UNC and Stanford Game Log

The football games depicted in A COACH AT HEART really happened as described, with some adjustments to squeeze in the fictional characters, like George Steele, Mickey Mullinex, Joel Cookson and others. For contests involving the University of Northern California, the Goldrushers are substituted for one of the participating teams. Game play, however, is pretty much as written.

Here is a list of the UNC games mentioned, or featured in A COACH AT HEART, plus a rundown of the Stanford game-by-game results in the seasons Steele would have been there. (for a similar list for the Oakland Raiders and San Diego State, click here)

 

University of Northern California

Nov. 12, 1966, standing in for Army, which defeated Cal 6-3 on a rainy afternoon in Berkeley. (featured extensively in A COACH AT HEART)

Jan. 2, 1967, standing in for USC, which lost to Purdue 14-13 in the Rose Bowl

Sept. 19, 1970, standing in for San Jose State, which lost to Stanford 34-3

Nov. 13, 1971, again standing in for San Jose State, which upset Stanford 13-12

 

Stanford

1968

San Jose State, won 68-20 (scene where Steele and Cookson march into Stanford Stadium)

at Oregon,  won 28-12

Air Force , won 24-13

USC, lost 27-24

Washington State, tied 21-21

at UCLA, lost 20-17

Oregon State, lost 29-7

Washington, won 35-20

at Pacific, won 24-0

at Cal, won 20-0 (scene with Steele and Cookson at fraternity house following game and movie)

 

1969

San Jose State, won 63-21

Oregon, won 28-0

at Purdue, lost 36-35

at USC, lost 26-24 (featured extensively in A COACH AT HEART)

Washington State, won 49-0

UCLA, tied 20-20

at Oregon State, won 33-0

at Washington, won 21-7

Air Force, won 47-34

Cal, won 29-28

 

1970

at Arkansas, won 34-28 (featured extensively in A COACH AT HEART)

San Jose St (subbed for by UNC), won 34-3

at Oregon, won 33-10

Purdue, lost 26-14

USC, won 24-14 (featured extensively in A COACH AT HEART)

Washington State, won 63-16 (Jesse Freitas, mentioned a couple of times, got most Stanford action in this game)

at UCLA, won 9-7

Oregon State, won 48-10

Washington, won 29-22 (clinched Pac-8 title)

at Air Force, lost 31-14

at Cal, lost 22-14

Ohio State (Rose Bowl), won 27-17 (featured extensively in A COACH AT HEART)

 

1971

at Missouri, won 19-0 (mention of Steele nervously searching stands for his dad)

at Army, won 38-3

Oregon, won 38-17

Duke, lost 9-3 (one of the weirder Stanford games ever, worth own blog post some day)

at Washington, won 17-6

at USC, won 33-18

Washington State, lost 24-23

at Oregon State, won 31-24

UCLA, win 20-9

San Jose St (subbed for by UNC), lost 13-12 (featured extensively in A COACH AT HEART)

Cal, won 14-0

Michigan (Rose Bowl), won 13-12 (featured extensively in A COACH AT HEART)

 

1972

San Jose State, won 44-0

at Duke, won 10-6

West Virginia, won 41-35 (Bobby Bowden was the coach of the Mountaineers then)

USC, lost 30-21

Washington, won 24-0 (great Huskies QB Sonny Sixkiller hurt in this game, still a very popular guy in Seattle)

at Oregon, lost 15-13 (eventual Chargers great passer Dan Fouts was an option QB for Ducks)

Oregon State, won 17-11

at UCLA, lost 28-23

at Washington State, lost 27-13

at Cal, lost 24-21 (featured extensively in A COACH AT HEART)

at Hawaii, won 39-7

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