On The ’39 Washington State Cougars

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USC Trojans third-string quarterback DOYLE NAVE (# 40), the pass-happy hero of the 1939 Rose Bowl Game whom the Detroit Lions later made the sixth overall player selected in the first round of the 1940 National Football League Draft, is crunched by a couple of Washington State Cougars including lineman JAMES WOODDY (# 24) during the lopsided Pacific Conference Coast game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 7th, 1939.
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Not much had been expected from the WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS heading into the 1939 NCAA football season. After all, head coach ORIN E. “BABE” HOLLINGBERY’s club had managed to win only two of its ten games the season before while failing to post even a single victory against all Pacific Coast Conference opposition eligible to appear in the annual Rose Bowl contest on New Year’s Day. What’s worse, the Washington State Cougars had compiled the woeful total of just four offensive touchdowns scored in its ten games during that disastrous campaign in 1938, as well.

Indicative of the overall lack of talent in the program was the fact that only one Washington State Cougar was chosen in the 1939 National Football League Draft and that player, 220-pound tackle DICK FARMAN, was, in fact, a rather late selection (16th round, # 148 overall) of the Washington Redskins. Hollingbery did have several experienced players returning from the 1938 squad but no one who accurately fit the description of a real ‘difference-maker’. In September of 1939, quite understandably, the overwhelming majority of contemporary college football analysts had predicted that the Washington State Cougars would finish last among the eight conference teams all vying for a place in the lucrative and prestigious Rose Bowl.

Therefore, by the time Hollingbery’s charges departed for Los Angeles in late November of 1939 carrying the even record of four wins and four losses in their luggage, the Washington State College gridiron season had been rightly declared a success even before the Cougars faced the UCLA Bruins in their final game of the campaign. The signature victory had come against the intra-state arch-rival Washington Huskies in a contest that was witnessed by a school record crowd of 20,000 spectators, accentuated by the State of Washington’s year-long 50th Anniversary “Golden Jubilee” celebration and effectively settled in the first quarter when Cougars senior fullback REX BANTZ scored the game’s only touchdown from a yard out on fourth down. This triumph marked the first time in six years that Washington State had been able to defeat its great adversary from Seattle in the annual Apple Cup showdown and also happened to coincide with the ‘coming out party’ of BILLY SEWELL, the Cougars’ multi-talented sophomore left halfback who would later go on to be recognized on some some All-America teams in both 1940 & 1941.

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Washington State Cougars right halfback EARLE ROSS is met by Washington Huskies quarterback by Washington Huskies DON MEANS (# 32) right after catching a short pass in the flat during the Pacific Coast Conference clash at Rogers Field in Pullman on October 14th, 1939.
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Washington State did suffer through a mid-season slump that saw the Cougars score just one touchdown on a flukey play while dropping three games in succession. Certainly, a bit of luck was involved against the California Golden Bears when Washington State first-string center KEN DEVINE snatched a ball (that had been coughed up by the left halfback Sewell while running on a sweep) out of midair and dashed 25 yards to paydirt. But then Hollingbery’s troops rebounded sharply to win back-to-back contests opposite the Idaho Vandals and Stanford Indians, respectively.

The mid-season installation of the preveiously inexperienced DICK RENFRO the starting fullback played a huge part in Washington State’s last two victories as the stocky sophomore (5’10” 200 lbs) ran for 63 yards (4.8 avg) against Idaho and then added another 39 yards (3.3 avg) while scoring the only touchdown of the game against Stanford.

Until the emergence of Renfro, the only other Washington State ball carrier who had been able to gain yardage on the ground with any kind of meaningful consistency all season had been right halfback EARLE ROSS. The lanky senior (6’0″ 175 lbs) typically packed the pigskin for the Cougars on reverse plays that swept around the left end, similarly to what the UCLA Bruins were doing with their speedy right halfback, Jackie Robinson, but without the “man-in-motion” tactics. Also, unlike Robinson with the Bruins, Ross took his handoffs from the Washington State fullback who had received the direct snap (as compared to the left halfback, that is).

’39 WASHINGTON STATE rushing … (7 of 8 games going into UCLA contest)
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RHB ……. # 2 ….. Earle ROSS …………… 31 att …. 136 yrd ……. 4.39 avg ….. 1 td
FB ………. # 31 …. Dick RENFRO ………. 35 att …. 132 yrd ……. 3.77 avg ….. 1 td
LHB ……. # 23 … Billy SEWELL ………… 52 att …… 91 yrd ……. 1.75 avg
FB ………. # 4 ….. Rex BANTZ …………… 33 att …… 66 yrd ……. 2.00 avg …. 2 td
LHB ……. # 36 … Dick EMERSON …….. 30 att …… 55 yrd ……. 1.83 avg ….. 1 td
QB/FB … # 3 ….. Ford SEXTON ……….. 31 att …… 50 yrd ……. 1.61 avg
LHB ……. # 26 … Frank AKINS …………. 11 att …… 33 yrd ……. 3.00 avg
QB ……… # 17 …. Don GREELEY ………. 10 att …… 31 yrd ……. 3.10 avg
LHB ……. # 43 … Lee ORR ………………… 12 att …… 30 yrd ……. 2.50 avg
FB ………. # 66 … Don MCLENNAN …….. 7 att …… 20 yrd ……. 2.86 avg
LE/RE … # 40 … Fred BROWN …………… 2 att …… 12 yrd ……. 6.00 avg ….. 1 td
RHB …… # 12 …. Felix FLETCHER ……… 2 att …… 11 yrd ……. 5.50 avg
RHB …… # 22 …. Russell SCHLEEH …….. 1 att …….. 1 yrd ……. 1.00 avg
RE ……… # 20 …. Dan JORDAN …………… 1 att ….. – 4 yrd … – 4.00 avg
RHB …… # 28 …. Frank OLIVER …………. 6 att ….. – 5 yrd …. – 0.83 avg
LHB ……. # 52 …. Keith SIMON …………… 4 att … – 11 yrd …. – 2.75 avg

(Above statistics compiled from Washington State’s games against Gonzaga, Southern Cal, Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho and Stanford but do not include the Cougars’ contest with Oregon State … sources for statistics presented are contemporary newspaper reports from the Berkeley Daily-Gazette and the Eugene Register-Guard in addition to game films available on YouTube.)

