No. 7 Bruins Host No. 8/10 Washington At Rose Bowl
Oct. 8, 2001
GAME NO. 5 -
The UCLA Bruins (4-0 overall for the first time since 1998 and 1-0 in Pac-10 play) return to action this Saturday, Oct. 13 when they host the Washington Huskies at the Rose Bowl. Kickoff has been set for 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised to over 50% of the nation by ABC Sports with Keith Jackson and Tim Brant in the booth and Todd Harris on the sidelines.
The contest will be broadcast over Fox Sports Radio AM 1150 and the Bruin Radio Network, featuring Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and John Ireland on the sidelines. Fox Sports AM 1150 broadcasts all Bruins games. In addition, the game will be syndicated nationally by Pacific West Radio Sports with Larry Kahn calling the action.
The Bruins are currently ranked seventh on both the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and the Associated Press poll. The last time they were ranked higher was last season following the Michigan game (No. 6). Washington is ranked eighth by USA Today/ESPN and 10th by AP.
This game will mark the fourth time in five games this season that the Bruins have taken on a ranked opponent and they are 3-0 in those contests.
FOOD ZONE -
For all Bruin home games fans should plan on arriving in the Arroyo Seco early to avoid traffic and picnic at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is again sponsoring the Food Zone in Area H, just south of the bowl. Participating restaurants include Subway, Gourmet Sausage Company, In and Out Burger, American Pretzel, El Pollo Loco, Kettle Corn Cafï¿½, Couple of Nuts and Tony's Pizza.
All ABOARD -
UCLA is offering free busing to the Rose Bowl for students with tickets to the games. Students must pick up a bus ticket by the close of business on Thursday. Busses will leave from the dormitory area and from Parking Lot 32.
PARKING AT ROSE BOWL -
Parking is again available on the Brookside Golf Course for $5. For those who want to avoid the traffic in the Arroyo Seco, parking will again be available at the Ralph Parsons Engineering Building on Fair Oaks and Walnut in Pasadena. Parking at the Parsons Lot is $5 and the shuttle bus to and from the Rose Bowl is free. Shuttle service begins four hours prior to kickoff.
HALL OF FAME -
UCLA's 2001 Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced at halftime of Saturday's game versus Washington. The 2001 inductees include: Jill Andrews, gymnastics, Sharron Backus, softball, Jim Brown, football, Charles Cheshire, football, Gary Cunningham, basketball, Terry Donahue, football, Warren Edmonson, track, John Green, basketball, John Lee, football, Lisa Longaker, softball and Asbjorn Volstad, volleyball.
They will be inducted at an invitation-only dinner on Friday evening at the UCLA Hall of Fame.
LAST GAME -
On Sept. 29, the UCLA Bruins dominated the Oregon State Beavers throughout the afternoon en route to a 38-7 victory at Corvallis, where UCLA had allowed 89 points in its last two visits. OSU had won nine straight home games.
UCLA's defense continued its outstanding efforts in the Pac-10 opener for both schools. On the afternoon, UCLA allowed just 220 yards of total offense and 63 of those came on OSU's final scrimmage play, a 63-yard touchdown run against the second unit with 6:52 remaining and the Bruins ahead 38-0. The Beavers gained just 157 yards on their first 62 scrimmage plays, did not advance past UCLA's 44-yard line until the touchdown run and were stopped on third down on 14 of 17 occasions.
UCLA's first-string defense has not allowed a score since the end of the second quarter of the Kansas contest. Kansas scored a late TD against the reserves, Ohio State's only score was on a blocked punt and Oregon State's score came long after the starters were on the bench.
The Bruin defense held Ken Simonton to a career-low 26 yards on 13 carries, including seven yards on his final 11 attempts. Quarterback Jonathan Smith completed just 11 of 32 passes for 106 yards and was under pressure throughout the afternoon.
Once again, Robert Thomas led the defense with nine tackles, including his 13th for loss. Marcus Reese came off the bench to record six tackles, force one fumble and recover another, and cornerback Matt Ware recorded five tackles. Kenyon Coleman (two tackles for loss, including one sack), Marques Anderson (one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery) and Jason Stephens (one interception and one forced fumble) all were credited with four tackles. Brandon Chillar and Rodney Leisle, along with Coleman, accounted for UCLA's three sacks.
Offensively, UCLA played its best game of the year, finishing with 496 yards -- 268 rushing and 228 passing. The Bruins scored three touchdowns on three trips to the Red Zone, lost just one fumble and tallied a season-best five offensive touchdowns.
DeShaun Foster once again played like a Heisman Trophy favorite, rushing for 147 yards and three touchdowns (three, 17 and one) on 31 attempts and left the game after three quarters. He was at his best on the 17-yard score, bouncing off a pile to the outside and breaking four tackles on his way to the end zone.
Akil Harris added 74 yards on seven attempts and his 54-yard run late in the third quarter was UCLA's longest scrimmage play of the year. Manuel White added 38 yards on the ground (eight attempts) and also caught two passes for 50 yards.
Cory Paus completed 10 of his final 14 passes to finish with 12 completions in 24 attempts for 216 yards and two touchdowns -- both to Brian Poli-Dixon, who led the Bruins with six catches for 107 yards and the two scores.
The offensive line dominated play, allowing the Bruins to hold the ball for over 35 minutes while running 82 offensive plays.
Jason Stephens got the Bruins going, intercepting Smith on OSU's first series of the game (Stephens fumbled but Ricky Manning Jr. kept possession for the Bruins). Three Foster attempts culminated in a three-yard touchdown and a lead the Bruins would never relinquish. On the final play of the first half, Paus found Poli-Dixon streaking down the left sideline and hit him in stride for a 38-yard touchdown and a 17-0 halftime lead.
UCLA dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Beavers 21-0 and outgaining them 198-70. Foster scored his second TD with 6:10 remaining in the quarter. On the first play following a fumble caused by Stephens and recovered by Reese, Poli-Dixon outjumped his defender in the end zone to score a 39-yard TD with 4:49 remaining. Foster scored UCLA's final TD with 50 seconds remaining in the quarter.
HOME SWEET HOME --
The 2001 season is UCLA's 20th at the Rose Bowl. Since moving to Pasadena in 1982, the Bruins are 80-34-2 (.698) on its home field.
DID YOU KNOW? -
UCLA has won 13 of its last 17 games versus ranked opponents dating back to a 1997 win at #11 Texas and has posted a 20-4 record in regular season games played in the Rose Bowl since that win over the Longhorns. The Bruins are 3-0 versus ranked teams this season, having defeated Alabama (No. 25-AP), Ohio State (No. 21-both polls) and Oregon State (No. 19-both polls).
