No. 23 Bruins Travel To Face Cowboys In Oklahoma
Sept. 9, 2002
GAME # 2 - No. 23 UCLA (1-0) travels to Stillwater, OK Saturday, Sept. 14for its first game ever against Oklahoma State (1-1). Kickoff is scheduledfor 4:00 p.m PST (6:00 p.m. local).The game will be televised live on a national basis by Fox Sports Net..Fox Sports Radio AM 1150 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all gamesexcept when there is a conflict with a Los Angeles Dodger game. The OklahomaState contest will be broadcast on Fox Sports Radio AM 1150 and the BruinRadio Network with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth.
LAST WEEK - UCLA rallied from a 13-7 fourth-quarter deficit to defeat No. 19Colorado State, 30-19 at the Rose Bowl. It was UCLA's eighth straightregular-season victory over a non-conference foe and the Bruins' ninth winover a ranked opponent in 14 tries.
The Bruins trailed 10-0 early in the second quarter, thanks to a 35-yardfield goal and a 15-yard touchdown drive set up by a 55-yard punt return.UCLA produced a four-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in Junior Taylor's49-yard touchdown run on a reverse. It was the first time Taylor had touchedthe ball in his career and was the first offensive touchdown by a Bruin truefreshman since the 1998 USC game, when DeShaun Foster scored four times.
UCLA still trailed 13-7 early in the fourth quarter when it took over on itsown 48-yard line with 14:42 remaining in the game. With true freshmanquarterback Drew Olson playing the second of his two series and redshirtfreshman Wendell Mathis in the backfield, UCLA moved to the 28-yard linewith Mathis gaining 15 yards on three carries. Olson then completed passeson two of the next three plays (nine yards to Manuel White and 15 to TabPerry) to put the ball at the five-yard line. Akil Harris then scored aone-yard touchdown following his four-yard run to give the Bruins a 14-13lead.
On Colorado State's second play of its ensuing possession, Ricky Manning'shit on Cecil Sapp after a reception forced a fumble that Rusty Williamsrecovered at the Ram 16-yard line. White raced into the end zone on UCLA'snext play to give the Bruins a 21-13 lead with 8:48 remaining.
CSU then drove 80 yards for a touchdown to close to within two points,21-19, with 1:32 remaining. On the ensuing two-point conversion attempt,Brandon Chillar forced a fumble and Ben Emanuel picked it up and ran 89yards for two points to give UCLA a 23-19 lead.
The Bruins then recovered an onside kick attempt (Mike Seidman). On the nextplay, Akil Harris broke a 35-yard run to the Ram16-yard line and three playslater, White scored his second 16-yard touchdown of the game to give UCLA a30-19 lead with 1:01 remaining.
On the night, the Bruins ran for 215 yards and passed for 166. Harris ledthe team with 94 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. White added 52 yardsand two touchdowns on 11 attempts and also made four receptions. QuarterbackCory Paus completed 12 of 23 passes, including nine of his final 13, for 142yards and led three of the Bruins' four scoring drives. Olson completed twoof three passes for 24 yards and produced one scoring drive on his twopossessions. White and Craig Bragg each made four receptions and MikeSeidman added three catches.
Defensively, the Bruins held Colorado State to just 3.7 yards per play and277 total offensive yards. Only one of the Rams' four scoring drives (twotouchdowns and two field goals) was longer than 25 yards.
Brandon Chillar led the Bruins with 10 tackles, made an interception andforced the fumble on the Rams' two-point conversion attempt. Marcus Reese,making the first start of his career, made nine tackles while Ben Emanuelmade six tackles and scored the first defensive conversion in school historywith his 89-yard return.
Ricky Manning Jr., Spencer Havner, playing his first game and making hisfirst start, and Ryan Boschetti, playing his first game, each made fivetackles. In addition, Manning made the big hit of the night, forcing afumble with the Bruins leading by just one point that led to the second ofUCLA's three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Rusty Williams, starting for thefirst time since the 2000 USC game, forced the bad throw that resulted inChillar's interception and recovered the fumble caused by Manning that setup UCLA's second fourth-quarter score.