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Washington State left halfback BILLY SEWELL (far left, carrying the football as a sophomore against Idaho) would set a new Pacific Coast Conference passing yardage record in 1940 and also led the Far West circuit that term with 1,333 yards worth of total offense (rushing & passing), as well, but that sum did not exceed the existing P.C.C. total offense record established by the UCLA Bruins’ Kenny Washington (1,371 yards) the previous season … Sewell was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 7th round (# 53 overall) of the 1942 NFL Draft but never did play a game in the National Football League.
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It was also Earle Ross who just so happened to be Washington State’s most productive and reliable pass receiver, as well. The Cougars right halfback added another 115 yards and a touchdown on six catches (17.0 avg) in the three triumphs over Gonzaga, Washington and Idaho. For the most part, however, Babe Hollingbery’s 1939 Washington State Cougars were an extremely conservative Single Wing era team that, as a general rule of thumb, simply just preferred not to deal with the all of the inherent risks associated with passing the football forward.

Senior left halfback DICK EMERSON, who threw two touchdown passes in the Cougars’ season-opening victory against Gonzaga, was injured the next week opposite the USC Trojans and never did regain full physical fitness that fall. Sewell, who tossed only one touchdown pass (to Ross versus Idaho) as a sophomore in 1939, was still roughly a year away from becoming the NCAA’s official national passing champion with 86 completions in 174 attempts (49.42% accuracy – 1,023 yards) as a junior steering Washington State’s new wide-open offensive system in 1940. Collectively, the Cougars’ passers (read, primarily Emerson and Sewell) combined to generate just 31 completions out of 91 attempts (33.69% accuracy) and 394 yards passing in the eight games prior to Washington State’s 1939 season-ending contest against the UCLA Bruins.

At the top of Washington State’s priority list in 1939 was not so much possession of the pigskin as it was maintaining a good position on the gridiron field. Such a deliberate strategy is best evidenced by the fact that, quite often, the Cougars chose to punt the football away before the arrival of fourth down. The YouTube game films show that Washington State actually punted on fourth down less than half of the time (21 out of 44, or 47.73%) in their five games against Gonzaga, Southern Cal, Washington, Oregon and Idaho that year.

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Washington State Cougars reserve right end DAN JORDAN (# 20) will, unfortunately, not be able to catch the football despite being all alone in the end zone during the wide-open non-conference meeting with the visiting Idaho Vandals at Rogers Field in Pulman on November 12th, 1939.
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The Washington State Cougars’ most glaring weakness in 1939 was the overall lack of size at the line of scrimmage. At 210 pounds, junior right tackle STANFORD JOHNSON was the heaviest lineman that the head coach Hollingbery had at his disposal that season. Not helping the situation was the fact that Washington State had only two more linemen who saw any sort of regular action, senior tackle BILL BANTZ (205 lbs) and sophomore guard / tackle JAMES WOODDY (202 lbs), who also tipped the scales at more than two hundred pounds.

As far as the professionals were concerned, there was only one Washington State lineman on the entire 1939 team who would be worthy of having his name called at the annual NFL Draft as Cougars second team junior center KEN STONE was ultimately a very late choice (20th round, # 187 overall) of the New York Giants in 1941.

In this Single Wing Era of genuine smash-mouth football in the late 1930s, the dearth of pro-caliber talent at the line of scrimmage was a certainly major problem for the Washington State Cougars.

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Gonzaga ……………….. 110 rush …….. 80 pass ……. 190 total ……. 19 pts
Southern Cal ………….. 31 rush ……… 34 pass ……… 65 total …….. 0 pts
Washington ……………. 66 rush …….. 48 pass ……. 114 total ……… 6 pts
California ……………….. 97 rush …….. 53 pass ……. 150 total …….. 7 pts
Oregon State …………… 23 rush …….. 51 pass ……… 74 total …….. 0 pts
Oregon ……………………. 65 rush …….. 19 pass ……… 84 total …….. 0 pts
Idaho ……………………. 224 rush …… 100 pass …… 324 total …… 21 pts
Stanford ………………….. 81 rush …….. 15 pass ……… 96 total …….. 7 pts
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average …………………. 87.1 rush ….. 50.0 pass … 137.1 total ….. 7.5 pts

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“W.S.C. Gridders Leave For South”

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“The UCLA Triumvirate Of Aces” — Bruins left end WOODY STRODE (# 27), right halback JACKIE ROBINSON (# 28) and superstar left halfback KENNY WASHINGTON (# 13) … In the estimation of the Associated Press, both Washington and Strode were seen as First Team All-Pacific Coast material with Robinson being viewed as Third Team stuff in 1939; as far as the United Press was concerned, Washington was selected as First Team All-Pacific Coast with Robinson and Strode both being cited as Honorable Mention (which was that organization’s equivalent of a third team) that year.
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Spokane Daily Chronicle — Tuesday, November 28th, 1939

“W.S.C. GRIDDERS LEAVE FOR SOUTH”

Following a long workout under the lights, the WASHINGTON STATE football team entrained for Los Angeles and the Thursday night game with U.C.L.A.

Last night’s practice was devoted to polishing up defensive tactics against KENNY WASHINGTON, JACKIE ROBINSON and WOODROW WILSON STRODE, the U.C.L.A. triumvirate of aces. Other items getting attention were passing and kicking, although Washington State ranks as the fourth best team in the nation in the punting department.

(Washington State College head coach BABE) HOLLINGBERY has promised to throw the offense wide open Thursday night and fans may see another of those wild and woolly games which U.C.L.A. staged with Oregon State last Saturday. Hollingbery took 34 gridders (on the trip to Los Angeles) and all but (left halfback) DICK EMERSON are ready to play. Emerson may play if needed.

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It is very interesting to note that the Washington State Cougars ended up deploying a 5-3-2-1 defensive scheme in many situations against UCLA in an obvious pre-arranged attempt to cope with the sweeping runs from the Bruins’ twin set of speedsters coming out of the backfield, Kenny Washington and Jackie Robinson.

Washington State normally played with a six-man defensive wall and this 5-3-2-1 formation was not something the Cougars had shown in any of the their previous games in 1939 against Gonzaga, Southern Cal, Washington, Oregon and Idaho (all five of which, of course, can be viewed on YouTube). Bascially, on certain plays, Washington State’s regular left end on the front line dropped back into the position of outside left linebacker in a second level now comprising of three defenders instead of the usual pair. As it turned out, the very first time that the Cougars utilized its five-man line against the UCLA, it was Washington State tackle JAMES WOODDY, the de facto left end in the new formation, who was able to get into the backfield and partially deflect the Bruins’ quick attempt (a punt that ended up traveling downfield all of six yards).