Since winning the national championship in 1954 with a 9-0 record, UCLA has opened the season 4-0 on eight occasions, including this season. Here are the other years: 1966 (9-1),1967 (7-2-1), 1969 (8-1-1), 1980 (9-2), 1982 (10-1-1, Rose Bowl win), 1988 (10-2, Cotton Bowl win) and 1998 (10-2, Rose Bowl loss).
Overall, UCLA has started 4-0 in 16 seasons and is 11-3-1 in the fifth game of the previous seasons.
The Bruins are 3-0 on the road for the first time since 1998 when they won their first five games away from the Rose Bowl. In the last two seasons (1999-2000) UCLA was 1-8 on the road.
This is the fourth time in six seasons that Toledo's Bruins have been ranked in the Top Ten at least once during the year: (highest ranking - 1997: 5th, 1998: 2nd, 2000: 6th, 2001: 7th).
Tailback DeShaun Foster, linebacker Robert Thomas and free safety Marques Anderson have been selected season tri-captains by their teammates. Head coach Bob Toledo selects a fourth captain on a weekly basis.
SERIES NOTES -
UCLA leads the series with Washington, which dates back to 1932, by a count of 30-28-2. UW's 35-28 win last year in Seattle snapped a three-game Bruin winning streak in the series.
Washington, ranked sixth going into last year's contest, scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the game, but the Bruins answered with three touchdowns of their own to take a 21-14 halftime advantage. The Huskies then opened the second half by scoring touchdowns on their first three series and opened up a 35-21 lead. That margin held up until the final two minutes of the game. Cory Paus' seven-yard pass to Brian Poli-Dixon narrowed the lead to just seven points with 1:57 on the clock. The Bruins got the ball back with 27 seconds to play, but could not sustain a drive. Poli-Dixon finished the game with eight catches for a career-high 165 yards (the No. 10 yardage total in school history at the time).
UCLA won the last meeting in the Rose Bowl, 23-20, on Chris Griffith's 22-yard field goal in the first overtime. The 22nd-ranked Huskies had the first possession in overtime, but it ended on a Joey Strycula interception of a Marques Tuiasosopo pass. Ryan McCann came on in relief of an injured Cory Paus to quarterback the Bruins to the win.
Coach Toledo is 3-3 overall vs. Washington and 3-2 while at UCLA
Former UCLA quarterback Rick Neuheisel is 1-1 vs. his alma mater as head coach at Washington. Several Husky assistants coached at UCLA, including Steve Axman, Bobby Hauck and Tim Hundley.
BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO -
The Bruin head coach owns a record of 39-23 (25-16 in Pac-10 play) and a winning percentage of .629 during his five-plus years on the job. Toledo guided the Bruins to a 20-game winning streak (starting on Sept. 13, 1997 vs. Texas and snapped at Miami on Dec. 5, 1998) which was the longest in school history and twice the length of the previous streak (10, set in 1946 and tied in 1954-55). His teams have won two Pac-10 titles (1997 and 1998) and played in bowl games in three of the last four seasons.
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 total games in back-to-back seasons (Terry Donahue in 1987-88).
Under Toledo, UCLA is 29-8 when it scores at least 30 points and 14-1 when it scores at least 40. UCLA is 26-6 when leading at the half and has won nine times after trailing at the half and four when tied at the half. The Bruins are 3-1 in overtime games. When ranked, the Bruins sport a 28-7 record under Toledo.
Under Toledo, UCLA is 14-9 versus ranked teams. It has won seven of the last nine (in 1999 versus Washington, in 2000 against Alabama, Michigan and Arizona and in 2001 versus Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon State) and is 13-4 in the last 17 games against Top 25 teams. The Bruins were 3-2 last year versus the Top 25, 2-1 versus the Top 10.
NEW STARTERS AND DEBUTS --
Four Bruins made their first career starts versus Alabama - LG - Eyoseph Efseaff, RG - Shane Lehmann, WR - Tab Perry and CB - Matt Ware. Eleven Bruins made their varsity debut versus Alabama, including true freshmen Ware, Jibril Raymo and Matt Clark, redshirt freshmen Craig Bragg, Efseaff, Ben Emanuel, Patrick Norton, Steve Vieira, Manuel White, sophomore Blane Kezirian and senior Adam Peters.
Against Kansas, OLB Brandon Chillar made his first career start. Redshirt freshmen Ray Cassaday, Paul Mociler, John Ream and Tim Warfield and sophomore Nick Carey made their varsity debuts. Norton and Cassaday had their first career carries while tailback Ken Pritchett carried for the first time since 1999. Emanuel, Peters and Raymo saw their first action on defense (they played on special teams against Alabama) while Kezirian saw his first offensive action.
UCLA has held back-to-back opponents to single-digits (Ohio State six, Oregon State 7) for the first time under Bob Toledo. The last time it happened was in the first two games of the 1995 season.
UCLA's defense has allowed only one of eight turnovers to be converted into an opponent score (one touchdown at Kansas). Ohio State was unable to score after any of four Bruin turnovers and Oregon State did not convert its lone opportunity.
The last time UCLA allowed fewer than 47 points in the first four games of the season was 1980 (28) against Colorado, Purdue, Wisconsin and Ohio State. Of those 47 points, only 27 have come against the first unit and none since the end of the second quarter of the Kansas game (Kansas scored a late touchdown with UCLA leading 41-10, Ohio State's touchdown came on a blocked punt and Oregon State's TD came against the second team with 6:52 remaining and UCLA leading 38-0).
The last time UCLA allowed fewer than 47 points in any four-game span was in 1991 -- 40 versus Arizona, Oregon State, Arizona State and Washington State. That is also the last time they held four straight opponents under 20 points each.
The last time UCLA allowed fewer than Ohio State's 166 yards of total offense was in 1996, when the Bruins held Northeast Louisiana to 153 yards.
The last time the Bruins held a Pac-10 opponent to fewer than Oregon State's 220 yards of total offense was in 1991, when they held the Beavers to 216 yards - all on the ground.
The 1997 Texas game was the last time UCLA held an offense without a touchdown prior to this year's Ohio State game.
The last time UCLA allowed fewer passing yards than Ohio State's 45 was in 1994, when Oregon State failed to complete a pass.
UCLA held Kansas, Ohio State and Oregon State to just 628 yards of total offense. In the last two games, the Bruins have held Ohio State and Oregon State to just 386 yards of total offense. The last time the Bruins had a lower two-game total was in 1991, holding Arizona (155) and Oregon State (216) to 371 total yards.
UCLA's last two opponents have converted just four of 31 third-down situations.
