All-Time UCLA Bruins : Punt Return Touchdowns

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ALL-TIME UCLA BRUINS : PUNT RETURN TOUCHDOWNS
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96 yrd TD vs Southern Cal ……………… Craig BRAGG, 2004
89 yrd TD vs Southern Methodist …… Jackie ROBINSON, 1940
89 yrd TD vs San Diego State ………….. Darryl HENLEY, 1988
82 yrd TD vs Washington State ………. Rex MURPHY, 1948 *
82 yrd TD vs Stanford ……………………. Sam BROWN, 1954
81 yrd TD vs California ………………….. Maurice JONES-DREW, 2005
80 yrd TD vs Southern Cal ……………… Johnny ROESCH, 1944
78 yrd TD vs St. Mary’s ………………….. Al HOISCH, 1946
77 yrd TD vs Washington ……………….. Ryan ROQUES, 1998
75 yrd TD vs Nebraska …………………… Darryl HENLEY, 1988
74 yrd TD vs San Diego State ………….. Darryl HENLEY, 1987
74 yrd TD vs New Mexico ………………. Craig BRAGG, 2002
73 yrd TD vs Texas A&M ………………… Pete DAILEY, 1951
72 yrd TD vs San Diego State ………….. Maurice JONES-DREW, 2005
70 yrd TD vs Pacific ………………………. Jack BOYD, 1944
70 yrd TD vs Arizona State …………….. Paul GUIDRY, 1995
68 yrd TD vs Stanford ……………………. Maurice JONES-DREW, 2004
67 yrd TD vs Iowa ………………………….. Sam BROWN, 1955
66 yrd TD vs Rice …………………………… Maurice JONES-DREW, 2005
62 yrd TD vs Cal Tech …………………….. Stan REEL, 1932
62 yrd TD vs Oregon State ………………. Sam BROWN, 1954
62 yrd TD vs Syracuse ……………………. Ray ARMSTRONG, 1966
61 yrd TD vs Washington State ……….. Jackie ROBINSON, 1940
40 yrd TD vs Wisconsin ………………….. Joe SABOL, 1952
33 yrd TD vs Stanford …………………….. Sam BROWN, 1954

(* Note — Rex Murphy took the ball after a handoff on the reverse tactic that was executed immediately following the Washington State Cougars punt that was originally fielded by UCLA Bruins safteyman Bill Duffy)

(Updated : 08/01/2014) — this blog, “CLASSIC UCLA BRUINS, REDISCOVERED”, is now 99% certain that the above list accurately presents every single punt return for touchdown ever recorded by a UCLA football player since 1928, the year that the Bruins first started contesting what will be defined here loosely as a “modern day-style schedule featuring opposition of a ‘top-flight’ caliber.”

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_site/pdf/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 variety of contemporary newspaper reports from various decades.

NOTE — the modern-day institution of higher learning known as the University of California at Los Angeles actually fielded its very first varsity football team in 1919 … for quality articles detailing the early years of UCLA Bruins football, please visit the following fine blog :

http://thesouthernbranch.wordpress.com

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