No. 12 BRUINS On the Road at Washington State
Oct. 10, 2005
Mon., Oct. 10 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)Tues., Oct. 11 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacksWed., Oct. 12 - Last day to interview all other playersThu., Oct. 13 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practiceSat., Oct. 15 - UCLA at Washington State (3:30 p.m. on FSN)
GAME 6: UCLA (5-0, 2-0, ranked No. 12 by AP and USA Today/Coaches) travels to Pullman, WA to play Washington State(3-2, 0-2). Game time is 3:30 and the contest will be televisednationally by Fox Sports Net with Barry Tompkins andPetros Papadakis in the booth and Jim Watson 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.
The Bruins are ranked for four 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 97-43-2 on their homefield, 12-4 under coach Dorrell.
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 WashingtonState, which dates back to 1928, by a 34-16-1 count. TheBruins have lost the last four meetings with the Cougarsand seven of the last nine. UCLA last won in Pullman, WAin the 1993 Rose Bowl season (Wayne Cook, now Bruinradio sideline reporter, was the starting quarterback in thatcontest).
The Cougars dealt the Bruins a 31-29 setback in the RoseBowl last season. WSU running back Jerome Harrisonrushed for 247 yards on 42 carries in the contest, includinga 25-yard dash on the Cougar's first snap of the game. UCLAtrailed 21-10 at the half before mounting a late rally. A fouryardDrew Olson to Manuel White scoring pass made thescore 31-29 with 42 seconds to play. A two-point conversionpass failed and WSU recovered the Bruin's onside kickattempt and was able to run out the clock. Craig Bragg becameUCLA's all-time career receiving leader (180) with anine-yard catch on the final scoring drive of the day. UCLAplayed most of the game without both running back MauriceDrew (sprained ankle in first quarter) and tight end MarcedesLewis (bruised tailbone in second quarter).
In the last game played in the Palouse, UCLA fell behind No.12 Washington State 28-6 at the half and dropped a 31-13decision. A fumbled punt and a bad snap on a punt led totwo late WSU first half scores which broke open a closegame.
NOTING WASHINGTON STATE
The Cougars are averaging506.0 yards of total offense, eighth in the nation andthird in the Pac-10. They are averaging 304.0 in the air (15thin the nation) and 202.0 (24th nationally) on the groundand are scoring 39.0 points per game (13th in NCAA). Defensively,WSU is allowing 24.4 points and 348.2 yards (46thin NCAA) per game -- 110.8 on the ground (29th in NCAA)and 237.4 in the air.
INDIVIDUAL UCLA NOTES
Maurice Drew's 299 all-purposeyards against California are the second-most in an NCAAgame this season.
Maurice Drew is the only player in school history to score fivetouchdowns in a game and he has now done it twice (2004at Washington and 2005 versus California).
In Drew Olson's last 13 games, he has completed 242 of 393(.616) passes for 3,099 yards, 26 TDs and 10 interceptions.Drew Olson has now led fourth-quarter comebacks in back-tobackgames (Washington and California).
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.
DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
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 six kick returns forscores, four punts / two kickoffs).
Maurice Drew's 81-yard punt return against California was the14th time in his career he has scored on a play which measuredat least 40 yards. It also tied the UCLA and Pac-10single-season (three) and career (four) records for punt returntouchdowns. He had a 65-yard scoring return againstWashington 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. 6). 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.He had 100 all-purpose yards in the win over Oklahomaand 101 versus Washington.
Against California, he had 299 all-purpose yards -- 162 on threepunt returns, 65 on 15 carries, 52 on two receptions and 20on one kickoff return. Drew's 81-yard scoring punt returnagainst Cal was his sixth kick return for a touchdown. (91KOR v. Oklahoma, 2003; 99 KOR v. USC, 2003; 72 PR v.SDSU, 2005, 66 PR v. Rice, 2005; 81 PR v. California, 2005;68 PR v. Stanford, 2004).
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 to rankfifth 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.Against California, he scored five touchdowns for thesecond time in his career -- 12-yard run, one-yard run, 81-yard punt return, 28-yard reception and two-yard run -- anaverage of 24.8 yards per score.
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 this week on October 15.
UCLA has started the season 5-0 in 12 previous seasons.The last time was in 2001 when it started the year with sixstraight wins. The other five-win starts include 1998 (RoseBowl), 1988 (Cotton Bowl), 1980, 1969, 1967, 1966, 1954(National Champs), 1952, 1946 (Rose Bowl), 1932, 1927.UCLA's win over No. 9/10 California was its first over a Top10 team since UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington, 35-13,in the 2001 season.
UCLA is ranked No. 12 by both AP and USA Today/Coaches.The last time UCLA was ranked higher was October 28,2001 when the 6-1 Bruins were ranked No. 9 by AP andNo. 11 by USA Today/Coaches. The Bruins travelled toNo. 16 Washington State that week (WSU won that contestby a 20-14 score).
