No. 16/20 Bruins Host No. 9/10 Golden Bears
Oct. 3, 2005
Mon., Oct. 3 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Oct. 4 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Oct. 5 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Oct. 6 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
Sat., Oct. 8 - California at UCLA (4:30 p.m. on TBS)
UCLA (4-0, 1-0, ranked No. 16 by USA Today/Coachesand No. 20 by AP) hosts California (5-0, 2-0, ranked No. 9 byUSA Today/Coaches and No. 10 by AP) at the Rose Bowl onOct. 8. Game time is 4:30 and the contest will be televisedlive nationally by TBS with Ron Thulin and Charles Davis inthe booth and Craig Sager on the sidelines.
The Bruins are ranked for three straight weeks for the firsttime since late in the 2001 season when they were rankedin the first 10 games of the season.
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 96-43-2 on their homefield, 11-4 under coach Dorrell.
HONORARY TEAM CAPTAIN
Former UCLA defensivestandout Carnell Lake (1985-88) will serve as the honoraryteam captain for the California game. Lake played linebackerand earned All-America honors following the 1988 seasonand was a semifinalist for both the Butkus and Lombardiawards. In 1987, he led the Pac-10 in sacks with 13. Lakefinished his career with 25.5 sacks and a school record(still) 45.5 tackles for loss.
Lake was drafted in the second round of the 1989 NFL draftand went on to earn All-Pro honors. He was a member ofthe 1996 Pittsburgh Steeler team which played in the SuperBowl. He was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in2000.
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 defensiveplayer; Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman; Butkus Awardas nation'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
UCLA leads the series with California,which dates back to 1933, by a 47-27-1 count. The Bruinshave won the last two games played in the Rose Bowl andhave split the last eight meetings.
The Golden Bears won last year's contest by a 45-28 scorein Berkeley. Drew Olson completed 20 of 36 passes for 299yards and four touchdowns (Marcedes Lewis, Maurice Drew-2, Joe Cowan). Cal took a 21-14 lead in the game with ascoring pass just before halftime. California had jumpedout to 14-0 lead before Olson found Lewis and Drew forsecond quarter scoring passes. The Golden Bears rackedup 305 yards on the ground and 260 in the air during thecontest.
In the last meeting in the Rose Bowl (2003), the Bruins recordeda 23-20 win in overtime. UCLA took a 20-12 leadearly in the fourth quarter after Spencer Havner blocked afield goal attempt and Brandon Chillar recovered the looseball and dashed 65 yards for a touchdown. California managedto tie the game on its last possession of the contest,scoring on a 35-yard pass play with 11 seconds remaining.
A two-point pass play knotted the score at 20-all. UCLAscored a field goal on the first possession of overtime. JustinLondon's tackle on third down that resulted in a nineyardloss forced Cal to attempt a 50-yard field goal to tie thegame. The kick hit the upright and bounced away, givingUCLA the win. Chillar led UCLA with 12 tackles and Londonadded 11.
NOTING THE GOLDEN BEARS
Head Coach Jeff Tedfordis in his fourth year at California. He inherited a team whichhad posted a 1-10 record in 2001 and has engineered threestraight winning seasons heading into 2005.
The Golden Bears are ranked 19th nationally in total offensewith 458.60 yards per game -- 259.40 on the ground (No. 7in NCAA) and 199.20 in the air. Defensively, they are allowingjust 10.60 points (No. 6 in NCAA) and 288.60 yards(No. 20) -- 92.00 on the ground and 196.60 in the air.
In Drew Olson's last 12 games, hehas completed 225 of 360 (.625) passes for 2,874 yards, 24TDs and 10 interceptions.
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 134 versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yards versus OregonState in 1975 is the school record for tight ends.
Spencer Havner's four defensive touchdowns are the mostever by a UCLA player (records date back to 1957). Havnerhas three interception returns for scores and one fumble return.Havner's fumble return for a score against Oklahomapushed him past Abdul McCullough ('93-96) who had twointerception returns and one fumble recovery; Jerry Robinson('75-78) who had three interception returns; Marcus Turner('85-88) who had three interception returns and TommyBennett ('92-93, 95) who had three fumble returns.
