Bruins Round Out Season With 14th Bowl Game In 20 Years
Nov. 20, 2000
For the third time in the last four years, the Bruins will finish the season by playing in a bowl game. In 1997, the Bruins played in the Cotton Bowl and following the 1998 season, they played in the Rose Bowl. This year, the Bruins will play in one of the Hawaii bowls or possibly, the Wells Fargo Sun Bowl.This will be UCLA's 14th bowl trip in the last 20 years.
The Bruins set an all-time home attendance record this season. The seven home games were watched by 470,961 fans, breaking the old record of 442,850, set in 1988 (seven games). The Bruins' average of 67,280 ranks third in history behind 1998's 73,709 and 1947's 69,812.
BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO
The Bruin head coach owns a record of 35-22 (24-16 in Pac-10 play) and a winning percentage of .614 during his almost five years on the job. The 20-game winning streak snapped versus Miami on Dec. 5, 1998 was the longest in school history, twice as long as the previous streak (10, set in 1946 and tied in 1954-55).Toledo is only the second coach in school history to win 10 regular-season games (Bert LaBrucherie in 1946) and only the second coach in school history to win 10 games in back-to-back seasons (Terry Donahue in 1987-88).Under Toledo, UCLA is 27-8 when it scores at least 30 points and 13-1 when it scores at least 40. It is 8-14 when it scores 29 or fewer points. The Bruins are 28-4 when leading entering the fourth quarter, 2-1 when tied entering the final quarter and have won five times when trailing after three periods. UCLA is 23-5 when leading at the half and has won eight times after trailing at the half and four when tied at the half. The Bruins are 3-1 in overtime contests, 0-1 this season.Under Toledo, UCLA is 11-9 versus ranked teams. It has won four of the last six (last year versus Washington and this year against Alabama, Michigan and Arizona) and is 10-4 in the last 14 games against Top 25 teams. The Bruins are 3-2 this year versus the Top 25, 2-1 versus the Top 10.
MITCHELL RANKS IN NCA
A Junior flanker Freddie Mitchell ranks second in the NCAA in receiving yards per game with his average of 119.45 per contest. His average of 19.32 yards per catch ranks No. 2 nationally among players in the NCAA Top 35 in receptions per game. His seasonal total of 1,314 receiving yards is a new school record and ranks No. 2 in the NCAA.
Junior flanker Freddie Mitchell has been named one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation's top receiver. The winner will be announced On December 7 during the ESPN College Football Awards Show.Junior linebacker Robert Thomas was one of 11 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker. Punter Nate Fikse was on the ï¿½Watch List' for the Ray Guy Award, presented to the nation's top punter.
Another crosstown classic came down to the final seconds with a 36-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining in the contest giving USC a 38-35 victory over the Bruins.
The Bruins had tied the game with 1:05 remaining when Cory Paus, facing fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line, scored on an option run to the left. The run culminated a 75-yard drive after USC had taken its first lead of the game with 3:58 remaining. The key play was a 51-yard reception by Freddie Mitchell despite double coverage.
UCLA scored first for the only time this season to take an early lead. On USC's first offensive play from its three-yard line, the Trojans fumbled and Marques Anderson recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
Later in the first quarter, the Bruins took a 14-7 lead when Paus acted like he was changing a call at the line, the ball was snapped directly to Mitchell and the Bruin flanker hit Brian Poli-Dixon with a perfect strike for a 45-yard touchdown. It was the second TD pass for Mitchell this year and the fourth of his career.
With 2:01 remaining in the first half, the Bruins took a 21-14 lead when Paus threw the first of his two touchdown passes, hitting Ed Ieremia-Stansbury for a four-yard score. However, USC drove right down the field and tied the game with 0:24 remaining when Carson Palmer hit Kareem Kelly with a 39-yard pass.
UCLA took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 64 yards in 6:27, taking a 28-21 lead when Paus and Mitchell hooked up on a four-yard pass. That drive was kept alive by a 13-yard run from field goal formation by receiver Drew Bennett. USC rallied right back on the ensuing possession, driving 71 yards in 5:37 and tying the game on a 12-yard TD pass by Palmer.
Neither team scored again until 3:58 remained when Pamler hit Steve Stevenson for a 57-yard touchdown and a 35-28 lead, setting the stage for UCLA's game-tying drive that culminated in Paus' one-yard touchdown.
On the afternoon, Paus completed 13 of 22 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns and scored a third on his one-yard run. He became only the third sophomore in school history to pass for over 2,000 yards in one season, joining Tommy Maddox (1991) and Cade McNown (1996).
Freddie Mitchell made four receptions for 140 yards and one touchdown and set a new school record with 1,314 receiving yards (Danny Farmer set the record of 1,274 in 1998). He also threw a 45-yard touchdown pass, his second of the year, to Brian Poli-Dixon, who had two catches for 53 yards.
The Bruins gained 328 yards on the afternoon, 257 in the air but just 71 on the ground.
Defensively, UCLA allowed 557 yards -- 350 in the air and 207 on the ground. Ricky Manning, Jr. led the team with 11 tackles, including one-half sack and three passes defensed. Jason Zdenek added nine tackles and Marques Anderson contributed eight tackles, including 1.5 for losses, and recovered a fumble on USC's first offensive play for a touchdown. Tony White (one forced fumble and one tackle for loss) and Marcus Reese each made seven tackles.
Each team had just four possessions in the second half (excluding the final six seconds). UCLA scored two touchdowns while USC tallied two touchdowns and the game-winning field goal. On the afternoon, UCLA's offense ran just 51 plays while USC ran 82 offensive plays.
DID YOU KNOW?
UCLA has scored at least 27 points in each of its last seven games.
Of the Bruins'five losses, one has been by three points, another by six points, a third by seven and a fourth in triple overtime.
The Bruins snapped an eight-game road losing streak with the win at Arizona. UCLA's last win on the road had been at Washington in the ninth game of the 1998 season (Nov. 14) by a 36-24 score. At the time, the game in Seattle marked the ninth straight road win for the Bruins.
UCLA had failed to score first in all 10 games this year prior to getting on the scoreboard first against USC. In the 10 games in which it trailed in the first quarter, it rallied to win six times. In a seventh game, UCLA rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to force the game to overtime only to lose in the third overtime.
In the win over Stanford, senior tackle Kory Lombard made his first career start, becoming the ninth lineman to start a game this season. He recorded three tackles.
Eight different Bruins have attempted at least one pass this season and seven have completed at least one attempt. Four different Bruins have thrown touchdown passes.
UCLA is 18-4 under head coach Bob Toledo when a Bruin rushes for at least 100 yards and 17-18 when no Bruin cracks the 100-yard barrier.
Sixteen of UCLA's 41 offensive touchdown drives have covered at least 80 yards, including one versus USC, one at Washington, two against Stanford, three against Oregon State, one versus California, two versus Arizona State, three against Michigan, two versus Alabama and one against Fresno State. Twelve of the 41 touchdown drives have utilized at least 10 plays and 10 have consumed at least four minutes, including the first drive of the year that burned 9:06 off the clock.
Defensive lineman Kenyon Coleman saw his streak of 21 straight starting assignments end at Oregon. The Bruin with the most consecutive starts on defense is Rusty Williams at 22. Overall, offensive lineman Brian Polak is the team leader having made his 34th straight start against USC.
