UCLA Football Notes - UCLA Travels to Stanford For Opener
Aug. 27, 2007
2007 SEASON OPENER - UCLA, ranked #14 in the Associated Press poll and #17 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, opens its 89th season of football with a Pac-10 conference game at Stanford on Sept. 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PDT and the game will be televised by Fox Sports Net (FSN Prime Ticket in Los Angeles) with Matt Devlin, Warren Moon and Michael Eaves calling the action. AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will broadcast all of the Bruin games. Sirius satellite radio will air the game on channel 140.For the first time since 1997, the Bruins will square off with a Pac-10 opponent in the season opener when they travel to play at Stanford (1-11, 1-8 in 2006) on Sept. 1. The Bruins lost that 1997 season-opening battle to Washington State, in the Palouse, by a score of 37-34. In other past seasons, UCLA has also begun its schedule with a Pac-10 opponent in the 1993 season (lost to Cal in the Rose Bowl, 25-27); 1981 season (won at Arizona, 35-18); 1978 season, the first year of Pac-10 play (won at Washington, 10-7).
The last two times the Bruins have opened up with a conference opponent they have gone on to tie for the league championship. In 1997, the Bruins tied for first in the Pac-10 standings with WSU and went on to play in the Cotton Bowl. In 1993, UCLA also tied for first in the Pac-10 with Arizona and USC and went on to play in the Rose Bowl.The Bruins began the season with a conference (Pac-8) opponent in the 1970 season (won at Oregon State, Pac-8, 14-9); 1969 season (won at home against Oregon State, Pac-8, 37-0).
The Bruins are 57-26-5 overall in season openers. UCLA bested Utah 31-10 last season in the Rose Bowl to open the 2006 campaign and has won its last two season-openers (won 44-21 at San Diego State in 2005).
SERIES WITH STANFORD - The Bruins lead the overall series, which dates back to 1925, by a 43-31-3 count. UCLA has won the last three meetings, two by shutout.The Bruins recorded a 31-0 victory in last year's matchup in the Rose Bowl and also shut out the Cardinal in the 2004 meeting in Pasadena. In 2005, the Bruins rallied for a 30-27 win in overtime after trailing 24-3 with 8:26 to play in the contest. UCLA had lost its previous three trips to Stanford and the series mark stands at 18-18-2 in games played at Stanford.
In last year's game (9/30/06), UCLA got on the board first after Eric McNeal returned a blocked punt (by Gavin Ketchum) for a first quarter touchdown. Neither team scored an offensive point until Chane Moline powered in from two yards out with 2:45 to play in the third quarter. The Bruin defense forced two fumbles and recorded three interceptions while limiting the Cardinal to 49 yards rushing and 117 in the air. Bruce Davis recorded 2.5 of the Bruin total of seven quarterback sacks on the day.
2007 SEASON SCHEDULE - There are six home games and six road matchups on the 2007 schedule. The Bruins play back-to-back home games on two occasions --- Oct. 6 vs. Notre Dame and (bye week in between) Oct. 20 vs. California (homecoming); and Nov. 10 vs. Arizona State and Nov. 24, following a bye week, vs. Oregon. UCLA will play back-to-back road contests once this season, on Oct. 27 at Washington State and on Nov. 3 at Arizona. The Bruins posted a 6-5 record against teams it played in the 2006 season and will meet again in 2007.
The Bruins will square off against five opponents who won at least 10 games in the 2006 season (BYU 11-2, USC 11-2, Notre Dame 10-3, California 10-3, Oregon State 10-4). Overall, UCLA will meet 10 opponents which won at least six contests last season (above teams, plus Utah 8-5, Arizona State 7-6, Oregon 7-6, Arizona 6-6, Washington State 6-6). Three opponents earned at least a share of a conference title (BYU - Mountain West champion; USC and California were co-champions of the Pac-10).
