Rose Bowl

1976

 

UCLA 23

Ohio State 10

 

 

UCLA Fight Song

 

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - The UCLA Bruins said they had something to prove in the Rose Bowl New Year's Day- not to themselves, but to everyone else.

 

Coach Dick Vermeil bitterly attacked some critics who said the Bruins did not belong in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State, saying, "I'd like to tell them to go to hell."

 

Vermeil said the stunning 23-10 upset of the previously unbeaten Buckeyes "was a great, great feeling."

 

UCLA took an 8-2-1 record into the game against the Buckeyes, who had soundly whipped them 41-20 earlier in the season.

 

"Some people didn't think much of our chances," said defensive lineman Cliff Frazier, "but we knew we could, do it.

 

After we fumbled 11 times against Southern California, some people didn't think we belonged in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State because of what they did to us,"

 

Despite the fumbles, UCLA beat Southern Cal 25-22 to earn the postseason appearance representing the Paific 10 Conference against the Big T«n champions.

 

The Bruin offense had the ball for only 9:08 in the first half, but the UCLA defense limited the Buckeye to a lone field goal and Ohio State led 3-0 at halftime.

 

"We weren't discouraged at all at halftime," said quarterback John Sciarra, the game's Most Valuable Player with two touchdown passes, both to Wally Henry (video).

 

"Look, we were supposed to be 15-point underdogs and the score was 3-0. We knew we could do it. Our defense was doing so well, we knew if the offense could get going, we'd win."

 

Vermeil said the Bruins made some technical changes in their offense at halftime, uing short passes more and making some changes in blocking assignments.

 

"I didn’t say anything at halftime," Vermeil said. "If the team isn't motivated by just being in the Rose Bowl, some words aren't going to make a difference."

 

Running back Wendell Tyler, playing with a painful wrist which was broken two months ago, carried 21 times for 172 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter (video).

 

"The coach didn't say anything to us, we knew we had to get our offense going," Tyler said. Asked about Ohio State, he commented that the Buckeyes "took as lightly, 1 think."

 

Vermeil said he was especially happy about the showing of Sciarra, who had 212 yards passing, and the running of Tyler while Ohio State's two-time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin, was held to 93 yards.

 

"I said a long, long time ago that John Sciarra brought us to the Rose Bowl, and now he took us through it. He was seventh in the Heisman voting and there's no way there are six football players in the country better than he is. Griffin deserved his awards, but John is a super player. And look at what Wendell did, that wrist was really hurting."

 

The defense held the Buckeyes to their lowest point total of the season and safety Pat Schmidt, who had a key fourth quarter interception for the Bruins, said it didn't surprise him.

 

"They played a better team this time, that's all," said Schmidt.

 

Two plays after Schmidt's pickoff of a Cornelius Greene pass, Tyler broke away on his long run to sew up the Bruin victory.

 

UCLA's defense was a major question mark and highly criticized at the beginning of the season. But it has steadily improved all year, winding up with outstanding performances against Southern Cal and again in the Rose Bowl when the strong Bruin offense faltered.

 

"This is a funny defense," said Schmidt, "The longer we're on the field, the tougher the team we play, the more adversity there is, the better we play,"

 

The Bruins were asked who should be No. 1 now that Ohio State has been beaten, and they wistfully said they wished it could be themselves.

 

"If we hadn't goofed up those two games, a 20-20 tie with Air Force and a 17-13 upset loss to Washington, we'd be on top.” said Frazier. "There is no question we have the athletes to be No. 1,"

 

Sciarra said the same thing, and so did Vermeil. But to the coach, the Buckeyes are still on top, “I think Ohio State, over the 12-game schedule is probably No. 1," said Vermeil, adding he thinks his team deserves a place among the five best in the nation.

Vermeil also offered the lone comment from Woody Hayes, the Buckeye coach who swiftly left the Rose Bowl after the loss, brushing by waiting reporters. With eight seconds left on the clock, Hayes marched across the field to taik with Vermeil.

 

The UCLA coach said Hayes "just congratulated me and said something like, “They fouled up, or something like that.”

 

Sciarra lofts a pass over the Ohio State line.

 

Wally Henry stunned Ohio State with two touchdown receptions.

 

Wendell Tyler

Pete Johnson

 

Heisman winner, Archie Griffin.

 

Cornelius Greene is crushed by UCLA defense.

 

The Bruins didn't let Griffin run wild

 

Attendance- 105,464

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
OSU- FG Klaban 42

Third Quarter
UCLA- FG White 33
UCLA- Henry 16 pass from Sciarra (kick failed)
UCLA- Henry 67 pass from Sciarra (White kick)

Fourth Quarter
OSU- Johnson 3 run (Klaban kick)
UCLA- Tyler 54 run (White kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
OSU- A. Griffin 17-93, Johnson 19-70, Greene 15-45
UCLA- Tyler 21-172, Ayers 12-36

Passing
OSU- Greene 7-18-90
UCLA- Sciarra 13-19-212

Receiving
OSU- Baschnagel 3-26, Willis 1-21
UCLA- Henry 5-113, M. Andersen 3-39, Pederson 2-26

 

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