Washington was the eighth UCLA opponent to date which played in a bowl game last season. In all, eight of the 11 teams on the 2000 slate played in a bowl.
Wide receiver Jon Dubravac made the first start of his career against Fresno State. Two Bruins -- defensive tackle Rodney Leisle and free safety Jason Zdenek -- made their first starts against Alabama. Sean Phillips made his first career start at Oregon and Audie Attar made his first start against Arizona State. Akil Harris and Mat Ball each made their starting debuts in the Oregon State contest. Dave Ball made his first start in the road win at Arizona and Kory Lombard made his initial start against Stanford.
UCLA's winning percentage of .652 is the third-highest in the Pac-10 over the last three-plus years. UCLA has won 30 games in those three-plus seasons and only Oregon (33-14) and Washington (31-16) have won more games in that span.
The Bruins have now rebounded from their last four losing campaigns by advancing to a bowl game in the following season 1990 5-6 (9-3 and Hancock Bowl in 1991), 1994 5-6 (7-5 and Aloha Bowl in 1995), 1996 5-6 (10-2 and Cotton Bowl in 1997), 1999 4-7 (6-5).
The Bruins have four sets of brothers on this year's team -- twins Dave and Mat Ball, twins Josh and Micah Webb, Ken and Matt Kocher and Jason and Eric Zdenek. In addition Michael Coleman, brother of Kenyon, and Tim Vanis, brother of Mike, are managers on the team.
Starting cornerback Ricky Manning, Jr. played this past summer for the Minnesota Twins Rookie League team in Ft. Myers, FL. Manning, an outfielder, hit .275 in 26 games with a .427 on base percentage and six stolen bases.
BRUINS IN THE 2000 POLLS
AP: Pre-season, NR, Aug. 28, NR, Sept. 3, No. 16, Sept. 10, No. 14, Sept. 17, No. 6, Sept. 24, No. 15, Oct. 1, No. 16, Oct. 8, No. 13, Oct. 15, No. 23, Oct. 22, NR, Oct. 29, NR, Nov. 5, NR, Nov. 12, NR, Nov. 19, NR. USA Today/ESPN: Pre-season, NR, Aug. 28, NR, Sept. 3, No. 17, Sept. 10 No. 17, Sept. 17, No. 8, Sept. 24, No. 17, Oct. 1, No. 17, Oct. 8, No. 15, Oct. 15, No. 24, Oct. 22, NR, Oct. 29, NR, Nov. 5, NR, Nov. 12, NR, Nov. 19, NR.
LINEBACKER ROBERT THOMAS
Compared to a cobra by head coach Bob Toledo because of his explosiveness at the point of attack, Thomas was one of 11 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, which honors the nation's top linebacker, and is a candidate for All-America honors.
On the year, Thomas leads the team with 80 tackles, 13 more than No. 2 Marques Anderson and Ryan Nece. He ranks third on the squad with eight tackles for loss and leads the Bruins and the Pac-10 with six fumbles forced. His average of 7.3 tackles per game ranks 11th in the Pac-10.
A true junior, the middle linebacker accounted for four tackles in the victory over Alabama, including one for loss, and also forced two fumbles.
Against Fresno State, Thomas led the defense, which held the Bulldogs to 26 yards on the ground, with six stops. In the victory over Michigan, he was credited with seven tackles, one shy of the team lead, including two behind the line of scrimmage.
At Oregon, he made seven tackles, including two for losses, and forced a fumble at the goal line. In the victory over Arizona State, he again made seven tackles, including one for loss.
At California, he led the Bruins with a season-high 11 tackles, including one for loss. He also forced one fumble. Against Oregon State, he was credited with six tackles and forcedhis fifth fumble of the year.
In the victory at Arizona, he was credited with a team-best 10 tackles(nine solos), including one for loss, filling the gaps extremely well. In the win over Stanford, he again led the squad with nine tackles, all solos, and forced his sixth fumble of the year. At Washington, despite missing much of the second half after aggravating his sprained foot, he still made eight tackles. In the finale against USC, he made five stops.
Thomas moved into the starting lineup in 1999. He made a team-high 14 tackles against Fresno State, the most by a Bruin since Brian Willmer made 15 versus Arizona on Nov. 16, 1996. In 1999, Thomas ranked second on the squad with his 68 tackles despite missing three games (the season's first two and the Arizona contest). He also had four tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks.
LINEBACKER RYAN NECE
The junior, who writes a weekly column for the official athletic department website, was selected to the 2000 pre-season Watch List for the Butkus Award, which honors the nation's top linebacker.
A 1998 first-team Freshman All-American, the junior outside linebacker is tied for second on the squad with 67 tackles and has forced two fumbles.
In the season-opening win against Alabama, he tied for the team lead with six tackles.
At Oregon, he made 13 tackles, tying Tony White for the team lead. In the win over Arizona State, he was credited with three tackles and forced a fumble. At California, he ranked second with six tackles, including his first sack of the year, and also forced a fumble. That fumble led to a Bruin touchdown just before halftime.
In the victory at Arizona, Nece registered six tackles and added six more stops in the win over Stanford. Against Washington, he led the team with a career-high 14 tackles, the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 14 last season versus Fresno State, and added four against USC in the regular-season finale.
LINEBACKER TONY WHITE
The true senior was at his best in the Bruins'Pac-10 opener at Oregon. He made a career-high 13 tackles, tying Ryan Nece for team honors. He also made a team-high three stops for losses. In the win over Arizona State, he had four tackles, including one for loss, and deflected one pass that was picked off by Mat Ball and returned 15 yards for a touchdown.
In the game at California, he was credited with five tackles. He also returned a fumble 12 yards and had two tackles for loss, including one sack. The fourth-quarter fumble recovery and return gave the Bruins the ball at Cal's 41, setting the stage for UCLA's game-tying touchdown.
At Arizona, White played another steady game and had four stops. In the victory over Stanford, he made two tackles and his first interception of the season. At Washington, he was credited with six stops. In the regular-season finale against USC, White made seven tackles, including one for loss, and forced a fumble on the first play of the game.
On the year, White is sixth on the squad with 57 tackles. He is second on the team with nine tackles for loss and tied for second with two sacks.
RICKY MANNING JR.
The true sophomore cornerback has developed a reputation for making big plays. In the season-opening victory against Alabama, Manning tied for the team lead with six tackles, returned an interception 37 yards and helped hold Freddie Milons to just 49 yards on five receptions. In the win over No. 3 Michigan, Manning made six tackles, including one for loss. He also returned four punts for 20 yards and had a 65-yard scoring return wiped out because of a penalty. In the win over Arizona State, he was credited with three tackles, made his second interception of the year and also broke up a long pass. Against Oregon State, he ranked second on the squad with 10 tackles and also forced a fumble on third-and-goal at the Bruin one yard-line. UCLA converted that turnover into a field goal with 44 seconds left in the first half.
At Arizona, Manning displayed his talents as a difference-maker with his third and fourth interceptions of the season. His first interception led to a Bruin field goal and his second pick came in the end zone to stop a Wildcat drive.
