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

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 1941 National Football League Draft. 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 1941 NFL Draft.

1939 NCAA season – UCLA BRUINS

Fri, Sept 29 ……… Los Angeles ……….. UCLA 6 – Texas Christian 2
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 :

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.


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