UCLA's win over Washington on October 1 was its first as aranked team since defeating California in the sixth gameof the 2001 season. UCLA was ranked No. 4 by AP enteringthat contest.
UCLA is ranked in the Top 25 in a fourth straight week forthe first time since 2001 when it took the field for theseason's first 10 games as a ranked unit.
When UCLA moved into the Top 25 on Sept. 18, it was thefirst time since 2002, when it was No. 24 on the USA To3day/Coaches poll and No. 25 on the AP poll entering USCweek (Nov. 18).
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 fifth straight win to open the 2005 campaign marks thesecond time the Bruins have compiled a five-game win streakunder head coach Karl Dorrell (2003 was the first time).UCLA's 5-0 start is its best since 2001, when it opened theseason 6-0.
California entered its game with UCLA having allowed just53 points in five games (10.6 average). UCLA scored 47versus the Golden Bears. Cal had outscored its opponents115-13 in the second-half (UCLA outscored Cal,26-13), including 77-3 in the fourth quarter (UCLAoutscored Cal, 19-3).
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.Opponents have scored just one touchdown on UCLA's threeturnovers this season. UCLA has scored 47 points this seasonoff of opponent turnovers.
UCLA scored at least 40 points in each of its first three gamesand four of its first five.
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.UCLA's 47 points against California was the highest pointtotal by a Bruin team in a Pac-10 game since defeatingArizona State, 52-42 on Dec. 1, 2001.
The win at San Diego State was UCLA's first in an opener sincea win over Colorado State began the 2002 season.
UCLA is 11-1 in games in which it has led at the half undercoach Dorrell and 8-1 in games in which it has scored first.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 22 for 23 in the Red Zone (20 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 five games, UCLA has committed just three turnoverswhile forcing 10 (eight on defense and two on specialteams). The Bruins rank eighth nationally and first in thePac-10 in turnover margin (+1.40).
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 42 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), five versus Washington (three passes, two kickoffreturns) and 11 versus California (five passes, three kickoffreturns, two punt returns and one run). Seven have resultedin touchdowns.
Maurice Drew has 12 plays of at least 20 yards (four runs, fourpunt returns, three receptions and one kickoff return) and fivehave resulted in touchdowns.
In 2004, UCLA had 100 plays of at least 20 yards (44 passes,22 runs, 23 kickoff returns and seven punt returns, four interceptionreturns), 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), one resulting in a touchdown. UCLA's longestplay against Oklahoma was 38 yards and its longest playversus Washington was 39 yards. UCLA had two punt returnsover 40 yards versus California with one resulting in atouchdown.
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 five games this year, UCLA is averaging 6.5 yards perplay, 414.2 yards of total offense and 43.2 points.The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl in seven of the lasteight seasons. UCLA has played in 17 bowl games in the last24 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 in thePac-10. Only Florida State, Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama,Miami and Michigan have won more bowl games in that 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 twice rallied from double-digit deficits todefeat the No. 9 (Coaches)/No. 10 (AP) California GoldenBears, 47-40 before 84,811 fans at the Rose Bowl. It wasUCLA's largest non-USC crowd since 88,804 attended thegame against Michigan on Sept. 16, 2000. It was also UCLA'sfirst win over a Top 10 team since defeating No. 10 Washingtonin October of 2001.
The Bruins found themselves trailing 14-0 just 2:32 into the gamebut made some big plays to jump start the comeback. Fol4lowing the defense's first stop of the Golden Bears, MauriceDrew returned a punt 69 yards to the four-yard line and on thenext play, Drew Olson and Joe Cowan hooked up for UCLA'sfirst touchdown. On its next possession, UCLA drove 77 yards,culminating with Drew's 12-yard touchdown run on the firstplay of the second quarter to knot the score at 14-14.California countered with a touchdown sandwiched around twofield goals but UCLA drove 66 yards at the end of the half.Drew's one-yard run with 21 seconds remaining made thescore 27-21 at halftime.
UCLA took its first lead with 7:33 remaining in the third quarterwhen Drew caught a punt at his own 19-yard line, made amove to his right, cut left and raced 81 yards for his third puntreturn touchdown of the year. However, California scored thenext 13 points, taking a 40-28 lead with 12:55 remaining inthe contest.
But, UCLA was not done, rallying in the fourth quarter for thesecond straight week. On the Bruins' first possession, theyfaced a fourth-and-two at their own 42-yard line. In punt formation,the ball was snapped to Michael Pitre, who handedit to Jarrad Page, who broke a tackle and raced 38 yards.With a personal foul against California added to the play,UCLA was at the 10-yard line and Olson scored from the oneon third down.