In the win over Stanford, he contributed five tackles. At Washington, he made nine tackles. In the regular-season finale versus USC, he led the squad with a career-high 11 tackles, including one-half sack, and defensed three passes.
He has now started 20 consecutive games since moving into the lineup last year against Fresno State. He is fifth on the squad with 63 tackles (four for losses) and first with his four interceptions and 14 pass defenses. He is also tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with his average of 0.36 interceptions per contest and eighth in the Pac-10 in punt returns (6.67).
The starting strong safety after playing cornerback in 1997 and 1998, Anderson has played well after missing the 1999 season due to off-field problems.
Fast becoming one of the top safeties in the West, he was credited with four tackles in the opener against Alabama, including one sack, and also broke up two passes. In the win over Fresno State, he added five tackles including one for loss and broke up two passes. He was at his best in the win over Michigan, making a team-high and career-high tying eight tackles, including one for loss. He also forced a fumble and broke up a pass. Against Oregon, he again tied his career high with eight tackles, including two for losses (one sack).
Anderson, who sat out the ASU game after undergoing a routine medical procedure for a non-football condition, returned to action against California. He made five tackles against the Golden Bears and his diving interception at the Cal 39-yard line set up the first of UCLA's two fourth-quarter touchdowns. He also recovered a fumble just before halftime that resulted in another Bruin touchdown.
Against Oregon State, he made seven tackles, including one for a loss. He also recovered two fumbles and forced one. Late in the game, he forced another fumble at the goal line but the play was ruled dead on a false start by the Beaver offense.
In the game at Arizona, Anderson made several big plays with his five tackles, one for loss, and interception. He ran down Wildcat quarterback Ortege Jenkins from behind to prevent a touchdown (Jenkins then threw an interception). Anderson's interception led to a UCLA touchdown (by Brian Poli-Dixon) which put the Bruins ahead at the time, 14-7.
In the victory over Stanford, he was credited with eight tackles, including his third sack of the year and a second stop behind the line. At Washington, he made nine tackles and forced his third fumble of the year.
In the regular-season finale against USC, Anderson scored the first touchdown of his career, recovering a fumble in the end zone on the first play of the game. He also made eight tackles, including 1.5 for losses, and broke up one pass.
Anderson is tied for second on the squad with his 67 tackles but his 6.7 average is second only to Robert Thomas'7.3. He leads the squad with 11 tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks and four fumble recoveries and is second with three forced fumbles, three interceptions and 11 passes defensed. He is tied for second in the Pac-10 with his four fumble recoveries, tied for fifth with his three fumbles forced and 15th with 6.7 tackles per game.
The senior cornerback has been a steady performer after being sidelined a year ago due to complications from heel surgery. A starter in 1998, Bell made two tackles in the opener and did an outstanding job of covering the Alabama wide outs, helping hold Freddie Milons to five receptions for just 49 yards. Against Fresno State, he made five tackles and broke up one pass.
At Oregon, he was credited with five solo tackles and a team-high three pass defenses. In the win over Arizona State, he made three tackles and broke up one pass before leaving the game at halftime with tightness in his left hamstring. At California, Bell was credited with five tackles. He contributed five tackles and broke up one pass in the win over Stanford. At Washington, he made seven tackles and recovered one fumble. Against USC, he was credited with five stops and broke up one pass.
Bell is tied for third on the squad with nine passes defensed and has made 42 tackles, seventh on the team.
The senior free safety has been one of the surprises of the season. Zdenek, who played just 17 defensive snaps a year ago against Boise State, currently ranks fourth on the team with 66 tackles, just behind Marques Anderson and Ryan Nece (67 each). He is tied for second on the team with two fumble recoveries and tied for third with two forced fumbles and nine pass defenses.
Zdenek made the first start of his career against Alabama a successful one. He accounted for five tackles, recovered one fumble and forced another. In the Pac-10 opener at Oregon, he made nine tackles, including one that forced a fumble. In the win over Arizona State, he made four stops and recovered one fumble. Against Oregon State, he led the Bruins with 11 tackles and broke up two passes. He added six stops in the road win at Arizona.
In the victory over Stanford, he made the first interception of his career and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown to give the Bruins a 13-6 lead with 1:14 left in the first quarter. He also made four tackles and broke up a second pass. At Washington, he made five tackles. In the regular-season finale versus USC, he was second on the team with nine tackles.
Tackles Anthony Fletcher, a true junior, and Rodney Leisle, a redshirt freshman, have each played well throughout the year. Against Fresno State, both were credited with four tackles, including one for loss. Fletcher made five tackles in the win over Michigan while Leisle added three stops.
Leisle is first among linemen and eighth overall with 33 tackles, including four behind the line of scrimmage. He made a career-high seven tackles, including one for loss, against Oregon State. He added his first career interception in the final seconds at Arizona and also recorded his first sack. He made three stops at Washington and had four tackles and a fumble recovery against USC.
Fletcher was credited with a career-high seven tackles, including two for losses, versus Oregon. He made three stops versus Arizona State, including two for losses, one for loss at California. Against Oregon State, coming off the bench for the first time all year, he made four stops. He ranks second among the linemen and ninth overall with 26 stops and ranks fourth on the squad with five tackles for loss.
Redshirt sophomore Rusty Williams made his 22nd straight start against USC despite playing with a sprained ankle and an injured shoulder. Against Oregon State, he made a career-high five tackles, including one for loss. He has 17 stops on the year and is tied for second on the squad with two fumble recoveries.
Redshirt freshman end Mat Ball made his first career start against Oregon State. He made two tackles, both for losses, and scored a touchdown, picking off a pass deflected by Tony White and running 15 yards for the score. He started at Washington and made five tackles and tipped one pass and added two tackles in his start versus USC.
His brother Dave made his first start in the road win at Arizona and had three tackles, including one for loss. He also tipped a pass that Rodney Leisle intercepted with 10 seconds remaining to seal the win. Dave Ball became the eighth different defensive linemen to start a game, and the fourth at strong-side defensive end. Against Stanford, he made five tackles and recovered one fumble. At Washington, he came off the bench to make eight tackles, including one sack on which he forced a fumble, and a second for loss. He added one tackle against USC.
In the win over Stanford, senior tackle Kory Lombard made his first career start, becoming the ninth lineman to start a game this season. He recorded three tackles. He added four tackles against Washington in his second start and two versus USC.
The redshirt sophomore quarterback suffered a separated right shoulder on UCLA's first offensive play of the season, stayed in for the rest of the series (three plays) and was finished for the afternoon. After missing three games, he was cleared to begin full practice on Monday, Sept. 25 and was named the starting quarterback for the Arizona State game the following day (Tuesday).
In the victory over ASU, Paus completed 17 of 30 passes for 267 yards with one interception and two touchdowns despite a fierce rush from the Sun Devils. In rallying the Bruins from a 21-0 deficit, he completed eight of 14 passes for 164 yards and two scores in the second half. In the third quarter alone, he passed for 122 yards, including touchdown passes of eight and 80 yards to put the Bruins ahead for good.
His 80-yard touchdown strike to Freddie Mitchell was ninth longest in school history and the second-longest of his career, surpassed only by his 85-yard scoring pass to Danny Farmer last year against ASU (sixth in UCLA history). In addition, his 32-yard scramble in the second quarter was the longest run of his career.
