Bruins Prepare For Contest Against Washington
Oct. 28, 2002
GAME # 8 - UCLA, 5-3 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 play (tiedfor fourth place), will face Washington (4-4, 1-3) this Saturdayafternoon, Nov. 2, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA.Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. PST.
The game will be televised live on a national basis by TurnerSports on Superstation TBS. Rod Thulin and Charles Daviswill call the action with Craig Sager and Erin Andrews onthe sidelines.
Fox Sports Radio AM 1150 and the Bruin Radio Networkbroadcasts all games. Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens willcall the action in the booth and this week, Wayne Cook willwork the sidelines.
LAST WEEK - UCLA rallied from a 15-0 deficit just 4:34into the game to defeat the Stanford Cardinal, 28-18, at theRose Bowl. The comeback was UCLA's largest since trailingArizona State 21-0 in 2000. It was also the fourth timethis season that UCLA has trailed at least 10-0 and ralliedfor the victory.
Stanford scored on a 28-yard drive after recovering a fumbledpunt. On the PAT, it converted a bad snap into a pass fortwo points and an 8-0 lead. On UCLA's first series, a badsnap was recovered by the Cardinal for a touchdown and a15-0 lead with 10:26 remaining in the first quarter.
True freshman quarterback Matt Moore, starting in the firstgame of his career, drove the Bruins for a field goal on theensuing possession. The next time UCLA had the ball, followingBen Emanuel's block of a 36-yard field goal attempt,it drove 80 yards for a touchdown, the final 22 yards comingon Moore's 22-yard strike to Mike Seidman. The teamseach scored a field goal later in the second quarter to giveStanford an 18-13 halftime lead.
The Bruins drew to within two points, 18-16, on Nate Fikse'sthird-quarter field goal and took the lead for good early inthe final quarter. Taking over on the Cardinal 40-yard linefollowing a six-yard punt return by Tyler Ebell, UCLA scoredon an 18-yard run by Ebell to take a 22-18 lead.
On Stanford's next possession, Ricky Manning made his thirdinterception of the year to give UCLA the ball at the Cardinal27-yard line. One first down later, Fikse kicked his fourthfield goal of the afternoon.
The defense, which played well all day, made another big playon Stanford's next possession. The Cardinal went for a firstdown on fourth-and-one at its own 29-yard line but KevinBrant and Ryan Boschetti prevented the conversion, givingUCLA the ball. Fikse added his fifth field goal of the day,from 44 yards, for the final margin.
Stanford mounted one final drive, but on fourth-and-15, KyleMatter crossed the line of scrimmage before throwing theball for a loss of down, giving the ball to the Bruins withjust 57 seconds remaining.
UCLA's defense played very well, allowing just one touchdownon a 28-yard drive, one field goal and 241 net yards -- 159in the final three quarters. The 75 passing yards by the Cardinalwas the lowest by a Bruin opponent since the 2001Ohio State contest (45) and UCLA defenders accounted forsix quarterback sacks.
Marcus Reese led the way with 12 tackles, one shy of his careerhigh. Brandon Chillar made 11 tackles, including twosacks, and Spencer Havner also made 11 stops, includingtwo for losses. Dave Ball was credited with six tackles, includinga sack for the sixth straight week. Steve Morgan,Ryan Boschetti and Matt Ware all made five tackles. Morganhad 1.5 sacks and two other tackles for loss whileBoschetti had 0.5 sacks and forced one fumble.
Offensively, Ebell was the story of the game. The redshirt freshmanrushed for 160 yards on 39 carries, three attempts shyof the school record. It marked the fourth straight game inwhich he has broken the 100-yard barrier. He ran for 118yards on 25 attempts in the second half and carried on 13of UCLA's 14 fourth-quarter plays (excluding two kneeldowns to end the game).
Moore became the first Bruin true freshman to win his firststart at quarterback since Tom Ramsey did it against Oregonin 1979. He completed seven of 19 passes for 142 yards,including the 22-yard touchdown to Seidman, and did notthrow an interception. He also threw passes of 49 and 38yards to Tab Perry, who led the team with his 87 receivingyards. Craig Bragg made three receptions (19 yards).