ROBERT THOMAS -
Robert, a 2001 Butkus and Lombardi Award candidate and a 2000 Butkus semi-finalist, is the anchor of the defensive unit at middle linebacker. He was all over the field in the victory at Alabama, finishing second on the squad and made 11 tackles -- five solos and six assists. He also recorded two sacks and another half-tackle for loss and deflected a pass.
In the win at Kansas, he led the team with 10 tackles (seven solos and three assists), including four for losses (one sack on which he forced a fumble). He was a key reason Kansas could run for just 37 yards through three quarters and 89 for the game.
In the win over Ohio State, he led the Bruins with nine tackles (six solos and three assists), including five behind the line of scrimmage (one sack). Time and again, he made key stops, helping to hold the Buckeyes to one conversion on 16 third or fourth down conversion attempts.
In the road win at Oregon State, Thomas again led the Bruins with nine tackles (seven solos), including one for loss. OSU's high-powered offense managed just 157 yards until its final play of the game and Thomas was a key in holding Ken Simonton to just 23 net yards on the ground.
On the year, Thomas leads the Bruins with 39 tackles (25 solos and 14 assists). Thirteen of his tackles have been for losses, putting him on pace to shatter Marvcus Patton's school record of 22 tackles for loss in a season. He is first in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (3.3), third in tackles (9.8) and tied for third in sacks (1.0).
In addition, he now has 28 tackles for loss during his career, placing him 18th on UCLA's career list.
One of three season tri-captains for 2001, Thomas was a semi-finalist for the Butkus Award which honors the nation's top linebacker in 2000. A starter the previous two seasons, he is known for his quick strike ability and sideline-to-sideline coverage. On the year, he led the team with 88 tackles despite being hampered by a stress reaction in his left foot. He was tied for second on the squad with nine tackles for loss and led the Bruins and the Pac-10 with six fumbles forced. His regular-season average of 7.3 tackles per game ranked 11th in the Pac-10.
Thomas moved into the starting lineup in 1999 at middle linebacker. He made a team-high 14 tackles that year against Fresno State, the most by a Bruin since Brian Willmer made 15 versus Arizona on Nov. 16, 1996. For the season, Thomas ranked second on the squad with 68 tackles (he missed three games-the season's first two and the Arizona contest). He also had four tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks.
KENYON COLEMAN -
Senior defensive left end Kenyon Coleman, a Rotary Lombardi Award candidate, was credited with two solo tackles and five assists in the opener versus Alabama, helping hold the Crimson Tide to 159 net rushing yards on 46 attempts. Against Kansas, he made two solo tackles and two assists and helped the Bruins dominate the line of scrimmage.
In the win over Ohio State, he added two solo tackles and deflected a pass. Against Oregon State, he helped shut down Ken Simonton and made four tackles, including one sack and a second stop behind the line of scrimmage. On the year, he has 17 total tackles (nine solos and eight assists), most among the linemen and fifth overall, and three for losses (one sack).
In 2000, he started the first three games of the season before suffering a knee injury (torn cartilage in his left knee) in the Michigan game and undergoing season-ending surgery.
One of the leaders of the defense, he enjoyed his best season in 1999 when he was one of just four Bruins to start all 11 games. He made 50 tackles, including nine at USC and seven at Stanford. Coleman ranked second on the squad with 3.5 sacks that season and had nine tackles for loss. He also broke up eight passes.
RYAN NECE -
Ryan, now a senior, was added to the Butkus Award pre-season candidate list on August 30, his third straight year with that honor. Healthy after surgery on both shoulders during the off-season, he was involved in a team-high 13 tackles in the win over Alabama -- five solos and eight assists, including one for loss.
In the win at Kansas, he scored the first touchdown of his career, returning an interception 22 yards to give UCLA a 20-3 lead. He also recovered a fumble and was credited with two tackles.
In the victory over Ohio State, he ranked second (tied) on the defense with eight tackles (six solos and two assists) and also defensed one pass. In the win at Oregon State, he added two solo tackles.
On the season, he ranks third on the squad and 21st in the Pac-10 with 25 tackles (6.3 per game), including 14 solos and two for loss.
The Oregon State game was also his 25th consecutive start, tied for longest string on the team.
During his Bruin career, Nece has now made 253 tackles and has broken into UCLA's career Top 20.
In 2000, he ranked second on the team last season with 78 tackles. He started all 12 games at weak side linebacker and has a team-high 30 career starts entering the season. Nece played with an injured shoulder for most of the season and missed Spring practice following surgery. He was a 1998 first-team Freshman All-American and was credited with 85 tackles and six sacks that season. He ranked third on the team in tackles in 1999 with 65.
MARQUES ANDERSON -
A candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, senior free safety Marques Anderson is one of the nation's top big-play defenders. In the victory over Alabama, he was involved in seven tackles (six solos and one assist). He was also credited with one pass defensed. In the victory at Kansas, he ranked second with seven tackles (two solos and five assists) and deflected two passes.
The hard-hitting senior helped hold Ohio State to just five completions in 23 attempts for 45 passing yards. He tied for second on the squad with eight tackles (five solos), including one sack, made an interception and also defended two passes. In the win at Oregon State, he came off the bench to make four tackles, including one for loss, and he also recovered a fumble.
On the year, he ranks second on the squad with his 26 tackles (15 solos) and leads the team with six passes defensed. He also has two tackles for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery. His average of 6.5 tackles is 15th in the Pac-10.
In his 10 regular-season games a year ago, he was involved in seven turnovers to tie for No. 1 in the nation with a 0.7 turnovers per-game average. On the year, Anderson finished third on the team in tackles with 73 and led the squad with 11 tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries. He shifted to free safety in the Spring after starting at strong safety last season.
RICKY MANNING -
True junior corner Ricky Manning Jr., one of two Bruins on the Jim Thorpe Award pre-season candidate list, earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors last season in the vote of league coaches. He has started in each of the last 25 games (tied for longest starting streak on the team) after making his first career start against Fresno State in 1999.
Manning was at his best in the 20-17 victory at Alabama. He made four solo tackles, including one for loss. He forced Ahmaad Galloway out of bounds at the two-yard line, helping the Bruins complete a fourth-quarter goal line stand. He also intercepted a pass that the Bruins turned into a Chris Griffith field goal and defensed two other passes.
Against Kansas, he made his second interception (UCLA converted it into a touchdown) and had four tackles (two solos and two assists), including one for loss. He was credited with one solo tackle and one pass defense in the victory over Ohio State. In the win at Oregon State, he recovered Jason Stephens' fumble of an interception and advanced it 17 yards to set up UCLA's first touchdown. The Beavers did not throw to his side often, so he was not credited with any tackles.
On the year, he leads the Bruins with his two interceptions and has made nine tackles, including two for losses.