UCLA IN THE RANKINGS - Associated Press: Pre-season, NR; Sept. 1, NR; Sept.8, No. 23; USA Today/ESPN: Pre-season, NR; Sept. 1, NR; Sept. 8, NR (27).
BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO - The Bruin head coach owns a record of 43-27(28-20 in Pac-10 play) and a winning percentage of .614 during his six-plusyears on the job. The 20-game winning streak in 1997-98 was the longest inschool history, twice as long as the previous streak (10, set in 1946 andtied in 1954-55). His teams have won two Pac-10 titles (1997, 1998) and havequalified to play in a bowl game in four of the past five seasons.
Toledo is only the second coach in school history to win 10 regular-seasongames (Bert LaBrucherie in 1946) and only the second coach in school historyto win 10 total games in back-to-back seasons (Terry Donahue in 1987-88).
Toledo's 43 wins put him in fourth place on UCLA's career victory list.Under Toledo, UCLA is 33-8 when it scores at least 30 points and 16-1 whenit scores at least 40. UCLA is 29-6 when leading at the half and has won 10times after trailing at the half and four when tied at the half. The Bruinsare 3-1 in overtime games. When ranked, the Bruins sport a 30-11 recordunder Toledo and are 15-5 when ranked in the Top 10.
Under Toledo, UCLA is 16-12 versus ranked teams. It has won nine of the last14 and is 15-7 in the last 22 games versus Top 25 teams.
DID YOU KNOW? -
UCLA has won 15 of its last 22 games versus ranked opponents dating back toa 1997 win at #11 Texas and has posted a 23-5 record in regular season gamesplayed in the Rose Bowl since that win over the Longhorns.
Starting Streaks - Ricky Manning has started in 33 straight games to leadthe team. Next is offensive left tackle Bryce Bohlander with 26 straightstarts followed by offensive right tackle Mike Saffer and defensive tackleRodney Leisle with 24 each. Saffer has started 31 times in his career.Three Bruins on the 2002 roster are the sons of former Bruin footballplayers - TE Blane Kezirian (dad, Ed played offensive line in 1972-73 forcoach Pepper Rodgers and posted a 17-5 record); WR/H Garrett Lepisto (dad,Vic played defensive end in 1964-66-67 for coaches Bill Barnes and TommyProthro); QB John Sciarra (dad, John played 1972-75 and quarterbacked theBruins to a win over No. 1 Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl game).
UCLA had six players selected in the 2002 NFL Draft, ranking seventh (tied)nationally among all schools in that category. (LB Robert Thomas/Rams, RBDeShaun Foster/Panthers, DB Marques Anderson/Packers, DL KenyonColeman/Raiders, TE Bryan Fletcher/Bears, LS Jeff Grau/Redskins).
RICKY MANNING- True senior corner Ricky Manning Jr., a candidate forAll-America honors and the Thorpe Award, earned first-team All-Pac-10acclaim for the second straight season last year, in the vote of leaguecoaches. He is a 2002 first-team pre-season All-America selection byFootball News and a second-team choice by Street & Smith's and Lindy's.Manning has the opportunity to become only the seventh Bruin since 1964 toearn first-team All-League honors three times. He has started in each of thelast 33 games (longest starting streak on the team) after making his firstcareer start against Fresno State in 1999.
In the season-opening win over Colorado State, he was credited with fivetackles, including four solos. His fourth-quarter tackle on Cecil Sapp aftera reception caused a fumble that UCLA recovered at the Ram 16-yard line witha 14-13 lead. UCLA scored on the next play to build a 21-13 lead.
On the year, he was second on the team with his three interceptions andtotaled 36 tackles, including two for losses, to rank sixth (tied) on theteam in that category.
In 2001, he ranked fifth on the team with 65 tackles. His four interceptionsled the team, as did his 14 pass defenses. As a freshman in 1999, he led theBruins with 10 tackles for loss and ranked fourth on the team with 53tackles.
