Football Visits No. 4 UCLA
Oct. 14, 2001
Cal continues with the most difficult stretch of its schedule when the Bears travel to the Rose Bowl to visit fourth-ranked UCLA Saturday night. The game, which starts at 7:15 p.m., will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net.
In the Bruins, Cal faces its third consecutive ranked opponent after playing then-No. 13 Washington and then-No. 5 Oregon the previous two weeks. Throw in the fact that both BYU and Washington State are in the current Top 25 and that Illinois and Oregon State were ranked earlier this year and each of the Bears' first seven foes have received national recognition during the season.
Over the past couple of years, Cal has had a good measure of success against UCLA. In the Bears' last trip to Pasadena in 1999, Cal posted its first shutout of the Bruins since 1950 with a 17-0 win. Last year, the Bears upended then-13th-ranked UCLA, 46-38, in triple overtime in Berkeley.
In order to extend their winning streak in the series, the Bears will need to put forth their best effort of the season. After showing signs of progress in each of its first four games, Cal took a step back with a 48-7 loss to Oregon last Saturday. The Bears fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter and never recovered.
Individually, senior WR Charon Arnold continued with his solid season, catching seven passes for 94 yards. With 28 grabs on the year, he has more receptions than any Cal receiver had all of last year when Derek Swafford led the team with 25.
Cal-UCLA: The Series
UCLA leads the overall series, 45-24-1. Cal, though, has won the last two match-ups, including a 46-38 triple overtime thriller last year in Memorial Stadium. The Bears forged ahead, 28-14, but the Bruins scored twice to tie the score at 28-all at the end of regulation. With Cal ahead in the final OT period, CB Jemeel Powell intercepted a pass in the end zone to clinch the victory. In 1999 at the Rose Bowl, the Bears won, 17-0, for Cal's first shut out of UCLA since 1950.
A Quick Look at UCLA
With its convincing 35-13 win over Washington, UCLA jumped three places to fourth in this week's Associated Press Top 25. The Bruins have surged out to their undefeated start on the strength of one of the top defenses in the country. UCLA leads the Pac-10 in both total defense (283.6 ypg) and scoring defense (12.0 ppg), while ranking second in passing defense (184.4 ypg). The Bruins have outscored their opponents, 82-32, in first halves this year and own a 51-0 edge in the third quarter. Senior LB Robert Thomas leads the unit with 51 tackles, including 16 for loss and 4.0 sacks. On the offensive side, senior TB DeShaun Foster averages an NCAA-leading 162.8 yards per game. Against Washington, he rushed for a school-record 301 yards on 31 carries and tied a school record with four touchdowns on the afternoon. QB Corey Paus completes just 51.9 percent of his attempts (55-106), but is yet to throw an interception this year.