NOTE: (Darryl Henley ('85-88) had three punt returns and one fumblereturn for touchdown; Maurice Drew has five kick returns forscores, three punts / two kickoffs).
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. He had a 65-yardscoring return against Washington erased by penalty.
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 seasonand is one of just two Bruins (John Lee is the other) to havefour career field goals of 50 or more yards.
Medlock connected on three field goals in the season openeragainst San Diego State and is now fifth on UCLA's careerfield goal list with 34. His nine PATs against Rice tied a schoolrecord.
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. Drew's total of seven centurygames ranks tied for 12th on the all-time school list. (142 v.Illinois, 2004; 322 v. Washington, 2004; 161 v. San DiegoState, 2004; 105 v. Stanford, 2004; 126 v. Wyoming; 176 v.Arizona State, 2003)
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 is now No. 7). He was named Defensive Pac-10 Player of the Week. Last season, Havner led the Pac-10in tackles (11.37/g). He made at least 13 tackles in five gamesin 2004. His 17 stops at Illinois in 2004 were the most by aBruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in2001.
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,including 95 rushing, 66 on punt returns and seven on receiving.Drew's 66-yard scoring punt return against Rice was hisfifth kick return for a touchdown. (91 KOR v. Oklahoma, 2003;99 KOR v. USC, 2003; 72 PR v. SDSU, 2005, 66 PR v. Rice,2005; 68 PR v. Stanford, 2004). He had 100 all-purpose yardsin the win over Oklahoma and 101 versus Washington.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis set a school record for tight endswith seven touchdown catches in 2004. He also holds thecareer mark with 13, including his four-yard catch to beginthe comeback in the win over Washington.
Only three quarterbacks in UCLA history have thrown for morethan 20 scores in a season -- 25 Cade McNown-1998; 24-Troy Aikman 1988; 24-Cade McNown-1997; 21-Tom Ramsey- 1982. In 2004, Drew Olson threw 20 scoring passes torank fifth on that UCLA list.
In the first game of the 2005 season, Maurice Drew scoredthree touchdowns (averaging 45.6 yards in length) -- all inthe first half. On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, heraced 64 yards for a score. He also hit paydirt on a one-yardrun in the second quarter. Later in the same period, he returneda punt 72 yards for a touchdown. Against Rice, hescored on a four-yard run and a 66-yard punt return (35.0-yard average). He had one touchdown (nine yards) versusOklahoma and one touchdown (one yard) versus Washington.
In 2004, 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.
The last time UCLA went this long withoutplaying a game out of the state of California was in the 1993Rose Bowl season, when the Bruins were not out of stateuntil an October 23 game at Oregon State. UCLA will travel toWashington State on October 15.
UCLA's win over Washington was its first as a ranked teamsince defeating California in the sixth game of the 2001season. UCLA was ranked No. 4 by AP entering that contest.
UCLA is ranked in the Top 25 in a third straight week for thefirst time since 2001 when it took the field for the season'sfirst 10 games as a ranked unit.
UCLA is ranked No. 16 by USA Today/Coaches and the HarrisPoll and No. 20 by AP. The last time the Bruins wereranked as high by AP was Week 5 of the 2002 season,when they were ranked No. 20 entering the Colorado game.The last time UCLA was ranked higher than No. 20 by APwas entering the 2001 Oregon game on Nov. 10 (No. 17).When UCLA moved into the Top 25 on Sept. 18, it was thefirst time since 2002, when it was No. 24 on the USA Today/Coaches poll and No. 25 on the AP poll (Nov. 18) enteringUSC week.
UCLA is 11-0 in games in which it has won the turnoverbattle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 3-0 thisseason (SDSU, Rice, Oklahoma).
UCLA's fourth straight win to open the 2005 campaign marksthe third straight season in which UCLA has compiled at leasta four-game win streak under head coach Karl Dorrell.UCLA's 4-0 start is its best since 2001, when it opened theseason 6-0.