In the first quarter against UCLA, Washington State would only use the 5-3-2-1 defensive scheme on third downs (a total of four times). It appears as if the Cougars’ confidence in this formation grew as the game wore along because Washington State conspicuously deployed its three linebacker set a total of seven times in both the second and third quarters. It should also be noted that, in fact, the Cougars were leading by one point after forty-five minutes of play.

One has to wonder if the reason that Hollingbery had his Washington State troops work on the kicking game did not revolve around a strong desire to limit the effectiveness of UCLA right halfback JACKIE ROBINSON on punt returns. In 1939, the Bruins’ transfer from Pasadena Junior College was ultimately destined to lead the entire NCAA in average yards per attempt (18 returns for 295 yards, 16.4 average) and had already run a punt back 64 yards much to the detriment of the Cougars’ great intra-state arch-rival, the University of Washington Huskies. As events against the Bruins in Los Angeles would later unfold, diligent Washington State permitted the lightning-fast Robinson to run back just two punts for a combined total of twenty-four yards — so, in other words, the Cougars certainly did manage to hold UCLA’s dangerous return man well below his normal season average.

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“W.S.C. Awaits Night Battle – Leaves To Meet U.C.L.A. Under Lights At Los Angeles Thursday”

The Spokesman-Review — Tuesday, November 28th, 1939

“W.S.C. AWAITS NIGHT BATTLE – LEAVES TO MEET U.C.L.A. UNDER LIGHTS AT LOS ANGELES THURSDAY”

Set to put out the U.C.L.A. three-alarm fire (i.e., the Bruins trio of left halfback Kenny Washington, right halfback Jackie Robinson and left end Woody Strode), WASHINGTON STATE’s squad of 34 gridders entrained for Los Angeles tonight. Every player was in fine shape except Captain DICK EMERSON, who may be used if needed.

Turning out early, Washington State College got in more than three hours of practice tonight, both in daylight and lamplight. Most of the period was spent polishing up offensive weapons, for coach BABE HOLLINGBERY has promised to let go the scoring reins Thursday night.

There was still some indecision at train time over what color the ball was to be (used during the game in Los Angeles on Thursday). (UCLA head coach) BABE HORRELL wants a brown one and Hollingbery wants a white one. Hollingbery will wait until his club works out under the lights at the Los Angeles coliseum on Wednesday before making a final decision.

(Editor’s Note — The perfectly valid reason why the Bruins bench boss preferred to use a regular brown pigskin was because the UCLA star left halfback, Kenny Washington, would not be able to get the same grip on a painted white football as compared to a standard brown football. Therefore, the Kingfish would not be able to throw as tight a spiral with the white ball as he otherwise would be normally be capable of and that, of, course, could have a detrimental effect. Keeping in mind the fact that Washington had tossed no fewer than five touchdown passes in UCLA’s last four contests going into the game against Washington State in late November of 1939 and that, in fact, five of the Bruins’ seven touchdowns tallied in their last four games that year had been scored on passing plays, there could be no doubt that the specific kind of football to be used was a very significant detail.)

The game will mark the first night game in the 23-year history of the Pacific Coast loop. Originally slated for the afternoon, the game was shifted to the evening when President Roosevelt removed Thanksgiving Day from the scene and left no excuse for playing the game.

(Editor’s Note … Unfortunately, whomever is responsible for this particular article printed by The Spokesman-Review back in November of 1939 got things horribly wrong here. The Bruins had actually played their historic first Pacific Coast Conference game under the lights at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum two years earlier when UCLA doubled up the Oregon Ducks 26-13 on Friday, September 24th, 1937 — certainly a noteworthy date on which sophomore left halfback Kenny Washington marked his varsity debut for the Bruins by rushing for two touchdowns and passing for another. Presented below would be visual verification of that landmark night game via the applicable 1937/38 UCLA school yearbook.)

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(Editor’s Note, cont … The Spokesman-Review writer’s joint reference to President Roosevelt & Thanksgiving Day is rather confusing, as well, but it is very important to note that the month of November had five Thursdays in the calendar year of 1939. It is also extremely relevant to understand that, in 1939, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT broke with the tradition first begun by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 that set the last Thursday of November as the official date that Thanksgiving Day was to be observed. The reason why Roosevelt did this was because the United States was still trying to recover from the effects of The Great Depression and he thought that an extended Christmas shopping season would bolster the overall national economy.

The point being made here at this blog is that the writer of this particular article printed by The Spokesman-Review must have been trying to say that the reason why the UCLA vs Washington State game in 1939 was ultimately switched from an afternoon engagement to an evening affair is because the November 30th date was now no longer a Thanksgiving holiday and, therefore, many potential ticket-buyers would now be going to work during the daylight hours, as on any other normal weekday.)

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For the historical record, the UCLA BRUINS had never lost a night game in four previous contests (all Friday night affairs) when the WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS came calling in late November of 1939 :

Sept 27, 1935 …….. UCLA 39 – Utah State 0
Nov 15, 1935 …….. UCLA 19 – Hawaii 6
Sept 24, 1937 …….. UCLA 26 – Oregon 13
Sept 23, 1938 …….. UCLA 27 – Iowa 3

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1939 UCLA Bruins : Photographical Highlights From Game Reports Presented Thus Far