RODNEY LEISLE - Redshirt junior tackle Rodney Leisle had an outstandingseason last year. A pre-season second-team All-America choice in 2002, hehas also been named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists.In the win over Colorado State, Leisle started his 24th straight game andhelped hold the Rams to just 277 yards (3.7 average). He was credited withfour tackles.
In 2001, Leisle ranked second among linemen and tied for sixth on the teamwith 36 stops. Leisle, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection by the league'scoaches and a first-team all-conference pick by The Sporting News, rankedfourth on the team with two sacks and tied for sixth with five tackles forlosses.
Leisle started all 12 games in 2000 and ranked first among the linemen with36 tackles. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and was named aFreshman All-American by The Sporting News.
MARCUS REESE - True senior linebacker Marcus Reese, who has been a majorcontributor the last two seasons, made his first career start againstColorado State. He was very productive, making nine tackles (seven solos),one shy of his career high (10 vs. Washington in 2000) and one shy of theteam high for the game.
Despite not starting in 2000 or 2001, he made 68 tackles during those twoyears.
Also a big contributor on special teams during his career, Reese blocked apair of punts last season which each produced a touchdown. On the year, heranked ninth on the squad with 34 tackles, including four for loss.
MATT WARE - A member of the 2002 Thorpe Award Watch List and the only truefreshman in the starting lineup a year ago, Ware is playing free safety in2002 after starting at cornerback in 2001.
In the opener against Colorado State, he made four solo tackles and had onepass defensed.
In 2001, Ware was named first-team Freshman All-American and Pac-10 Freshmanof the Year by The Sporting News. He earned first-team Freshman All-Americanaccolades by the Football Writers of America.
Matt became the first UCLA true freshman to start every regular-season gamesince freshmen became eligible in 1972 (three-time All-America safety KennyEasley started the final 10 games of his freshman season).
On the year, he made 32 tackles, led the team with five interceptions (tiedfor third in the Pac-10) and was second on the team with two fumblerecoveries. Ware's five interceptions were the most by a Bruin since LarryAtkins made six in 1997.
He also saw action on offense, as a quarterback, in the games against Oregonand USC. He ran four times in the Oregon game for 22 yards and caught onepass for 49 yards. He took two snaps at quarterback versus USC and pitchedthe ball on both occasions.
He signed a baseball contract with the Seattle Mariners during the 2001 fallfootball camp and played in their minor league organization this past summeras an outfielder.
BRANDON CHILLAR - True junior Brandon Chillar is off to a fast start in2002. In the season-opener against Colorado State, he led the Bruins with acareer-high 10 tackles (four solos and six assists) and made the secondinterception of his career. He also forced a fumble on the Rams' two-pointconversion attempt that Ben Emanuel returned for two Bruin points and a23-19 lead.
In 2001, Chillar started nine games at strongside linebacker a year ago. Heranked fifth on the team, and first among 2002 returnees, in tackles with 42stops. Chillar was third on the team with five sacks and had eight tacklesfor loss, both totals ranking No. 1 among returnees. He made his firstcareer start in the second game of the season at Kansas.
DAVE BALL - In the opener against Colorado State, junior Dave Ball startedhis 12th straight game at right end and was credited with three tackles,including one for loss. In 2001, he started all 11 contests and finishedwith 18 tackles and one sack. Ball was seventh on the team with four tacklesfor loss. As a redshirt freshman in 2000, he started three games at end andsaw action in all 12 contests.
BEN EMANUEL - The talented redshirt freshman strong safety played a key rolein the victory over Colorado State. On the night, he was credited with sixtackles (four solos) and one pass defense. However, his biggest play camewith the Bruins leading 21-19 with 1:32 remaining in the game. On CSU'stwo-point conversion attempt, Brandon Chillar caused Bradlee Van Pelt tofumble and Emanuel picked up the loose ball and returned it 89 yards for twopoints to give UCLA a 23-19 lead. It was the first defensive two-pointconversion in UCLA history.
SPENCER HAVNER - In his first career game and start, the redshirt freshmanwas very active. Havner made five tackles (three solos), including one forloss, and was also credited with two pass defenses.
