Bruins Host Sooners at Rose Bowl
Sept. 12, 2005
Mon., Sept. 12 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Sept. 13 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Sept. 14 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Sept. 15 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
Sat., Sept. 17 - Oklahoma at UCLA (12:30 p.m./ABC)
GAME 3: UCLA (2-0) welcomes Oklahoma (1-1, No. 21 AP) tothe Rose Bowl on Sept. 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30p.m PDT. The contest will be televised by ABC Sports. KeithJackson and Dan Fouts will call the action. Todd Harris willbe 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.
USA Sports Radio will also broadcast the game to a nationalaudience with Larry Kahn and John Robinson in the booth.
This is UCLA's 87th season of football. The 2005 season isUCLA's 24th in the Rose Bowl. Since moving to Pasadenafor the 1982 season, the Bruins are 94-43-2 on their homefield, 9-4 under coach Dorrell.
HONORARY TEAM CAPTAIN
Former UCLA assistantcoaches Homer Smith and Don Riley will serve as the honoraryUCLA team captains for the Oklahoma game.
Smith served three terms as UCLA's offensive coordinator.His third term, from 1990-93, culminated in the 1994 RoseBowl game. In his second tenure, from1980-86, every quarterbackwho started a game played in the NFL (Tom Ramsey,Jay Schroeder, Rick Neuheisel, Steve Bono, David Norrieand Matt Stevens). In his first term in Westwood, from 1972-73, he served as architect of the Wishbone offense underhead coach Pepper Rodgers.
Riley was a member of Terry Donahue's original coaching staffand his first tour of duty at UCLA was from 1976-87. Hetutored the offensive line and placekickers and helped coachthe Bruins in three Rose Bowl games following the 1982,1983 and 1985 seasons. Many of Riley's players such askickers Norm Johnson and John Lee; linemen Brent Boyd,Larry Lee, Dan Dufour and Blake Wingle went on to play inthe NFL. Riley returned to UCLA for the 1995 season asoffensive line coach, working with future pros JonathanOgden, Mike Flanagan and Chad Overhauser.
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 back
Spencer Havner, LB - Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker;Walter Camp Player of the Year Award; Lott Trophy as nation'stop defensive player; Nagurski Trophy as nation's top defender...Bednarik Award as nation's top defender; LombardiAward as nation's top lineman
Justin Hickman, DL - Hendricks Award as nation's top defensiveend
Marcedes Lewis, TE - Walter Camp Player of the Year Award... Mackey Award as nation's top tight end ... Lombardi Awardas nation's top lineman
Justin London, LB - Lott Trophy as nation's top defensive player;Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman; Butkus Award asnation's top linebacker
Mike McCloskey, C - Rimington Trophy as nation's top center;Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Justin Medlock, PK - Groza Award as nation's top place kicker
Kyle Morgan, DL - Hendricks Award as nation's top defensiveend
Drew Olson, QB - Unitas Award as nation's top senior quarterback
Jarrad Page, DB - Thorpe Award as nation's top defensive back
Oklahoma leads the series, 3-0. TheSooners were ranked as the nation's number one team inthe 2003 and 1986 meetings.
In 2003, UCLA built a 10-7 lead in the first quarter before Oklahomashowed why it was the #1 team in the nation, scoring21 straight points to end the half and going on to defeat theBruins 59-24 in Norman, OK. Brandon Chillar led a UCLAdefense, which gave up 354 yards on the day, with 14 tackles.The defense allowed just four of the eight Sooner touchdowns.Three Bruin punts and one interception were returnedfor OU scores. Craig Bragg caught 10 passes in thecontest.
In 1990, Oklahoma turned six Bruin turnovers into 20 pointson the way to posting a 34-14 season-opening win in theRose Bowl. Jim Bonds and Tommy Maddox shared thequarterbacking duties that day for the Bruins. Roman Phiferled the Bruin defense, which forced five OU turnovers, with13 tackles.
The 1986 game was the season opener for the Bruins andpitted them against the pre-season #1 ranked and defendingnational champion Sooners in Norman, OK. Oklahomajumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead and won the game 38-3.OU ran for 470 yards on the day while limiting the Bruins to155 total yards of offense. Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens(now UCLA radio broadcaster) completed two passes thatday to future UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell for 21 yards.James Washington led UCLA tacklers with 17 stops.