Last season, he ranked fifth on the team with 65 tackles. His four interceptions led the team, as did his 14 pass defenses. As a freshman in 1999, he led the Bruins with 10 tackles for loss and ranked fourth on the team with 53 tackles.
He has also served as a punt returner throughout his career and had a good day versus Oregon State, averaging 8.7 yards on three returns.
True junior linebacker Marcus Reese, who has been a major contributor the last two seasons, continues to see action on the weak side and in the middle. In the win over Alabama, be played well off the bench and was credited with six tackles (three solos and three assists). He added one solo tackle at Kansas and one solo stop against Ohio State.
In the victory at Oregon State, Reese was second on the team with six tackles (five solos), forced one fumble and recovered another. On the year, he ranks sixth on the squad with 14 tackles.
In 2000, he came off the bench to appear in all 12 games and finished with 34 tackles, ninth on the team.
True sophomore Brandon Chillar has started the last three games at strongside linebacker. He made one tackle versus Alabama. He made his first career start at Kansas and was credited with two tackles and one assist, including 0.5 sacks. He started versus Ohio State and was credited with one solo tackle. Against Ohio State, he made three tackles, including a nine-yard sack. In 2000 as a true freshman, Chillar saw action as a backup linebacker and special teams performer. He appeared in a total of seven games.
Redshirt freshman Mat Ball, who started four games at defensive end a year ago, was switched to strongside linebacker during Fall camp. He started versus Alabama and made one tackle at his new position. He came off the bench at Kansas and made three tackles, including one for loss, had one assist off the bench versus Ohio State, and two solo tackles in the win at Oregon State. In 2000, he made 14 tackles and had one interception.
DEFENSIVE LINE -
Redshirt sophomore tackle Rodney Leisle has played very well all season. In the opener at Alabama he made seven tackles (three solos and four assists). Late in the third quarter with the Bruins leading 17-10, the Crimson Tide drove to the Bruin 33-yard line. Alabama then tried a reverse, but Leisle stripped the ball carrier and recovered the football to halt the drive. UCLA then converted the turnover into a field goal. At Kansas, he again stuffed the middle and made two solo tackles, including one for loss. In the win over Ohio State, he added three tackles (two solos) and was credited with one solo tackle, an eight-yard sack, in the win at Oregon State.
On the year, he has made 13 tackles, including two for losses, and ranks second among the linemen and seventh overall. He has now started 16 consecutive games stretching back to the 2000 opener.
Leisle started all 12 games in 2000 and ranked first among the linemen with 36 tackles. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and was named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.
At the other tackle position, senior Anthony Fletcher came off the bench and made two tackles against the Crimson Tide. At Kansas, he started and made one solo tackle, a sack for seven yards. He also started against Ohio State and made one tackle. He played off the bench versus Oregon State.
Senior Ken Kocher, who suffered a separated right shoulder in the first quarter of the Alabama game, did not play at Kansas. He came off the bench versus Ohio State and was a monster in the middle. He finished with five tackles (two solos and three assists), most among the linemen, and two of his stops were for losses. He returned to the starting lineup versus Oregon State and made one tackle while helping to plug the middle of the defense.
In 2000, Fletcher ranked second among the linemen with 28 tackles and was a starter in seven games. Kocher battled through nagging injuries to see action in nine games.
The reserves have also played well this season. Junior Steve Morgan came off the bench to make two tackles, including a five-yard sack, against Alabama and two tackles, including 0.5 sacks, against Kansas.
Sophomore Dave Ball started at right end against Alabama and did a good job on his assignments, just missing a quarterback sack late in the game. Against Kansas, he made three tackles but was not credited with a stop versus Ohio State or Oregon State. A year ago as a redshirt freshman, he started three games at end and saw action in all 12 contests.
Junior Rusty Williams had a 22-game starting streak at defensive end stopped at the Sun Bowl. He missed that contest after undergoing shoulder surgery. He sat out Spring practice and reported to Fall camp ready for action and played at defensive right end versus Alabama. He also played well against Kansas with one solo tackle and added a solo tackle in the win over Ohio State. He was not credited with a tackle in the win at Oregon State.
JASON STEPHENS -
One of the most pleasant surprises of the year, the fifth-year senior has helped solidify the secondary with his inspired play. Through four games, he ranks fourth on the squad and second in the secondary with 21 tackles. He also has one interception and has forced one fumble.
He was a key performer in the win at Alabama, making nine tackles (two solos). He made four tackles against both Kansas and Ohio State. The hard-hitter was at his best in the win at Oregon State. He made four tackles and his interception on the Beavers' first possession set up UCLA's initial touchdown. He also forced a fumble with a bone-jarring hit and UCLA immediately converted it into a touchdown for a 31-0 lead.
MATT WARE -
The only true freshman in the starting lineup, Ware gets better each week. In the win at Oregon State, he was credited with five tackles after making two tackles and his first career interception versus Ohio State. On the year, Ware has made nine tackles.
DESHAUN FOSTER -
The Heisman and Doak Walker candidate once again showed why he is perhaps the top running back in America against Oregon State.
In just three quarters of action, Foster rushed for 147 yards, the fourth-highest total of his career, and three touchdowns on 31 carries. In a hostile envirnonment, he gave the Bruins a lead just 2:59 into the game, when he followed a 25-yard run with a three-yard touchdown. He had 87 yards at halftime and in the third quarter, he ran for 60 yards on 10 carries, including touchdowns of 17 and one yard. On his 17-yard TD, he bounced off a pile to the outside, broke at least four tackles and tightroped the sideline for the final yards to give the Bruins a 24-0 lead. His final TD with 50 seconds left in the third quarter, made the score 38-0.
On the afternoon, Foster had four double-figure runs, none longer than 25 yards. He produced nine first downs, including twice on third-down runs on UCLA's second-quarter field goal drive that made the score 10-0. Overall, he carried four times on third down and moved the chains on all four occasions.
He was selected Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
With his 147-yard effort against the Beavers, Foster has rushed for at least 100 yards 10 times in his career, including three of four games this season and seven times in 15 games.
Foster currently ranks 10th in the NCAA in rushing (128.0) and 20th in all-purpose yardage (139.5). He leads the Pac-10 in rushing by over 10 yards per game and is first in all-purpose yards.
His third touchdown against Ohio State was the 35th of his career, tying him with 1967 Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban for third place on UCLA's career list, trailing only Skip Hicks (55) and Gaston Green (40).
He also moved into seventh place on UCLA's career rushing list with 2,597 yards, passing Kermit Johnson (2,495) and Kevin Nelson (2,583) against the Beavers.