The combined 2006 records of the teams that UCLA will play this season are 92-61 (.601). The teams UCLA will meet on the road this season posted a record of 42-34 (.553) last year. The combined record of the teams that the Bruins will host in the Rose Bowl this season was 50-27 (.649).
The combined record of the three nonconference opponents UCLA will meet in 2007 was 29-10 (.744) last season (BYU 11-2, Notre Dame 10-3, Utah 8-5).
Notre Dame makes just its second visit ever to the Rose Bowl this season on Oct. 6. The Irish last played in Pasadena in the Jan. 1, 1925 Rose Bowl game. Notre Dame's victory over Stanford that day earned the Irish and coach Knute Rockne the school's first-ever national championship.
BYU returns to the Rose Bowl for the first time since a 1993 game with the Bruins. UCLA will play at Utah for the first time since the 1974 season. The Bruins will battle the Beavers in Corvallis for the first time since a 2002 contest.
WHO's BACK - UCLA Returns:
*10 offensive starters (WR Marcus Everett, OL Aleksey Lanis, OL Shannon Tevaga, OL Chris Joseph, OL Noah Sutherland, TE Logan Paulsen, QB Ben Olson/Patrick Cowan, FB Michael Pitre, RB Chris Markey, WR Brandon Breazell)
*10 defensive starters (DL Kevin Brown, DL Brigham Harwell, DL Bruce Davis, LB Aaron Whittington, LB Chrisitan Taylor, LB Reggie Carter, CB Trey Brown, SS Chris Horton, FS Dennie Keyes, CB Rodney Van)
*Top 4 Rushers (#1 Chris Markey-1,107 yds.; #2 Kahlil Bell-239 yds.; #3 Patrick Cowan-108 yds.; #4 Chane Moline-101 yds. and 5 tds)
*Top 2 Passers (Patrick Cowan-1,782 yds. and 11 tds; Ben Olson-822 yds. and 5 tds)
*4 of Top 5 Receivers (#1 Chris Markey-35 catches; #2 Marcus Everett-31; #4 Logan Paulsen-27; #5 Brandon Breazell-21)
*4 of Top 5 Receiving Yardage Leaders (#1 Marcus Everett-450 yds.; #2 Brandon Breazell-389 yds.; #3t Logan Paulsen-331 yds.; #5 Chris Markey-261 yds.)
*Leading Punter (Aaron Perez-62 kicks for 42.6 avg.)
*3 of Top 4 Scorers(#2t Marcus Everett-30 pts.; #2t Chane Moline-30; #4 Brandon Breazell-24)
*5 of Top 6 Interception Leaders (#1 Trey Brown-4; #2 Chris Horton-3; #3t Alterraun Verner-2; #5t Christian Taylor-1; #5t Dennis Keyes-1)
*Top 5 Total Offense Leaders (#1 Patrick Cowan-1,890 yds.; #2 Chris Markey-1,107 yds.; #3 Ben Olson-791 yds.; #4 Kahlil Bell-239 yds.; #5 Chane Moline-101 yds.)
*3 of Top 4 All-Purpose Yards Leaders (#1 Chris Markey-1,377 yds.; #3 Brandon Breazell-442 yds.; #4 Marcus Everett-439 yds.)
*Top 4 Punt Return Leaders (#1 Terrence Austin-8/110 yds.; #2 Ryan Graves-8/63 yds.; #3 Chris Markey-2/9; #4 Dennis Keyes-1/-5)
*Top 8 Tackles Leaders (#1 Chris Horton-95; #2 Christian Taylor-83; #3 Dennis Keyes-79; #4 Alterraun Verner-59; #5 Rodney Van-57; #6 Reggie Carter-48; #7t Trey Brown-47; #7t Bruce Davis-47)
*7 of Top 8 TFL Leaders (#2 Bruce Davis-17.5; #3 Christian Taylor-13.5; #4 Brigham Harwell-6.5; #5t Kevin Brown-6.0; #5t Reggie Carter-6.0; #7t Chris Horton-5.0; #7t Dennis Keyes-5.0)
*4 of Top 5 Sack Leaders (#1t Bruce Davis-12.5; #3 Christian Taylor-4.5; #4 Chase Moline 2.0; #5 John Hale 1.5)
UCLA's Pac-10 Top-10 RANKED RETURNEES -
No. 1t Sacks-Bruce Davis-12.5
No. 2 Tackle for Loss-Bruce Davis-1.35/g
No. 4 Rushing-Chris Markey-85.2 yds/g
No. 4 Punting-Aaron Perez-42.6 avg.
