LABruin fanshotted the news already but it's worth celebrating/mentioning in a fanpost as well. Former UCLA All-American quarterback John Sciarra, who the led the Bruins to a Rose Bowl win over number 1 Ohio State in the 1976 was inducted into the college football HOF today. From the official release:
Sciarra played quarterback at UCLA in 1972-75 and was named a first-team consensus All-American in 1975. He led the Bruins to a win over top-ranked Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl and was selected the player of the game. Sciarra finished seventh in the 1975 Heisman Trophy balloting.
At the end of his Bruin career, he ranked among the all-time school leaders in total offense (4,464 yards), career passing (148 completions) and rushing (1,813 yards).
Here are some video highlights of that Rose Bowl:
You can also check out an ESPN Classic clip here and I will post the full game clip below.
Sciarra is the 12th Bruin to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, joining legends such as Jonathan Ogden (2012), Kenny Washington (1956), Gary Beban (1988), Kenny Easley (1991), Jerry Robinson (1996), Billy Kilmer (1999), Troy Aikman (2008), and Randy Cross (2010).
Congrats to Sciarra and this news serves as a reminder as what we are expecting from Coach Mora's program this upcoming season. Winning 10 games and beating a mediocre Southern Cal program is nice, but none of that will matter all that much if the Bruins don't win the conference and win a big time matchup like the Rose Bowl game this coming year. We got a long way to go.
And as promised here is a 2 hour replay of that 1976 Rose Bowl. Enjoy: