No. 5/7 Bruins On The Road Again At Arizona
Oct. 31, 2005
Mon., Oct. 31 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Nov. 1 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Nov. 2 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Nov. 3 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
Sat., Nov. 5 - UCLA at Arizona (3:15 p.m. PT on FSNW2)
GAME 9: UCLA (8-0, 5-0, ranked No. 5 by the BCS; No. 7 by APand USA Today/Coaches; No. 6 on Harris Poll) travels to Arizona(2-6, 1-4). Game time is 4:22 p.m. MT/3:22 p.m. PT andthe contest will be televised in the Los Angeles area by FoxSports Net West2 (Channel 653 on Direct TV) with BillMacdonald and Mike Sherrard in the booth.
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' No. 7 ranking by AP is its highest since the 2001season, when the Bruins were ranked No. 4 after startingthe year 6-0.X2005 IN-SEASON AWARD LISTS
Spencer Havner, LB - One of 10 semifinalists for the ButkusAward as nation's top linebacker; One of 12 semifinalists forthe Rotary Lombardi Award as nation's top linemanDrew Olson, QB - One of seven finalists for the Unitas Awardas nation's top senior quarterback.
UCLA leads the series with Arizona, whichdates back to 1927, by a 18-9-2 count. UCLA has won thelast four meetings played in the series -- 2000, 2002, 2003and 2004. The Bruins have also won the last four seriesmeetings played in Tucson -- 2003, 2002, 2000, 1998.
The Bruins jumped out to a 23-3 halftime advantage and wonlast year's matchup in the Rose Bowl, 37-17, to record theirfourth straight win of the season at the time. Drew Olsonand tight end Marcedes Lewis hooked up on three scoringpasses, a couple of the spectacular variety, during the contest.Olson also threw a fourth scoring pass on the day tofullback Michael Pitre. It was a career high total of scoringpasses at the time for Olson. Lewis finished with then career-best totals of six catches for 99 yards.
In the 2003 contest at Tucson, UCLA rallied from a 21-10 halftimedeficit to record a 24-21 win. UCLA marched 80 yardson the opening drive of the second half to narrow the gap tofour points. Neither team scored again until defensive tackleRodney Leisle intercepted a shovel pass and returned it 55yards for the game-winning touchdown with 13:41 to play.NOTING ARIZONA-- The Wildcats are coming off a 29-27win at Oregon State. They rank fourth in the Pac-10 in totaldefense (413.8 yards) and scoring defense (26.9). They areallowing 228.8 yards in the air (third in the Pac-10) and185.0 on the ground (ninth).
Offensively, Arizona is averaging 330.8 yards (ninth in the Pac-10), 233.8 in the air (seventh) and 97.0 on the ground (10th).It is averaging 20.8 points (10th). Senior running back MikeBell is eighth in the league in rushing (80.6). Freshman MikeThomas leads the receivers with 43 catches for 622 yardsand four touchdowns.
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).
Maurice Drew already holds the UCLA career record for allpurpose yards with 4,299. He passed former No. 1 GastonGreen, 1984-87, (4,283 yards) on a 10-yard fourth-quarterpunt return at Stanford.
Maurice Drew already ranks No. 9 in UCLA career scoringwith 222 points and No. 10 in career rushing with 2,276 yards.Drew Olson (currently with 23) needs one more touchdownpasse this season to move into a tie for second (CadeMcNown/Troy Aikman) on the all-time school season list. Hewill move into a tie for first (Cade McNown) with two morescoring passes.
Marcedes Lewis (currently with 17) will move into a tie for second(Craig Bragg/Danny Farmer) on the all-time UCLA TDreception list with three more scoring grabs.
Marcedes Lewis (currently with 105) will tie for 10th on the alltimeschool list for receptions with three more catches.Justin Medlock (currently with 39) needs three more field goalsto move up to a tie for No. 4 (Chris Griffith) on the all-timemade field goals list at UCLA.
Spencer Havner (currently with 373) needs two more tacklesto pass Kenny Easley and move into third on the all-timecareer tackles list at UCLA.
Quarterback Drew Olson has been named one of seven finalistsfor the Unitas Award (top senior quarterback) with thewinner to be announced on Nov. 30. Spencer Havner hasbeen named one of the 12 semifinalists for the RotaryLombardi Award (four finalists announced on Nov. 15, awardpresented Dec. 7) and one of 10 semifinalists (three finalistsannounced on Nov. 10, award presented Dec. 10) for theButkus Award. Havner is also one of 15 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy (semifinalists announced Nov. 11, trophy presentedDec. 11).
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