DEFENSIVE LINE - Senior Rusty Williams had a 22-game starting streak atdefensive end stopped at the 2000 Sun Bowl. He missed that contest afterundergoing shoulder surgery. He sat out Spring practice a year ago andreported to 2001 Fall camp ready for action. He appeared in all 11 games offthe bench last season and had six tackles, one for loss.
Against Colorado State, his first start since the 2000 USC game, Williamsplayed a very important role. In the third quarter, he pressured Bradlee VanPelt into throwing an interception at the Bruin seven-yard line. In thefourth quarter, with UCLA leading 14-13, his fumble recovery at the Ram16-yard line with 8:56 remaining set up a Bruin touchdown on the next play.
Redshirt junior Mat Ball, who switched back to end during Spring drillsafter playing outside linebacker in 2001, added one tackle during his timeon the field. A year ago, M. Ball started twice at OLB and made 12 tacklesincluding two for losses.
In 2001, Morgan came off the bench to make two tackles, including afive-yard sack, against Alabama, two tackles, including 0.5 sacks, againstKansas, two tackles versus Washington, one against California, one atStanford and one versus WSU. Phillips, who started three times in 2000, sawaction in seven games on defense and totaled six tackles and one sack a yearago.
Junior college transfer Ryan Boschetti also made his debut at defensivetackle and was credited with five tackles, including four solos.
CORY PAUS - Senior Cory Paus enjoyed an outstanding year in 2000, becomingonly the third sophomore in school history to pass for over 2,000 yards in aseason. During the 2001 season, he moved into the UCLA career Top 10 listsin passing yardage, completions and touchdown passes (sixth with 32). Hiscareer average of 15.85 yards per completion entering the 2002 season wasthe highest among the quarterbacks in UCLA's career Top six. He is one ofjust two Bruin signalcallers to produce back-to-back 300-yard passing gamesand only the second to throw for at least 300 yards in a game five times inhis career.
In the 2002 opener against Colorado State, Paus completed 12 of 23 passesfor 142 yards with one interception. He completed nine of his final 13passes in the contest. In the second quarter, he led an 80-yard touchdowndrive, culminated by Junior Taylor's 49-yard touchdown run on a reverse.Paus made a key block to spring Taylor on that play. Later in the secondquarter, he led a drive from UCLA's 17 to CSU's 24, but it ended with amissed field goal.
In the third quarter, he engineered a drive from the Bruin six-yard line tothe Rams'15, but it also resulted in a missed field goal. After sitting outtwo series so freshman Drew Olson could get some game experience, hereturned in the fourth quarter and UCLA's next two possessions yieldedtouchdowns.
With his 142 yards, Paus moved into third place on UCLA's career passingyardage list with 5,372 yards, passing both No. 4 Troy Aikman (5,298) andNo. 3 Tommy Maddox (5,363). He is also No. 6 with 342 career completions,just 10 behind No. 5 Wayne Cook and No. 6 with 32 career touchdown passes.He has played in just 29 games, including two in which he was injured andthrew a total of just five passes before leaving the field.
In 2001, Paus ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (132.8). Hecompleted a pass for at least 44 yards in seven of 10 games. His streak ofpasses without an interception ended at 198 in the second quarter atStanford.
Paus, who did not play in the season finale versus Arizona State as part ofhis penalty for an off-field problem, completed 14 of 22 passes againstOregon for a season-high 321 yards (third-highest total of his career). Heenjoyed an outstanding game against California, passing for 273 yards andthree touchdowns. He completed 13 of 16 passes overall, including 11straight from late in the first quarter through the middle of the thirdquarter. His efficiency rating of 286.45 versus California was thesecond-highest single-game rating in Division IA last year.
Despite missing three full games, and virtually all of a fourth during the2000 season, Paus passed for 2,154 yards and 17 touchdowns (fifth on theall-time single-season school list). His regular season pass efficiencyrating of 145.8 would have led the Pac-10 if he had appeared in enoughgames, as would his 250.9 passing yards per game figure.