The Bruin defense then held Cal to two first downs, forcing apunt to Drew, who returned it 12 yards to the Bruin 25-yardline with 2:30 remaining. After an incomplete pass, Olsonconnected down the middle with Marcus Everett, who madean acrobatic catch for a 38-yard gain. After an Olson-Everettpass netted nine yards and an incomplete, Olson found Drewin the right flat. The tailback broke a tackle and sped downthe right sideline for a 28-yard touchdown and a 41-40 leadwith 1:35 to play (UCLA's two-point attempt was not successful).On its ensuing possession, California faced a first-and-20 at itsown 10-yard line. Trey Brown picked on the pass and returnedit 16 yards to the Bear seven-yard line with 1:01 remaining.UCLA ran four times to use the remaining time andDrew scored from the two-yard line on the game's final play.Drew dominated the game with 299 all-purpose yards - 162 onpunt returns, 65 rushing, 52 receiving and 20 on a kickoffreturn -- and tied his own school record with five touchdowns-- three rushing, one receiving and one on a punt return.Olson completed 17 of 33 passes for 225 yards and two touchdownswith no interceptions. Marcus Everett led the receiverswith six catches for 95 yards.
Defensively, the Bruins yielded 545 yards but made the keystops when it counted. Four times, they held Cal to field goalsin the Red Zone. Dennis Keyes recorded a career-high 11tackles, including three for losses. Spencer Havner addednine tackles, including one sack and two others for losses,Justin London made eight tackles (one for loss) and WilliamSnead, making his first career start, added seven tackles.DID YOU KNOW? -- The football team had 29 players listedon the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the Spring `05 quarter.To qualify, student-athletes had to post at least a 3.0 gradepoint average. Sixteen of the 19 members of Karl Dorrell'sfirst recruiting class (2003) are still in the program and ontrack to graduate.
The UCLA football program has produced 16 NCAA Post-GraduateScholarship winners, 14 first-team Academic All-Americans,eight National Football Foundation and Hall of FamePost-Graduate Scholarship recipients, one Rhodes Scholarand three members of the Academic All-America Hall ofFame.
Two Bruins on the 2005 roster are the sons of former Bruinstandouts -- DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, played runningback from 1976-78 and rushed for 2,914 yards to rank No. 7all-time at the school); LB Bruce Davis (dad, Bruce, playedoffensive line from 1975-78 and went on to a long NFL career,winning two Super Bowl titles).
UCLA is the only school to produce five quarterbacks -- TroyAikman, Steve Bono, Billy Kilmer, Tom Ramsey, JaySchroeder -- to have played on a Super Bowl team.According to the NFL, the Bruins were tied for first among Pac-10 schools with 25 active players on 2004 opening day NationalFootball League kickoff rosters.
During the last 23 years, UCLA has been ranked in the finalAssociated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions, tied with USC forthe most among Pac-10 schools.
In the last 23 seasons (1982-2004), UCLA has more Top 10rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, onlyeight schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Miami, Florida, Michigan,Tennessee, Oklahoma, Auburn) have been ranked inthe AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.
Five Bruins made their first career starts againstSan Diego State -- offensive linemen Chris Joseph and BrianAbraham, defensive linemen Nathaniel Skaggs and NikolaDragovic and safety Dennis Keyes. In addition, punter AaronPerez and holder Brian Callahan started at their respectivespots for the first time.
Against Rice, tight end J.J. Hair and defensive tackle ChaseMoline made their first career starts.
Against Oklahoma, true freshmen tight end Ryan Moya andlinebacker John Hale made the first starts of their careers.In the win over California, redshirt sophomore defensive endWilliam Snead and redshirt junior wide receiver AndrewBaumgartner made the first starts of their careers.XNine true freshmen played in the opener against San DiegoState -- RB Kahlil Bell, LB Kyle Bosworth, LB John Hale, WRGavin Ketchum, S Robert Kibble, S Bret Lockett, DL ChaseMoline, TE Ryan Moya and TE Logan Paulsen. Thirty-sixtrue freshmen have now played for the Bruins during the lastfour seasons (2002-2005). A school-record 12 true freshmenplayed for the Bruins in 2004.
Twenty-one Bruins played in a game for the first time againstSDSU. In addition to the nine true freshmen, others who madetheir debut included LB Christian Taylor, S Charlie Schuh,CB Byron Velega, DT Nathaniel Skaggs, QB/H Brian Callahan,WR Matt Willis, WR Andrew Baumgartner, C Aaron Meyer,OL Scott Glicksberg, DT Brian Ruziecki, DT Scott Kearneyand P Aaron Perez. In addition, Noah Sutherland, who playeddefensive tackle a year ago, made his debut at offensivetackle. QB Pat Cowan made his debut against Rice.