In the victory over Ohio State, he rushed for 66 yards on 29 carries against a defense dedicated to stopping him.
Foster was at his spectacular best against Kansas. He ran over, around and through the Jayhawk defense for a career-high 189 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries and retired for the day with 13:23 remaining in the game following his four-yard score that gave UCLA a 41-10 lead. Game reports listed him with 179 yards but the Kansas stat crew corrected that late Saturday night.
Foster repeatedly made would-be tacklers miss and broke numerous tackles en route to the best effort of his career (his previous best was 187 against Alabama last year). Nine of his runs measured at least 10 yards and he gained at least five yards on 18 occasions. Eleven times he produced a first down against the Jayhawks. He also made three receptions for 41 yards, including a 35-yard run after catching a shovel pass from Cory Paus.
Foster is just the fifth player in school history to rush for 187 or more yards twice in a career. The others are Karim Abdul-Jabbar, Theotis Brown, Gaston Green and Freeman McNeil.
In the season opener against Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Foster carried the ball 24 times for 110 net yards, including a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter and a 21-yard run in the first quarter.
'Is it just us, or did Foster have that 'look' of a Heisman running back on his 17-yard touchdown run (at Oregon State). The way he brushed aside would-be tacklers and then tiptoed down the sideline into the end zone, well, he is the total package. Right now, he is the best running back in the country.' - ESPN Heisman Watch
'What more can you say about DeShaun Foster?...I don't know if there is a more impressive running back in the nation.' - ESPN analyst Rod Gilmore.
'There is nobody better at gaining yards after contact than this guy. He's the best running back in the country. ' - ABC analyst Tim Brant.
From the Los Angeles Times: Toledo has coached plenty of running backs in his 33 years in the business.
Karim Abdul-Jabbar and Skip Hicks at UCLA. Rodney Thomas and Greg Hill at Texas A&M. Derek Loville at Oregon. And Toledo was defensive backs coach at USC when Ricky Bell, Charles White and Marcus Allen were there.
But he puts DeShaun Foster in a class by himself.
'Nobody's better than he's been,' Toledo said. 'He reminds me more of Marcus than any of them. He looks nice running with the football. He's got great vision and he glides and he's powerful. The thing about him is he's faster than Marcus was. [Foster's] the best tailback I've ever coached.'
CORY PAUS -
Junior Cory Paus enjoyed an outstanding year in 2000, becoming only the third sophomore in school history to pass for over 2,000 yards in a season.
In the 2001 opener against Alabama, he completed eight of 22 passes for 123 yards, although several of his passes were dropped. In the third quarter, he hit sophomore Tab Perry along the left sideline for a 53-yard touchdown pass to give the Bruins their first lead, 14-10. The Bruin offense ran 60 plays and did not commit a turnover or a penalty.
At Kansas, he led the Bruins to a 41-10 lead before retiring early in the fourth quarter. On the afternoon, he completed 10 of 16 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown. For the second straight week, he hooked up with Perry for a long score, this time a 49-yard strike on the first play of the drive to give the Bruins a 27-3 lead with 3:20 left in the first half.
In the victory over Ohio State, he enjoyed his best game of the young season. Paus completed 16 of 25 passes for a season-high 262 yards and one touchdown. He gave the Bruins an early 7-0 lead when he connected with Ryan Smith on a 24-yard touchdown on UCLA's first possession of the game. Paus completed all three of his third-down passes on that drive, including a third-and-nine on the touchdown toss.
In the win at Oregon State, he overcame a slow start to complete 10 of his final 14 passes before retiring at the end of the third quarter with a 38-0 lead. On the afternoon, he completed 12 of 24 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, he did not turn the ball over and has not thrown an interception in 154 straight passes dating back to the 2000 Washington game.
Paus changed the complexion of the game on the final play of the first half. Leading 10-0 with nine seconds to play and UCLA at the OSU 38, Paus lifted a perfect strike to Brian Poli-Dixon in the left corner of the end zone for a 17-0 halftime lead. With just under five minutes left in the third quarter following an OSU turnover, Paus again hooked up with Poli-Dixon for a 39-yard touchdown and a 31-0 lead.
On the year, Paus has completed 46 of 87 passes (52.9) for 761 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He currently ranks 20th in the nation and fourth in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (145.3).
EXPERIENCE AT FULLBACK and TIGHT ENDS -
Senior fullbacks Ed Ieremia-Stansbury (6) and Matt Stanley (2) shared the starting assignment last season. Ieremia-Stansbury caught 10 passes for three touchdowns. Stanley, who started the Alabama and Michgan games, saw limited action after dislocating his shoulder against the Wolverines.
Ieremia-Stansbury is one of the unsung stars of the team. An outstanding blocker, he started against Alabama and scored the Bruins' first touchdown of 2001 on a tackle-breaking 10-yard run. On the afternoon, he carried five times for 31 yards. He also recovered Alabama's onside kick attempt with 2:13 remaining in the game with UCLA leading by three. He suffered a sprained left ankle at Kansas and did not touch the ball, although he blocked well when he was in the game, and missed the Ohio State contest because of the injury. He returned to action versus Oregon State and blocked well for DeShaun Foster.
Against Kansas, Stanley made a contribution by running four times for 22 yards, his first carries since 1999 (Arizona) and caught one pass for 18 yards. He started against his hometown Ohio State Buckeyes and ran for 19 yards on three carries and added a 25-yard reception. He carried once for seven yards at Oregon State.
Senior Bryan Fletcher and junior Mike Seidman provide a one-two punch at tight end capable of rivaling any school in the country. Fletcher made 10 catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns last season. Seidman caught six passes and scored one touchdown. Each player saw action in all 12 games. Seidman underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair cartilage damage on August 10th. He returned to practice on August 24 and played in the opener at Alabama.
Against Kansas, Fletcher made one reception for 16 yards and just missed connections with Cory Paus on a few other passes.
In the win over Ohio State, Seidman made two receptions for 39 yards while Fletcher made two catches for 35 yards. At Oregon State, Seidman caught a pass for 17 yards one play before Foster's second touchdown run while Fletcher made a 15-yard catch in the first quarter.
OFFENSIVE LINE -
Three veterans, each in his third season as a starter, return to the unit. Senior Troy Danoff has started 25 games (16 straight) at center, including the first nine games of 1999, all 12 games last season and four this year. He is a candidate for the Rimington Award, presented to the nation's top center. Junior Bryce Bohlander has started 18 straight contests at left tackle, including the final two games of 1999, all 12 last season and four this year. Junior Mike Saffer has started 23 , including 16 straight at right tackle stretching back to the 2000 opener (he started seven times at right guard in 1999). Redshirt sophomore Shane Lehmann won the starting job at right guard while redshirt freshman Eyoseff Efseaff emerged from Fall camp as the No. 1 left guard. They both made their first starts at Alabama and have started all four games. Three redshirt freshmen -- left tackle/guard Paul Mociler, right tackle/guard Steven Vieira and center John Ream -- and senior Ed Anderson are the top reserves and all played at Kansas and Oregon State. Vieira also played against Ohio State.