No.6t Tackle for Loss-Christian Taylor-1.04/g
No. 7t Interceptions-Trey Brown-0.31/g
No. 7 Total Offense-Patrick Cowan-157.5/g
No.8 Passing Efficiency-Patrick Cowan-113.4
No. 8 All-Purpose-Chris Markey-105.9 yds/g
No. 9 Tackles-Chris Horton-7.3/g
UCLA's Top-4 RANKED TEAM RANKINGS -
No.1t Rushing Defense-91.1 yds./g
No. 1 3rd Down Conversion Def.-28.4 Pct.
No.2 Total Defense-314.5 yds./g
No. 2 Quarterback Sacks- 40
No. 4 Rushing Offense-129.8 yds./g
No. 4 Scoring Defense-19.9 pts./g
No. 4 Pass Efficiency Defense - 121.9 rating
No. 4 Net Punting - 36.1 yds.
2006 RECORD - UCLA finished the 2006 season with a record of 7-6, winning the final three regular-season games. The Bruins placed fourth in the Pac-10 Conference with a record of 5-4 and went on to participate in their fourth straight bowl game under head coach Karl Dorrell, playing in the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, CA.
HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell -- The 2005 Pac-10 co-Coach of the Year, Karl Dorrell is his fifth season as UCLA's head coach. His record is 29-21 overall, 19-14 in Pac-10 play. Dorrell is 17-8 in the last two seasons. He is the 15th head coach in UCLA history. Dorrell has led the Bruins to a bowl game in each of his four seasons as head coach.In 2005, the Bruins compiled a record of 10-2 and finished the season with a victory in the Sun Bowl. They won their first eight games of the year and were ranked as high as No. 5 by the BCS and No. 7 on the Associated Press poll. A Bruin team won at least 10 games for only the seventh time in school history. Dorrell was a finalist for several national Coach of the Year awards.
Dorrell returned home to Westwood, where he played on teams that won five consecutive bowl games, after serving as an assistant coach at both the collegiate and professional levels. He is the first UCLA coach to go to bowls in each of his first four seasons.
He came to UCLA after working the previous three seasons for Mike Shanahan's Denver Broncos as an assistant coach in charge of wide receivers. Prior to his arrival in Denver, Dorrell coached 12 years on the collegiate level, including seven seasons as an offensive coordinator.
During his career as a collegiate player and coach, Dorrell has participated in 16 bowl games, including three Rose Bowls, two Fiesta Bowls, two Cotton Bowls and this season's Emerald Bowl. He played on teams that won three Pacific-10 titles and defeated USC four times in five seasons. His 108 receptions still rank No. 11 (tied) on UCLA's career list and his total of 1,517 receiving yards rank No. 15.
Dorrell's previous collegiate coaching experience includes six seasons at Colorado, two years at Northern Arizona, and one year each at UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and Central Florida.
He earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA following the 1986 season and began his coaching career in the 1988 season as a Bruin graduate assistant.
He became receivers coach at Central Florida the next season and moved on to Northern Arizona for the 1990 and 1991 seasons as offensive coordinator and receivers coach. He then embarked on the first of two stints at Colorado. Dorrell served as receivers coach in the 1992-93 seasons. During that tenure, receivers Charles Johnson and Michael Westbrook, became just the fourth pair of wideouts on the same team in NCAA history to accumulate more than 1,000 yards in the same season.