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First-year UCLA BRUINS head coach BABE HORRELL (bottom center in dark sweatshirt, flanked by backfield coach JIM BLEWETT and line coach RAY RICHARDS also wearing such distinguishable tops to his left and right, respectively) leads his charges out onto the practice field. Trailing behind just over the right shoulder of Horrell is UCLA starting tackle DEL LYMAN (# 15), the 215-pounder who would be taken by the Green Bay Packers in the 14th round of the 1940 National Football League Draft and to Lyman’s immediate right is Bruins standout guard JACK SOMMERS (# 11), the 210-pounder out of Norristown, Pennsylvania, who would be honored as Second Team All-Pacific Coast by both the Associated Press and United Press in 1939 and chosen by the Chicago Cardinals in the 11th round of the 1940 NFL Draft. Although the very best of the Bruins’ available talent operated in the backfield that season, it was the two linemen, Lyman and Sommers, who were the only UCLA players to have their rights were reserved by NFL teams that particular year.
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1939 NCAA season – UCLA BRUINS
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Fri, Sept 29 ……… Los Angeles ……….. UCLA 6 – Texas Christian 0
Sat, Oct 7 ………… Seattle ……………….. UCLA 14 – Washington 7
Sat, Oct 14 ………. Palo Alto ……………. UCLA 14 – Stanford 14
Sat, Oct 21 ………. Los Angeles ………… UCLA 20 – Montana 6
Sat, Oct 28 ………. Los Angeles ………… UCLA 16 – Oregon 6
Sat, Nov 4 ……….. Los Angeles ………… UCLA 20 – California 7
Sat, Nov 18 ………. Los Angeles ……….. UCLA 0 – Santa Clara 0
Sat, Nov 25 ………. Los Angeles ……….. UCLA 13 – Oregon State 13

Thurs, Nov 30 ….. Los Angeles ………… UCLA vs Washington State
Sat, Dec 9 …………. Los Angeles …………. UCLA vs USC

With only two football games on its 1939 schedule remaining to be played, the upstart UCLA BRUINS under first-year head coach BABE HORRELL knew full well that they had the unique opportunity of earning the very first Rose Bowl invitation in the Westwood school’s history if the team now ranked # 13 in the country by the Associate Press could manage to bring off consecutive triumphs at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum over the Washington State Cougars and cross-town rival USC Trojans in the early part of December.

The photographical highlights of the comprehensive game-by-game review of the 1939 UCLA BRUINS presented at this blog to this point would be as follows :

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UCLA Bruins fullback BILL OVERLIN (# 5) hammers his way over the goal line in the third quarter to score the winning touchdown against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in a contest at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that saw the hosts halt the defending national champion’s winning streak at fourteen consecutive games.

http://lvironpigs.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/1939-ucla-vs-texas-christian/

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UCLA right halfback JACKIE ROBINSON (# 28) surveys his options as he runs down the sidelines of Husky Stadium in Seattle during the Pacific Coast Conference game against the Washington Huskies … Robinson helped to spark a fourth quarter rally from the Bruins by returning a punt 64 yards to set up UCLA’s first touchdown of the day.

http://lvironpigs.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/1939-washington-vs-ucla/

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UCLA Bruins fullback BILL OVERLIN (5) safely punts the football away against the host Stanford Indians … Overlin provided the visitors with a second quarter lead on a touchdown run but UCLA needed a late interception and long return from right halfback Jackie Robinson in order for the Bruins to leave Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto with a share of the spoils.

http://lvironpigs.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/2014/1939-stanford-vs-ucla/

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UCLA left halfback KENNY WASHINGTON (# 13) takes advantage of a diving block thrown by Bruins fullback LEO CANTOR and starts off on a 68-yard gallop against the Montana Grizzlies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (although the play did not result in a touchdown, as the headline indicates) … Washington ran for what was officially (NCAA only started formally keeping track of statistics in 1937) considered to be a school record 164 yards rushing as well as a school record-tying three touchdowns as the Bruins romped easily.

http://www.lvironpigs.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/1939-ucla-vs-montana/

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UCLA right halfback JACKIE ROBINSON (# 28), the first-year transfer from Pasadena Junior College, formally notched his first two touchdowns at the elite NCAA level, one on a 66-yard pass from left halfback Kenny Washington and the other on an 83-yard dash, as the visiting Bruins came from behind to defeat the visiting Oregon Ducks in the entertaining Pacific Coast Conference tilt at the Los Angeles Memorial Colisuem.

http://www.lvironpigs.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/1939-ucla-vs-oregon/

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(click to enlarge) … UCLA left end WOODY STRODE (# 27) hooks up with Bruins left halfback KENNY WASHINGTON (# 13) on a 22-yard scoring toss in the third quarter of the Pacific Coast Conference engagement against the visiting California Golden Bears at the Los Angeles Memorial Colisuem … both Strode and Washington, of course, would later appear in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams.
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UCLA left halfback KENNY WASHINGTON (# 13), who was a consensus First Team All-Pacific Coast choice of the Associated Press in both 1938 and 1939, rambled for 142 yards and one score (a 35-yard jaunt) while throwing for two more touchdowns as the Bruins came roaring back against their so-called Big Brothers from the North, the visiting California Golden Bears.

http://www.lvironpigs.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/1939-ucla-vs-california/

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UCLA co-captain DALE GILMORE (# 25), the senior right halfback who scored the fourth quarter touchdown that allowed the Bruins to defeat the University of Washington on the road in Seattle for the very first time in school history, attempts to outrace a couple of Santa Clara Broncos during the non-conference match-up at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that concluded as a scoreless draw between the two nationally-ranked teams.

http://www.lvironpigs.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/1939-ucla-vs-santa-clara/

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UCLA quarterback NED MATTHEWS (# 55) catches a short flat pass in between a pair of Oregon State Beavers and will open the scoring in the second quarter of this Pacific Coast Conference tussle at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum ….. Bruins left halfback Kenny Washington will direct his team on an 82-yard march and throw his second touchdown pass of the game with roughly a minute left on the clock but a missed extra point will force the hosts to settle for a second consecutive tie.

http://lvironpigs.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/1939-ucla-vs-oregon-state/

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All-Time UCLA Bruins : Interception & Fumble Return Touchdowns

