1991 John Hancock Bowl
58th Sun Bowl
1234 Total
Illinois 0300 3
UCLA 3003 6
DateDecember 31, 1991
StadiumSun Bowl Stadium
LocationEl Paso, Texas
MVPLB Arnold Ale, UCLA
RefereeJim Knight (ACC)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersBrad Nessler (Play by Play)
Randy Cross (Color)
Mike Joy (Sideline)
John Hancock Bowl
 < 1990  1992

The 1991 John Hancock Bowl was a college football bowl game played at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas between the University of Illinois Fighting Illini and the University of California, Los Angeles on December 31, 1991. The game was the final contest of the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season for both teams, and ended in a 6–3 victory for UCLA. Illinois and UCLA previously met in post-season at the 1984 Rose Bowl, in which UCLA upset #4 Illinois, 45–9.

Game summary

The Illini were playing their first game under new head coach Lou Tepper, who was named John Mackovic's replacement a little more than two weeks earlier when Mackovic took the head coaching job at Texas. The Illinois defense certainly came to play, holding the high-octane UCLA attack to just 268 yards of total offense. The Fighting Illini offense didn't fare much better, though, totaling 308 yards of its own in a classic defensive struggle. Illinois missed an early scoring opportunity when Jason Verduzco's pass was intercepted at the Bruin goal line. The Illinois defense forced a UCLA fumble six plays later, but then promptly turned the ball back to the Bruins at the UI 24-yard line after a blocked punt. The Illinois defense stiffened and held UCLA to a field goal. Both teams traded punches until Illinois freshman Chris Richardson kicked a 27-yard field goal. The score remained tied until the opening drive of the fourth quarter when Illinois' Filmel Johnson fumbled a UCLA punt at the UI 11-yard line that lead to a 19-yard Louis Perez field goal. Illinois linebacker Mike Poloskey earned the Jimmy Rogers Jr. Trophy as the game's Most Valuable Lineman.

Scoring summary

Quarter Team Scoring summary Score
Illinois UCLA
1 UCLA 32-yard field goal by Louis Perez 0 3
2 Illinois 27-yard field goal by Chris Richardson 3 3
4 UCLA 19-yard field goal by Louis Perez 3 6
3 6

Statistical summary

Team statistics

(Rushing-Passing-Total): UI - 119-189-308; UCLA - 92-176-268.

Individual statistical leaders

Rushing (Att.-Yds.-TD): UI - Steve Feagin 12-71-0; UCLA - Kevin Williams 24-52-0.

Passing (Att.-Comp.-Int.-TD-Yds.): UI - Jason Verduzco 38-17-3-0-189; UCLA - Tommy Maddox 28-17-1-0-176.

Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD): UI - John Wright 9-94-0; UCLA - Sean LaChapelle 5-69-0, Ricky Davis 4-41-0.



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