John Isenbarger in the 1968 Rose Bowl. Photo Credit - IU Archives.

A look at Indiana’s history against UCLA and USC

For folks who hoped to see Indiana play in the Rose Bowl once more in their lifetime, well, we’ve got good news.

It may not go down exactly how you planned, but chances are Indiana will be playing in the Pasadena, Calif. stadium in the not too distant future.

Okay, it may not be THE Rose Bowl, but with the addition of UCLA and USC to the Big Ten, at some point the Hoosiers are going to get sent to Rose Bowl Stadium to face the Bruins.

Whenever IU football faces UCLA, it will be the first time the programs meet.

The Hoosiers have seen USC four times, however, including the program’s only appearance in The Rose Bowl game or stadium on January 1, 1968, a 14-3 loss to the Trojans. USC tailback O. J. Simpson scored two touchdowns and was named the Player of the Game.

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IU is 0-4 all-time against USC on the gridiron.  They also lost games in 1953, 1981 and 1982.

Until last year’s game against Cincinnati, 1981 USC was the highest ranked nonconference opponent the Hoosiers had welcomed to Memorial Stadium.  The Trojans were No. 2 when they arrived in Bloomington, and they shut out Lee Corso’s squad, 21-0.

On the hardwood, the next time Indiana faces USC and UCLA, series ties will be broken.

The Hoosiers are 2-2 all-time against the Trojans.  The programs haven’t met since the 1974 Collegiate Commissioners Association Tournament championship game in 1974, when IU routed USC 85-60.  All of the other three meetings were held in Los Angeles.

Indiana’s basketball series with UCLA is tied 6-6.  They first met in 1937 in Los Angeles when Everett Dean was the head coach.  The teams haven’t met since the 2007 NCAA Tournament when the Bruins won 54-49 in Kelvin Sampson’s first season at the helm.

Five of the last seven meetings between IU and UCLA have come in March.

The Hoosiers defeated UCLA in 1992 to advance to the Final Four, when they avenged a 15-point loss earlier in the season and won by 27.  IU also won against the Bruins in 1976 to reach the national championship game, continuing their undefeated season and ending the UCLA dynasty in the process.

UCLA and Reggie Miller won the 1985 NIT championship game over IU, and defeated IU in the 1973 national semifinal, Bob Knight’s second season with the program.  The Hoosiers cut a 22-point UCLA lead to 57-55 with just under six minutes left in that ’73 Final Four contest.  But a controversial fifth foul called on Indiana center Steve Downing changed the game.

Indiana hasn’t played UCLA in Los Angeles since 1960, and the Bruins haven’t played in Bloomington since 1956.

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