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ALL-TIME UCLA BRUINS : INTERCEPTION & FUMBLE RETURN TDS
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Jimmy Allen ……………………….. 100 yrd int vs California, 1973
Alan Dial …………………………….. 100 yrd int vs Oregon State, 1986
Dennis Price ……………………….. 100 yrd int vs California, 1987
Phil Parslow ………………………….. 98 yrd int vs Illinois, 1958
Abdul McCullough ………………… 98 yrd int vs Arizona State, 1994
Hal Hirshon …………………………… 95 yrd int vs Stanford, 1937
Jerry Robinson ……………………… 95 yrd int vs Minnesota, 1977
J. Ryland (K. Washington) …… * 90 yrd int vs Missouri, 1937
Alterraun Verner …………………… 89 yrd int vs Arizona, 2006
Ron Carver ……………………………. 85 yrd int vs Tennessee, 1970
Dave Brown …………………………… 80 yrd fumble vs USC, 1943
Alterraun Verner …………………… 76 yrd int vs California, 2007
Alton McSween ……………………… 75 yrd int vs California, 1972
Levi Armstrong ……………………… 75 yrd int vs Arizona, 1976
Raymond Bell ………………………… 75 yrd int vs Oregon Stae, 1977
Randall Goforth …………………….. 75 yrd fumble vs Virginia, 2014
Jerry Robinson ……………………… 72 yrd int vs Washington State, 1976
Don Stalwick …………………………. 70 yrd int ret vs Washington State, 1953
Jerry Robinson ……………………… 69 yrd int vs Stanford, 1976
Alterraun Verner …………………… 68 yrd int vs Arizona State, 2009
Pat Pinkston ………………………….. 66 yrd int vs Washington State, 1956
Dave Dobrow …………………………. 65 yrd int vs Montana, 1946
Blanchard Montgomery …………. 65 yrd int vs Washington State, 1982
Craig Rutledge ……………………….. 65 yrd int vs Brigham Young, 1985
Marcus Turner ………………………. 65 yrd int vs Oregon, 1987

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Considering that legendary UCLA linebacker JERRY ROBINSON (# 84), the first and still only one of two Bruins to ever be recognized as consensus First Team All-America three times, was recruited as a wide receiver and spent almost all of his freshman season playing at that position before switching over to the other side of the ball in the month prior to the now-famous 1976 Rose Bowl game against the then-undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes under Woody Hayes, it should, perhaps, have come as no surprise that it was, indeed, Robinson who became the very first player in school history ever to score three defensive touchdowns in a varsity career — astonishingly enough, Robinson averaged a whopping 78.67 yards on the trio of interceptions returned for eighteen points.
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Carlton Gray ………………………….. 65 yrd int vs Washington, 1989
Nikosi Littleton ……………………… 65 yrd int vs Arizona, 1993
Dennis Price ………………………….. 63 yrd int vs USC, 1984
Brian Baggott …………………………. 62 yrd int vs California, 1978
Brian Baggott …………………………. 61 yrd int vs California, 1978
Kenny Easley …………………………. 62 yrd int vs Oregon State, 1980
Dennis Keyes …………………………. 60 yrd int vs Washington, 2007
J. Roesch (B. Waterfield) ……… * 56 yrd int vs St. Mary’s, 1944
Jason Zdenek …………………………. 56 yrd int vs Stanford, 2000
Trey Brown ……………………………. 56 yrd int vs Brigham Young, 2007
Rodney Leisle ………………………… 55 yrd int vs Arizona, 2003
Darryl Henley ………………………… 54 yrd fumble vs Arizona, 1986
Eric Turner ……………………………. 54 yrd int vs Stanford, 1987
Julius Williams ………………………. 53 yrd int vs Boise State, 1999
Bill Murphy ……………………………. 52 yrd int vs Oregon State, 1935
Mike Molina …………………………… 52 yrd int vs Oregon, 1977
Spencer Havner ……………………… 52 yrd int vs San Diego State, 2004
Abdul McCullough ………………….. 51 yrd int vs Tennessee, 1996
Jerry Whitney ………………………… 50 yrd int vs Stanford, 1947
Marcus Turner ……………………….. 50 yrd int vs Long Beach State, 1988
Stacy Argo ……………………………… 48 yrd int vs Arizona State, 1989
John Peterson ………………………… 47 yrd int vs Oregon State, 1953
Mark Gustafson ……………………… 46 yrd int vs Pitt, 1967
Ron Pitts ………………………………… 46 yrd int vs Arizona State, 1984
Bill Murphy ……………………………. 45 yrd int vs St. Mary’s, 1933

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MARCUS TURNER, who remains tied for fourth place in UCLA school history with Don Rogers, Eric Turner and Rahim Moore having intercepted 14 passes in his collegiate career, became the very first Bruins defensive back to ever score three defensive touchdowns after lugging an interception the distance against Long Beach State in 1988 … Turner later carved out a respectable seven-year career with the Phoenix Cardinals and New York Jets in the crack National Football League despite being chosen rather late (11th round, # 283 overall) in the 1989 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
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John Brown ……………………………. 45 yrd int vs USC, 1958
Craig Rutledge ……………………….. 45 yrd int vs Oregon State, 1986
Sherman Chavoor ………………….. 44 yrd int vs Washington State, 1936
Damien Holmes ……………………… 44 yrd fumble vs Rice, 2012
George Forster ……………………….. 43 yrd fumble vs Cal Tech, 1928
Trey Brown ……………………………. 43 yrd int vs Oregon, 2004
Dick Wallen ……………………………. 42 yrd int vs California, 1956
Donovan Gallatin ……………………. 42 yrd int vs Brigham Young, 1993
Phillip Ward …………………………… 42 yrd int vs Michigan, 1996
Spencer Havner ……………………… 42 yrd int vs Washington, 2002
Joe Sabol ……………………………….. 41 yrd int vs Purdue, 1950
Carlton Gray ………………………….. 41 yrd int vs Arizona, 1991
Ben Emanuel ………………………….. 41 yrd int vs Washington State, 2002
Mike Frankovich ……………………. 40 yrd int vs Washington State, 1933
K. Washington (J. Montgomery) … * 40 yrd fumble vs Washington, 1938
Jim Bright ………………………………. 40 yrd int vs Utah, 1973
Damian Allen ………………………….. 40 yrd int vs Texas, 1997
Eric Kendricks ………………………… 40 yrd fumble vs Washington State, 2012
Ryan Nece ………………………………. 39 yrd fumble vs Stanford, 2001
John Walker ……………………………. 38 yrd int vs Stanford, 1961
Michael Williams …………………….. 37 yrd fumble vs Washington State, 1992
Eric Kendricks ………………………… 37 yrd int vs Virginia, 2014
Jerry Jaso ……………………………….. 36 yrd int vs Washington State, 1969
Teddy Lawrence ……………………… 36 yrd int vs Washington, 1993
Marvin Goodwin ……………………… 36 yrd fumble vs Stanford, 1993