Paus started seven games in 1999 after beginning the season as the No. 2signal caller. He made the first start of his career against Fresno Stateon Sept. 18.
His 332 passing yards versus Oregon tied Tommy Maddox (1990 vs. Oregon) forthe No. 3 effort among Bruin freshmen. Only Maddox (409 vs. USC and 353 atMichigan) ever threw for more yards as a freshman. His 324 yards totaloffense ranked No. 4 on that list at the time.Against Washington, his season came to an end when he suffered a fracturedleft collarbone on UCLA's second offensive play of the second quarter.
MIKE SEIDMAN - Tight end Mike Seidman is expected to have an outstandingsenior season. In the opener against Colorado State (just his second careerstart), he made three catches for 40 yards. His 23-yard second-quarterreception on third-and-two immediately preceeded Junior Taylor's 49-yardtouchdown run. He also recovered an onside kick.
A year ago, he finished with 12 catches (fifth on the team) for 250 yardsand a 20.8 average (best of any of the Bruin receivers) and one touchdown.He made his first career start last season against Washington and blockedwell as the Bruins rushed for 325 yards on the ground.
At Stanford, Seidman made three receptions for 52 yards, including a 23-yardtouchdown catch in the third quarter. At WSU, he made two catches for 60yards, including one for 47 yards, the longest of his career.
OFFENSIVE LINE - Senior pre-season All-America tackle Mike Saffer has beennamed to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists. He has nowstarted 31 games overall, including 24 straight at right tackle stretchingback to the 2000 opener (he started seven times at right guard in 1999).
Saffer started all 11 games a year ago and earned second-team All-Pac-10conference honors. On the year, he made 46 KO blocks and compiled a grade of88% or higher in eight of 11 contests. He played at least 60 offensive playsin eight contests. He led the team with a 97% grade in the Washington gamein which DeShaun Foster broke the school single game rushing record with 301yards. On the year, he recorded five or more KO blocks six times.
Senior Bryce Bohlander, also an honors candidate, has started 26 straightcontests at left tackle, including the final two games of 1999, 12 in 2001and all 11 last year. He made 47 KO blocks on the year. Bohlander made sixKO blocks in the game at Alabama. He earned a 95% grade in the game againstWashington and had a 90% grade with six KOs in the game against California.He was on the field for at least 60 plays in nine games.
Third-year sophomore Eyoseph Efseaff has established himself as a star inthe making at left guard. Last year, he started all 11 games at left guardand was named second team Freshman All-America and first-team FreshmanAll-Pac-10 by The Sporting News. On the year, he was credited with ateam-high 73 KO blocks. Against Arizona State, he made nine KO blocks andgraded 90%. On the year, he saw the field for at least 60 plays in ninegames.
The only line position without a returning starter is at center, whereredshirt freshman Mike McCloskey edged third-year soph Paul Mociler for thestarting spot. He played every snap in his first appearance as a Bruin.
JUST FOR KICKS
NATE FISKE - A true senior, Fikse is one of the best punters in thecollegiate game and also handles the kickoff duties. A member of the Ray GuyAward watch list, he is a first-team pre-season All-American (Street & Smith's).
In the 2002 opener versus Colorado State, he averaged 46.75 yards on fourkicks. His longest was 53 yards and he had one downed inside the 20-yardline. He is currently tied for third in the NCAA with his 46.75 average.
His career average of 43.09 entering 2002 ranked No. 2 on the all-timeschool list, trailing only Kirk Wilson's record of 44.60 and ahead of No. 3Zenon Andrusyshyn (42.63). In 2001, he earned first-team All-Pacific 10conference honors after leading the league in punting for the secondstraight season. His season average of 44.2 yards per kick a year ago placedhim eighth nationally.
In 2000, he earned second-team all-conference honors and his regular-seasonaverage of 43.3 ranked first in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation.
CHRIS GRIFFITH - The redshirt senior, a former walk-on, was chosen to the2001 first team all-conference squad by collegefootballnews.com and was anhonorable mention pick by the league coaches. He has handled the placekicking chores since 1999 and earned a scholarship for the 2000 season.
