Establishing UCLA Single-Game Rushing Record



137 yrd … 18 att ….. 7.6 avg ….. Kenny Washington, 1938 vs Washington State
142 yrd … 25 att ….. 5.7 avg ….. Kenny Washington, 1939 vs Washington
164 yrd … 11 att … 14.9 avg ….. Kenny Washington, 1939 vs Montana
169 yrd … 22 att ….. 7.7 avg ….. Cal Rossi, 1945 vs Oregon
180 yrd … 27 att ….. 6.6 avg ….. Billy Kilmer, 1960 vs Utah
182 yrd … 28 att ….. 6.5 avg ….. Marv Kendricks, 1970 vs USC
183 yrd … 15 att …. 12.2 avg ….. Kermit Johnson, 1972 vs Arizona
220 yrd … 35 att ….. 6.3 avg ….. Theotis Brown, 1976 vs Washington
274 yrd … 26 att … 10.5 avg ….. Theotis Brown, 1978 vs Oregon
301 yrd … 31 att ….. 9.7 avg ….. DeShaun Foster, 2001 vs Washington
322 yrd … 26 att … 12.4 avg ….. Maurice Jones-Drew, 2004 vs Washington

NOTE — the “Non-Published Supplement” of the “2005 UCLA Football Media Guide” only starts tracking 100-yard rushing performances beginning with the 1939 NCAA season :

Now, it is a well known fact that UCLA left halfback CHUCK CHESHIRE produced a 93-yard touchdown run (an enduring school record which remains unsurpassed to this very day) against the University of Montana during the first quarter of the Bruins’ 16-0 triumph over the Grizzlies in 1934. And it has been reported that UCLA rolled up 388 yards rushing at the expense of the rather penetrable Montana defense on that particular day, as well. So it would seem very likely that Cheshire, who was the very first Bruin player to ever be formally drafted by a National Football League club, easily went over the 100-yard mark in that 1934 game with the visiting Grizzlies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, although it was also said that UCLA second and third-stringers played the entire second half against Montana.

Therefore, it stands to reason that KENNY WASHINGTON’s 109 yards rushing as a sophomore against the rival California Golden Bears did not really constitute a new UCLA school record in 1937 — the very same year that the NCAA officially started keeping track of college football statistics.

It is also hard to say for sure if Washington’s 137 yards rushing against the Washington State Cougars in 1938 or even his 142 yards gained on the ground opposite the Washington Huskies in 1939 set the genuine Bruins’ single-game rushing record. The same observation must be made about the 164 yards that Kingfish piled up versus the Montana Grizzlies, as well. Nevertheless, some actual ‘starting point’ needed to be established.

Having done so here, it is extremely interesting to note that it is the legendary Kenny Washington who still has the highest average yards per attempt out of all the talented UCLA Bruins ball carriers to have ever set the school’s single-game rushing record.


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