The Washington game was UCLA's Pac-10 opener. UCLA isnow 3-0 in league openers under Karl Dorrell, having defeatedWashington in all three years. The Bruins have wontheir last five Pac-10 openers, last losing at Oregon in 2000.UCLA scored at least 40 points in each of its first three games.The last time UCLA opened the year in that fashion was 1998,when it scored more than 40 points in the first five games.The Sept. 17 win over Oklahoma (No. 17 USA Today/No. 21AP) was UCLA's first over a ranked opponent (AP) since a46-16 win over No. 18 Washington at the Rose Bowl in 2003.The Bruins are 2-1 after a bye week (s) with Karl Dorrell ashead coach. UCLA defeated San Diego State and lost to USCin the 2004 season following a bye.
The last time two Top 20 Pac-10 teams played in the RoseBowl was No. 17 UCLA v. No. 7 Oregon in the 2001 season.The last time that two ranked Pac-10 unbeatens met in theRose Bowl, No. 7 UCLA (4-0) took on No. 10 Washington (4-0) in the 2001 season.
UCLA's 44 points against San Diego State was its highest scoringtotal in an opener since a 49-31 win over Texas in 1998 atthe Rose Bowl.
The win at San Diego State was UCLA's first in an opener sincea win over Colorado State began the 2002 season.
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).
UCLA is 17 for 18 in the Red Zone (15 touchdowns, two fieldgoals, one end-of-game kneeldown) in 2005. UCLA finishedthe 2004 season by turning seven of its last eight red zonepossessions into points.
In four games, UCLA has committed just two turnovers whileforcing nine (seven on defense and two on special teams).The Bruins rank fifth (tied) nationally in turnover margin.
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.
In 2005, UCLA has produced 31 plays of at least 20 yards --10 versus San Diego State (three passes, two punt returns,two runs, two kickoff returns and one interception return), 11versus Rice (six passes, three runs, one kickoff return andone punt return), five against Oklahoma (three passes andtwo runs) and five versus Washington (three passes, two kickoffreturns). Five have resulted in touchdowns. In 2004, UCLAhad 100 plays of at least 20 yards (44 passes, 22 runs, 23kickoff returns and seven punt returns, four interception returns),including 21 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. Against Rice, UCLAhad four plays of 40 or more yards (two runs, one pass andone punt return). UCLA's longest play against Oklahoma was38 yards and its longest play versus Washington was 39 yards.
In 2004, UCLA had 24 plays of at least 40 yards (10 passes,seven runs, three interception returns, two punt returns andtwo kickoff returns) and 15 of those were for 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).
In four games this year, UCLA is averaging 6.5 yards perplay, 419.0 yards of total offense and 42.2 points.
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 rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit todefeat the Washington Huskies, 21-17, and improve its recordto 4-0 for the first time since 2001.
Early in the third quarter, UCLA created its first break whenRodney Van recovered a fumbled punt at the Husky 28-yardline. Three plays later, Drew Olson and Marcedes Lewis connectedon a four-yard touchdown to make the score 10-7.
After Washington made the score 17-7, the Bruins respondedwith an 80-yard drive. On the first play of the fourth quarter,Olson and Michael Pitre hooked up on a one-yard pass playto make the score 17-14.
That was the score when UCLA took possession on its own 27-yard line with 3:39 remaining in the contest. Olson drove theBruins 73 yards for the winning score, converting a key fourthand-one from the Bruin 36-yard line with a five-yard pass toAndrew Baumgartner. On the next play, Marcus Everett turneda short pass into a 39-yard gain to the 20-yard line. Threeplays later, Maurice Drew scored from the one-yard line with1:08 remaining in the game to make the score 21-17 in UCLA'sfavor.
UCLA's defense then made one final stand. On Washington'sfirst play from its own 20-yard line, Bruce Davis recorded anine-yard quarterback sack and the Huskies eventually lostthe ball on downs without gaining a first down.
Offensively, UCLA gained 352 yards -- 287 in the air. Drew Olsoncompleted 29 of 44 passes for 287 yards and two touchdownsand had his first two interceptions of the season.
Inthe second-half comeback, he connected on 20 of 26 passesfor 210 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Inthe fourth quarter, he connected on 11 of 15 passes for 99yards and one score, including his last six attempts for 72yards on the winning drive.