Dorrell returned to the Pac-10 for the 1994 season as receivers coach at Arizona State before going back to Colorado for the 1995-98 campaigns as offensive coordinator and receivers coach. The Buffaloes won three bowl games in that four-year span and were victorious in 33 of 47 games. He spent the 1999 season at Washington, serving as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
The former Bruin then moved to the professional ranks and served as receiving coach with the Broncos from 2000 until the time he took the UCLA job on December 18, 2002.
COACHING MOVES - The Bruins welcomed four new assistant coaches to the staff during the off-season.Jay Norvell is the new offensive coordinator. He spent the previous three seasons in that capacity at the University of Nebraska. He spent two seasons on the staff of the Oakland Raiders prior to joining the Nebraska staff.Bob Connelly joined the staff from the University of Alabama and will serve as the new offensive line coach. Connelly spent the last four seasons tutoring the Crimson Tide offensive linemen.
Angus McClure joins the Bruin staff as tight ends coach after spending last season at the University of Buffalo and the two seasons prior to that at the University of Nebraska.
Eric Scott, a former Bruin player (1995-97), also has joined the staff as the coach of the wide receivers. Scott made 27 career receptions as a wide receiver for the Bruins and also played on special teams as a punt returner.
Mike Rutenberg enters his first season as a defensive graduate assistant coach.
NUMBER CHANGES - The following players have changed numbers from last season's media guide for the 2007 season: #18 TE William Snead was #48; #24 RB Christian Ramirez was #21; #24 RB Ryen Carew was #35; #90 DL Jerzy Siewierski was #56; #61 C Andy Keane was #94.
BOWLING - The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl game in nine of the last 10 seasons. UCLA has played in a bowl in each of the last five seasons (only USC among Pac-10 schools has a streak as long).
UCLA has played in a bowl game in 18 of the last 25 years. It has compiled a record of 11-7 in its last 18 appearances. UCLA's 11 bowl wins in the last 25 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only Florida State, Miami, Penn State, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, and Michigan have won more bowl games than the Bruins in that span. UCLA leads all Pac-10 schools in bowl victories during that span, two more than USC and Washington (nine each).
UCLA PRE-SEASON RANKINGS - Here are the pre-season rankings for UCLA and individual player honors:
UCLA Team Rankings:
National - Associated Press No. 14; USA Today: No. 17; Sporting News No.10; scout.com/collegefootball news.com No. 11; cbssportsline.com No.12; Playboy No. 14; Athlon No.15; FWAA No. 15; Street & Smith's No.17; Phil Steele No. 21; Lindy's No. 22; rivals.com No. 25
Pac-10 - cbssportsline.com No. 2; scout/collegefootballnews.com No. 2; Sporting News No. 2; Phil Steele T-No. 2; Lindy's No. 3; Athlon No. 3; Street & Smith's No. 3; rivals.com No. 3; Blue Ribbon No. 6
Defensive Line: No. 8 Lindy's, No. 6 Phil Steele; No. 10 Athlon
Offensive Line: No. 19 Phil Steele
Linebackers: No. 27 Phil Steele
Defensive Backs: No. 11 Phil Steele; No. 6 Athlon
Special Teams: No. 21 Phil Steele
DE Bruce Davis
All-America First Team - Sporting News, cbssportsline.com, scout.com/collegefootballnews.com
All-America Second Team - Lindy's, Athlon, Street & Smith's
All-America Fourth Team - Phil Steele
Defensive Ends - No. 1 Sporting News, No. 5 Lindy's, No. 8 Phil Steele
Pac-10 First Team - Lindy's, Sporting News, Phil Steele, Athlon, Street & Smith's, Blue Ribbon, scout.com/collegefootballnews.com, cbssportsline.comBest Pac-10 Pass Rusher - Lindy's
