in a tie with UCLA for the Pac-8 championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 330 to 233. At the end of the season the Golden Bears gained 2,522 passing yards and 2,522 rushing yards. The average was 229 total yards per game and the team was ranked number one in total offense.[1] The team did not participate in that season's Rose Bowl because during the season it lost to co-champion UCLA.[2][3]

1975 California Golden Bears football
Pac-8 co-champion
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 14
1975 record8–3 (6–1 Pac-8)
Head coachMike White (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorRoger Theder
CaptainChuck Muncie
CaptainPaul Von der Mehden
Home stadiumCalifornia Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →
1975 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 UCLA ^ + 6 1 0     9 2 1
No. 14 California + 6 1 0     8 3 0
Stanford 5 2 0     6 4 1
Washington 5 2 0     6 5 0
No. 17 USC 3 4 0     8 4 0
Oregon 2 5 0     3 8 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     1 10 0
Washington State 0 7 0     3 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Selected as Rose Bowl representative
Rankings from AP Poll

The team's statistical leaders included Joe Roth with 1,880 passing yards, Chuck Muncie with 1,460 rushing yards, and Steve Rivera with 790 receiving yards.[2]

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 13at Colorado*L 34–2746,211
September 20No. 20 West Virginia*L 28–1023,375
September 27at Washington StateW 33–2124,500[4]
October 4San Jose State*
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
W 27–2432,788
October 11at OregonW 34–718,500[5]
October 18Oregon State
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
W 51–2431,758[6]
October 25at No. 19 UCLAL 28–1436,100[7]
November 1No. 4 USC
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
W 28–1458,871[8]
November 8WashingtonNo. 18
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
W 27–2443,270[9]
November 15at Air Force*No. 15W 31–1435,770
November 22at StanfordNo. 13W 48–1588,000
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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RosterEdit

  • Jim Breech, k
  • Chuck Muncie, tb
  • Joe Roth, qb
  • Paul Von der Mehden
  • Wesley Walker, wr
  • Steve Rivera, wr
  • John Dixon, tb, fb
  • Phil Heck, lb
  • Jeff Barnes, de
  • George Freitas, te
  • Tom Newton, fb
  • Burl Toler, lb

ResultsEdit

StanfordEdit

1 2 34Total
California 14 13 02148
Stanford 6 0 0915

at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

  • Date: November 22
  • Game attendance: 88,000

Cal needed a win and UCLA tie or loss to earn a berth in the Rose Bowl.

Chuck Muncie finished with over 3,000 yards rushing in his career along with 37 touchdowns, 230 points and 4,188 all-purpose yards. By scoring four times, Muncie also tied a single game school record and finished the year with 15 TDs for another Cal mark.

After the game, coach Mike White said "If Chuck Muncie isn't the Heisman Trophy winner, I don't know who is."

[11]

Draft picksEdit

The following players were claimed in the 1976 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Chuck Muncie Running Back 1 3 New Orleans Saints
Steve Rivera Wide Receiver 4 100 San Francisco 49ers

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jares, Joe (September 6, 1976). "SCOUTING REPORTS". SI.com. Archived from the original on 2016-10-25. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  2. ^ a b "1975 California Golden Bears Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. p. 148. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  3. ^ "California 2015 Football Information Guide" (PDF). CalBears.com. Cal Golden Bears Athletics. p. 165. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  4. ^ '16 Cougar Football (PDF). Washington State University Athletics. p. 81.
  5. ^ Oregon Football 2015 Media Guide (PDF). University of Oregon Athletics. p. 134.
  6. ^ "Year-By-Year Results". 2017 Oregon State Football Media Guide Football (PDF). Oregon State Athletics. p. 170.
  7. ^ Florence, Mal (26 October 1975). "UCLA Beats Cal, 28-14; Vermeil Cries Foul: UCLA Beats California, 28-14". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ USC Football 2017 Media Guide (PDF). University of Southern California Athletics. p. 70.
  9. ^ 2017 Washington Football Information (PDF). University of Washington Athletics. p. 197.
  10. ^ 2009 California football information guide
  11. ^ "Muncie bowls over Cards, and wait begins." Eugene Register-Guard. 23 Nov 1975
  12. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1976.htm