2023 UCLA vs. San Diego State: So. Cal’s Matchup In Paradise

Does UCLA vs. San Diego State qualify as a rivalry? Hardly. But it does go back to the early days of college football in California. In the first game the two So. Cal institutions played happened in 1922. Since then they have played 23 games.

UCLA vs. San Diego State: A Story Of Bruin Dominance. Until…

UCLA has won 21 of those games, but the one loss came the last time the two teams met; in 2019. Chip Kelly is known for dropping one in this kind of trap game. The 23rd game was a tie in 1924. After that game, UCLA went on a 19-game winning streak.

The matchup has been played at the Rose Bowl nine times, the first time in 1985. Saturday’s game will be the first game played at the newly built Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego. It is the Aztec’s first home game against the Bruins since 2005.

UCLA has dominated in most games. Their largest margin of victory came in 1988, by a score of 59-6. Although, SDSU made it a close game the next year with a score of 25-28. That is one of three times the Aztec’s were within one score at the final buzzer. One was the tie in 1924 and the other was a 0-7 loss in 1925.

Records of UCLA vs. San Diego State

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