UCLA vs Stanford Series : From 1932 To 1938, In Photos

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Oct 29, 1932 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum … UCLA 13 – STANFORD 6 … In the photo presented here, Bruins junior left halfback BOB HENDRY tries to sweep around the right end of the Indians line during the landmark Pacific Coast Conference duel seen by the audience of 55,000 fans … After falling behind in the first quarter, underdog UCLA (6-4-0) leveled the score on the very last play of the first half when sophomore guard VERDI BOYER blocked a punt from Stanford (4-4-1) and sophomore left end BOB MCCHESNEY scooped up the loose ball before running eight yards for a touchdown. Boyer and McChesney, incidentally, later became the first two Bruins ever to appear as professional players in the crack National Football League. In the final period, immediately following yet another punt that was blocked deep in Stanford territory, junior left halfback WALT CLARK plunged over the goal line on fourth down from a yard out to finally provide UCLA with a first-ever triumph over the more established adversaries from Palo Alto at their sixth attempt.
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Sept 30, 1933 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto … STANFORD 3 – UCLA 0 … In the photo presented here, an airborne Indians player goes all out in a bid to block the punt from the Bruins player that this blog believes to be sophomore right halfback RANSOM LIVESAY during the Pacific Coast Conference meeting witnessed by the smallish crowd of 15,000 people … A first quarter field goal at close range by two-time consensus First Team All-America guard BILL CORBUS and a rather stubborn defensive effort the rest of the way gave Rose Bowl-bound Stanford (7-2-1) a very narrow victory over visiting UCLA (5-4-1).
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Nov 3, 1934 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum … STANFORD 27 – UCLA 0 … In the photo presented here, Indians right halfback ROBERT “BONES” HAMILTON (# 29) rips his way through the Bruins defensive line during the Pacific Coast Conference rout viewed by “approximately 50,000 spectators”, according to newspaper reports … Rose Bowl-bound Stanford (8-1-1) racked up 277 yards rushing and 323 yards of total offense to thoroughly outclass an overmatched UCLA (7-3-0) squad. Indians star BOBBY GRAYSON, a consensus First Team All-America selection at fullback in both 1934 and 1935, ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Hamilton effectively closed the door for Stanford in the third quarter by intercepting a Bruins pass and returning it 45 yards for the visitors’ third touchdown on the day.
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Oct 19, 1935 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto … UCLA 7 – STANFORD 6 … In the photo presented here, Indians right halfback ROBERT “BONES” HAMILTON (# 29) tries to take advantage of his limited blocking during the surprising Pacific Coast Conference tilt played before 25,000 on-lookers; identifiable Bruins are (from left) right guard EARL SARGENT (# 27), left guard JOHN HASTINGS (# 12), fullback TED KEY (# 3) as well as standout center SHERMAN CHAVOOR (# 24) … All-America fullback BOBBY GRAYSON sent Stanford (8-1-0) in front halfway through the opening period but UCLA (8-2-0) roared right back on its very next possesion. Bruins star left halfback CHUCK CHESHIRE’s 35-yard gallop set the table for a short touchdown run by fullback TED KEY, the soon-to-be declared ineligible player who also added the extra point that proved to be the margin of victory in this contest. The would-be Rose Bowl champion Indians still had plenty of chances to win but failed to capitalize, as evidenced by the two missed field goals from consensus First Team All-America end JIM “MONK” MOSCRIP.
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Oct 21, 1936 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum … STANFORD 19 – UCLA 6 … In the lower of the two photos presented here with this particular exhibit originating from the Westwood school’s annual “Southern Campus” yearbook, sophomore Bruins left halfback IZZY CANTOR (# 32), whose younger brother Leo was later a fullback for the gridiron warriors of Westwood, looks to weave his way through traffic during the Pacific Coast Conference clash taken in by 47,000 people … Rebuilding Stanford (2-5-2), the defending Rose Bowl champions, took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter but UCLA (6-3-1) hauled themselves to within one point after Cantor scored on a four-yard touchdown run in the third period. A 27-yard pass completion from Cantor to senior substitute end CHARLIE PIKE, who later lost his life in the very last months of World War II while fighting for his country, had been key. The unimpressed Indians, however, swept to victory with two more tallies in the fourth quarter.
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October 9, 1937 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto … STANFORD 12 – UCLA 7 … In the photo presented here, promising Bruins sophomore left end WOODY STRODE (# 27) chases the play down from the back side as an unidentified teammate attempts to halt the progress of the Indians left halfback FRED LEDEBOER (# 42) during the Pacific Coast Conference clash observed by the sun-drenched crowd of 15,000 people who had gathered at The Farm in northern California on what was an extremely hot day … A disappointing UCLA, who had come into the contest rated as favorites to defeat a Stanford side that had already lost its first two games of the season, conceded six points in each of the first two quarters and would not recover. “KENNY WASHINGTON, highly touted sophomore (left) halfback for the Bruins, made some brilliant runs but took a beating and was not able to play the whole game,” remarked the Associated Press in its report. UCLA (2-6-1) only avoided being whitewashed by Stanford (4-3-2) as a result of junior right halfback HAL HIRSHON’s spectacular 95-yard touchdown return of a fourth quarter interception.
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October 29, 1938 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum … UCLA 6 – STANFORD 0 … In the photo presented here, First Team All-Pacific Coast left halfback KENNY WASHINGTON watches from behind as Bruins senior fullback LESTER “BUS” SUTHERLAND submarines his way into the end zone from three yards out to score the only touchdown of the Pacific Coast Conference affair spied by the audience of 37,000 spectators — helping to clear the way for Sutherland is UCLA junior left end WOODY STRODE, who appears to have a choke hold on Stanford tackle RUSSELL YOUNG (# 52) … The slumping Indians would be undone by rookie right halfback HUGH GALLARNEAU’s second quarter fumble that reserve end JIM MITCHELL recovered to give Bruins possession of the football on its opponents’ 24-yard line. Five consecutive runs from Washington and Sutherland then led to the only points that the hosts would require. A heroic effort from an opportunistic defense that intercepted two passes and recovered four fumbles enabled UCLA (6-4-1) to register a shutout against Stanford (3-6-0) for the very first time in school history.

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