Bruins Prepare For Cal

Oct. 14, 2002

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    GAME # 7 - UCLA, 4-2 overall and 1-1 in Pac-10 play, travelsto Berkeley to face the California Golden Bears (4-3, 1-2) this Saturday afternoon, Oct. 19. Kickoff is scheduledfor 4:00 p.m. PST.

    The game will be televised live on a national basis by TurnerSports on Superstation TBS. Ron Thulin and Charles Daviswill call the action with Craig Sager on the sidelines.Fox Sports Radio AM 1150 and the Bruin Radio Networkbroadcasts all games. Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens willcall the action in the booth with Wayne Cook substitutingfor John Ireland on the sidelines.

    LAST WEEK - UCLA took an early lead, trailed by threepoints at halftime, rallied to take a six-point lead in thethird quarter but could not score in the final quarter of a31-30 loss to No. 7 Oregon at the Rose Bowl.

    After the Bruin defense held the Ducks to begin the game,UCLA scored on its first offensive play when Tab Perry gotbehind the defense and Cory Paus found him for a 55-yardtouchdown. With 51 seconds remaining in the first quarter,UCLA snapped a 7-7 tie with a trick play. Wide receiver JonDubravac lined up in the backfield, took a direct snap andlaunched a 53-yard strike to Craig Bragg for a 14-7 lead.

    With Oregon leading 21-14 in the second quarter, Paus foundBragg alone up the right sideline and he raced the rest ofthe way for a 71-yard touchdown, UCLA's longest pass playsince the 2000 USC game. However, Oregon finished thehalf with a 59-yard field goal, the longest ever by a Bruinopponent and tied for the longest in Pac-10 history in aleague game, for a 24-21 lead.

    UCLA tied the game early in the third quarter on ChrisGriffith's 37-yard field goal. The Bruins moved ahead with7:28 left in the quarter when, on third down, Bragg made aone-hand catch on an inside screen and raced up the middlefor a 46-yard touchdown. However, Griffith's PAT wasblocked, a play that would prove costly.

    Oregon faced a third down on the final play of the third quarter,but the incomplete pass was ruled no play because theclock expired before the snap. On the first play of the fourthquarter, quarterback Jason Fife found Keenan Howry be-hindthe Bruin defense and Howry raced 74 yards for theseventh touchdown of the day measuring at least 45 yards.

    Jared Siegel's PAT gave the Ducks a 31-30 lead.

    The Bruins had the ball twice in the fourth quarter but couldnot score on either possession. On the first, they drove fromtheir own 31-yard line to the Oregon 27 but had to puntfrom the 35-yard line after two plays gained zero yards andan intentional grounding penalty. On the second, UCLAdrove from its own 20-yard line to the Oregon 25-yard linewith just under three minutes remaining. Two running playslost four yards and an incomplete pass left UCLA on theDuck 29-yard line with fourth and 14. Chris Griffith's 46-yard field goal attempt was wide left and the Ducks tookover with 1:54 and ran out the clock for the win.

    Offensively, UCLA accounted for 477 yards, averaging 7.1 yardsper play. Paus completed 17 of 31 passes for 316 yards, threetouchdowns and three interceptions. His touchdown passesmeasured 55, 71 and 46 yards as he went over 300 yards forthe second straight game.

    Bragg had one of the best days in school history for a receiverwith nine receptions for 230 yards and three scores. His230 yards rank No. 2 in school history behind J.J. Stokes'263 versus USC in 1992, his nine receptions tie for eighthon that list and his three touchdown receptions were themost by a Bruin since Stokes caught four against Washing-tonin 1993.

    Tab Perry tied his career high with seven receptions and forthe second straight week, broke 100 yards receiving (126).He scored a 55-yard touchdown on UCLA's first play.Tailback Tyler Ebell, making his first career start, rushedfor 119 yards on 26 carries.

    Defensively, UCLA held Oregon to three touchdowns (thefourth was on a punt return) and 383 yards, including justseven points, 163 yards and four first downs in the secondhalf. Marcus Reese led the Bruins, who recorded four sacks,with nine tackles, including one sack and a second for loss.Jibril Raymo, starting at free safety for injured Ben Emanuel,made eight stops while Brandon Chillar added six tacklesand Jarrad Page and Spencer Havner had five each. Reese,Ryan Boschetti, C.J. Niusulu and Dave Ball recorded thefour sacks.