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UCLA strong safety ABDUL MCCULLOUGH (# 9) became only the third player in school history since the Bruins first joined the old Pacific Coast Conference in 1928 (and, therefore, first began to contest what can be loosely defined as a modern day-style schedule featuing collegiate competition of an elite caliber) to score a defensive touchdown after picking off a pass from Tennessee Volunteers superstar quarterback Peyton Manning on the road in Knoxville at the start of September in 1996.
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Tim McAteer …………………………… 35 yrd fumble vs Tennessee, 1965
Don Manning …………………………… 35 yrd int vs California, 1966
Pat Larimore ……………………………. 35 yrd int vs Oregon, 2011
Alterraun Verner ……………………… 34 yrd int vs Utah, 2006
Ricky Manning ………………………… 33 yrd int vs Oregon State, 2002
Del McGue ………………………………. 32 yrd int vs Loyola-Marymount, 1933
Allan Ellis ………………………………… 31 yrd int vs Pitt, 1971
Lupe Sanchez …………………………… 31 yrd int vs Stanford, 1983
Al Izmirian ………………………………. 30 yrd int vs Oregon State, 1942
Bert West ………………………………… 30 yrd int vs Oregon State, 1946
Everett Riddle …………………………. 30 yrd int vs Santa Clara, 1942
Scott Hooks …………………………….. 30 yrd int vs Pitt, 1968
Don Rogers ……………………………… 29 yrd int vs Stanford, 1983
James Washington …………………… 29 yrd int vs Oregon State, 1985
Tommy Bennett ………………………. 29 yrd fumble vs Arizona, 1995
Ben Emanuel ……………………………. 29 yrd int vs Washington State, 2001
Jarrad Page ……………………………… 29 yrd int vs New Mexico, 2002
Raymond Burks ………………………. 28 yrd int vs Stanford, 1976
Tony Dye ………………………………… 28 yrd fumble vs Northwestern, 2009
Dennis Spurling ……………………….. 27 yrd int vs Washington, 1969
Chuck Cheshire ……………………….. 26 yrd int vs Oregon State, 1934
John Brown ……………………………… 26 yrd int vs Stanford, 1958
Bobby Smith ……………………………. 26 yrd int vs Pitt, 1961
Byron Nelson …………………………… 24 yrd fumble vs Illinois, 1963
Michael Wiley ………………………….. 24 yrd int vs Houston, 1997

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UCLA Bruins linebacker SPENCER HAVNER (# 41) is escorted all the way downfield and into the end zone by teammate BRANDON CHILLAR (# 11) after picking off a Washington Huskies pass in early November of 2002 … Havner, who was named First Team All-America by both CBS Sports and College Football News as a junior in 2004, became the very first Westwood gridiron warrior to ever notch four defensive touchdowns in a varsity career three years later after returning a fumble for a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners towards the end of September in 2005.
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Jarrad Page ……………………………… 24 yrd int vs Washington, 2003
Myles Jack ………………………………. 24 yrd int vs Virginia Tech, 2013
Bill Stits …………………………………… 23 yrd int vs Wisconsin, 1952
Spencer Havner ……………………….. 23 yrd int vs Oklahoma State, 2002
Eric Kendricks …………………………. 23 yrd fumble vs Houston, 2012
Pete O’Garro …………………………….. 22 yrd int vs California, 1956
Rich Gunther ……………………………. 22 yrd int vs Oregon, 1972
Greg Davenport ………………………… 22 yrd int vs Oregon, 1972
Tommy Bennett ……………………….. 22 yrd fumble vs California, 1995
Ryan Nece ………………………………… 22 yrd int vs Kansas, 2001
Marcus Turner ………………………….. 21 yrd int vs California, 1985
Ishmael Adams ………………………….. 20 yrd int vs Virginia, 2014
Roy Kurrasch …………………………….. 18 yrd int vs Idaho, 1942
Vince Bischof …………………………….. 18 yrd int vs Washington State 1968
Tommy Bennett …………………………. 18 yrd fumble vs Washington State, 1993
Mike Lodish ……………………………….. 17 yrd fumble vs Stanford, 1988
Ryan Roques ………………………………. 17 yrd int vs Houston, 1998
Billy Don Jackson ……………………….. 16 yrd int vs California, 1978
Mat Ball ……………………………………… 15 yrd int vs Oregon State, 2000
Spencer Havner ………………………….. 13 yrd fumble vs Oklahoma, 2005
Tom Waddell ……………………………… 12 yrd int vs California, 1972
Blanchard Montgomery ………………. 11 yrd int ret vs Michigan, 1982 Rose Bowl
Ben Hummel ………………………………… 9 yrd int vs Stanford, 1987
Akeem Ayers ……………………………….. 9 yrd fumble vs Arizona State, 2009
Kermit Alexander …………………………. 7 yrd fumble vs Pitt, 1962

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UCLA cornerback ALTERRAUN VERNER (# 1), who stands level with four other players (Bill Stits, Lupe Sanchez, Craig Rutledge & Ricky Manning) on the Bruins’ all-time list having pirated 13 passes in his collegiate career, became the very first player in Westwood school history to haul four interceptions all the back for touchdowns after taking a re-routed aerial to the house against the Arizona State Sun Devils in 2009 … Verner also returned a blocked field goal for six points against the San Diego State Aztecs in 2009 to conclude his term at UCLA with an impressive five non-offensive touchdowns.
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Kenneth Lombard …………………………. 5 yrd fumble vs Stanford, 2006
Christia Taylor ……………………………… 4 yrd fumble vs Rice, 2005
Akeem Ayers ………………………………… 2 yrd int vs Temple, 2009 EagleBank Bowl
Kory Bosworth ……………………………… 1 yrd fumble vs Arizona, 2008
Lloyd McMillan …………………………….. 0 yrd fumble vs Idaho, 1930
Woody Strode ………………………………. 0 yrd fumble vs Iowa, 1938
Francis Mandula …………………………… 0 yrd fumble vs USC, 1950
Dick Witcher ………………………………… 0 yrd fumble vs Washington, 1964
Don Widmer …………………………………. 0 yrd fumble vs Washington State, 1967
Rick Kukulica ……………………………….. 0 yrd fumble vs Tennessee, 1974
Eric Smith …………………………………….. 0 yrd fumble vs Oregon State, 1986
Scott Miller …………………………………… 0 yrd fumble vs California, 1990
Bryan Adams …………………………………. 0 yrd fumble vs Oregon State, 1991
Brian Allen …………………………………….. 0 yrd fumble vs USC, 1991
Abdul McCullough …………………………. 0 yrd fumble vs Miami (Fla), 1995
Marques Anderson …………………………. 0 yrd fumble vs USC, 2000
Rodney Leisle …………………………………. 0 yrd fumble vs Washington, 2003
Akeem Ayers ………………………………….. 0 yrd int vs Oregon, 2009
Gordon Jones ……………………………… unk yrd int vs Pomona-Pitzer, 1930
Art Steffen ………………………………….. unk yrd int vs Oregon State, 1946