In the opener against Alabama, the line enabled the Bruins to average 4.4 yards on 38 rushing attempts (168 total) after averaging 2.6 yards in 2000. Saffer had the top grade among the linemen at 92% and he and Bohlander both had six KO blocks.
Against Kansas, the Bruins rushed for 292 yards, its best total with the 1998 Arizona game (298 yards). Danoff graded at 92% and Saffer and Bohlander both finished at 89%. Efseaff had six KO blocks while Bohlander and Danoff each had five.
Against Ohio State, Saffer and Lehmann each graded at 88% while Bohlander had six KO blocks and and Efseaff had five.
At Oregon State, UCLA's offense produced a season-high 496 yards, including at least 200 rushing and 200 throwing for the first time this year. UCLA controlled the ball for over 35 minutes, averaged 6.0 yards per play and allowed just two sacks on 82 scrimmage plays. Among the starters, Bohlander graded at 89% and Danoff, Efseaff and Saffer were all at 88%. Efseaff led the unit with seven KO blocks and Bohlander had six.
JUST FOR KICKS -
Redshirt junior Chris Griffith, a candidate for the Lou Groza Award and a former walk-on, handled the place kicking chores in 1999 and earned a scholarship for the 2000 season. A second-team All-Pac-10 team selection last year, Griffith ranks among the all-time leaders at UCLA in career field goals.
In the 2001 opener against Alabama, he converted field goals of 30 and 45 yards to help build a 20-10 lead and also pinned the Tide at its seven-yard line with a 28-yard punt from field goal formation. Against Kansas, he made second-quarter field goals of 31-and 36 yards and converted five PATs. In the win over Ohio State, he kicked a career-best 49-yard field goal in the second quarter and added a 33-yard field goal in the third period. However, he also missed from 40 and 38 yards, the first time since his freshman year that he was unsuccessful twice in the same game. He has back to normal at Oregon State, kicking a 42-yard field goal with 1:22 remaining in the first half to give UCLA a 10-0 lead and converting all five PATs.
Griffith leads the team with 34 points, making seven of nine field goal attempts and all 13 PATs. He is fifth in the Pac-10 and 36th nationally in scoring (8.5) and third in the Pac-10 and 16th in the NCAA in field goals (1.8).
Griffith has now made 13 of his last 16 field goals over two seasons. His career percentage of 75.6 ranks third in school history behind John Lee and Alfredo Velasco. He ranks fifth (tied) on the school's career field goal list with 31.
True junior punter Nate Fikse, a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, enjoyed a spectacular night at Alabama. He averaged 44.2 yards on eight punts with a long of 56 yards. Three times, he forced the Crimson Tide to start at their own 10-yard line or deeper, including a 46-yard punt that pinned Alabama at its 10-yard line with 21 seconds remaining in the game. Against Kansas, he averaged 42.0 yards on three kicks with a long of 49 yards.
In the win over Ohio State, he averaged 45.8 yards on his four punts and only one was returned for nine yards. However, due to a missed blocking assignment, a first quarter punt at the Bruin 17-yard line was blocked and recovered in the end zone of the only Buckeye touchdown of the day.
At Oregon State, he averaged 42.1 yards on seven punts and his longest of the day was 59 yards. Only two were returned for a total of 16 yards.
On the year, he is averaging 43.5 yards on 22 punts and is ranked first in the Pac-10 and 20th in the nation.
In 2000, he earned second-team all-conference honors a season ago after averaging 43.3 yards per kick. He had 19 kicks of at least 50 yards and 17 of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line. His regular-season average of 43.3 ranked first in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation and he averaged at least 45.0 yards in five games with a high of 48.1 yards against Michigan.
His total of 3,246 yards on his 75 punts set a new school record, breaking the mark of 3,130, set by Matt McFarland in 1978. Fikse's current career average of 42.79 would rank No. 2 on UCLA's all-time list, trailing only Kirk Wilson's record of 44.60 and just ahead of No. 3 Zenon Andrusyshyn (42.63).
WIDE RECEIVER -
True sophomore Tab Perry, redshirt sophomores Ryan Smith, redshirt freshman Craig Bragg and seniors Cody Joyce and Devon Reese emerged from Fall camp with the best chances to compete for time in the receiver rotation with senior Brian Poli-Dixon.
Perry made his first start a very successful one. The true sophomore made five receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown, catching a long strike along the left sideline and finishing the play for a 53-yard score, the first of his career.
Against Kansas, he made just one catch -- a 49-yard touchdown on a well-executed post route -- for his second long score in as many weeks. In the win over Ohio State, he made four catches for 83 yards, including a 46-yarder on the right sideline. At Oregon State, he made one catch for 13 yards midway through the second quarter but suffered a concussion when hit after the catch and was finished for the day.
On the year, he is leading the team with 11 catches for 258 yards and two touchdowns and has made one reception of at least 40 yards in three of four games. He ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in yards per game. A year ago, he made six catches for 58 yards and excelled as a kickoff returner, setting school records with 29 returns for 598 yards.
Bragg saw the first action of his career in the Alabama game and made his presence felt. He had a 27-yard kickoff return, a 21-yard punt return and two runs for 23 yards, including one for 22 yards. At Kansas, he ran a reverse for a 37-yard touchdown and made the first reception of his career (five yards). Against Ohio State, he made one catch for 15 yards and had a 14-yard punt return. At Oregon State, he made two catches for 21 yards, ran one reverse for five yards and returned two punts 13 yards.
Smith enjoyed his finest game as a Bruin versus Ohio State. He tied for the team lead with four receptions for 49 yards and scored the only UCLA touchdown of the game on a 24-yard strike in the end zone from Cory Paus. He was also one of just three players to catch a pass versus Alabama (four yards). Joyce caught two passes at Kansas (nine yards) and Reese had a four-yard catch against the Jayhawks.
RUNNING BACK -
Sophomore Akil Harris and redshirt freshman Manuel White each demonstrated during practice that they are capable performers. Last season, Harris ran for 100 yards versus Arizona State after Foster went down with an injury. On just the second carry of his career, he went around right end for a 23-yard touchdown. At Alabama, he carried once for eight yards on UCLA's first touchdown drive, setting up Ed Ieremia-Stanley's scoring run. At Kansas, he carried five times for eight net yards. He netted five yards on four carries versus Ohio State. At Oregon State, he was the team's second-leading rusher with 74 yards on seven carries. His 54-yard run to the one-yard line, setting up DeShaun Foster's final touchdown of the game, was UCLA's longest scrimmage play of the year.