In the triple-overtime loss at California, he rallied the Bruins from a 28-14 fourth-quarter deficit to force the game into overtime. On the afternoon, Paus completed 20 of 39 passes for 309 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown and one which ended the game.
After throwing touchdown passes of 15 and four yards to tight end Bryan Fletcher in the first half, he was at his best in the fourth quarter. On the first scoring drive, he completed an eight-yard pass on fourth down and threw a screen pass to tailback Akil Harris for a 20-yard score. On the second drive, he completed a third down slant pass to Freddie Mitchell, who turned it into a game-tying 35-yard touchdown. In the first overtime, Paus scored on a quarterback sneak to tie the game and force another overtime.
In the game against Oregon State, Paus completed 19 of 33 passes for a career-high 363 yards and two touchdowns -- 67 yards to Gabe Crecion and 18 yards to Jon Dubravac. Paus'total of 363 passing yards ranks 10th on UCLA's single-game list.The toss to Dubravac came after he marched the team 80 yards down the field with no timeouts remaining in just 34 seconds.
In the game at Arizona, Paus helped rally the team from deficits of 0-7 in the first quarter, 14-21 at the half, 20-21 at the end of the third quarter and 20-24 in the final minute of the contest. UCLA took over at their own 34-yard line after an Arizona punt with 2:47 remaining on the clock. Passes to Freddie Mitchell (23 yards) and Gabe Crecion (nine yards) moved the ball to the Wildcat 34. After two rushing attempts left the Bruins with a fourth-and-four on the Wildcat 37, Paus hit Mitchell for 19 yards and a first down on the Arizona18-yard line with a about a minute and a half left on the clock. After two incomplete passes to the end zone and an offside penalty against the home team, UCLA was faced with a third-and-five situation from the 13. Paus dropped back to pass, was forced from the pocket, and ran around the left side for 13 yards and the go-ahead score with 0:48 on the clock.
In the win over Stanford, Paus completed 16 of 27 passes for 328 yards, the third-highest total of his career, with three touchdowns and two interceptions. His 21-yard pass to DeShaun Foster gave the Bruins the lead for good and his 22-yard strike to Mike Seidman gave the Bruins a 13-point lead.
When Stanford rallied to within two points (30-28), Paus connected with Freddie Mitchell for a 41-yard touchdown with 6:58 left in the game. After Stanford pulled to within two points again, his 56-yard pass to Mitchell gave the Bruins a first down at the Cardinal 12-yard line.
At Washington, he almost rallied the Bruins to a victory. Trailing by 14 points with 3:35 remaining, he drove the offense 88 yards in just 1:38, tossing a seven-yard scoring pass to Brian Poli-Dixon to make the score 35-28. UCLA got the ball back with 27 seconds on its own 36-yard line and no timeouts, but the rally fell short when Paus was hit and fumbled.
On the afternoon, he completed 22 of 38 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns -- five yards to Ed Ieremia-Stansbury and seven yards to Poli-Dixon -- and rallied UCLA from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to a 21-14 halftime lead.
In the regular-season finale against USC, he completed 13 of 22 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He also tied the game at 35-35 with 1:05 remaining on a fourth-down one-yard run, driving the Bruins 75 yards in 2:53.
On the year, Paus has completed 126 of 226 passes (55.8%) for 2,007 yards and 16 touchdowns in seven games plus one series. His efficiency rating of 145.8 and his average of 250.9 passing yards per game would rank first in the Pac-10 if he had played enough games to qualify. He is the 13th Bruin to pass for over 2,000 yards in a season and only the third sophomore, behind Tommy Maddox (2,681 in 1991) and Cade McNown (2,424 in 1996).
In his seven full games (excluding the first series of the Alabama game on which he was injured), he is averaging 286.7 passing yards. He has passed for at least 298 yards in four of his last six games.
In his career, he has now completed 221 of 423 passes for 3,343 yards and 23 touchdowns. He ranks eighth on the career yardage list and also ranks ninth on the career completions list, 23 behind No. 8 Matt Stevens.
In 1999, Paus started seven games after beginning the season as the No. 2 signal caller. He made the first start of his career against Fresno State on Sept. 18 and was playing well when he suffered bruised ribs early in the second quarter. At that time, he had completed nine of 12 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. On Oct. 2, Paus returned to action at Arizona State and completed 15 of 40 passes for 235 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Paus had his best game of the year against Oregon. He completed 21 of 34 passes for a season-high 332 yards and two touchdowns. His 332 passing yards tied Tommy Maddox (1990 vs. Oregon) for the No. 3 effort among Bruin freshmen. Only Maddox (409 vs. USC and 353 at Michigan) ever threw for more yards as a freshman. His 324 yards total offense ranked No. 4 on that list.
Junior flanker Freddie Mitchell has established himself as one of the nation's top players at his position and is one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the best wide receiver in the country.
The explosive Mitchell, who always seems to be in the middle of the action, ranks second in the nation with his average of 119.45 receiving yards per game and with his 1,314 receiving yards. He also ranks 17th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in receptions (6.18 average) and his average of 19.32 yards per catch ranks second nationally among players in the Top 35 in receptions per game. He also ranks second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (119.45) and leads the Pac-10 in receiving yardage by over 31 yards per game.
On the year, he leads the Bruins with 68 receptions and a new school record 1,314 receiving yards and is second on the squad with eight touchdowns. He is averaging 36.0 yards on his touchdown receptions and five of the eight have measured at least 35 yards. Twenty-four of his 68 receptions have measured at least 20 yards. His 1,314 receiving yards also rank No. 4 on the Pacific-10 Conference's all-time list.
In the regular-season finale against USC, he broke Danny Farmer's two-year old record of 1,274 receiving yards, finishing the game with 1,314. His 68 receptions rank fourth on the single-season list, five behind No. 2 Kevin Jordan and Sean LaChapelle (73 each).
In his last nine games, he has made 58 receptions for 1,165 yards (129.4 average) and six touchdowns. He accounted for at least 100 yards in four straight games, tying the school record set by Kevin Jordan in 1994, before finishing with 94 yards against Oregon State and Arizona, a career-best 185 versus Stanford, 65 at Washington and 140 against USC.
He has produced 52 first downs with his 68 receptions and two of the other 16 resulted in a touchdown.
Mitchell flashed his explosive big-play capability against the Crimson Tide. In the first quarter, he took a pitch from tailback DeShaun Foster and hit split end Brian Poli-Dixon with a perfect strike in the back of the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown pass to give the Bruins a 14-7 lead. In the third quarter, he beat his man, hauled in a strike from Ryan McCann for a 46-yard touchdown to give UCLA the lead for good, 28-24. On the afternoon, Mitchell led the team with four receptions for 91 yards.
Against Fresno State, he led the Bruins with six receptions for 58 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown catch in the first half. Four of his six receptions resulted in first downs, including his TD.
The explosive Mitchell was on fire against Michigan. The Bruins'leading receiver made 10 receptions, the fourth-highest (tied) single-game total in UCLA history, for 137 yards and produced nine first downs with those 10 catches.
Against Oregon, he again led the Bruins with six receptions, good for 158 yards and one touchdown on a 54-yard catch-and-run from Drew Bennett.