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UCLA linebacker AKEEM AYERS (# 10), who just so happens to be the only Bruins player in school history aside from Blanchard Montgomery to actually record a defensive touchodwn in a bowl game, stretches the football out to reach paydirt after scooping up a fumble by the Arizona State Sun Devils in late November of 2009.
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This blog, “CLASSIC UCLA BRUINS, REDISCOVERED” is 99% certain that this above list accurately presents every interception and fumble recovery return for touchdown ever recorded by a UCLA football player since 1928 … (there are a handful of games from the late 1920s and early 1930s for which this blog has information on all the touchdown scorers but but remains unclear with respect to the manner in which all the touchdowns were scored).

In terms of research for this piece, the starting point was the “UCLA RETURNS FOR TOUCHDOWNS (SINCE 1957)” list that appeared in the 2005 UCLA Football Media Guide Non-Published Supplement:

http://www.uclabruins.com/fls/30500/old_sitepdf/m-footbl/05-mg-supplement.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=30500

Other materials consulted for this report include various annual UCLA yearbooks as well as a wide range of contemporary newspaper reports from the various decades.

NOTE — It is very important to remember that, according to the rules of NCAA college football in effect from 1929 until 1989, the defensive team could not advance any fumble that had already made any contact with the turf. During this time period, the only way it was possible for a defensive team to return a fumble for a touchdown was if the football could be captured in midair before touching the ground. In 1990, it was decided that a defensive team could advance a fumble that had made contact with the turf if the football had been coughed up at or beyond the line of scrimmage and two years later it was again permissible to return any sort of fumble from anywhere on the field.

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UCLA Bruins Defense Celebrates Labor Day Weekend In Virginia Cavaliers End Zone

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UCLA cornerback ISHMAEL ADAMS (# 1) accepts the congratulations of his teammates just after returning an errant Virginia pass twenty yards to score the Bruins’ very first touchdown of this new 2014 NCAA football season early in the second quarter of the non-conference clash with the Cavaliers at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville. With the offense of the # 7 ranked team in the nation struggling to score points against a school that had won only two of its twelve games while going winless in the Atlantic Coast Conference a year ago, the UCLA defense obviously concluded that they might be better served if they took matters into their own hands and, accordingly, added two more touchdowns before the halftime activities had even commenced. In doing so, the Bruins defense lent a good bit of credence to the old adage that says if one sincerely wants a job done right sometimes, indeed, it really is far better to just go ahead and do the job for oneself.
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There is absolutely no question that contemporary UCLA star quarterback BRETT HUNDLEY, the multi-dimensional talent who led the Bruins in both rushing and passing as a sophomore in 2013, compares very favorably to former Westwood girdiron legend KENNY WASHINGTON, the All-America left halfback who topped the UCLA Bruins in both rushing and passing for each of his three varsity seasons during the late 1930s. It is very interesting to note that the UCLA Bruins headed into this 2014 NCAA football campaign ranked # 7 by the Associated Press, which just so happens to be the very same position that Kenny Washington’s UCLA Bruins occupied in the AP’s official final poll for the 1939 collegiate season. With all that in mind, this historically-minded blog made it a point to catch the Labor Day Weekend tilt between the visiting UCLA Bruins and the host Virginia Cavaliers via streaming satellite link.

Considering the UCLA Bruins All-Time Kickoff & Punt Return Touchdown charts (which include another of Westwood’s gridiron greats from the late 1930s, JACKIE ROBINSON) already posted by this blog previously, the opening touchdown from UCLA defensive back ISHMAEL ADAMS was, in fact, found to be particularly pleasing …… the versatile Adams, of course, averaged a very healthy 35.0 yards on ten kickoff returns last season and would end up with an impressive 49 yards from three punt returns (16.3 avg) in the Bruins’ game against the Virginia Cavaliers.

Most entertaining, as well, was the 75-yard fumble return touchdown registered by UCLA safety RANDALL GOFORTH later on in that memorable second quarter. As it turns out, Goforth’s exciting dash to paydirt was the Westwood school’s second-longest fumble return for touchdown play since 1928 (the same season that the Bruins first joined the Pacific Coast Conference and began to contest what this blog loosely defines as a modern day schedule featuring collegiate opposition of an elite level caliber). For the record, UCLA’s longest fumble return for touchdown arrived against the arch-rival USC Trojans in 1943, the year that Bruins end DAVE BROWN intercepted a backwards lateral and traveled 80 yards to score a spectacular six points.

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As the photograph clearly demonstrates conclusively, Virginia Cavaliers wide receiver KYLE DOCKINS (# 87) loses possession of the football well before his either of his two knees (or any other body part, for that matter) makes any sort of initial contact with the ground at Scott Stadium.
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For a time period of no fewer than 71 seasons (from 1929 until 1989), it was against the rules of the collegiate game for a defensive player to advance any fumble once the football had made initial contact with the turf. Thus, playing under these strict regulations, the only way it was possible for a defensive team to score a touchdown with a fumbled football was if the loose pigskin had actually been plucked out of the air (as was the case with the UCLA Bruins against the Washington Huskies in 1938 – to see a video highlight of that particular play, see previous “UCLA Bruins’ Kenny Washington Was Defensive Beast” post). In 1990, the NCAA deemed it to be again permissible for a defensive player to advance a fumbled football that had already touched the ground if the actual fumble, itself, had occurred at the line of scrimmage or beyond it; two years later it was decided that a defensive player could return any kind of fumble that had taken place anywhere on the field.
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UCLA safety RANDALL GOFORTH (# 3), the homegrown junior from Long Branch who finished second on the Bruins having intercepted three passes last season, is now tied with three other players for the honor of having notched the 13th longest defensive touchdown return in school history since 1928.
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Perhaps the most satisfying moment of the entire broadcast, however, came only a few minutes later when veteran UCLA linebacker ERIC KENDRICKS hauled back yet another pilfered Virginia pass 37 yards to rack up the Bruins’ third defensive touchdown of that sensational second quarter. Gratification because, after all, it is just not every day that one gets to see any given team score three defensive touchdowns in any single given game, let alone in any single given 15-minute period! Almost needless to say, this blog spent the forthcoming halftime intermission going through the proverbial UCLA history books to find out exactly what is the Bruins’ school record for defensive touchdowns in a single game.

