Some of the details are fuzzy now, nearly five decades after UCLA faced top-ranked and undefeated Michigan State in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 1966, but those Bruins agree on this much:
The Spartans were huge. Gigantic. Expected to gobble the Bruins and their 200-pound linemen like party appetizers.
"Some people have said their TV tilted a bit when they announced them on TV," quarterback Gary Beban said jokingly, "but they were big."
How big? "I remember running past Bubba Smith and he was about 7-foot tall and I was looking into his belt buckle," said Wade Pearson, a UCLA linebacker. "I thought, 'That's the biggest man I've ever...