In the victory over Arizona State, he made four receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns. His eight-yard scoring catch in the third quarter briefly gave the Bruins a lead and his 80-yard catch-and-run with 1:31 remaining in the same period put them ahead for good. It was the longest reception of his career and ninth longest in school history.
At California, Mitchell made eight receptions for 167 yards -- the eighth-highest single-game total in school history -- and one touchdown. His touchdown was a third-down slant pass that he turned into a 35-yard TD and it tied the game at 28 with 5:59 remaining in regulation. He also had a 46-yard reception on UCLA's first scoring drive.
Against Oregon State, he made five receptions for a team-high 94 yards and produced four first downs.
At Arizona, Freddie made two of his seven grabs on the game-winning touchdown drive. His first catch on the drive went for 23 yards and moved the Bruins into Arizona territory at the UA 43-yard line. His second catch of the drive was perhaps the key play of the day as he caught a pass on fourth- and-four with 1:41 remaining on the clock and ran it down to the Arizona 18. Five of his seven catches on the day were good for first downs.
In the victory over Stanford, he made seven receptions for 185 yards -- the fourth-highest single-game total in UCLA history -- and one touchdown. His twisting 41-yard touchdown reception gave the Bruins a 37-28 lead with 6:58 remaining and his 56-yard reception on which he stopped and out-fought the defensive back for the ball gave the Bruins a first down on the Cardinal 12-yard line with under two minutes to play.
Six of his seven receptions accounted for first downs and four measured at least 28 yards. His average of 26.4 yards per catch is amazing, especially since his first reception, good for 30 yards, was officially a one-yard reception due to a blocking penalty. He averaged 30.7 yards on his other six receptions.
At Washington, he made seven receptions for 65 yards and three first downs.
Against USC, he made four receptions for 140 yards (35.0 average) and one touchdown and also threw a 45-yard scoring strike to Brian Poli-Dixon to give UCLA a 14-7 lead. His 72-yard catch-and-run gave the Bruins a first down at the six-yard line en route to a touchdown, his four-yard scoring reception gave UCLA a 28-21 lead and his 51-yard reception was the key play on the drive that tied the game at 35 with 1:05 remaining. He had three first downs and a touchdown with his four catches.
During his career, Mitchell has made 110 receptions for 1,965 yards. He ranks seventh on the career receiving yardage list, tied with Mike Sherrard and 58 behind No. 6 Willie Anderson (2,023). He also ranks seventh on the reception list. He has also completed five of six passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns -- the 45- and 31-yard passes to Poli-Dixon this season, 61 yards to Durell Price in the 1999 Rose Bowl and 34 yards to Poli-Dixon in the 1998 opener.
True junior tailback DeShaun Foster was sidelined in the first half of the Arizona State game with a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand. He missed the Cal game and returned to action against Oregon State. He returned to the starting lineup in the road win at Arizona. He carried the ball 29 times for 78 yards and a rushing touchdown in Tucson. In UCLA's initial scoring drive of the game, he carried on seven of the 12 plays of the drive. He rushed six times on first down for gains of five, seven, five, five, 12 and one yard for the touchdown.
In the Nov. 4 win over Stanford, he looked like the Foster of old. Playing with a smaller cast on his right hand, he rushed for 159 yards, the second-highest total of his career, and a 14-yard touchdown. He also made two receptions for 37 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown that gave the Bruins the lead for good, 20-14.
On Nov. 11 at Washington, he rushed for 93 yards on 20 carries. In the second quarter, he carried seven times for 40 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown with 3:30 left in the half and a one-yard run with 0:43 prior to halftime.
In the regular-season finale against USC, he gained 43 yards on 20 attempts.
On the year, Foster, despite missing one game and most of a second, leads the Bruins with 930 yards on the ground and 12 touchdowns (one receiving) and has rushed for at least 100 yards three times. If he reaches 1,000 yards, it would be the 15th 1,000-yard season by a Bruin back.
Foster ranks 36th in the nation and fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing (93.0), third in the Pac-10 in scoring (7.2 points) and fifth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (107.2).
In the season opener against Alabama, he enjoyed one of the greatest games in UCLA history while carrying the football 42 times to tie the school record set by Karim Abdul-Jabbar in 1995. He was at his best in the fourth quarter as UCLA was protecting its 35-24 lead, carrying the ball on 12 of the team's 16 offensive plays (excluding a final kneel by the quarterback) for 59 yards and three key first downs.
On the afternoon, Foster rushed for a career-high 187 yards and three touchdowns (his previous high was 118 yards at Arizona in 1998). His total was the highest since the 1997 Bruin opener when Skip Hicks rushed for 190 at Washington State.
Foster carried the ball 21 times for 93 yards in the first half and 21 times for 94 yards in the second half. He had five double-digit runs and produced 12 first downs.
In the win over the Bulldogs, the 1998 first-team Freshman All-American carried the ball 29 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns. For the second straight week, he converted a fourth-down play into a touchdown and his 49-yard tackle-breaking, change of direction TD run with 8:49 remaining was his longest since his 65-yard score in the 1998 USC game.
In the win over the No. 3 Wolverines, he carried the ball 24 times for 95 net yards and his sixth touchdown of the season. In the second half, he gained 83 yards on 16 attempts, including a five-yard touchdown in the third quarter. In the final 15 minutes, he carried the ball eight times for 54 yards, including a 29-yard run on UCLA's game-winning touchdown drive.
In the Pac-10 opener at Oregon, he was limited to just 49 net yards on 19 attempts. In the win over Arizona State, he fractured the third metacarpal in his right hand in the first quarter, played one snap in the second quarter and was finished for the night. At the time, he had carried nine times for 30 yards.
He missed the game at California and returned to action against Oregon State. He entered the game for UCLA's second series and carried five times for 18 yards, including a two-yard touchdown. On the afternoon, he gained 56 net yards on 18 attempts and also made one reception.
Foster has gained over 100 yards in his career on six occasions. His back-to-back 100-yard games against Alabama and Fresno State were the first by a Bruin since Skip Hicks did it in the final five games of the 1997 season.
In his career, Foster has scored 30 touchdowns and is No. 4 on that UCLA career list. His 182 points (one two-point conversion) rank ninth on UCLA's career scoring list. He also ranks 13th on the career rushing list with 1,978 yards.
A year ago, he led the Bruins in rushing five times. However, he carried just five times in the month of October due to a sprained right ankle incurred at Stanford (9/25/99).
In 1998, Foster wrote his name into Bruin lore by scoring all four touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving) in UCLA's 34-17 victory over USC. He became the first true freshman in school history to score four TDs in one game and tied the school record.
Foster ranked second on the team with 12 touchdowns (10 rushing and two passes), a school record for true freshmen.
The redshirt junior, an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection in 1998, was on the Biletnikoff Award pre-season list.
In the victory over Arizona State, Poli-Dixon made a season-high eight receptions for 107 yards. He made a key third-down reception deep in UCLA territory on the team's first touchdown drive and his 17-yard reception gave the Bruins a first-and-goal at the 10-yard line on the drive that gave them their first lead of the game, 28-21.
