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1961 Athletic Association of Western Universities Year Summary

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Record: 21-27-3, .441 W-L% (11th of 12) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 0.61 (6th of 12) ▪ SOS: 3.59 (6th of 12)

Conference Champion: UCLA

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll: 0
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(UCLA)

Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
School W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
UCLA 7 4 0 .636 3 1 0 .750 16.8 12.9 7.90 3.90
Washington 5 4 1 .550 2 1 1 .625 11.9 9.8 2.56 0.66
Southern California 4 5 1 .450 2 1 1 .625 15.0 16.7 1.41 3.61
Stanford 4 6 0 .400 1 3 0 .250 10.5 16.3 -3.44 1.86
California 1 8 1 .150 1 3 0 .250 11.8 26.8 -5.40 7.90

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 Final
UCLA   9                   16

1 Bowl Game

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1962-01-01 Rose Bowl Minnesota 21 UCLA 3 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Randy Gold (CA) 41
2. Pete Beathard (SCA) 40
3. Bill Nelsen (SCA) 39
4. Rod Sears (STAN) 37
5. Larry Balliett (CA) 26
6. Chuck Butler (STAN) 21
7. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 18
8. Pete Ohler (WA) 17
9. Steve Thurlow (STAN) 15
10. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 14
  Ezell Singleton* (UCLA) 14
Pass Attempts
1. Bill Nelsen (SCA) 86
2. Pete Beathard (SCA) 83
3. Rod Sears (STAN) 82
4. Randy Gold (CA) 81
5. Pete Ohler (WA) 59
6. Larry Balliett (CA) 49
7. Chuck Butler (STAN) 46
8. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 38
9. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 34
  Steve Thurlow (STAN) 34
Passing Yards
1. Bill Nelsen (SCA) 683
2. Pete Beathard (SCA) 482
3. Steve Thurlow (STAN) 474
4. Randy Gold (CA) 403
5. Pete Ohler (WA) 394
6. Larry Balliett (CA) 367
7. Rod Sears (STAN) 358
8. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 327
  Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 327
10. Chuck Butler (STAN) 258
Passing Touchdowns
1. Bill Nelsen (SCA) 4
  Randy Gold (CA) 4
3. Pete Ohler (WA) 3
  Pete Beathard (SCA) 3
Passing Interceptions
1. Pete Ohler (WA) 8
2. Pete Beathard (SCA) 7
3. Jim Smith (STAN) 5
  Rod Sears (STAN) 5
  Bill Nelsen (SCA) 5
6. Chuck Butler (STAN) 4
7. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 3
  Steve Thurlow (STAN) 3
  Pete Olson (CA) 3
  Randy Gold (CA) 3
Rush Attempts
1. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 176
2. Ben Wilson (SCA) 139
3. Jim Stiger (WA) 130
4. Kermit Jorgensen (WA) 114
5. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 112
6. Almose Thompson* (UCLA) 99
7. Charlie Mitchell (WA) 96
  Bill Nelsen (SCA) 96
9. George Pierovich (CA) 80
10. Jerry Scattini (CA) 64
Rushing Yards
1. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 703
2. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 639
3. Ben Wilson (SCA) 619
4. Jim Stiger (WA) 582
5. Charlie Mitchell (WA) 457
6. Almose Thompson* (UCLA) 382
7. Willie Brown (SCA) 333
8. Kermit Jorgensen (WA) 331
  Alan Nelson (CA) 331
10. Pete Beathard (SCA) 290
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 6.3
2. Charlie Mitchell (WA) 4.8
3. Jim Stiger (WA) 4.5
4. Ben Wilson (SCA) 4.5
5. Almose Thompson* (UCLA) 3.9
6. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 3.6
7. Jerry Scattini (CA) 3.2
8. George Pierovich (CA) 3.0
9. Kermit Jorgensen (WA) 2.9
10. Bill Nelsen (SCA) 1.6
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 10
2. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 8
3. Randy Gold (CA) 4
  Ben Wilson (SCA) 4
  Pete Beathard (SCA) 4
  Bill Nelsen (SCA) 4
7. Almose Thompson* (UCLA) 2
  Larry Balliett (CA) 2
  Alan Nelson (CA) 2
Receptions
1. Hal Bedsole (SCA) 27
2. George Honore (STAN) 22
3. Bob Wills (CA) 21
4. Kermit Alexander* (UCLA) 14
5. Steve Pursell (STAN) 13
6. Willie Brown (SCA) 11
7. Dave Muga (CA) 10
8. Don Vena* (UCLA) 9
9. Danny Spence (STAN) 8
  Jim Maples (SCA) 8
  Ron Vaughn (CA) 8
Receiving Yards
1. Hal Bedsole (SCA) 525
2. Bob Wills (CA) 302
3. Kermit Alexander* (UCLA) 297
4. George Honore (STAN) 225
5. Lee Bernhardi (WA) 137
6. Steve Pursell (STAN) 132
  Willie Brown (SCA) 132
8. Jim Maples (SCA) 115
  Frank Buncom (SCA) 115
10. Larry Royse (STAN) 112
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Hal Bedsole (SCA) 19.4
2. Bob Wills (CA) 14.4
3. George Honore (STAN) 10.2
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Hal Bedsole (SCA) 6
2. Bob Wills (CA) 3
3. Nat Whitmyer (WA) 2
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 176
2. Ben Wilson (SCA) 145
3. Jim Stiger (WA) 132
4. Kermit Jorgensen (WA) 114
5. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 112
6. Charlie Mitchell (WA) 101
7. Almose Thompson* (UCLA) 99
8. Bill Nelsen (SCA) 96
9. George Pierovich (CA) 83
10. Jerry Scattini (CA) 69
  Willie Brown (SCA) 69
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 703
2. Ben Wilson (SCA) 675
3. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 639
4. Jim Stiger (WA) 615
5. Hal Bedsole (SCA) 537
6. Charlie Mitchell (WA) 529
7. Kermit Alexander* (UCLA) 510
8. Willie Brown (SCA) 465
9. Almose Thompson* (UCLA) 382
10. Alan Nelson (CA) 379
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 10
2. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 8
3. Hal Bedsole (SCA) 6
4. Pete Beathard (SCA) 4
  Bill Nelsen (SCA) 4
  Ben Wilson (SCA) 4
  Randy Gold (CA) 4
8. Bob Wills (CA) 3
9. George Pierovich (CA) 2
  Kermit Alexander* (UCLA) 2
  Rudy Carvajal (CA) 2
  Nat Whitmyer (WA) 2
  Alan Nelson (CA) 2
  Almose Thompson* (UCLA) 2
  Larry Balliett (CA) 2
Total Plays
1. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 214
2. Bill Nelsen (SCA) 182
3. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 146
4. Randy Gold (CA) 143
5. Kermit Jorgensen (WA) 140
6. Ben Wilson (SCA) 139
7. Pete Beathard (SCA) 137
8. Jim Stiger (WA) 130
9. Rod Sears (STAN) 118
10. Almose Thompson* (UCLA) 99
Total Yards
1. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 1030
2. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 966
3. Bill Nelsen (SCA) 835
4. Pete Beathard (SCA) 772
5. Ben Wilson (SCA) 619
6. Steve Thurlow (STAN) 585
7. Jim Stiger (WA) 582
8. Randy Gold (CA) 491
9. Charlie Mitchell (WA) 457
10. Kermit Jorgensen (WA) 435
Total Touchdowns
1. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 11
2. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 9
3. Bill Nelsen (SCA) 8
  Randy Gold (CA) 8
5. Pete Beathard (SCA) 7
6. Ben Wilson (SCA) 4
7. Pete Ohler (WA) 3
  Larry Balliett (CA) 3
9. Alan Nelson (CA) 2
  Almose Thompson* (UCLA) 2