UCLA Football Notes - UCLA Takes On BYU In Home Opener
**BYU Returns to Rose Bowl for First Time Since 1993**
**UCLA leads all-time series 6-1**
**UCLA has won 12 of last 13 games played in Rose Bowl**
2007 HOME OPENER - UCLA (1-0, 1-0), ranked #14 in the Associated Press poll and #17 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, opens its home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 8 against BYU (1-0) from the Mountain West Conference. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. PDT and the game will be televised by Versus with Ted Robinson, Kelly Stouffer and Lewis Johnson 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 107.
This is UCLA's 26th year in the Rose Bowl. The Bruins own an all-time record of 105-44-2 in the Rose Bowl and have won 12 of the last 13 games played at the venue. UCLA has won its last two home openers. It posted a 31-10 win last season against Utah and bested Rice 63-21 in the 2004 season.
SERIES WITH BYU - The Bruins lead the overall series, which dates back to 1983, by a 6-1 count. UCLA has won the last six meetings, but has not played the Cougars since winning 23-9 in the 1995 season at Provo.
Three field goals and two touchdowns set up by the Bruin defense were the difference in the 1995 game. Freshman quarterback Cade McNown came on in relief of an injured Ryan Fien and saw the first extensive action of his career to help lead the Bruins to a 6-3 advantage at the half. A fumble and an interception led to two UCLA third-quarter scores and staked the Bruins to a 20-point lead.
The last time the teams played in the Rose Bowl, UCLA scored a 68-14 win over the visitors (1993). The 68 points was the second-highest point total in school history. Quarterback Wayne Cook threw four scoring passes to match a then school record. Receiver J.J. Stokes grabbed three of the scoring tosses. Defensively, the Bruins sacked Cougar quarterbacks a school-record 11 times, intercepted three passes and forced three fumbles.
HONORARY TEAM CAPTAIN - All-America defensive end Jamir Miller (1991-93) will serve as the honorary captain for the BYU game. An All-American in 1993 and the No. 10 pick by Arizona in the 1994 NFL Draft, Miller shares the UCLA one-game record with 4.5 sacks, set against BYU in 1993.
UCLA IN THE POLLS IN 2007 - Pre-Season: USA Today 17, AP 14; Sept. 3: USA Today TBA, AP TBA.
THE 26TH YEAR -- The 2007 season marks the 26th year that the Rose Bowl has served as the home of the Bruins. UCLA moved from the L.A. Coliseum in the summer of 1982 and went 6-0-1 in that first year, capping the season with a victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl game.
The 2006 season-opening win against Utah was UCLA's 100th at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins own a record of 105-44-2 since moving to Pasadena, including a 3-2 record in Rose Bowl games. UCLA is 20-5 overall at home under head coach Karl Dorrell and 12-1 in the last two seasons.In July of 2007, the Rose Bowl was selected the No. 1 sports venue by SI.com/SIonCampus.
THIS WAY TO THE ROSE BOWL -- Free shuttle buses are available at the Parsons Engineering parking lot in downtown Pasadena (Walnut and Fair Oaks). There is a $9.00 charge for parking at the Parsons Lot. Shuttle service begins four hours prior to kickoff and runs up to one hour after the game.
The Metro Gold Line will run from downtown Los Angeles (and points further) to downtown Pasadena (approx. one block from the Parsons Lot) on game days. Gold Line patrons are encouraged to use the free shuttle from the Parsons lot to and from the Rose Bowl.
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 30-21 overall, 20-14 in Pac-10 play. Dorrell is 18-8 in the last two-plus 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.
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.
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.
LAST GAME -- UCLA scored 31 points after halftime en route to a season-opening 45-17 victory at Stanford.UCLA took a 7-0 lead with 4:26 left in the first quarter when Ben Olson and Joe Cowan, who missed all of last season, hooked up for a 19-yard touchdown. UCLA made the score 14-0 on the second play of the second quarter when Olson and Gavin Ketchum connected for a six-yard score.
Leading 14-7 at the half, UCLA scored on its second possession of the second half when Olson found Dominique Johnson for a four-yard TD. Following a Cardinal field goal, Cowan took an inside screen and turned it into a 77-yard touchdown and when Kai Forbath kicked the first field goal of his career (39 yards), UCLA led 31-10 with 11:44 remaining in the game.
Stanford countered with a 70-yard touchdown pass but UCLA responded following an onside kick when Olson found Brandon Breazell for a 15-yard touchdown. Christian Ramirez closed out the scoring with a 24-yard touchdown run.
UCLA's offense produced 624 yards, the 11th best total in school history and the most ever in an opener. The Bruins rushed for 338 yards on 50 attempts, their highest total since the 2004 Washington game, and added 286 yards in the air. UCLA did not have a turnover and allowed just one sack.
Ben Olson completed 16 of 29 passes for 286 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes, one shy of the school record. Tailback Kahlil Bell rushed for a career-high 195 yards and Chris Markey added 71 yards on the ground. Brandon Breazell set career highs with six receptions and 111 yards and Joe Cowan made two receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, UCLA allowed just two touchdowns and 52 net rushing yards. The Cardinal did throw for 331 yards, but took 59 attempts (5.6 average) and completed 27 passes (45.8%). Stanford converted just four of 18 third-down attempts.
Reggie Carter led the Bruins with 10 tackles, including two for losses, and Aaron Whittington added nine -- both career highs. Chris Horton, Christian Taylor (one for loss) and Dennis Keyes all had six stops. Trey Brown had four tackles, broke up four passes and caused a fumble and Korey Bosworth had two of UCLA's four sacks.