At California, he made five receptions for 59 yards, producing three first downs. Against Oregon State, he made a team-high six receptions for 93 yards, producing five first downs. On UCLA's late fourth-quarter touchdown drive, he made receptions of 22 and 25 yards. In his return to his hometown, Poli-Dixon had five catches for 77 yards and an 18-yard touchdown grab which game UCLA a 14-7 lead over Arizona at the time. He added two receptions for 35 yards, including one for 26, in the victory over Stanford.
He was at his best against Washington. Poli-Dixon made a season-high eight receptions for a career-high 165 yards and one touchdown. The 165 yards rank No. 10 on UCLA's single-game list and the eight catches tied his season high. His 48-yard reception set up UCLA's first touchdown and his 45-yard catch gave the Bruins the ball at the four-yard line to set up the go-ahead score at the end of the half. He also made three catches on the fourth-quarter scoring drive, including the seven-yard TD.
In the regular-season finale versus USC, he made two catches for 53 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown pass from Freddie Mitchell with 9:15 remaining in the first quarter.
On the year, Poli-Dixon currently ranks second on the squad with 46 receptions and 700 yards and five receiving touchdowns. He ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with his averages of 4.60 receptions and 70.0 yards.
In the season-opener against Alabama, he made one reception -- a 31-yard TD catch. However, he suffered cramps in both hamstrings on a long pass in the third quarter and did not return. He sat out the game versus Fresno State with tightness in his hamstrings.
In the victory over No. 3 Michigan, he made four receptions for 44 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown that brought the Bruins to within three points, 20-17. He also tossed a 32-yard pass to Jon Dubravac on UCLA's first-half field goal drive. At Oregon, he made five receptions for 36 yards.
Poli-Dixon has now made 108 receptions for 1,662 yards as a Bruin. He is tied for eighth on the career reception list, just two behind No. 7 Freddie Mitchell. He also ranks 11th on the yardage list, 111 behind No. 10 Jojo Townsell.
In addition, he has scored 18 touchdowns on his 108 receptions, one touchdown every 6.0 catches.
Junior Jon Dubravac made his first career start against Fresno State and made four receptions, matching his total for the entire 1999 season. He added a 32-yard reception against Michigan on the Bruins'field goal drive and a key fourth-down catch on a fourth-quarter scoring drive at California. Against Oregon State, he made two receptions, including an 18-yard touchdown catch with 1:18 remaining in the game. Dubravac added another big third- down grab at Arizona to help set up a field goal but did not play against Stanford due to a concussion. He is currently third on the squad with 13 receptions. Senior Drew Bennett made three receptions for 38 yards against Washington and is averaging 16.0 yards on his six catches this year. He also ran for a key first down from field goal formation on a touchdown drive versus USC. Redshirt freshman Jerry Owens and true freshman Tab Perry both made the first reception of their careers against Fresno State.
A year ago, this unit had three new starters, no seniors and was decimated by injury as the season progressed.
This year, all five starters return to the unit, which is led by a pair of seniors -- captain Oscar Cabrera (left) and Brian Polak (right) at guard. Both are three-year starters, although this is Polak's first at guard after playing tackle in 1998 and 1999.
Fourth-year junior Troy Danoff started the first nine games of 1999 at center before suffering a knee injury. True sophomore Bryce Bohlander, who started the final two games at left tackle, is back at that spot again in 2000. Sophomore Mike Saffer has moved to right tackle after starting seven times at right guard in 1999. Sophomore Blake Worley, who started 10 games last season at tackle, is competing for playing time at guard and tackle this year and saw his first offensive action against Michigan.
This unit enjoyed a great afternoon against Alabama. It dominated the line of scrimmage and allowed the Bruins to control the football for 37:19 and run 84 offensive plays. It opened holes for DeShaun Foster, who ran for 187 yards, UCLA's highest total in three years.
Most importantly, this unit was just as strong in the fourth quarter as it was in the first quarter. In the final quarter, the Bruins gained possession with 7:19 remaining and holding an 11-point lead. They took 5:20 off the clock, running 11 plays before missing a field goal with 1:49 remaining. UCLA gained four first downs on that drive thanks to the efforts of the line. Cabrera, Saffer, Danoff and Bohlander played every snap while Polak missed just six plays. Redshirt freshman Shane Lehmann spelled him and recovered a fumble.
In the win over No. 3 Michigan, the line helped UCLA control the football for 16:31 in the second half and convert six of nine third-down situations. The Bruins ran 46 plays for 266 yards in the final 30 minutes and produced 18 first downs.
In the win over Arizona State, the line was a key factor in UCLA's offense gaining 500 yards, its highest total since the 1999 Rose Bowl (538). Despite the loss of DeShaun Foster in the first half, UCLA rushed for 233 net yards.
In the victory over Stanford, the line's protection enabled the Bruins to pass for 346 yards, their second-highest total of the 2000 season.
The dependable senior came off the bench against Arizona State following DeShaun Foster's injury and enjoyed one of the most productive games of his career. Lewis rushed for 104 net yards on 17 carries, the second-highest total of his career. Late in the first half, he burst free for a 32-yard gain to set up UCLA's first touchdown of the night. On the first snap of the second half, he raced 57 yards, the longest run of his career, for a touchdown to jump-start the Bruin comeback.
At California, he made his first start since 1998 and finished with 15 net yards on 16 carries. He did not play in three games (Oregon State, Arizona and Stanford) due to an ankle sprain suffered at California, played one snap at Washington and carried once for four yards versus USC. On the year, he has now rushed for 200 yards after gaining 216 yards on 63 attempts in 1999.
The tight end position is one of the deepest and most experienced units on the Bruin team. Senior starter Gabe Crecion led the group with 12 catches last season. All three tight ends -- Crecion, junior Bryan Fletcher and sophomore Mike Seidman -- are considered starters and all have seen extensive action.
At California, Fletcher made three receptions for 42 yards, including first-half touchdowns of 15 and four yards. He is the first Bruin tight end to catch two touchdown passes in a game since Mike Grieb did it against USC in 1997.
Against Oregon State, Crecion scored on a 67-yard catch-and-run and Bryan Fletcher had two receptions for 39 yards, including a tackle-breaking 30-yarder.
Tight ends made four receptions in the victory over Stanford, including a 22-yard touchdown by Seidman, the first score of his career, and two versus USC.
When the redshirt freshman entered the Arizona State game late in the second quarter, he had one career carry for one yard. On his first attempt of the night, he raced around right end for 23 yards and his first career touchdown. In the third quarter, he tied the game with a seven-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, he raced 33 yards on UCLA's field goal drive that gave the team a seven-point lead.
On the night, Harris gained 100 yards on 13 carries and teamed with Jermaine Lewis to become the first pair of Bruins to rush for 100 yards in a game since 1996.
At California, he led the Bruins with 59 yards on 20 attempts. He also made two receptions for 25 yards, including a screen pass on which he broke a tackle and turned it into a 20-yard fourth-quarter touchdown.
Harris made his first career start against Oregon State. He rushed for 38 yards on nine carries, including a nine-yard touchdown run, and made two receptions for 36 yards.
On the year, he is the team's No. 2 rusher with 201 yards and his average of 4.5 yards per attempt is the team's best.
