2005 Home Opener: UCLA Hosts Rice in the Rose Bowl
Sept. 5, 2005
Mon., Sept. 5 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Sept. 6 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Sept. 7 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Sept. 8 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
Sat., Sept. 10 - Rice at UCLA (7:00 p.m./Fox Sports Net West2)
GAME 2: HOME OPENER
UCLA welcomes Rice University (Houston, TX) to the Rose Bowl for the 2005 home openeron Sept. 10. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m PDT. The contestwill be televised by Fox Sports Net West 2. Bill Macdonaldand Mike Sherrard (former Bruin receiver, '82-85) will call theaction. Lindsay Soto will be on the sidelines.XTRA Sports 570 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts allof the Bruin games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens inthe booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines.This is UCLA's 87th season of football. Oklahoma State defeatedthe Bruins, 31-20, in the Rose Bowl in last season'sopener.
The 2005 season will be UCLA's 24th in the Rose Bowl. Sincemoving to Pasadena for the 1982 season, the Bruins are 93-43-2 on their home field, 8-4 under coach Dorrell.
BRUINS FOR RELIEF
UCLA announced that 'Bruins ForRelief,' a fund raising effort for the victims of HurricaneKatrina, will take place at next Saturday's (Sept. 10) homeopeningfootball game against Rice University at the RoseBowl.
The University has partnered with the Rose Bowl, the SanGabriel Valley chapter of the American Red Cross and XTRASports 570 in this endeavor.
UCLA student-athletes, athletic department staff and familiesand University faculty and staff will volunteer to assist incollecting donations at the Rose Bowl. The Red Cross willset up and staff donation areas at the entrance gates at theRose Bowl. XTRA Sports will promote the fundraising effortson its various radio shows throughout the week andwill also have a collection area at its pre-game party in AreaH.
'We are pleased to have the opportunity to help in the reliefefforts at our game next week,' said UCLA Athletic DirectorDan Guerrero. 'We appreciate the cooperation of the RoseBowl, the American Red Cross, XTRA Sports 570 and theentire UCLA community in this worthy cause.'
All of the funds donated at the game will go directly to theRed Cross to aid people impacted by the effects of HurricaneKatrina. Cash donations are preferred and checksshould be made out to 'American Red Cross - HurricaneKatrina.'
Every fan who makes a donation at the Rice game will receivea coupon good for admission for two to a regularseasonUCLA Olympic Sport event.
HONORARY TEAM CAPTAIN
Former UCLA and NFL greatBilly Kilmer will serve as the honorary UCLA team captainfor the Rice game. Kilmer played single-wing halfback in1958, 1959 and 1960 at UCLA. The Azusa, CA native wasselected an All-American following the 1960 season andfinished fifth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. Followingthat 1960 season, Kilmer was listed among the nation'sbest in total offense (1st), passing (30th), punting (5th), scoring(30th) and rushing (7th). He went on to a highly successfulcareer as an NFL quarterback with the 49ers, Saintsand Redskins. Kilmer played in the 1973 Super Bowl withthe Washington and was inducted into the National FootballFoundation Hall of Fame in December of 1999.
For all Bruin home games fans should planon arriving in the Arroyo Seco early to avoid traffic andpicnic at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is again sponsoring theFood Zone in Area H, just south of the bowl. Participatingrestaurants include American Pretzel, Chandra Thai, FunnelCakes Etc, In-N-Out, Baja Grill, Now You're Poppin',PSI Drinks, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill and Sepi's GiantSubmarines.
THIS WAY TO THE ROSE BOWL
Free shuttle buses areavailable at the Parsons Engineering parking lot in downtownPasadena (Walnut and Fair Oaks). There is a $6.00charge for parking at the Parsons Lot. Shuttle service beginsfour hours prior to kickoff and runs up to one hour afterthe game.
The Metro Gold Line will run from downtown Los Angeles(and points further) to downtown Pasadena (approx. oneblock from the Parsons Lot) on game days. Gold Line patronsare encouraged to use the free shuttle from the Parsonslot to and from the Rose Bowl.