Pac-10 Most Disruptive End - Sporting News
DB Chris Horton
All-America First Team - Playboy, Blue Ribbon
Safety - No. 5 Lindy's
Strong Safety - No. 2 Sporting News, No. 8 Phil Steele
Pac-10 First Team - Lindy's, Sporting News, Phil Steele, Athlon, Street & Smith's, Blue Ribbon, scout.com/collegefootballnews.com, cbssportsline.com
OG Shannon Tevaga
All-America Second Team - Sporting News
All-America Third Team - Street & Smith's
Guard - No. 8 Lindy's, No. 4 Sporting News, No. 14 Phil Steele
Pac-10 First Team - Sporting News, Blue Ribbon, scout.com/collegefootballnews.com
Pac-10 Second Team - Lindy's, Phil Steele, Athlon
DB Dennis Keyes
All-America Fourth Team - Phil Steele
Free Safety - No. 4 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Second Team - Lindy's, Phil Steele
RB Chris Markey
Running Back - No. 25 Lindy's, No. 39 Phil Steele
Pac-10 First Team - Sporting News
Pac-10 Second Team - Lindy's, Athlon, collegefootballnews.com
Pac-10 Third Team - Phil Steele
DB Trey Brown
Cornerback - No. 25 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Second Team - Lindy's, Sporting News, Phil Steele, Athlon, collegefootballnews.com
QB Patrick Cowan
Pac-10 Toughest to bring down - Lindy's
P Aaron Perez
Punter - No. 8 Sporting News, No. 17 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Second Team - Sporting News, Phil Steele, Athlon, collegefootballnews.com
QB Ben Olson
Quarterback - No. 24 Phil Steele
TE Logan Paulsen
Tight End - No. 13 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Second Team - Phil Steele
FB Michael Pitre
Fullback - No. 9 Phil Steele
OL Aleksey Lanis
Offensive Tackle - No. 25 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Second Team - Phil Steele
DL Kevin Brown
Defensive Tackle - No. 18 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Second Team - Phil Steele
DL Brigham Harwell
Defensive Tackle - No. 21 Phil Steele
Pac-10 First Team -Phil Steele
Pac-10 Second Team - collegefootballnews.com
LB Christian Taylor
Inside Linebacker - No. 26 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Third Team - Phil Steele, Athlon
DB Rodney Van
Cornerback - No. 42 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Fourth Team - Phil Steele
DB Alterraun Verner
Cornerback - No. 61 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Third Team - Athlon
LB Reggie Carter
Outside Linebacker - No. 62 Phil Steele
PK Kai Forbath
Pac-10 Third Team - Phil Steele
WR Terrence Austin (punt returns)
Pac-10 Fourth Team - Phil Steele
UCLA PLAYER / COACH NOTES -
Redshirt senior Bruce Davis is the nation's leading returning sack specialist, based on his sacks in the 2006 season. Davis ranked fourth (tied) in the NCAA and tied for first in the Pac-10 in sacks (12.5 - 0.96 average) and 18th nationally and second in the Pac-10 in tackles for losses (1.35 average). In 2006, he was named first-team All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com and SI.com. On the year, Davis made 47 tackles, seventh (tied) on the squad. He also ranked tied for first on the team with 12.5 sacks and second on the team behind Justin Hickman with 17.5 tackles for loss.
In 2006, senior running back Chris Markey became the third Bruin and first since 1962 to lead the team in both rushing (1,107 yards) and receiving (35 receptions). He is just the 11th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (it has been done a total of 18 times). On the year, he ranked 32nd nationally and fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing (85.15). He also ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (105.92). His 208 yards rushing against Rice were a career high and the most by a Bruin since Maurice Drew ran for 322 at Washington in 2004.