NOTING THE SOONERS
Head Coach Bob Stoops is inhis seventh season at Oklahoma.The son of a coach,Stoops was a defensive back at the University of Iowa (1979-82) and began his coaching career at his alma mater in1983. He played in the 1982 Rose Bowl game and was avolunteer assistant coach for the Iowa team which lost toUCLA in the 1986 Rose Bowl game.
Only three quarterbacks in UCLA historyhave thrown for more than 20 scores in a season:
25-Cade 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.The 131 receiving yards by Marcedes Lewis at San Diego Stateare the most by a Bruin tight end since 2002, when MikeSeidman had games of 138 against Oregon State and 134versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yards versus OregonState in 1975 is the school record for tight ends.
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, Spencer Havner ledthe Bruins with 13 tackles, including three for losses (onesack) and moved into the top 10 on the all-time Bruin careertackles list. He was named Defensive Pac-10 Player of theWeek. He had one tackle versus Rice.
Havner led the Pac-10 in tackles last season (11.37 per game).His 17 tackles against Illinois in 2004 were the most by aBruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in2001. He made at least 13 tackles in five games in 2004 (16v. Oklahoma St., 17 at Illinois, 13 at Washington, 14 v. SanDiego St., 16 v. Stanford).
Maurice Drew's 66-yard punt return against Rice was the 13thtime in his career he has scored on a play which measuredat least 40 yards. It also tied the UCLA single-season andcareer records for punt returns in a career.
Kicker Justin Medlock connected on three field goals in theseason opener against San Diego State and is now sixth onUCLA's career field goal list with 32. His nine PATs againstRice tied a school record.
Running back Maurice Drew's 114 rushing yards in the openerat San Diego State marked the seventh time in his career hehas topped to century mark. (142 v. Illinois, 2004; 322 v. Washington,2004; 161 v. San Diego State, 2004; 105 v. Stanford,2004; 126 v. Wyoming; 176 v. Arizona State, 2003)In the opener against San Diego State, Maurice Drew accountedfor 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the ground and 80 on puntreturns.
Against Rice, he accounted for 168 all-purpose yards, including95 rushing, 66 on punt returns and seven on receiving.His 66-yard scoring punt return against Rice was his fifth kickreturn for a touchdown. (91 KO v. Oklahoma, 2003; 99 KO v.USC, 2003; 72 PR v. SDSU, 2005, 66 PR v. Rice, 2005; 68PR v. Stanford, 2004). .
In 2004, despite missing almost the entire Washington Stateand USC games and not playing at Oregon, Drew still ranked17th in the nation (third in Pac-10) in all-purpose yards (146.0/g) in 2004. He ranked third in the Pac-10 in rushing (91.5/g).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.
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 10 games, including the 2005 opener, hehas completed 168 of 278 (.604) passes for 2,273 yards, 19TDs, eight interceptions.
In the first game of the 2005 season, Maurice Drew scoredthree touchdowns (averaging 45.6 yards in length) -- all in thefirst half. On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he raced64 yards for a score. He also hit paydirt on a one-yard runearly in the second quarter. Later in the same period, he returneda punt 72 yards for a touchdown.
Against Rice, he scored on a four-yard run and a 66-yard puntreturn (35-yard average).
Drew averaged 40.63 yards on each of his eight rushing touchdownsin 2004 (47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 2) for 325 yards).He also had scoring receptions of 27, 43 and three yards anda punt return for 68 yards.
Justin Medlock's 52-yard field goal against Oklahoma Statewas the longest by a Bruin since 1997 and tied for fourthlongestin school history. His four field goals against San DiegoState (2004) were the most by a Bruin since Chris Sailerkicked five 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 over Colorado State began the 2002 season. UCLAthen won at Oklahoma State to go 2-0.
UCLA's 63 points against Rice is its highest total of the KarlDorrell Era and the most points by a Bruin team since a 66-10 win over Houston on Oct. 4, 1997. The 578 yards of totaloffense were also the most by a Dorrell team and the mostsince the 2002 Oregon State game (625).
Special teams has been a point of emphasis over the lasttwo years. The Bruins currently rank third nationally inpunt returns (32.3) and net punting (43.7) and are averaging22.0 yards on kickoff returns. Opponents are averagingjust 3.0 yards on punt returns and 15.9 yards on kickoffreturns.