    SERIES NOTES - UCLA leads the series with California,which dates back to 1933, by a count of 46-25-1. The Bru-inswon last year's meeting, 56-17, in the Rose Bowl. CoryPaus threw for three touchdown passes (13-16 for 273yards) and DeShaun Foster accounted for 178 all-purposeyards and three scores in the win by then No. 4-rankedUCLA. Paus completed 11 straight passes from late in thefirst quarter through the middle of the third quarter. Hisefficiency rating for the game of 286.45 was the second-highestsingle-game rating in Division IA last year.

    California won the last meeting between the two teams inBerkeley, 46-38, in three overtimes, the longest game inUCLA history. Paus threw for four touchdowns (309 yards)in that contest as UCLA rallied for two fourth-quartertouchdowns to send the game into overtime. UCLA playedwithout an injured DeShaun Foster and managed only 45net rushing yards. Freddie Mitchell led UCLA with 167receiving yards in the game, the seventh-highest total inschool history at the time.

    Bob Toledo is 4-2 versus California as the Bruin head coach.California is averaging 378.6 yards -- 265.0 passing and 113.6rushing -- and 38.7 points (12th in NCAA) on offense whileallowing 412.0 yards -- 135.9 rushing and 276.1 in the air --and 26.4 points on defense. The Golden Bears rank fifthnationally in turnover margin (+1.86).

    Individually, Joe Igber ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing(83.1 yards). Kyle Boller has completed 131 of 229 passesfor 1,699 yards (242.7 average), a Pac-10 best 18 touch-downsand just five interceptions. LaShaun Ward averages122.9 all-purpose yards as a receiver and kickoff returner(first in the Pac-10 and 16th in NCAA with his 26.5 aver-age)and place kicker Mark Jensen is second in the Pac-10in scoring (9.3 points) and third in field goals (11 of 14).

    BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO - The Bruin headcoach owns a record of 46-29 (29-21 in Pac-10 play) and awinning percentage of .613 during his six-plus years on thejob. The 20-game winning streak in 1997-98 was the longestin school history, twice as long as the previous streak(10, set in 1946 and tied in 1954-55). His teams have wontwo Pac-10 titles (1997, 1998) and have qualified to play ina bowl game in four of the past five seasons.

    Toledo is only the second coach in school history to win 10regular-season games (Bert LaBrucherie in 1946) and onlythe second coach in school history to win 10 total games inback-to-back seasons (Terry Donahue in 1987-88).

    Toledo's 46 wins put him in fourth place on UCLA's careervictory list. Under Toledo, UCLA is 36-9 when it scores atleast 30 points and 18-1 when it scores at least 40. UCLA is31-6 when leading at the half and has won 11 times (11-22) after trailing at the half and four (4-1)when tied at thehalf. The Bruins are 3-1 in overtime games. When ranked,the Bruins sport a 31-13 record under Toledo and are 15-5when ranked in the Top 10.

    Under Toledo, UCLA is 16-13 versus ranked teams. It has wonnine of the last 15 and is 15-8 in the last 23 games versusTop 25 teams.

    DID YOU KNOW? - This season, UCLA is 3-0 when its opponent scores first and1-2 when it draws first blood. In 2001, the Bruins were 3-1when they scored first and 4-3 when the opponent scoredfirst.

    In 2002, UCLA is 3-0 on the road and 1-2 at home.Ten of UCLA's touchdowns have measured at least 30 yards --nine on offense plus a 33-yard interception return. Theoffensive scores have covered 71, 64, 55, 53, 46, 41, 37 and33 in the air and 49 yards on the ground.

    In six games, UCLA's offense has produced 19 scrimmageplays of at least 30 yards -- 13 passes and six runs. TheBruins had five plays of 30+ yards at Oregon State, foureach versus Oregon and Oklahoma State and three at SanDiego State The longest run is 73 yards by Tyler Ebell atOregon State and the longest pass is 71 yards from CoryPaus to Craig Bragg for a touchdown against Oregon. Allfour touchdowns against the Ducks measured at least 46yards (71, 55, 53 and 46 yards).

    In the same span, the Bruin offense has produced 33 scrimmageplays of at least 20 yards, including 10 versus Okla-homaState and Oregon State and six versus Oregon.

    Against Oregon, UCLA started a secondary consisting of atrue senior four-year starter (Ricky Manning, Jr.), a truesophomore second-year starter who switched positions afterthe third game (Matt Ware), a true freshman makinghis third start (Jarrad Page) and a true sophomore makinghis first career start after playing less than 40 defensivesnaps this year (Jibril Raymo).

