UCLA: John Barnes
December, 1, 2010
By Peter Yoon | ESPNLosAngeles.com
John Barnes cemented his legacy in UCLA lore with an amazing fourth-quarter performance against USC in 1992.
When John Barnes first approached Terry Donahue about walking on to the Bruins football team in 1992, he wore a suit.
Donahue asked why and Barnes replied, “Because first impressions are lasting impressions.”
Little did Barnes know, his final impression would far outlast that first one.
UCLA trailed, 31-17, entering the fourth quarter, but Barnes, who began that season as the fifth-string quarterback, hit J.J. Stokes on a 29-yard touchdown that brought UCLA to within seven at 31-24 with 12:49 to play and later connected with Stokes on a 59-yard pass to set up a tying touchdown with 7:06 to play.
The Bruins defense held, forced a punt and gave Barnes the ball at the Bruins four-yard line. Two running plays set up a third and four from the 10, and what happened next cemented Barnes’ spot in UCLA lore.