Redshirt senior safety Chris Horton was the Bruins' leading tackler in 2006 with 95 and was second on the team with three interceptions. He led the team (or tied for the lead) in tackles in four of the last six games, including a career-high 12 stops versus Arizona State (Nov. 18) to earn Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors. He made six stops in the Emerald Bowl.
Senior wide receiver Marcus Everett has caught at least one pass in 22 of the last 23 games and has an active streak of catching at least one pass in 18 games in a row.
True senior Shannon Tevaga is considered one of the top offensive guards in the West. He has started 31 straight games, the longest streak on the team. Redshirt senior cornerback Trey Brown is the defensive player with the most consecutive starts (30). Others with starting streaks of note include OL Noah Sutherland (15), OL Chris Joseph (13), RB Chris Markey (13), TE Logan Paulsen (9) on offense; on defense, , DB Chris Horton (15), DL Bruce Davis (13), DB Dennis Keyes (13), DB Rodney Van (13), DL Kevin Brown (12), DL Brigham Harwell (11), LB Reggie Carter (7), LB Christian Taylor (7).
Bruin head coach Karl Dorrell helped guide the Bruin team to the seventh 10-win season in school history in 2005. Dorrell has been a part of three of the seven record-tying seasons. In 1982, he was a freshman wide receiver on a Bruin team that went 10-1-1 and handed Michigan a 24-14 loss in the Rose Bowl. In 1988, Dorrell served as a graduate assistant coach on the Bruin squad that went 10-2 and bested Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.
Karl Dorrell was named co-Coach of the Year in the Pac-10 for the 2005 season. He was the fourth UCLA coach to receive the honor, joining Bob Toledo (1998), Terry Donahue (1993, 1985) and Dick Vermeil (1975).
Redshirt senior linebacker Christian Taylor made a total of 83 tackles to rank second on the team and also ranked third with 4.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. He made eight tackles, including two for loss, in the Emerald Bowl. In 2005, he appeared in all 12 games and made one start (USC).
Redshirt senior safety Dennis Keyes was third on the team with 79 tackles in 2006 and tied for the team lead in three of the last six games.
The interception return for a touchdown against Utah in the 2006 opener by Alterraun Verner was the first by a UCLA true freshman since 1989, when Carlton Gray returned one 65 yards for a score versus Washington. Verner's 89-yard scoring return versus Arizona made him one of just six Bruins, the only freshman, to have two scoring interception returns in the same season.
Karl Dorrell is the first Bruin head coach to lead his team into a bowl game in each of his first four years on the job (2003-Silicon Valley Classic; 2004-Las Vegas Bowl; 2005-Sun Bowl; 2006-Emerald Bowl).
Patrick Cowan's 78-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Breazell in the Emerald Bowl was UCLA's longest offensive play from scrimmage and UCLA's longest since the 2005 Arizona State game, when Drew Olson and Joe Cowan combined for a 91-yard touchdown.
Chris Markey's 70-yard touchdown run versus California was UCLA's longest run of the 2006 season.
Patrick Cowan's 329 passing yards at California rank 23rd on UCLA's single-game list and fourth among sophomores. His 351 yards of total offense rank 19th on that single-game list and third among sophomores. Both totals were 2006 season highs for the Bruins.
TEAM NOTES -
Eight of UCLA's 2007 opponents played in a bowl game following the 2006 season. Only Florida had more regular-season opponents earn bowl berths (10) and nine other schools also played eight bowl opponents during the regular season.UCLA was the only school to defeat Oregon State in the Beavers' last nine games. UCLA's win over USC ended the Trojans' four-game winning streak.
UCLA was one of eight schools to have two or more consensus All-Americans (Justin Hickman and Justin Medlock) in 2006 and the only school not ranked in the final Top 25. The others schools were: Michigan and Ohio State, three each; California, Tennessee, Texas, USC and West Virginia, two each.
UCLA started two seniors in 2006 -- center Robert Chai and defensive end Justin Hickman -- on a regular basis. Wide receiver Junior Taylor started five of 13 games. UCLA had just eight scholarship seniors (six position players, one place kicker and one long snapper) on the roster in the 2006 season.