UCLA BRUINS : Single-Game Record, Most Defensive Touchdowns
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1978 … California ………. B. Baggott (2 int), B.D. Jackson (int)
1986 … Oregon State ….. E. Smith (fum), C. Rutledge (int) & A. Dial (int)
2014 … Virginia …………. I. Adams (int), R. Goforth (fum) & E. Kendricks (int)

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The disheartened look on the face of the Virginia Cavaliers male cheerleader says it all as UCLA linebacker ERIC KENDRICKS (# 6), the homegrown senior from Fresno whose father, Marv, led the Bruins in rushing in both 1970 & 1971 before going on to appear with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League as well as the Portland Storm in the ill-fated World Football League, coasts into the end zone with less than 90 seconds to play before halftime at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.

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UCLA Bruins’ Kenny Washington Was Defensive Beast

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Washington Huskies left halfback JIMMY JOHNSTON (left), the senior who was cited as Second Team All-Pacific Coast by the Associated Press in 1938 and then chosen by the Washington Redskins in the 10th round (# 88 overall) of the 1939 National Football League Draft, gives his opposite number, UCLA Bruins junior defensive back KENNY WASHINGTON, the proverbial stiff arm while toting the pigskin during the Pacific Coast Conference encounter watched by the crowd of 40,000 spectators at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 8th, 1938 … Washington, who was honored as First Team All-Pacific Coast by the Associated Press in both 1938 & 1939 but was never drafted by an NFL club because of a disgraceful color barrier then in effect, carried the day on this occasion by scoring both of the Bruins’ touchdowns in symmetrical fashion (one on offense and one on defense) as the Huskies fell 13-0 in the City of Angels … This particular victory was extremely significant for the development of the UCLA football program at that precise moment because it marked the very first time that the upstart Bruins had ever been able to topple the more established Washington Huskies (the two schools first started facing one another in 1932).
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In honor of the UCLA BRUINS’ history-making accomplishment of having scored three defensive touchdowns in the very same quarter of the 2014 NCAA season-opening clash with the Virginia Cavaliers this past weekend, this blog has concluded it would be a most appropriate time to remember that legendary Westwood gridiron warrior KENNY WASHINGTON was not only a bona fide All-America both running and passing the football but also a truly phenomenal defensive player who was consistently cited in contemporary newspaper reports for actively being involved in a remarkably large number of tackles each and every game, as well.

Usually lined up as the safety in the UCLA Bruins’ defensive backfield (except in obvious punting situations), Washington intercepted a respectable total of six passes during his three-year varsity career. It should be remembered that, as a general rule of thumb, most Single Wing teams of the pre-World War II era simply just did not throw the football very often so the opportunities to pirate aerials were certainly not plentiful. It is very interesting to note that Washington totaled three interceptions in nine games as a sophomore for a UCLA team which won only two of nine games in 1937 but then the Kingfish picks off ‘only’ three more passes over the course of his last two seasons for much improved Bruins outfits that only lost four of a combined twenty-one games in 1938 & 1939.

Indeed, Washington went the first nine games of the 1939 NCAA season without making an interception for UCLA until finally pilfering a USC pass (which was promptly returned 28 yards) in his last collegiate appearance as the Bruins and Trojans battled to a stalemate in an epic defensive struggle that year.

In summation, it does appear as if opposing teams became increasingly more cautious about throwing the football anywhere near the vicinity of Kenny Washington as the Kingfish’s three-year varsity career with the UCLA Bruins continued to progress. There is no question that Washington was a legitimate terror when getting his hands on the football via a turnover, as evidenced by his 226 return yards from the six career interceptions for the very impressive average of 37.6 yards per pick. As it went, the Kingfish never did return an interception for a touchdown but Washington did come about as close as one could possibly get as a sophomore against the University of Missouri at the end of November in 1937.

The hosts were hanging on precariously to a 7-0 lead very late in the fourth quarter with the visiting Tigers driving deep in Bruins territory when the Kingfish caught a Missouri pass on the UCLA 10-yard line and immediately set off to the races. Washington made it 88 yards downfield but was ultimately caught from behind with the goal line just two yards away. Alertly, UCLA’s sophomore sensation lateraled to trailing teammate JOHNNY RYLAND and the standout Bruins center was, quite literally, able to fall into the end zone to complete an amazing return while scoring the game’s final touchdown with a mere 30 seconds to be played.

Specifically as a result of that effort in the UCLA – Missouri contest, one of the longest runs of any college football player during the 1937 NCAA season, the Bruins’ rookie was duly listed at the very top of the prestigious “Saturday’s Grid Stars” list, a syndicated weekly feature put out the Associated Press that routinely appeared in newspapers all across the country back then.

As a junior, the Kingfish registered the only defensive touchdown of his collegiate career on a fumble return play against the University of Washington at the beginning of October in 1938 — magnificent video footage from Universal Newsreel highlighting Washington’s two touchdowns for the Bruins in that game against the Huskies can be seen here :

http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675059000_Washington-Huskies_football-game_winning-a-game_score-13-0

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UCLA Bruins defensive back KENNY WASHINGTON (# 13) outraces the desperate Washington Huskies pursuers on his way to completing a most opportunistic 40-yard fumble return for touchdown play during the second quarter of the landmark Pacific Coast Conference tilt staged at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 8, 1938.
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Washington left halfback DEAN MCADAMS (# 60) takes the direct snap and heads up the middle on a so-called “line buck” but the Huskies sophomore loses the football after being hit a few yards upfield. UCLA senior quarterback JIM MONTGOMERY (# 37) snatches the airborne pigskin in the center of the field and, after shaking a would-be tackler, starts off on a diagonal run to his left. The savy Montgomery immediately recognizes KENNY WASHINGTON (# 13) over his left shoulder and, after gaining about ten yards himself, unselfishly laterals the football to the Bruins star left halfback, who demonstrates considerable speed while bursting into the end zone to record the first touchdown of the contest.

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