JUST FOR KICKS
UCLA's kickers enjoyed success in their first year of action. Redshirt sophomore place kicker Chris Griffith made the biggest kick of his career last season against Washington, hitting a 22-yarder in overtime to give the Bruins a 23-20 victory. Griffith made his first five field goal attempts of that season before missing (partial block) at Stanford. On the year, he made 13 of 18 field goals and all 25 of his PATs. He was the team's leading scorer with 64 points.
This year, Griffith is second on the squad with 69 points, making nine of 12 field goals and 42 of 44 PATs. He ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in field goals (0.82) and tied for sixth in scoring (6.3). His percentage of .750 ranks second (tied) in the league.
Griffith's 22 field goals rank him No. 9 on UCLA's career list, just two behind No. 7 Norm Johnson and Efren Herrera (24 each). His percentage of 73.3 ranks third among players in the Top 10, trailing only John Lee (85.0%) and Alfredo Velasco (78.5%).
Last season, punter Nate Fikse had his best day in the season finale against USC. He averaged 49.0 yards on six kicks, including a long punt of 58 yards. On the year, Fikse averaged 42.0 yards per boot to rank No. 2 in the Pac-10, and forced opponents to start inside the 20-yard line on 11 occasions.
This season, Fikse, who is on the Ray Guy Punting Award ï¿½Watch List,' is averaging 43.2 yards on 72 kicks. He has 18 kicks of at least 50 yards and 15 of his punts have been downed inside the 20-yard line. His average ranks first in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation. He has averaged at least 45.0 yards in four games this season and has been below 43.0 only four times in 11 games. He averaged 48.1 yards against Michigan and 47.2 at Arizona.
Against Stanford, he averaged 43.5 yards on six kicks, including one he killed at the three-yard line which ultimately led to a 22-yard Bruin touchdown drive.
Fikse's career average of 42.7 would rank No. 2 on UCLA's all-time list, trailing only Kirk Wilson's record of 44.6.
(2000 starts/career starts) Offense WR: Brian Poli-Dixon (8/19) Freddie Mitchell (11/17), Jon Dubravac (3/3), Drew Bennett (2/5, three at QB), OL: Brian Polak (11/34), Troy Danoff (11/20), Blake Worley (0/10), Mike Saffer (11/18), Oscar Cabrera (11/27), Bryce Bohlander (11/13), TE: Gabe Crecion (11/18), Bryan Fletcher (1/4), QB: Cory Paus (8/15), Ryan McCann (3/4), RB: DeShaun Foster (9/14), Akil Harris (1/1), Jermaine Lewis (1/10), Matt Stanley (2/3), Ed Iremia-Stansbury (5/7, two at LB), PK: Chris Griffith (11/21).
Defense DL: Kenyon Coleman (3/23), Ken Kocher (1/11), Rusty Williams (11/22), Anthony Fletcher (7/11), Rodney Leisle (11/11), Mat Ball (3/3), Sean Phillips (3/3), Stephen Sua (0/1), Dave Ball (2/2), Kory Lombard (3/3), LB: Tony White (11/31), Ryan Nece (11/29), Robert Thomas (11/19), Asi Faoa (0/1), DB: Jason Bell (11/30), Marques Anderson (10/21), Jason Stephens (0/8), Joe Hunter (0/4), Ricky Manning Jr. (11/20), Jason Zdenek (11/11), Audie Attar (1/1), P: Nate Fikse (11/22).
In the regular-season finale versus USC, the Bruins scored all three times they reached the Red Zone (two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown) for 21 points. Against Washington, UCLA reached the Red Zone five times and scored four times (two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns) for 28 points. Against Stanford, UCLA moved inside the 20-yard line five times and scored twice (one rushing touchdown and one field goal) for nine points. The other drives ended with an interception, a fumble and the clock. At Arizona, UCLA advanced to the Zone on five occasions and scored each time (two rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown and two field goals) for 27 points. Against Oregon State, UCLA visited the Red Zone four times and scored on all four occasions (two rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown and one field goal) for 24 points. In the triple overtime game at California, UCLA reached the Red Zone six times and scored five times (three passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and one field goal) for 31 points. In the win over Arizona State, UCLA reached the Red Zone three times and scored twice (one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown). Against Oregon, UCLA did not reach the Red Zone. In the victory over Michigan, UCLA entered the Red Zone four times and scored on all four occasions (two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and one field goal) for 23 points. Against Fresno State, the Bruins reached the Red Zone four times and scored on three occasions (one rushing touchdown, one passing touchdown and one field goal) for a total of 17 points. In the opener against Alabama, the Bruins entered the Red Zone five times and scored three touchdowns (all rushing) for a total of 21 points.
On the year, UCLA has been in the Red Zone 44 times and has scored 35 times (15 rushing touchdowns, 13 passing touchdowns and seven field goals) for 215 points. The other possessions have resulted in two fumbles, three interceptions, one missed field goal, two on downs and one with the game ending.
USC reached the Red Zone six times and scored on four occasions (two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdowns and one field goal) for 24 points. Washington scored on all five trips in the Red Zone (three rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns) for 35 points. Stanford entered the Red Zone four times and scored on all four trips (two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns) for 28 points. Arizona scored a couple of rushing touchdowns in three trips inside the Zone for 14 points. The other drive ended in an interception by Ricky Manning. Oregon State scored five times (three passing touchdowns and two field goals) for 27 points on six trips to the end zone. California scored three times (two rushing touchdowns and one field goal) for 18 points on four trips to the Red Zone. ASU scored both times it reached the Red Zone (one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown) for 14 points. Oregon scored on all six of its visits to the Red Zone -- three rushing touchdowns and three field goals -- for 29 points. Michigan reached the Red Zone twice and scored once on a rushing touchdown for seven points. Fresno State reached the Red Zone on three occasions and scored two passing touchdowns for 14 points.
Opponents have now reached the Red Zone 43 times and have scored on 36 occasions (12 passing touchdowns, 14 rushing touchdowns and eight field goals) for 220 points. The other possessions ended on a fumble, an interception, three missed field goals and twice on downs.
In the opener against Alabama, UCLA's defense created three turnovers (two fumbles and one interception) and converted them into seven points. UCLA turned the ball over just once (one interception) and Alabama returned it for a touchdown.
In the Fresno game, UCLA's defense accounted for one turnover, a fumble on the Bulldog's final possession, and the offense did not make a turnover.
Against Michigan, UCLA forced two turnovers. A fumble recovery resulted in a Bruin fumble and the interception allowed UCLA to run out the clock for the victory. The Bruins lost three fumbles (one on special teams) and one was converted into a touchdown while the other two led to punts.
At Oregon, UCLA did not force any turnovers. The Bruins lost two fumbles and one interception and the Ducks converted them into a field goal and a touchdown.
In the win over Arizona State, UCLA recovered four turnovers (two interceptions and two fumbles) and scored seven points. ASU recovered four turnovers (three fumbles and one interception) and converted them into seven points.
Against California, UCLA recovered four turnovers (three fumbles and one interception) and converted them into 21 points (three touchdowns). UCLA turned the ball over three times (all interceptions) and the Golden Bears converted them into seven points.
Against Oregon State, the Bruins recovered three turnovers (two fumbles and one interception) and converted them into 10 points (one touchdown and one field goal). UCLA turned the ball over once and the Beavers converted it into seven points (one touchdown).