In the opener, Griffith made all four PATs to raise his career scoring totalto 216 points, moving past Chris Sailer and Gary Beban into sixth place onthat UCLA list. However, he did miss field goal attempts of 41 yards in thesecond quarter and 32 yards in the third quarter.
Last year Griffith ranked second on the team with 71 points, making 10 of 13field goals and all 41 PATs. He was third in the Pac-10 in scoring (7.10)and fourth (tied) in field goals (1.00).
A second-team All-Pac-10 team selection in 2001, Griffith ranks third inschool history behind John Lee and Alfredo Velasco with his career fieldgoal percentage of 72.3.
WIDE RECEIVER - True junior Tab Perry, redshirt junior Ryan Smith andredshirt sophomore Craig Bragg are the top weapons in the receiver rotation.Senior Jon Dubravac, true freshman Junior Taylor and junior Garrett Lepistoare also expected to contribute this season.
Perry made his first career start last season at Alabama and led the teamwith 416 receiving yards and was second with 21 receptions. He caught twotouchdown passes and his average of 19.8 yards per catch was second on theteam among the receivers. In 2000, he made six catches for 58 yards andexcelled as a kickoff returner, setting school records with 29 returns for598 yards.
In the 2002 opener, he made two receptions for 43 yards, including one for28 yards. His 15-yard reception in the fourth quarter gave the Bruins afirst down at the Ram five-yard line to set up the touchdown that gave theBruins the lead for good, 14-13. Both of his catches produced first downs.Perry also returned one kickoff for 17 yards.
Against Colorado State, Bragg tied for the team lead with four receptions,good for 49 yards and three first downs.
Bragg made his first career start last season at Oregon State and made twocatches for 21 yards, ran one reverse for five yards and returned two punts13 yards. He caught the first two touchdown passes of his career in theseason finale versus Arizona State. For the game, he caught seven passes for138 yards. He led the team with 29 catches, averaging 14.1 yards per catch,and was the team's No. 4 rusher with 100 yards (12.5 average) and twotouchdowns. He also averaged 8.4 yards on 14 punt returns and 18.6 yards on10 kickoff returns.
Smith did not make a reception versus CSU. A year ago, he had a breakoutgame versus Ohio State. He tied for the team lead with four receptions for49 yards and scored the only UCLA touchdown of the game on a 24-yard strike.In the win over California, he made a team-high four catches for 69 yards,including a 27-yard touchdown, in his first start in place of injured BrianPoli-Dixon. At Stanford, he led the team with career highs in receptions(six) and yards (91). He finished the season as the team's No. 4 receiverwith 18 receptions, good for 272 yards (15.1 average) and two touchdowns.
Junior Taylor gave the Bruins an important spark. With the Bruins trailing10-0 in the second quarter, he touched the football for the first time inhis career. He took a handoff on a reverse, turned the corner on the rightside, cut back across the field, made a few moves and scored UCLA's firsttouchdown of the game on a 49-yard run. It marked the first offensivetouchdown by a UCLA true freshman since DeShaun Foster scored four againstUSC in the 10th game of the 1998 season (safety Jibril Raymo recovered ablocked punt and returned it for a touchdown last year).
Lepisto, a former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship prior to the startof 2002 Fall camp, made four receptions in the last four games of the 2001season. He is once again serving as the holder on all place kicks, a job hehad last year, while participating in the rotation. Dubravac sat out lastseason as a medical redshirt. He caught 14 passes in the 2000 season and didnot make a reception in the 2002 season opener.
RUNNING BACK - Junior Akil Harris and redshirt sophomore Manuel White eachplayed a major role in UCLA's offensive success against Colorado State.Harris led the Bruins with 94 yards on 13 carries. His one-yard touchdownrun with 9:52 remaining in the game, coupled with Chris Griffith's PAT, gavethe Bruins the lead for good, 14-13. With 1:32 remaining and the Bruinsleading 23-19, he broke a 35-yard run to set up the Bruins' final touchdownof the night.
