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JUNIOR ROSE BOWL WAS ONE GREAT MEMORY '67 MATADORS HAD UNMATCHED SPIRIT, MADE BIG IMPACT.

Byline: Jill Painter Staff Writer

It was just one game.

Cal State Northridge went by a different name back then and the Matadors didn't even win.

Yet, the 1967 Junior Rose Bowl remains the most important, memorable and binding experience in the program's history.

San Fernando Valley State College - as the school was known then - received an invitation to play in the most coveted bowl for smaller schools. The Matadors earned the chance to play in Pasadena under coach Sam Winningham, who started the program in 1962. The final: West Texas State 35, San Fernando Valley State 13.

Not that the final score was indicative of its impact.

``That was a nice effort that got started through that 1967 Junior Rose Bowl team,'' Winningham said. ``That's a special group. They've stuck together and kept in touch with each other. I'm always proud of that bunch. A lot of them went on to become coaches.''

Winningham had nearly doubled the roster from his first season in 1962 - from 30 to 52.

The Matadors finished that year with a 6-4 record, the most victories in a season to that point. CSUN lost to San Diego State 30-21 that season, a team that eventually won the mythical national title for small schools.

Although the game against San Diego State was pivotal, the news that the Matadors were invited to the Junior Rose Bowl made the Aztecs game pale in comparison. Drew Yellen, now a Northridge clinical and sports psychologist, was a defensive tackle on that team. He remembers Winningham's locker-room announcement.

``Sam walked in and said, 'Guys, we're going to the Junior Rose Bowl,' '' Yellen recalled. ``We all had to pinch each other to believe it. Being a small college and playing in that facility, you grow up looking at those kinds of things on TV. It was wonderful.''

As was the crowd of 23,802 people.

``Playing in front of all those people, that was a lot of fun,'' said Mike Hannin, a tight end. ``It was a special feeling when the game started and then when the game ended, we realized where we'd been and what we'd done.''

Winningham, 75, remembers the game as though he paced the sidelines in Pasadena yesterday. So does Alan Aldrich, who scored the game's first touchdown on a fumble recovery.

``A West Texas running back came through the line and fumbled the ball through my lap,'' Aldrich said. ``I was the smallest guy on the team. I was about 5-9 and 180 pounds dripping wet. I had to run about 25 yards. It wasn't far, but it was about as far as I could run.

``I felt good about that. Myron Bayless was running behind me and he kept yelling at me to give him the ball.''

Bayless has since died, but he and the Junior Rose Bowl team were honored at the Myron Bayless Scholarship Award banquet last May. Team members also meet at the CSUN Hall of Fame banquet, scholarship dinners and Junior Rose Bowl reunions. Truth is, they never need an excuse to reminisce.

Some believe former quarterback Bruce Lemmerman, now an NFL scout, would have won the Heisman Trophy that year had he been at a big-time program.

So many members of that team still live in the San Fernando Valley. Guys like Hannin, Yellen, receiver Gerry Peters, a personal trainer in Glendale. There's Dick Billingsley, the football coach at Oak Park High; Doug Hill, a CPA in Camarillo, and Al Racius, among others.

``Those were some of the best memories,'' said Racius, who owns an advertising agency in Thousand Oaks. ``Sure, the Rose Bowl was great. It was nice to be part of the team to play in it, but I think it was a lot more than just the Junior Rose Bowl. We played our hearts out every week. We probably weren't the biggest, fastest or strongest players, but we jelled as a team and we had confidence in one another.''

KEY MOMENTS

1961 - First junior varsity football season, played at Granada Hills

1962 - First football season, played at Monroe High of North Hills

1965 - First season in California Collegiate Athletic Association

1966 - Games played at Birmingham High of Van Nuys

1967 - First and only Junior Rose Bowl appearance; lost to West Texas State in front of 23,802

1969 - First season as NCAA Division II

1971 - First season at North Campus Stadium

1982 - First season in Western Football Conference

1990 - Lost to Cal Poly SLO in only Division II first-round playoff game

1993 - Finish 4-6 in first season in Division I-AA

1994 - Former Matador punter Bryan Wagner starts for San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl

1996 - First year in Big Sky Conference

1998 - Finish 7-4, best season in I-AA, including two wins over nationally-ranked opponents

1999 - Internal investigation uncovers numerous NCAA and school violations, prompting the firing of coach Ron Ponciano

2001 - School moves into Big West Conference and football becomes I-AA independent

2001 - Oct. 1, athletic director Dick Dull recommends football be eliminated due to a growing budget deficit

2002 - Scheduled demolition of North Campus Stadium; scheduled to play games at Pierce College

