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
Ishmael Adams ………………………. 96 yrd int vs Colorado, 2015
Hal Hirshon …………………………… 95 yrd int vs Stanford, 1937
Jerry Robinson ……………………… 95 yrd int vs Minnesota, 1977
Ishmael Adams ……………………… 95 yrd int vs Arizona State, 2014
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
Kenny Young ……………………………. 23 yrd int vs Nevada – Las Vegas, 2015
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 way 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
Art Piver ………………………………………. 0 yrd fumble vs Cal-Davis, 1932
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_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 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.

UPDATED 09/27/2014 … to include results from UCLA vs Arizona State
UPDATED 09/05/2016 … to include results from 2015 NCAA season

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