No. 7 Football Faces UCLA In Southern California
Nov. 6, 2001
NATIONAL RANKINGS . . . After dropping out of the nation's Top-10 for the first time all season two weeks ago, the Ducks have ascended to seventh in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls. UCLA dropped to 17th and 16th, respectively, following its second consecutive setback.
HEAD COACH MIKE BELLOTTI . . . Ranking third on the Ducks' all-time winningest coaching list (57-23-0), Mike Bellotti now stands as the winningest active coach in the Pac-10 based on conference winning percentage in addition to leading Oregon to more overall victories during his tenure than any other program in the league. Oregon's seventh-year head coach has accumulated a 35-19 record in Pac-10 encounters (.648), which moves him into 13th all-time among conference circles in terms of career winning percentage and 20th in career league victories. He has played a vital role in assembling better than 19 percent (96 wins) of the University's all-time triumphs (499) in his 13-year Oregon association (six as offensive coordinator and seven as head coach). Only Hugo Bezdek (72.7% -- 1906, 1913-17) has accumulated a better winning percentage than Bellotti's 71.3% among the program's mentors who have coached the Ducks a minimum of three seasons. The 50-year-old former Cal State-Chico mentor owns a 12-year career head coaching mark of 80-48-2.
UCLA'S BOB TOLEDO . . . The former Oregon offensive coordinator (1983-88) has accumulated a 41-25 record in his sixth year at the Bruins' helm, and is 70-61 overall (11 years) in stops at UC-Riverside (1974-75), Pacific (1979-82) and UCLA. He has guided the Bruins to a pair of Pac-10 titles since serving tenures as an assistant coach at UCLA (1994-95), Texas A&M (1989-93) and USC (1976-78).
ROAD WARRIORS . . . While Oregon's success at home has been well documented, some of the 'experts' have coined the opinion that the team had played better on the road than in Autzen Stadium this year prior to last Saturday's win. The Ducks have won eight of their last nine games away from home (including all four road games this year) and are 11-2 on the road (including two bowl victories) since they last visited the Rose Bowl in 1999. Oregon has accumulated a 23-16 mark away from home under Mike Bellotti, including a 15-12 league ledger. Yet the program has recorded only one perfect regular-season road record (5-0 in 1995) since 1963.