Fikse made his debut as the team's regular field goal kickerand did an outstanding job. He became the first Bruin sinceChris Sailer in 1998 (Washington) to kick five field goals ina game, converting from 36, 22, 19, 23 and 44 yards, tyingthe Pac-10 record for a conference game. In addition, heaveraged 43.8 yards on four punts with three returned for atotal of six yards. He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Playerof the Week for his efforts.
SERIES NOTES - UCLA leads the series with Washington,which dates back to 1932, by a count of 31-28-2. No. 7UCLA won last year's game against No. 10 Washington bya score of 35-13 in the Rose Bowl when DeShaun Fosterrushed for a school-record 301 yards. In the last meetingin Seattle (Nov. 11, 2000), No. 7 Washington defeated theBruins, 35-28.
The last time the two schools met with neither ranked was1989 (they did not play in 1991 or 1992).
Bob Toledo is 4-2 versus Washington as the Bruin head coach.Rick Neuheisel is 1-2 versus his alma mater as head coachat Washington.
Washington is averaging 436.3 yards (15th in the nation) --356.8 in the air (fourth nationally) and 79.5 on the ground-- and 29.8 points on offense and allowing 357.1 yards --79.3 on the ground (fifth in the nation) and 277.9 in theair -- and 25.6 points on defense.
Individually, Cody Pickett is fourth nationally and first inthe Pac-10 in total offense (338.6 yards) and leads the Pac-10in passing yards (351.4). He has completed 228 of 361attempts (63.2%) for 2,811 yards, 17 touchdowns and seveninterceptions. Reggie Williams is his favorite target, averaging6.0 receptions (17th nationally, fourth in Pac-10) and107.1 yards (12th in NCAA, third in Pac-10). Rich Alexisis the team's leading rusher (64.1 average) and ranks sxithin the Pac-10.
BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO - The Bruin headcoach owns a record of 47-30 (30-22 in Pac-10 play) and awinning percentage of .610 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 47 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 12 times (12-23) 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? -UCLA allowed just 173 yards against California. The last timethe defense held an opponent to fewer yards was the 2001Ohio State game (166). UCLA allowed the Golden Bearsjust 40 yards on the ground, its best effort since limitingWashington to minus-eight yards rushing in 2001.
The 75 yards passing by Stanford were the fewest by a Bruinopponent since Ohio State's 45 in 2001.
UCLA's defense held Stanford to 159 yards and 11 first downson 51 plays in the final three quarters after trailing 15-0.On the day, the defense allowed just one touchdown on a28-yard drive following a fumbled punt by the Bruins.
UCLA is allowing opponents to complete just 47.8% of theirpasses, the best mark in the Pac-10. It is the only team holding opponents to less than 200 passing yards per game(184.0). Its eight touchdown passes allowed is bettered onlyby Oregon State (five).
UCLA's defense has allowed just 18 touchdowns, tied for thirdin the Pac-10. Overall, opponents have scored 22 TDs.This season, UCLA is 4-1 when its opponent scores first and1-2 when it draws first blood. UCLA has been down by atleast 10 points prior to scoring four times (Colorado State0-10, Oklahoma State 0-10, Oregon State 0-14 and Stanford0-15) and is 4-0 in those games. In 2001, the Bruins were3-1 when they scored first and 4-3 when the opponentscored first.
UCLA is 3-1 on the road and 2-2 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 eight games, UCLA's offense has produced 21 scrimmageplays of at least 30 yards -- 15 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 40 scrimmageplays of at least 20 yards, including 10 versus OklahomaState and Oregon State and six versus Oregon.
Tyler Ebell is the first freshman (true or redshirt) in UCLAhistory to rush for at least 100 yards in four consecutivegames and the first player of any class to do it since SkipHicks ran for 100 in five straight games in 1997.
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, Craig Bragg(230) and Tab Perry (126) had more than 100 receivingyards, giving UCLA back-to-back games with a pair of 100-yard receivers for the first time since the final two games ofthe 1998 season (Miami and Wisconsin).
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, 9-19 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.Jason Harrison's 46-yard kickoff return against Stanford wasUCLA's longest since the 1999 season, when Lovell Houstonreturned one 93 yards for a touchdown at Stanford.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. Overall, UCLA hasblocked five punts in the last two years, three against Cal. Ithas blocked three punts this year, two at Berkeley, andblocked a field goal against Stanford.
