Friday, May 4, 2007

Eight in a Row

Ahhh... the 90's. Interns were still working in the White House, rock was grungy, and Al Gore was busy inventing the internet. The Bruins were also compiling a series-record eight consecutive victories over their cross-town rivals. Thanks to the awesomeness that is YouTube, you can re-live those glorious years in nice little 10 minute intervals.

1992. One of the great stories in the rivalry was that of walk-on quarterback John Barnes. He spent the beginning of his career bouncing around between colleges and finally ended up at UCSB, only to have the football program canceled after one season. For his senior year, he transfered to Westwood and walked onto the football team. He was buried deep in the depth chart but through injury and opportunity, he was named the starting quarterback for the SC game. He lead the Bruins to a thrilling 38-37 victory that started the streak.

1993. Sorry, there I can't seem to find a video for this one.

1994. The Bruin's swarming defense was all over Johnson sacking him 6 times as they hold the Trojans to only 19 points. JJ Stokes makes some spectacular catches in this one and the Bruins roll 31 - 19.

1995. Cade McNown makes his freshman debut at the Coliseum. The Bruins take an early lead but the Trojan make it a close finish.

1996. Probably one of the most exciting finishes in the history of the series. The Trojans jump out to a quick 17-point lead. McNown and the Bruins trail the entire game and face a 17-point deficit when they get the ball in the 4th quarter. After two drives resulting in 10 points, the Bruin defense gets a fortunate fumble with a few minutes left. They charge down the field and tie the game with only 40 seconds left. Two overtimes later, the Bruins pull out the come-from-behind victory much to the delight of the Rose Bowl crowd.

1997. The Bruins find themselves in the middle of another streak in '97. After losing the first two games of the season, the Bruin were riding an 8 game winning streak when they paid a visit to the Coliseum. They take out the Trojans 31 to 24.

1998. DeShaun Foster joins in on the fun as Cade and Company took the nation's longest winning streak and a #3 ranking into the game. Foster knocked off two TD runs and the Bruins cap off the 8th consecutive win in the series.

The next 7 games would go Troy's way, but they couldn't match the 8 game streak the Bruins compiled in the 90's. It was truly a great time to be a UCLA fan.