Offensive MVPs

1980 - Alvin Hooks

1981 - Dana Teasley

1982 - Steve Duddy

1983 - Mike Kane

1984 - Mike Kane

1985 - Chris Parker

1986 - Mike Kane

1987 - Brian Clark

1988 - Albert Fann

1989 - Sherdrick Bonner

1990 - Albert Fann

1991 - Cornell Ward

1993 - Robert Trice

1994 - J.J. O'Laughlin

1995 - Chad Marsalek

1996 - Aaron Flowers

1997 - Aaron Flowers

1998 - Marcus Brady

1999 - Marcus Brady, Aaron Arnold

2000 - Marcus Brady

Defensive MVPs

1980 - Tim Maulhardt

1981 - Phil McPherson

1982 - Mark Streid

1983 - Mark Streid

1984 - Pete Teutonico

1985 - Reggie Wauls

1986 - Darrell McIntyre

1987 - Tracy Anderson

1988 - Dennis McConnaughy

1989 - Daved Benefield

1990 - Ken Wallace

1991 - Ken Vaughn

1993 - Angel Chavez

1994 - Joe Vaughn

1995 - Teddy Mack

1996 - Marc Goodson

1997 - Marc Goodson

1998 - Brennen Swanson

1999 - Brennen Swanson

2000 - Jason Nicastro

All-Americans

Associated Press

1982 - Bryan Wagner, punter/kicker, Division II, honorable mention

1983 - Bryan Wagner, punter/kicker, Division II, first team

1991 - Don Goodman, offensive lineman, Division II, first team

1994 - Joseph Vaughn, safety, Division I-AA, first team

1996 - David Romines, Division I-AA, second team

Kodak

1975 - Mel Wilson, defensive back, Division II, first team

1983 - Bryan Wagner, punter/kicker, Division II, first team

1987 - Kip Dukes, defensive back, Division II, first team

1989 - Albert Fann, tailback, Division II, first team

Co-captains

1981: Bernard Hicks, Bill Fournell, Steve Martin, Dan Charnitski

1982: Steve Duddy, Geoff Resnik, Mark Streid, Bryan Wagner

1984: Ron Colarossi, Bryan Wagner, Pete Teutonico

1985: Ray Oregel, Simon Goss, Steve Benjamin, Eric Davis

1988: Dennis McConnaughy, Rob Huffman

1989: Richard Ane, Sherdrick Bonner, Albert Fann, Preston Hayslette

1990: Clayton Bamberg, Tom Berry, Sherdrick Bonner, Albert Fann

1991: Eric Treibatch, Marty Fisher, Ken Vaughn

1992: Tyrone Dorsey, Jamal Farmer, Marty Fisher, Eric Treibatch

1993: Victor Myles, Robert Trice, Coley Kyman, Joseph Ojomoh

1994: J.J. O'Laughlin, Tony Simon, Edvin Babayova, Vincent Johnson

1995: Clayton Mills, Chris Love, Andrew Rose, Richard Pesti

1996: Aaron Flowers, Marc Goodson

1997: Aaron Flowers, Marc Goodson, Paul Sauter, Jerome Henry, Dan Lazarovits

1998: Jaumal Bradley, Drew Hill, Vito Clemente, Brennen Swanson

1999: Jaumal Bradley, Ethan Beck, Brennen Swanson

2000: Marcus Brady, Keith Kincaid, Gil Rodriguez, Cos Abercrombie, Erik Gardner

2001: Marcus Brady, Cos Abercrombie, Lewis Blanton, Drew Amerson

Attendance

By year, with average home attendance

1980 - 2,000

1981 - 2,404

1982 - 1,782

1983 - 2,751

1984 - 1,910

1985 - 3,301

1986 - 4,969

1987 - 4,170

1988 - 4,781

1989 - 3,411

1990 - 4,202

1991 - 4,591

1992 - 3,488

1993 - 3,343

1994 - 3,268

1995 - 2,240

1996 - 4,261

1997 - 4,187

1998 - 4,482

1999 - 4,013

2000 - 2,740

Most statistics and awards prior to 1980 are not available.

1961-1981

Year coach record

1962 Sam Winningham 3-6

1963 Sam Winningham 2-6

1964 Sam Winningham 4-6

1965 Sam Winningham 1-9

1966 Sam Winningham 2-7-1

1967 Sam Winningham 6-4

1968 Sam Winningham 5-4

1969 Leon McLaughlin 4-5

1970 Leon McLaughlin 4-6

1971 Rod Humenuik 4-7

1972 Rod Humenuik 6-5

1973 Gary Torgeson 2-9

1974 Gary Torgeson 2-9

1975 Gary Torgeson 4-6-1

1976 Jack Elway 8-3

1977 Jack Elway 7-3-1

1978 Jack Elway 5-5

1979 Tom Keele 3-7

1980 Tom Keele 5-6

1981 Tom Keele 6-4-1

1982-2001

1982 Tom Keele 4-7

1983 Tom Keele 6-4

1984 Tom Keele 3-7

1985 Tom Keele 4-7

1986 Bob Burt 8-3

1987 Bob Burt 7-4

1988 Bob Burt 6-5

1989 Bob Burt 6-5

1990 Bob Burt 7-4

1991 Bob Burt 3-7

1992 Bob Burt 5-5

1993 Bob Burt 4-6

1994 Bob Burt 3-7

1995 Dave Baldwin 2-8

1996 Dave Baldwin 7-4

1997 Jim Fenwick 4-8

1998 Ron Ponciano 7-4

1999 Jeff Kearin 6-5

2000 Jeff Kearin 4-7

2001 Jeff Kearin

CAPTION(S):

9 photos, 8 boxes

Photo:

(1 -- 2) At left, a copy of The Valley News from Dec. 5, 1967, featuring a page devoted to Valley State's loss in the Junior Rose Bowl. Above, a copy of a program from the Junior Rose Bowl luncheon.

(3) no caption (four players on Valley State College team)

(4) no caption (program cover: ``FOR THE TITLE!``)

(5) no caption (file cover: Internal Audit #1 August 1999)

(6) WINNINGHAM

(7) McLAUGHLIN

(8) ELWAY

(9) HUMENUIK

Box:

(1) KEY MOMENTS (see text)

(2) Offensive MVPs (see text)

(3) Defensive MVPs (see text)

(4) All-Americans (see text)

(5) Co-captains (see text)

(6) Attendance (see text)

(7) 1961-1981 (see text)

(8) 1982-2001 (see text)
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