2005 PRE-SEASON AWARD WATCH LISTS
Maurice Drew, RB - Maxwell Award as nation's outstandingplayer ... Doak Walker Award as nation's top running backSpencer Havner, LB - Butkus Award as nation's toplinebacker...Walter Camp Player of the Year Award ... LottTrophy as nation's top defensive player ... Nagurski Trophyas nation's top defender... Bednarik Award as nation's topdefender ... Lombardi Award as nation's top linemanMarcedes Lewis, TE - Walter Camp Player of the Year Award... Mackey Award as nation's top tight end ... Lombardi Awardas nation's top linemanJustin London, LB - Lott Trophy as nation's top defensive player;Lombardi Award as nation's top linemanMike McCloskey, C - Rimington Trophy as nation's top center;Lombardi Award as nation's top linemanJustin Medlock, PK - Groza Award as nation's top place kickerJarrad Page, DB - Thorpe Award as nation's top defensive back
DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
UCLA leads the series with Rice, 2-0.The Bruins won the first meeting in the series, 20-0, in 1952at the Coliseum. The 11th-ranked Bruins posted their secondof three shutouts during the 1952 season. Red Sanders'team went 8-1 that year and completed the scheduleranked sixth by AP.
The second meeting came in the 1966 season and then No.2-ranked UCLA posted a 27-24 decision over the Owls inRice Stadium (home of Super VIII) in Houston. KurtZimmerman's 17-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining,which capped a Bruin fourth quarter rally, gave UCLAthe victory. It was coach Tommy Prothro's second seasonas Bruin head coach. Quarterback Gary Beban completed17 of 35 passes for 238 yards and one touchdown. He added66 yards rushing and two more touchdowns. Mel Farr ranfor 52 yards and caught four passes for 65 yards. UCLAfinished with a 9-1 record that year, losing only at Washington.The Bruins were ranked fifth by AP at the end of the1966 season.
NOTING THE OWLS
Head Coach Ken Hatfield is in his12th season at Rice University. When he arrived at Rice in1993, Hatfield was one of three active coaches to lead threedifferent programs to top-20 seasons and was the only activeDivision IA coach to post 10-win seasons at three differentschools. His teams made 10 straight bowl appearancesfrom 1982 to 1991 (1982-83 Air Force; 1984-1989Arkansas; 1990-1991 Clemson), including a Cotton Bowlmatchup with UCLA following the 1988 schedule. Each ofhis last 18 teams has finished in the nation's top-20 nationallyin rushing. His 2002 and 2003 Owl teams finished secondin the nation.
Hatfield earned his first head collegiate coaching assignmentafter then-head coach Bill Parcells left the Air Force Academyfor the NFL in 1979. As a player at Arkansas, Hatfieldled the nation in punt returns in both 1963 and 1964.
Only three quarterbacks in UCLA historyhave thrown for more than 20 scores in a season -- 25Cade McNown-1998; 24-Troy Aikman 1988; 24-CadeMcNown-1997; 21-Tom Ramsey - 1982. In 2004, Drew Olsonthrew 20 scoring passes to rank fifth on that UCLA list.In 2004, despite missing almost the entire Washington Stateand USC games and not playing at Oregon, Maurice Drewstill ranked 17th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in allpurposeyards (146.0/g) in 2004. He ranked third in the Pac-10 in rushing (91.5/g).
In the opener against San Diego State, he accounted for 194all-purpose yards, 114 on the ground and 80 on punt returns.Spencer Havner's 17 tackles against Illinois in 2004 were themost by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at WashingtonState in 2001. Havner made 125 tackles in 11 games in2004, including at least 13 in five games (16 vs. OklahomaState, 17 at Illinois, 13 at Washington, 14 vs. San Diego State,16 vs. Stanford) and led the Pac-10 (11.36 per game).In this year's opener at San Diego State, he led the Bruins with13 tackles, including three for losses (one sack).Tight end Marcedes Lewis , with seven touchdown catches in2004, set a new UCLA record for most career scoring receptionsby a tight end (11), breaking Tim Wrightman's mark.Maurice Drew , with 1,007 yards in 2004, became the 10th Bruinto rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season. It was the 17thtime in Bruin history that a back has had a 1,000-yard season.By kicking field goals of 52 and 50 yards at Oregon in 2004,Justin Medlock became the first Bruin to kick two field goalsof at least 50 yards in a game. He is the only Bruin ever tokick three field goals of 50 or more yards in the same season.Only John Lee has done it more times in his career(four).