Last season, he made his second career start against Oregon and rushed for79 yards on a career-high 29 carries, including a one-yard touchdown. In theseason-finale against Arizona State, he ran for a career-high 138 yards. Hefinished the season as the team's second-leading rusher with 375 yards (4.9average) and three touchdowns on 76 attempts.
In 2000, Harris ran for 100 yards versus Arizona State. On just the secondcarry of his career, he went around right end for a 23-yard touchdown.White, a big, tough back with speed, is playing both fullback and tailbackfor the Bruins and is very valuable, especially in one-back formations.Against Colorado State, he scored twice in the fourth quarter on 16-yardruns to clinch the Bruin victory. On the night, he rushed for 52 yards andtwo scores on 11 carries and also tied for the team lead with fourreceptions (27 yards).
In 2001, White ranked third on the team in rushing with 290 yards on 63attempts after making his debut against Alabama. Against Oregon, he carriedseven times for 29 yards, including his first career touchdown, a one-yardrun. At USC, he made the first start of his career and gained a team-high 23yards on nine carries.
In addition, three redshirt freshmen tailbacks and one true freshmanfullback also saw action in the backfield and on special teams. Tyler Ebellrushed twice for nine yards and returned two punts for seven yards. WendellMathis carried on three of the first four plays on UCLA's go-ahead scoringdrive, gaining five, seven and three yards. He finished with 15 yards onfour carries. Jason Harrison and fullback J.D. Groves also played on offensealthough they did not carry the ball.
RED ZONE - In the opener against Colorado State, UCLA entered the Red Zonefive times and scored three rushing touchdowns for 21 points. The other twopossessions ended with a missed field goal and the end of the game (UCLAkneeled on the final play).
Colorado State reached the Red Zone five times and produced four scores --two touchdowns (one running, one passing) and two field goals for 19 points.The other possession ended with a Bruin interception.
In 2001, UCLA scored 26 times (19 touchdowns -- 17 rushing and twopassing -- and seven field goals) for 154 points on 35 tries. Opponentsscored 20 times (14 touchdowns -- seven rushing and seven passing -- and sixfield goals) for 116 points on 31 tries.
TURNOVERS - In the opener, UCLA forced two turnovers (one interception andone touchdown) and converted them into seven points (one touchdown). UCLAcommitted just one turnover and it resulted in three points (one fieldgoal).
In 2001, UCLA converted 13 of 26 turnovers into 79 points (10 touchdowns andthree field goals). Opponents converted 11 of 29 Bruin turnovers into 61points (seven touchdowns and four field goals, two of the touchdowns wereagainst the Bruin offense).
OKLAHOMA STATE - UCLA and Oklahoma State have never played on the footballfield but they have met on the basketball court. The Cowboys are 1-1 thisseason and registered a huge upset last season, defeating Oklahoma inNorman. UCLA will depart on Thursday and will headquartered in Oklahoma City.
The Cowboys ranked 51st nationally in total offense (383.5), throwing for239.5 yards and rushing for 144.0. Defensively, OSU ranks 64th overall(349.5), allowing just 71.0 yards on the ground (17th in NCAA) and 278.5 inthe air. However, the Cowboys rank 35th in pass efficiency defense. They arealso averaging 13.9 yards on punt returns.
Individually, wide receiver Rashaun Woods ranks third in the nation inreceiving yards per game (150.5) and fifth with an average of 9.5 receptionsper game. Quarterback Josh Fields ranks 39th nationally in both passingefficiency (133.2 rating) and total offense (219.5). Terrance Davis-Bryantis averaging 13.9 yards on punt returns and Chris Massey averages 24.3 yardson kickoff returns.
NCAA GRADUATION RATES - In the 2002 NCAA Graduation Rate Report, due to bereleased this fall, UCLA has a 75% graduation rate from the freshman classof 1995 (12 of 16).