White, a big, tough back with speed, made his debut against Alabama, carrying four times for no yards. He was the team's No. 2 rusher versus Kansas, carrying nine times for 44 net yards while keeping the clock moving. He did not have a rushing attempt versus Ohio State. At Oregon State, White made two receptions for 50 yards (his 41-yard catch and run set up a field goal and his nine-yard reception was the first play of a three-play drive that resulted in Brian Poli-Dixon's touchdown on the last play of the half) and he carried the ball eight times for 38 yards on UCLA's final two possessions to keep the clock moving (he produced four first downs).
RED ZONE -
UCLA entered the Red Zone twice against Alabama and scored twice (one rushing touchdown, one field goal) for 10 points. At Kansas, UCLA reached the Red Zone five times and scored four times (two rushing touchdowns, two field goals) for 20 points. The other possession ended in a fumble. Against Ohio State, two Red Zone trips resulted in one field goal for three points and one missed field goal. At Oregon State, three Red Zone trips produced three rushing touchdowns. Overall, UCLA has scored 10 times (six rushing touchdowns, four field goals) for 54 points on 12 tries.
Alabama was in the Red Zone twice and settled for one field goal for three points. The other possession ended on downs at the two-yard line. Kansas reached the Red Zone three times and scored 14 points (two rushing touchdowns). The third possession ended with a fumble. Both of Ohio State's opportunities resulted in missed field goals. Oregon State did not run a play in the Red Zone. Overall, opponents have scored three times (two rushing touchdowns and one field goal) for 17 points on seven tries.
Last year, UCLA was in the Red Zone 47 times and scored 38 times (16 rushing touchdowns, 13 passing touchdowns and nine field goals) for 227 points.
Bruin opponents entered the Red Zone 45 times and scored on 38 occasions (13 passing touchdowns, 17 rushing touchdowns and eight field goals) for 232 points.
In the season opener, UCLA recovered two turnovers (an interception by Ricky Manning Jr. and a fumble recovery by Rodney Leisle) and scored six points (two field goals). UCLA did not have a turnover.
Against Kansas, UCLA forced three turnovers (interceptions by Manning and Ryan Nece and a fumble recovery by Nece) and scored 21 points (three touchdowns), including one by the defense. UCLA turned the ball over three times on fumbles (two by Cory Paus and one by Manuel White) and Kansas scored seven points (one touchdown). The other turnovers led to a fumble and a punt.
Against Ohio State, UCLA forced two turnovers (interceptions by Marques Anderson and Matt Ware) but they resulted in a punt and a missed field goal. UCLA turned the ball over four times on fumbles (two by DeShaun Foster, one by Bryan Fletcher and one by Craig Bragg on a punt return) but the defense kept the Buckeyes from scoring on any of them (two missed field goals and two stops on fourth down).
At Oregon State, UCLA produced three turnovers (fumble recoveries by Marques Anderson and Marcus Reese and an interception by Jason Stephens) and converted them into 14 points (two touchdowns). UCLA turned the ball over once but the Bruins forced the Beavers to punt.
On the year, UCLA has converted seven of 10 turnovers into 41 points (five touchdowns and two field goals). Opponents have converted just one of eight Bruin turnovers into seven points.
Last year, UCLA recovered 30 turnovers (17 fumbles, 13 interceptions) and scored 69 points (nine touchdowns and two field goals). The Bruins turned the ball over 23 times (11 fumbles and 12 interceptions) and they were converted into 59 points (eight touchdowns, including three on interception returns, and one field goal).
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 STATS --
DeShaun Foster: Rushing - 1st in Pac-10, 10th in NCAA (128.0), All-Purpose Yards - 1st in Pac-10, 20th in NCAA (139.5), Cory Paus: Passing Efficiency - 4th in Pac-10, 20th in NCAA (145.3), Passing Yards - 9th in Pac-10 (190.2), Chris Griffith: Field Goals - 3rd in Pac-10, 16th in NCAA (1.8), Scoring - 5th in Pac-10, 36th in NCAA (8.5), Kick-Scoring - 3rd in Pac-10 (8.5), Nate Fikse: Punting - 1st in Pac-10, 20th in NCAA (43.6), Ricky Manning: Interceptions: T-5th in Pac-10, 31st in NCAA (0.5), Tab Perry: Receiving Yards - 8th in Pac-10 (64.5), Craig Bragg: Punt Returns - 8th in Pac-10 (9.3), Robert Thomas: Tackles - 3rd in Pac-10 (9.8), TFL - 1st in Pac-10 (3.3), Sacks - T-3rd in Pac-10 (1.0), Ryan Nece: Tackles - 21st in Pac-10 (6.2), Marques Anderson: Tackles - 15th in Pac-10 (6.5).
Team: Total defense - 1st in Pac-10, 12th in NCAA (271.5), scoring defense - 1st in Pac-10, 6th in NCAA (11.75), rushing defense - 5th in Pac-10, 36th in NCAA (120.0), passing defense - 1st in Pac-10, 11th in NCAA (151.5), pass efficiency defense - 1st in Pac-10, 2nd in NCAA (76.3 rating), rushing offense - 1st in Pac-10, 25th in NCAA (197.3), passing offense - 10th in Pac-10 (199.0), passing efficiency offense - 6th in Pac-10 (141.5 rating), total offense - 5th in Pac-10, 39th in NCAA (396.3), scoring offense - 7th in Pac-10, 41st in NCAA (28.0), net punting - 1st in Pac-10, 30th in NCAA (38.0). UCLA is the only Pac-10 that has not thrown an interception.
PRE-SEASON HONORS -
Senior tailback DeShaun Foster is on the list of pre-season candidates for the Doak Walker Award. Senior free safety Marques Anderson and junior cornerback Ricky Manning, Jr. are both listed on the pre-season Jim Thorpe Award list. There are six defensive backs from the Pac-10 on the list, including the two Bruins. Placekicker Chris Griffith is a pre-season nominee for the Lou Groza Award. Linebackers Robert Thomas and Ryan Nece are on the Butkus Award pre-season watch list. Defensive lineman Kenyon Coleman joins Thomas on the Rotary Lombardi award list. Wide receiver Brian Poli-Dixon is on the Biletnikoff Award pre-season list. Punter Nate Fikse has been selected to the Ray Guy Award watch list. Center Troy Danoff is on the pre-season watch list for the Rimington Award.