UCLA's 516 yards total offense against California was a 2006 season high and the most by the Bruins since Nov. 10, 2005 (660 versus Arizona State).
In 2006, UCLA limited its first five opponents to 300 or less yards in offense. Dating back thru the 1966 season, UCLA had recorded five straight games when it allowed 300 or less yards on defense only one other time (1992).
During the regular season, UCLA ranked 33rd in the nation in total defense (304.83) and held seven of 12 opponents to less than 300 yards and two more under 350 (total of nine). UCLA's defense produced eight games under 300 yards in 1985 and 1992 and seven games under 300 yards in 2003, 1976 and 1966.
In the 2006 opener, UCLA held Utah to 287 yards of total offense, including 79 in the second half. Utah had three offensive plays longer than 20 yards and was zero for 11 on third-down conversions. Rice was held to 184 yards of total offense, including 89 on two plays. Washington accounted for 249 yards, 200 passing and 49 rushing.Stanford was held to 166 net yards (117 passing and 49 rushing), the lowest total by a Bruin opponent since Washington State had 150 net yards in 1990. The longest run by the Cardinal was eight yards and it was four for 13 on third down conversions.Arizona was held to 223 yards, including minus 13 on the ground and 235 in the air. Arizona's longest run from scrimmage was seven yards. Notre Dame had 345 yards -- 41 on the ground. Oregon State had 260 yards -- 175 in the air and 85 on the ground. Arizona State had 264 total yards -- 149 passing and 115 rushing -- and no touchdowns. USC had 329 -- 274 passing and 55 rushing -- and one touchdown.
UCLA held Arizona to minus 13 yards rushing in 2006, its best effort since holding Stanford to minus 34 yards on Nov. 1, 1997.
UCLA ended USC's streak of 63 straight games of scoring 20 or more points on Dec. 2, when it held the Trojans to nine points in a 13-9 victory.
In 2006, the Bruins held six of their 13 opponents to fewer than 60 yards rushing, including four straight (Rice 53, Washington 49, Stanford 49, Arizona minus 13).
UCLA ranked fifth nationally in third-down conversion defense (28.4%), having allowed its 13 opponents to convert 50 of 176 third-down opportunities. Utah was zero for 11, Rice was two of 13, Washington was three of 10, Stanford was four of 13, Arizona was five of 15, Oregon was three of 11, Notre Dame was four of 19, Washington State was four of 15, Cal was the first school over 35% (six of nine), Oregon State was four of 12, Arizona State was four of 17, USC was six of 17 (three of 10 in the second half) and Florida State was five of 14.
UCLA ranked tied for ninth in the NCAA and tied for first in the Pac-10 in rushing defense (91.08).
In 13 games, UCLA allowed 91.1 yards per game, 2.83 yards per rush and just nine touchdowns on the ground. The last time the Bruins allowed fewer yards per game on the ground was in 1985, when they averaged 71.25 yards. The last time they allowed fewer rushing touchdowns was in 1987, when they allowed just seven in 12 games.
UCLA's defense allowed 27 touchdowns in 13 games in the 2006 season (nine rushing, 18 passing) -- seven in the first five games (one by Utah, two by Rice, three by Washington, one by Arizona and none by Stanford) and two in the last three regular-season contests. In 2005, UCLA's defense allowed 48 touchdowns (29 rushing and 19 passing).
Under Karl Dorrell, UCLA's home record is 20-5 (.800). That percentage ranks 20th in Football Bowl Subdivision for home record during the last four years. UCLA's 10-game home winning streak was its longest since 1997-1999, when it won 13 consecutive home games.
UCLA's 31-0 shutout of Stanford on Sept. 30, 2006 was its first since 2004, when it shut out Stanford, 21-0.