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 18 times this year and has lostsix, four on offense. Eleven are on offense (four lost), threeare on kickoff returns, two are on interceptions (one lost)and two are on punt returns (one lost).
UCLA has won 15 of its last 23 games versus ranked opponentsdating back to a 1997 win at #11 Texas and has posteda 24-7 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, Alabama,Fresno State and Michigan in 2000, Alabama, Kansasand Ohio State in 2001 and Colorado State, OklahomaState and San Diego State in 2002).
In eight games this season, 13 Bruins have made their firststarts - Paul Mociler, OG; Keith Carter, TE; Marcus Reese,LB; Spencer Havner, LB; Jarrad Page, DB; Jon Dubravac,WR; Mike McCloskey, C; Ed Blanton, OT; Tyler Ebell, TB;Jibril Raymo, FS; Ryan Boschetti, DT; Marcedes Lewis, TE;Matt Moore, QB. In addition, junior Asi Faoa made hisfirst start at defensive end (he had one previous start at LBin 1999 vs. Boise State) and true freshman defensive tackleC.J. Niusulu made his debut versus the 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 in-jured Mike 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.UCLA has now played 10 true freshmen this season, the mostsince freshmen became eligibile for varsity play in 1972.At least nine have played in the same game (Stanford).UCLA had eight true freshmen earn letters in 1994.UCLA's nine bowl wins in the last 20 years rank No. 1 (tied)in the Pac-10. Only six schools (Florida State, Tennessee,Penn State, Alabama, Miami, Michigan) have won morebowl games in that span.
During the last 20 years, UCLA has been ranked in the finalAssociated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions. No other schoolin the Pac-10 has been ranked more than 10 times.In the last 20 seasons (1982-2001), UCLA has more Top 10rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, onlysix schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Florida, Miami, Michigan,Tennessee) have been ranked in the AP Top 10 moreoften than UCLA during this period.
The Bruins finished the 2001 season with a 7-4 mark. It wasthe fourth time in the last five seasons that the Bruins concludedthe regular season qualified to play in a bowl game.Several Bruins were listed on the pre-season watch lists of themajor awards - Mike Saffer, OT and Rodney Leisle, DT -OutlandTrophy and Lombardi Award; Ricky Manning, Jr.,CB and Matt Ware, FS - Jim Thorpe Award; Nate Fikse, P -RayGuy Award.
Senior cornerback Ricky Manning has a chance this seasonto become only the seventh Bruin since 1964 to be named athree-time first-team all-conference player. The others -Vaughn Parker, OL 1991-92-93; Terry Tumey, DL 1985-86-87; Kenny Easley, DB 1977-78-79; Manu Tuiasosopo, DL1976-77-78; Jerry Robinson, LB 1976-77-78; Gary Beban,QB 1965-66-67.
Starting Streaks - Ricky Manning has started in 40 straightgames to lead the team. Next is offensive left tackle BryceBohlander with 33 straight starts. Offensive right tackle MikeSaffer, who has started 37 times in his career, had a streakof 26 consecutive starts ended when he did not play at SanDiego State due to a broken rib. Defensive tackle RodneyLeisle had a 28-game streak stopped when he did not suitup for the Oregon game due to a broken foot.
Three Bruins on the 2002 roster are the sons of former Bruinfootball players - TE Blane Kezirian (dad, Ed played offensiveline in 1972-73 for coach Pepper Rodgers and posteda 17-5 record); WR/H Garrett Lepisto (dad, Vic played defensive end in 1964-66-67 for coaches Bill Barnes andTommy Prothro); QB John Sciarra (dad, John played 1972-75 and quarterbacked the Bruins to a win over No. 1 OhioState in the 1976 Rose Bowl game).
UCLA had six players selected in the 2002 NFL Draft, rankingseventh (tied) nationally among all schools in that category.(LB Robert Thomas/Rams, RB DeShaun Foster/Pan-thers,DB Marques Anderson/Packers, DL Kenyon Coleman/Raiders, TE Bryan Fletcher/Bears - now with Tennessee, LSJeff Grau/Redskins). All six are currently with NFL teams,plus free agent signee LB Ryan Nece with Tampa Bay, givingUCLA seven current NFL rookies.