UCLA Bruins



UCLA Bruins Highlights

General Information

  • Conference: Pac 12
  • NCAA Division: Division 1
  • City: Los Angeles, California
  • Stadium: Rose Bowl


  • National Championships: 1
  • Conference Titles: 17
  • Divisional Championships: 2
  • Bowl Game Record: 16-20-1

Past Conferences:

  • Independent (1919)
  • SCIAC (1920–1927)
  • PCC (1928–1958)

UCLA Bruins Stats & Analysis

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All-Time UCLA Bruins Stats & Records

Passing yards

  • Dorian Thompson-Robinson: 10,710
  • Cade McNown: 10,708
  • Brett Hundley: 9,966
  • Josh Rosen: 9,340
  • Drew Olson: 8,532

Rushing yards

  • Jonathan Franklin: 4,403
  • Gaston Green: 3,587
  • Paul Perkins: 3,488
  • Freeman McNeil: 3,195
  • Wendell Tyler: 3,181

Receiving yards

  • Danny Farner: 3,020
  • Craig Bragg: 2,845
  • Jordan Payton: 2,701
  • Kevin Jordan: 2,548
  • J.J. Stokes: 2,469

UCLA Bruins – NCAAF History

The beginning of the UCLA Bruins football program dates back to 1919. Their first coach was Fred Cozens. UCLA joined the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1920.

After the Bruins stumbled for a few seasons, they hired William H. Spaulding in 1925. He coached the Bruins from 1925-1938. There were multiple barriers broken during Spaulding’s tenure. The Bruins joined the Pacific Coast Conference in 1928 and made their first bowl game in 1938. Spaulding finished his career as the Bruins’ head coach with a 72-51-8 overall record. Spaulding has the third most wins in UCLA football history.

Babe Horrell was named head coach ahead of the 1939 season. The Bruins accomplished a big milestone in Horrell’s first year at the helm. They finished with a 6-0-4 overall record. It was the Bruins first time finishing undefeated. The Bruins were mostly up and down while Horrell was at the helm. In 1942, the Bruins finished 7-4-1 and won the PCC title. Horrell was out after the 1942 season with a 24–31–6 career record as the Bruins head coach.

Red Sanders took over at the helm after a four-year stint from Bert LaBruncherie. Sanders led the Bruins to nine straight winning seasons from 1949-1957. In 1953, the Bruins made their return to the Rose Bowl game after finishing with an 8-2 overall record.

In 1954, the Bruins finished with a perfect 9-0 overall record and a 6-0 conference record. The Bruins were crowned National Champions for the first and lone time in program history. Sanders coached the Bruins for three more seasons and led them to a 24-7 overall record. They went on to win one more conference championship in 1955. Sanders was out after the 1957 season. He finished with the second most wins in program history with 66.

Bill Barnes coached the Bruins from 1959-1964. The Bruins had a 31-34-3 record under Barnes. He led the Bruins to three straight winning seasons, followed by three losing seasons.

Tommy Prothro became head coach in 1965 after Barnes’ departure. Prothro’s first season was one of the best in the Bruins’ history. They finished with an 8-2 record and beat a host of good teams. The most memorable game was their 20-16 win over NCAA powerhouse and rival USC. They were down 16-6 but powered back and scored 14 unanswered points to secure the victory. They also beat #1 ranked Michigan State in the Rose Bowl after losing to them in the opening game of the season.

The Bruins would enjoy multiple winning seasons under Prothro but none as magical as the ‘65 season. In 1966, the Bruins finished with a 9-1 overall record. Over the next four seasons, the Bruins posted a 24-15-2 overall record. Prothro was out as head coach after the 1970 season

Both Pepper Rodgers and Dick Vermeil had short stints at the helm. Rodgers compiled a 19-12-1 overall record in his time. Each year the Bruins got better and won more games under Rodgers. Unfortunately for the Bruins, Rodgers decided to take the job at Georgia Tech after the 1973 season.

Vermeil led the Bruins to a 6-3-2 record in his first season and a 9-2-1 record in his second. The 1975 season was especially special. Vermeil won PAC 8 coach of the year and won the Rose Bowl over an undefeated Ohio State team. Vermeil departed UCLA to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Terry Donahue became head coach of the Bruins in 1995. Donahue is the most decorated coach in Bruins’ history. He’s the longest-tenured coach in Bruins history, has the most bowl appearances, and the most career wins with 151. The Bruins had a 9-4-1 bowl record under Donahue. The bowl record includes three rose bowl wins and a seven-year bowl win streak from 1982-1988. Additionally, during his 20-year tenure, the Bruins won five PAC 10 championships and he carried the Bruins to a winning record against USC.

In his second season, the Bruins finished with a 10-1 record and ended the season with a Rose Bowl win. It was their first time winning 10 games since the 1946 season.

They put together back-to-back 10-win seasons in 1987 and 1988. Each season ended with them winning a bowl game.

Donahue went on to coach until retiring in 1995. He led the Bruins to 16 winning seasons during his 20-year tenure. He was inducted into the college football hall of fame in 2000.

Bob Toledo was named head coach ahead of the 1996 season. The Bruins finished 5-6 in Toledo’s first year. The next two seasons the Bruins finished with identical 10-2 overall records. However, in 1998, they finished with an 8-0 conference record. They earned a trip to the Rose Bowl but lost. The 1999 season was underwhelming for the Bruins. They finished with a 4-7 record and took some bad losses. The 2000 season was no better as they finished with an average 6-6 after starting 6-2. The Bruins finished with back-to-back winning seasons in 2001 and 2002. Toledo was out after the 2002 season and left with a 49-32 overall record.

Karl Dorrell and Rick Neuheisel would coach the Bruins for the next nine seasons. The Bruins weren’t a powerhouse under Dorrell but they did make five straight bowls under him. His 2004 and 2005 teams featured running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew finished each season with more than 1,000 scrimmage yards and over 10 touchdowns. They went on to finish 10-2 and win the Sun Bowl in 2005.

Dorrell was out after the 2007 season. He finished with a 35-27 overall record.

Neuheisel was named head coach in 2008 and led the Bruins to a 15-22 overall record during his three-year stint. He was fired ahead of the 2011 PAC 12 Championship game.

Jim Mora coached the Bruins from 2012-2017. The 2012 and 2013 seasons were especially special under Mora. They finished with a 10-3 overall record and a 6-3 conference record in each season. They also went on to win bowl games each season. Perhaps Mora’s biggest game as a head coach came in 2017. The Bruins were down 44-10 to Texas A&M in the season opener. Mora and quarterback Josh Rosen led the Bruins back in the fourth quarter to win the game 45-44. Despite the fireworks from beating the Aggies, the Bruins finished the season with a 6-7 record. It was Mora’s last season as head coach.

Chip Kelly has been at the helm since 2018. After starting with three straight losing seasons, the Bruins have enjoyed two straight winning seasons under Kelly. Over the past two seasons, they have a 17-8 combined record and a 12-6 combined conference record.

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What is the highest win total in program history?

The Bruins have won 10 games during nine different seasons. Their first time winning 10 games was in 1946 while their most recent time winning 10 games came in 2014.

What was the worst season in program history?

The 1963 Bruins finished with a 2-8 overall record under head coach Bill Barnes. The Bruins averaged just under 10 points per game while surrendering 21.9 points per game.

How many total bowl games have the Bruins appeared in?

The Bruins have played in 37 total bowl games and currently have a 16-20-1 record in bowl games. They played in their first bowl game in 1942.
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