In Drew Olson's last nine games, including the 2005 opener,he has completed 150 of 253 (.593) passes for 1,977 yards,16 TDs, eight interceptions.
Maurice Drew rushed for 322 yards and five touchdowns atWashington on Sept. 18, 2004, setting two UCLA records.Only two players in Pac-10 history (Reuben Mayes of WashingtonSt. and Ricky Bell of USC) ever rushed for more yardsin a single game. Drew's 384 all-purpose yards that afternoonwas the best mark in the country for the 2004 season.In fact, he owned three of the top efforts in the nation with 384vs. Washington, 222 vs. San Diego State and 221 vs. Stanford.Drew Olson's eight touchdown passes in two games (vs. Arizonaand California last year) tied the UCLA record for mostTD passes in a two-game span (Wayne Cook threw fouragainst BYU and four against Washington in 1993). The recordfor three games is 11 (3 v. San Diego State-4-4) by Cook.Olson had 10 in a three-game span.
Maurice Drew averaged 40.63 yards on each of his eight rushingtouchdowns in 2004 (47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 2) for 325yards). He also had scoring receptions of 27, 43 and threeyards and a punt return for 68 yards.
In the first game of the 2005 season, he scored three touchdowns-- all in the first half. On UCLA's first offensive play ofthe year, hr raced 64 yards for a score, the second-longestrushing touchdown of his career, and he also scored on aone-yard run early in the second quarter. Later in the sameperiod, he returned a punt for a touchdown (72 yards) for thesecond time in his career.
Marcedes Lewis' 32 catches in `04 rank among the best by aUCLA tight end since 1980. Only Mike Seidman, 41 in 2002,Charles Arbuckle, 33 in 1989 and Paul Bergmann, 44 in 1983and 41 in 1982, have caught more balls in a season.Lewis is off to a record-breaking start with a career-high sevenreceptions for 131 yards against San Diego State.Drew Olson's 30 completions against Arizona State rank secondon UCLA's single-game list, trailing only Troy Aikman's32 completions versus USC in 1988. His 44 attempts areseventh (tied) on that list. His 325 yards passing that day atArizona State were a career-high total.
Justin Medlock's 52-yard field goal against Oklahoma Statewas the longest by a Bruin since 1997 and tied for fourth3longest in school history. His four field goals against San DiegoState were the most by a Bruin since Chris Sailer kickedfive against Stanford in 2002.
UCLA's 44 points against San Diego Statewas its highest scoring total in an opener since a 49-31 winover Texas in 1998 at the Rose Bowl.
The win against the Aztecs was UCLA's first in an opener sincea win at Oklahoma State in 2002.
UCLA's 44 points against San Diego State is its second-highesttotal of the Karl Dorrell Era.
Special teams has been a point of emphasis over the lasttwo years. The Bruins currently lead the nation in puntreturns (40.3) and rank seventh in net punting (42.0) andeighth in kickoff returns (32.3). Opponents are averagingjust 3.0 yards on punt returns and 13.8 yards on kickoffreturns.
In the final five games of 2004, UCLA's defense allowed a totalof 11 touchdowns (six rushing and five passing), after allowing25 TDs in the first seven games. The Bruins allowed justsix rushing touchdowns in the last six games and five passingtouchdowns in the final five.
UCLA had 100 plays of at least 20 yards in the 2004 season,including 21 for touchdowns. Of the 100 plays, 44 werepasses, 22 were runs, 23 were kickoff returns, seven werepunt returns and four were interception returns.