In the 2000 NCAA Graduation Report, which analyzed the freshman class of1993, 10 of 14 Bruin freshmen earned their degrees - 71.4%. In addition,three other freshmen who entered in the Winter or Spring quarters of 1993-94also earned their degrees, raising the percentage to 76.5% (13 of 17).
BRUINS NO. 1 - UCLA was ranked the No. 1 overall college in the nation,according to data taken from the recently released 'The Unofficial, UnbiasedInsider's Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges' published by Kaplan.The survey rated institutions on Best Academic Facilities, Best FreshmanHousing, Hot & Trendy Campus, Best Career Services, Highest AcademicStandards and Best Value.
FRESHMEN KEEP IT ALL IN THE FAMILY - Several of the Bruin incoming freshmenhave relatives who attended UCLA - Robert Chai's uncle, Ben; Kevin Harbour'sdad, Kevin; Justin London's aunt, Rita; Idris Moss' dad, Ricky, Sr.; DrewOlson's dad, David; Jarrad Page's brother, John, Jr.; Alex Potasi'srelative, Frank Manumaleuna; Wesley Walker's uncle Fred McNeill.
BRUINS IN THE NFL - As of 9/4 the following 26 former Bruins were listed onthe rosters of National Football League teams - Baltimore - Jonathan Ogden;Carolina - DeShaun Foster; Cincinnati - Danny Farmer; Cleveland - JamirMiller (IR); Dallas - Jeff Grau; Detroit - Travis Kirschke; Green Bay -Marques Anderson, Mike Flanagan, Tod McBride; Houston - EdIeremia-Stansbury, Chad Overhauser; Kansas City - Larry Atkins, MarvcusPatton; New England - Roman Phifer; New York Giants - Shaun Williams;Philadelphia - Freddie Mitchell; Oakland - Kenyon Coleman; Pittsburgh.-Tommy Maddox; St. Louis - Robert Thomas; San Diego - Donnie Edwards, VaughnParker; San Francisco - Cade McNown (IR), J.J. Stokes; Tampa Bay - RyanNece; Tennessee.- Drew Bennett, Bryan Fletcher.
UCLA ON THE RADIO - The 2002 season is UCLA's sixth on Fox Sports Radio AM1150. 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 11th seasonas the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens is in hissixth year on the broadcast team and his second as the analyst in the booth.John Ireland, who is a sportscaster for KCAL-TV, is in his second season asthe sideline reporter.
Stevens, Ireland and former Bruin quarterback Wayne Cook will host thetwo-hour local pre-game show. Roberts, Stevens and Ireland will host theone-half hour network pre-game show and the network post-game show. FoxRadio reporter Jeff Biggs and Cook will host a one hour 'Bruin Talk' showfollowing the network broadcast.
Due to a Dodger game earlier in the day, there will not be a two-hourpre-game show for the Oklahoma State contest.
Stations on the Bruin radio network include: KPOP 1360AM (San Diego); KDEF1150 AM (Albuquerque, NM); KDFO 800AM (Bakersfield); KCBL 1340AM (Fresno);KKOM 1280AM (Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo); KAVL 610AM(Lancaster); KSHP 1400AM (Las Vegas, NV); KAOI 1110AM (Maui); KPTT 630AM(Reno, NV); KEWS 1350AM (Riverside); KBET 850AM (Thousand Oaks); KVEN 1450AM(Ventura, Santa Barbara); KIXW 960AM (Victorville); KVBL 1400AM (Visalia).
Fox Sports Radio provides ancillary programming during the week, includingBob Toledo interviews during the week of the games.
In addition, Fox Sports Radio airs the one-hour Bruin Roundtable show everyTuesday afternoon, beginning Sept. 10. The show will air at 6:00 p.m.,unless it airs earlier due to L.A. Dodger programming.
UCLA ON THE TELEVISION - Entering the Oklahoma State game, 100 of UCLA'slast 106 games have been televised live. This week's game will be televisedthroughout the nation on Fox Sports Net.The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox Sports Net West, is expectedto air every Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m on Fox Sports Net West 2,beginning Sept. 11. It will also be shown every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.,beginning Sept. 19.