UCLA is 18-2 when it wins the turnover battle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 5-2 in 2006 (wins over Utah, Stanford, Arizona, Oregon State and Arizona State, losses at Washington and Oregon). It is 11-19 when it ties or loses the turnover battle, including 2-4 in 2006 (defeating Rice and USC and losing to Notre Dame, Washington State, California and Florida State).
UCLA is 6-1 all-time in overtime, including a couple of 2005 wins in extra time --- a 30-27 single overtime win at Stanford and a 44-41 single overtime win at Washington State. Head coach Karl Dorrell is 3-0 in overtime, defeating California in 2003 and Washington State and Stanford in 2005.
In the last seven seasons (2000-2006), UCLA has produced seven consensus All-Americans (2000, WR Freddie Mitchell; 2001, LB Robert Thomas; 2003 DE Dave Ball; 2005 TE Marcedes Lewis and KR Maurice Drew; 2006 DE Justin Hickman and PK Justin Medlock). Only one other school (USC) in the Pac-10 has produced more and UCLA's total is two ahead of third-place California.
UCLA has produced 16 consensus All-America selections in the last 15 years (1992-2006), just two fewer than USC and eight more than No. 3 Arizona.
FRESHMEN - Eight true freshmen played for the Bruins in the 2006 season. Seven played in the opener against Utah (DB Alterraun Verner, DB Jeremy McGee, WR Terrence Austin, WR Dominique Johnson, DB Christian Ramirez, RB Chane Moline, OL Micah Kia). DL Jerzy Siewierski made his debut against Stanford.Thirty-four true freshmen have now played for coach Dorrell during his four seasons as head coach. A school-record 12 played for the Bruins in 2004. Nine played in the 2005 season and five saw the field in 2003.
FIRST ACTION - In addition to the true freshmen, 12 players saw action in their first game in the 2006 season-opener against Utah (WR Ryan Graves, WR Jamil Turner, DB Aaron Ware, RB Ryen Carew, LB Reggie Carter, LB Korey Bosworth, OL Nick Ekbatani, OL Alexsey Lanis, TE Adam Heater, OL Micah Reed, TE Travis Martin, LB Chad Moline). Two others, DL Jess Ward and DL Chinonso Anyanwu, made their debuts versus Stanford. LB Shawn Oatis saw his first action against Arizona. FB Trevor Theriot took the field for the first time at California.
ACADEMICS - Twenty-three members of the 2007 Bruin football squad were listed on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the Spring '07 quarter. To qualify, student-athletes had to post at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Nine seniors on this year's team are scheduled to graduate following Fall Quarter - Kevin Brown, Trey Brown, Chris Horton, Michael Pitre, Brian Rubenstein, Matthew Slater, William Snead, Noah Sutherland and Aaron Whittington.
Seventy-three of the 80 freshmen in Dorrell's first four classes (this does not include the 2007 class) are still in school and progressing towards a degree -- 69 are still active players and four others are injured-retired but still in school. Fifteen of the 19 members of Karl Dorrell's first recruiting class (2003) are still in school (one is already playing in the NFL) -- 13 are active players and two others are injured retired).
Eight Bruins were selected to the 2006 Pac-10 All-Academic team. Joseph and Lombard were first-team selections for the second straight year, offensive tackle Aleksey Lanis and fullback/special teams performer Dan Nelson were named to the second team and quarterback Ben Olson, wide receiver Andrew Baumgartner and tight ends Logan Paulsen and Ryan Moya earned honorable mention.
The UCLA football program has produced 16 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners, 15 first-team Academic All-Americans (26 overall), eight National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients, one Rhodes Scholar and three members of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
In 2005, Chris Joseph was selected to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District-8 team. Joseph and Kenneth Lombard were named first-team Pac-10 All-Academic. Offensive guard Bob Cleary and defensive back Michael Norris were named to the second team while receiver Andrew Baumgartner and linebacker Dan Nelson earned honorable mention.