In the 2005 opener, the Bruins had eight plays of at least 20yards, three passes, two punt returns, two runs and one kickoffreturn.
UCLA had 24 plays of at least 40 yards in 2004 (10 passes,seven runs, three interception returns, two punt returns andtwo kickoff returns) and 15 of those were for touchdowns.In the 2005 opener, UCLA had five plays of 40 or more yards(two punt returns, one kickoff return, one run and one pass)and two of those resulted in touchdowns.
In 2003, UCLA rushed for 1,195 yards (91.9 avg.) and 11 touchdownsin 13 contests. In 2004, the Bruins rushed for 2,219yards (184.9 avg.) and 18 touchdowns in 12 games.
In the 2005 opener, UCLA rushed for 191 yards and four touchdowns.UCLA averaged 5.97 yards per offensive play in 2004, its bestsince 1998 (6.81). Its average of 410.0 yards per game wasits highest since 1998 (487.25). It's scoring average of 30.1was also its best since 1998 (39.7).
UCLA's 21-0 shutout of Stanford on Oct. 30 was its first sincedefeating Northeast Louisiana 44-0 on Sept. 14, 1996. Thelast time UCLA had blanked a Pac-10 opponent was in 1987(49-0 at Stanford on Oct. 3). The last time the Bruins shut outa Pac-10 school at home was in 1985 (Oregon State, 41-0on Nov. 16).
UCLA's 424 yards rushing at Washington was its best effortsince November 17, 1979, when it ran for 446 yards at Oregonin a 35-0 victory.
The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl in seven of the lasteight seasons. UCLA has played in 17 bowl games in thelast 24 years. UCLA is 10-6 in its last 16 bowl game appearances.UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last 23 years rank No. 1 inthe Pac-10. Only Florida State, Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama,Miami and Michigan have won more bowl games inthat span.
UCLA has more bowl wins (10) in the last 23 years than anyother school in the Pac-10 conference. In fact, only eightschools (Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan,Auburn, Alabama, Penn State) have won more bowlgames than the Bruins in that span.
UCLA scored on its first offensive play of theseason and was never caught on its way to a 44-21 victory atSan Diego State in the season opener for both schools.Tailback Maurice Drew raced 64 yards for a touchdown afterthe defense stopped the Aztecs, giving UCLA a lead it neverrelinquished. SDSU drew within one point, 7-6, but the Bruinsposted a 17-0 second quarter, highlighted by Drew's 72-yard punt return for a score, to build a 24-6 halftime lead.In the third quarter, tailback Chris Markey provided the offensewith a pari of one-yard touchdown runs. UCLA again scored17 points to SDSU's seven, giving the Bruins a 41-14 leadentering the final quarter.
Offensively, the Bruins accounted for 349 yards -- 191 on theground and 158 in the air. Drew rushed for 114 yards and twotouchdowns on just 11 carries, one in the second half, whileMarkey added 43 yards and two scored on 15 attempts. QuarterbackDrew Olson was very efficient, completing 10 of 15passes for 152 yards. Tight end Marcedes Lewis made sevenreceptions for 131 yards -- both career highs.
In addition, the Bruins sparkled on special teams. In addition toDrew's punt return for a score, Markey had a kickoff return for71 yards and a punt return for 41 yards. On the night, UCLAhad 121 yards on three punt returns and 97 yards on threekickoff returns. Place kicker Justin Medlock made three offour field goals and redshirt freshman punter Aaron Perezkicked once for 45 yards. UCLA allowed just three yards onpunt returns and 55 yards on four kickoff returns.
Defensively, UCLA allowed 184 yards and one touchdown inthe first half while building its 24-6 lead. Overall, SDSU finishedwith 402 yards, 246 in the air and 156 on the ground.The Bruins intercepted two passes (Spencer Havner andMichael Norris) and recorded four sacks. Havner led the Bruinswith 13 tackles, including one sack and two others forlosses. Dennis Keyes, making his first start at free safety,Bruce Davis (one sack) and Aaron Whittington added seventackles while Justin Hickman made six stops, including asack.