These Bosworth linebackers embrace pastel blue

Updated: September 15, 2005, 10:00 AM ET
Associated Press

In 1986, an outspoken linebacker from top-ranked Oklahoma raised the ire of many UCLA fans with his comment on the Bruins' uniforms.

"I know I wouldn't wear pastel blue," he said. "I'd transfer."

Brian Bosworth was a brash star on Barry Switzer's top-ranked Sooners team that opened the season 19 years ago against the fourth-ranked Bruins. He later went on to careers in the NFL and in Hollywood.

His comments provided bulletin-board fodder for the Bruins, but he and his Oklahoma teammates backed up their bravado by beating UCLA 38-3.

The quote is being bandied about again this week as UCLA (2-0) prepares to host No. 21 Oklahoma (1-1). And it has taken on some considerable irony now that Bosworth's nephews, Korey and Kyle Bosworth, are freshmen linebackers for the Bruins -- with uncle Brian keeping a watchful eye on the 6-foot-2, 220-pound twins.

Also factor in that current UCLA coach Karl Dorrell was a receiver for the Bruins back in 1986.

"Everyone's going to have a comment or two about a particular game or a team or anybody you face," Dorrell said. "Obviously they were able to be victorious and win big and it was one of those years we had to take our lumps and keep moving on through the season.

"But that's football."

Oklahoma leads the series against the Bruins 3-0. In addition to the 1986 team, the Sooners were also ranked No. 1 when the two teams met in 2003. Oklahoma won that one in Norman, 59-24.

The Sooners added drama -- but not bulletin board material -- this week when star running back Adrian Peterson was suspended from practice for missing classes. The decision about whether he'll start against the Bruins will be made later this week.


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