    In the Oregon State game, Tab Perry (145) and Mike Seidman(138) became the first Bruin 100-yard pass receiving duosince Freddie Mitchell (125) and Brian Poli Dixon (107)versus Arizona State (9/30/00). Against Oregon, CraigBragg (230) and Tab Perry (126) had more than 100 re-ceivingyards, giving UCLA back-to-back games with a pairof 100-yard receivers for the first time since the final twogames of the 1998 season (Miami and Wisconsin).

    The Bruins have rushed for an average of 5.38 yards per carryin the fourth quarter this season (79 carries for 425 yards).Craig Bragg's 71-yard touchdown reception from Cory Pauswas UCLA's longest pass play since the 2000 USC game,when Paus and Freddie Mitchell connected for 74 yards.During Bob Toledo's six-plus seasons as head coach, UCLAis 29-7 when it wins the turnover battle, 8-18 when it losesthe turnover battle and 9-4 when the turnovers are even.Tyler Ebell's 53-yard punt return against San Diego State wasUCLA's longest since the 1998 season, when Ryan Roquesreturned one 77 yards for a touchdown at Washington.UCLA has scored three touchdowns on blocked punts in thelast two years and Jibril Raymo has scored two of them.Marcus Reese blocked both last year and Matt Clark didthe honors against San Diego State.

    Against San Diego State (43) and Oregon State (43), UCLAscored 40 or more points in back-to-back games for thefirst time since 1998, when it scored at least 40 points ineach of the first five games.

    UCLA has fumbled the ball 11 times this year and has losttwo, just one on offense. Five are on offense (one lost), threeare on kickoff returns, two are on interceptions (one lost)and one is on a punt return.

    UCLA has won 15 of its last 23 games versus ranked opponentsdating back to a 1997 win at #11 Texas and has posteda 23-7 record in regular-season games played in the RoseBowl since that win over the Longhorns.

    UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 non-conference regular-seasongames dating back to 1999 (following a loss at OhioState, the Bruins have defeated Fresno State in 1999, Ala-bama,Fresno State and Michigan in 2000, Alabama, Kan-sasand Ohio State in 2001 and Colorado State, OklahomaState and San Diego State in 2002).

    True sophomore Jibril Raymo (FS), junior college transferRyan Boschetti (DT), redshirt freshman Tyler Ebell (TB)and true freshman Marcedes Lewis (TE) each made theirfirst career starts against Oregon. In six games this season,12 Bruins have made their first starts - Paul Mociler,OG; Keith Carter, TE; Marcus Reese, LB; Spencer Havener,LB; Jarrad Page, DB; Jon Dubravac, WR; Mike McCloskey,C; Ed Blanton, OT; Tyler Ebell, TB; Jibril Raymo, FS; RyanBoschetti, DT; Marcedes Lewis, TE. In addition, junior AsiFaoa made his first start at defensive end (he had one previousstart at LB in 1999 vs. Boise State) and true fresh-mandefensive tackle C.J. Niusulu made his debut versusthe Ducks.

    Sixteen Bruins made their varsity debut versus Colorado State,including eight true freshmen J.D. Groves, Marcedes Lewis,Justin London, Glenn Ohaeri, Drew Olson, Jarrad Page,Junior Taylor, Wesley Walker; six redshirt freshmen TylerEbell, Jason Harrison, Spencer Havner, Wendell Mathis,Mike McCloskey and James Jessen; and two juniors RyanBoschetti and David Tautofi.

    Numerous players made their debuts at San Diego State.Redshirt freshman Ed Blaton started at right tackle for injuredMike Saffer in his first career game. Tight end KeithCarter, linebacker Matt Chastain, quarterback John Sciarra,offensive guard Robert Cleary, wide receiver JacquesLazarus, wide receiver Brett Mitchell, offensive tackle MattMosebar, offensive guard Jason Nitz, wide receiver JoshRoenicke all saw the first action of their careers.

    True freshman strong safety Jarrad Page made the first startof his career vs. San Diego State, as did Blanton. Tight end/H back Keith Carter made his first career start at OregonState. Redshirt freshman running back Tyler Ebell, sophomorefree safety Jibril Raymo, true freshman tight endMarcedes Lewis and junior transfer defensive lineman RyanBoschetti each made their first career starts against Oregon.

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