THIS AND THAT -
Four Bruins on the 2001 roster are the sons of former Bruin football players - TE Blane Kezirian (dad, Ed played offensive line in 1972-73 for coach Pepper Rodgers and posted a 17-5 record), WR/Holder Garrett Lepisto (dad, Vic played defensive end in 1964-66-67 for coaches Bill Barnes and Tommy Prothro), FB Matt Stanley (dad, Steve played fullback in 1965-67 and was a member of the 1966 Rose Bowl team), QB John Sciarra (dad, John played 1972-75 and quarterbacked the Bruins to a win over No. 1 Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl game)...Cornerback Ricky Manning, Jr. played this past summer for the Minnesota Twins' minor league team at Elizabethton, TN in the Appalachian League (rookie level). Manning, an outfielder, hit .253 in 22 games with a .364 on base percentage and four stolen bases. He played on the same team as the nation's number one selection in this past summer's Major League Baseball draft, Joe Mauer ... Offensive lineman Mike Saffer's dad, Don, played on the 1967 UCLA national championship basketball team for coach John Wooden ... Tight end Bryan Fletcher's brother, Terrell, plays for the San Diego Chargers ... Several Bruins have fathers who played in the NFL - Ryan Nece's dad, Ronnie Lott, was one of the top safeties in NFL history with the 49ers, Jibril Raymo's dad, Halim Muhammad, played with the Raiders, John Sciarra's dad, John, played for the Eagles ... Some have dads who played at colleges other than UCLA - Kevin Brant's dad, Tim, played at Maryland, Ryan McCann's dad, John, played at Arizona, Ryan Nece's dad, Ronnie Lott, played at USC, Ryan Wikert's dad, James, played at Northern Arizona ... Robert Thomas' dad, Stan, played major league baseball ... Defensive lineman Rodney Leisle's high school team went 0-10 his senior season ... UCLA is home to the only three-time consensus All-Americans in Pac-10 history - linebacker Jerry Robinson (1976-78) and safety Kenny Easley (1978-80) ... UCLA is the school that produced the only player to participate in six Super Bowls (Mike Lodish), the oy quarterback to win three Super Bowls in four years (Troy Aikman) and the only man to play on three straight Super Bowl champions (Ken Norton) ... After winning four NCAA titles during the past school year, UCLA still ranks No. 1 with a total of 86 NCAA team championships.
NCAA GRADUATION RATES -
In the 2000 NCAA Graduation Report, which analyzed the freshman class of 1993, 10 of 14 Bruin freshmen earned their degrees - 71.4%. In addition, three other freshmen who entered in the Winter or Spring quarters of 1993-94 also earned their degrees, raising the mark to 76.5%. In the 2000 NCAA Division I Graduation Rates report, which analyzed the freshman class of 1993, 10 of 14 Bruin freshmen earned degrees - 71.4%. In addition, three other freshmen who entered in the Winter or Spring quarters of 1993-94 also earned their degrees, raising the percentage to 76.5% (13 of 17).
UCLA ON THE RADIO -
The 2001 season is UCLA's fifth on Fox Sports Radio AM 1150. The Los Angeles all-sports station broadcasts the Bruins' games, including a two-hour pre-game show and a one-hour post-game show.
Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 10th season as the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens is in his fifth year on the broadcast team and his first as the analyst in the booth. John Ireland, who is a sportscaster for KCAL-TV, is in his first season as the sideline reporter.
Stations on the Bruin radio network include: KDFO 800AM (Bakersfield), KCBL 1340AM (Fresno), KAVL 610AM (Lancaster), KSDO 1130AM (San Diego, CA), KSHP 1400AM (Las Vegas, NV), KAOI 1110AM (Maui), KPTT 630AM (Reno, NV), KBET 850AM (Thousand Oaks), KVEN 1450AM (Ventura), KIXW 960AM (Victorville), KVBL 1400AM (Visalia), KDEF 1150 AM (Albuquerque, NM), KEWS 1350 AM (Riverside).
In addition, Fox Sports Radio provides ancillary programming during the week, including Bob Toledo interviews during the week of the games.
UCLA games are also available via the internet at www.uclabruins.com and www.foxsports1150.com. Fans can also hear the game for as little as 10 cents per minute by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929) to listen to the broadcast on the telephone.
In 2000, 11 of UCLA's 12 games were televised live (four ABC-TV, three on Fox Sports Net West 2, two on the Pac-10's Fox Sports Net package, one on the Pac-10's Fox Syndicated package and one on CBS-TV).
Eight of UCLA's 11 games this season have already been televised or have been selected for live television. The Alabama game was broadcast nationally by ESPN. ABC televised the Ohio State (national) and Oregon State (regional) contests and will also carry the Washington, Stanford and Oregon games. Fox Sports Net televised the game at Kansas and will carry the California and USC games.
Entering the Washington game, 92 of UCLA's last 98 games have been televised live.
The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox Sports Net West 2, airs every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m or 7:30 p.m. during the season.
UCLA ON THE WEB -
UCLA releases, player information and results can be found on the school's official website - www.uclabruins.com. For more detailed information on Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Award candidate DeShaun Foster, click on the logo on the right side of the front page.
TOLEDO PRESS CONFERENCE -
Bruin head coach Bob Toledo hosts a weekly press conference every Monday. It is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Morgan Center Press Room adjacent to the new Hall of Fame. The opposing coach is usually available by speaker phone at either 1:15 or 2:30 p.m. A few players are usually available prior to 1:15 p.m.
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCES -
The Pac-10 holds a weekly teleconference with all 10 head coaches every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Each coach has a 10-minute window. Bob Toledo is on the call at 11:30 a.m. Please call the Pac-10 office or a Pac-10 SID to obtain the telephone number.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED -
The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed containing interviews with coaches and players and game highlight footage. The half-hour feed airs every Wedensday at 11:30 a.m. PT, beginning on Sept. 5. Coordinates for the feed are Telstar 6, Transponder 9 (C-Band).
ASU GAME UPDATE -
The Arizona State game, which was scheduled for Sept. 15, will be played on Dec. 1 in the Rose Bowl. The kickoff time has yet to be set. UCLA will honor all tickets which were intended for the Sept. 15 date.Should fans holding tickets for the ASU game not be able to attend the game on Dec. 1, UCLA will work out an exchange for one of the other three home games. If fans have questions regarding ticketing policies, they can call (310) UCLA - WIN. Check the UCLA web site at uclabruins.com for additional information.
Fox Sports Net has announced that it has selected the UCLA-USC game and will televise it nationally on all the Fox Sports Net cable channels. Kickoff will be 3:30 p.m.
The first 10,000 fans to enter the Rose Bowl on Saturday will receive a free Bruin Ball Cap.