At Arizona, UCLA picked off four Wildcat passes and converted them into 10 points (touchdown and field goal). UCLA turned the ball over twice by interception and Arizona scored 14 points (two touchdowns).
Against Stanford, UCLA forced four turnovers (two interceptions and two fumbles) and converted them into seven points, returning one interception 56 yards for the score. UCLA turned the ball over three times (two interceptions and one fumble) but the Cardinal did not convert any of the miscues.
UCLA forced two fumbles against Washington but did not turn either into points. The Bruins also turned the ball over twice (one interception and one fumble) but neither was converted into points.
UCLA forced two fumbles against USC and one was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown and seven points. The Bruins did not commit a turnover versus USC.
On the year, UCLA has now recovered 29 turnovers (17 fumbles and 12 interceptions) and scored 69 points (nine touchdowns and two field goals). The Bruins have turned the ball over 22 times (11 fumbles and 11 interceptions) and they have been converted into 59 points (eight touchdowns, including three on interception returns, and one field goal).
BRUINS IN THE NCAA, PAC-10 RANKINGS
Freddie Mitchell: Receiving Yards/Game - 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10, 119.45, Receptions - 17th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10, 6.18, Total Receiving Yards - 2nd in NCAA (1,314), All-Purpose - 2nd in Pac-10, 119.45
DeShaun Foster: Rushing - 36th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10, 93.0, Scoring - 3rd in Pac-10, 7.2, All-Purpose - 5th in Pac-10, 107.2
Nate Fiske: Punting - 13th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10, 43.18
Chris Griffith: Field Goals - 7th in Pac-10, 0.8, FG% - T-2nd in Pac-10, .750, Scoring - 7th in Pac-10, 6.27
Brian Poli-Dixon: Receptions - 5th in Pac-10, 4.6, Receiving Yards - 6th in Pac-10, 70.0
Ricky Manning: Interceptions - T-5th in Pac-10, 0.36, Punt Returns - 8th in Pac-10, 6.67
Robert Thomas: Tackles - 11th in Pac-10, 7.5, Fumbles forced - 1st, 6
Tab Perry: Kickoff Returns - 8th in Pac-10, 20.59
Marques Anderson: Fumbles recovered - T-2nd in Pac-10, 4, Fumbles forced - T-5th in Pac-10, 3
Pass Offense: 23rd in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10, 264.0
Total Offense: T-7th in Pac-10, 362.73
Total Defense: 9th in Pac-10, 411.73
Scoring Offense: 37th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10, 30.27
Scoring Defense: 9th in Pac-10, 31.55
Turnover Margin: 4th in Pac-10, +0.64
Net Punting: 21st in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10, 37.54
AT HOME IN THE ROSE BOWL
The 2000 season was the 19th in which the Bruins called the Rose Bowl home. UCLA has posted a 79-34-2 mark in games played in the Bowl since the initial 1982 season, including a 19-4 mark in its last 23 regular-season games.
MORE BRUIN NOTES
The triple-overtime contest against California is the longest game in school history. The previous longest game was a two-overtime victory against USC in 1996. UCLA is 3-1 in overtime.
UCLA's 21-point comeback against Arizona State tied the largest in school history. In 1982, the Bruins trailed 21-0 at Michigan before rallying for a 31-27 victory. On Sept. 30, UCLA spotted ASU a 21-0 lead in the second quarter and rallied for a 38-31 victory.
The Bruins defeated then-No. 3 Alabama and No. 3 Michigan in the first three weeks of the 2000 season. UCLA had never defeated two teams ranked No. 3 or higher in the same year prior to this season. The last time the Bruins defeated two Top 10 teams in the same season was 1988 when they bested No. 8 Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl and No. 2 Nebraska at home.
The last time a school defeated two teams ranked No. 3 or higher during the regular season was in 1993, when Notre Dame defeated No. 1 Florida State and No. 3 Michigan. In 1998, Texas A&M defeated No. 2 Nebraska during the regular season and No. 2 Kansas State in the Big 12 championship game.
Ten Bruins made their varsity debut in this year's opener against Alabama seven redshirt freshmen (starter Rodney Leisle and reserves Dave Ball, Mat Ball, Kevin Brant, Shane Lehmann, Jerry Owens and Dennis Link) and three true freshmen (Brandon Chillar, Tab Perry and Keith Short). Two more redshirt freshmen -- Akil Harris and Ryan Wikert -- made their varsity debut in week two against Fresno State. Ryan Smith, another redshirt freshman, saw his first action in the Oregon State contest.
UCLA is 9-3 in its last 12 bowl games. The nine wins in the last 17 years rank first in the Pac-10. Only five schools in the nation have won more bowl games during that span.
Seven former Bruin players and three former coaches have been elected to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, including 2000 inductee Terry Donahue. Three players Billy Kilmer, Jerry Robinson, Kenny Easley and three coaches Donahue, Tommy Prothro and Red Sanders have been inducted in the last 11 years.
During the 18 years prior to 2000, UCLA had been ranked in the final Associated Press Top 20 on 11 occasions. No other school in the Pac-10 had been ranked more than eight times and only seven schools in the nation had been ranked more than the Bruins in that span.
UCLA has produced two Outland Trophy winners (Jonathan Ogden - 1995 and Kris Farris - 1998) and three first-team All-America tackles (Ogden, Chad Overhauser in 1997 and Farris) in the last five years.
The 2000 season is UCLA's fourth on XTRA 1150 Sports. The Los Angeles all-sports station broadcasts the Bruins'games, including a two-hour pre-game show and a post-game show.
Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his ninth season as the voice of the Bruins. The on-air team also includes former Arkansas All-American and San Diego Charger standout Billy Ray Smith as analyst and former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens as sideline reporter and pre-game host. Dave Smith handles the pre- and post-game shows.
Stations on the Bruin network included: KSDO 1130AM (San Diego, CA), KNZR 1560AM (Bakersfield,CA), KMET 1490AM (Banning, CA), KCBL 1340AM (Fresno, CA), KJAA 1240AM (Globe, AZ), KGU 760AM (Honolulu, HI), KAVL 610AM (Lancaster/Palmdale, CA), KBAD/KENO 920/1460AM (Las Vegas, NV), KAOI 1110AM (Maui, HI), KIIS 1220AM (Santa Clarita, CA), KBET 850AM (Thousand Oaks/Camarillo, CA), KVEN 1450AM (Ventura/Oxnard, CA), KVBL 1400AM (Visalia, CA).
In addition, XTRA 1150 provides ancillary programming during the week, including Bob Toledo interviews (Tuesdays at 1:15 p.m. and on Thursdays between 3:00-7:00 p.m.).
The USC game was the ninth contest televised live this season -- four on ABC (Alabama, Michigan, Arizona, Washington), two on Fox Sports Net's national cable package (Oregon and Arizona State), one on the Fox Sports syndicated package (Stanford) and three on Fox Sports Net West 2 (Fresno State, Oregon State and USC). The Trojan game was UCLA's 87th live telecast in its last 93 games.
The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox Sports Net West 2, airs every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.
Ten of UCLA's 11 games in 1999 were telecast live (five on ABC, one on Fox Sports Net, one on Fox's Pac-10 syndicated package and three on Fox Sports Net West 2).
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