Football Notes: Bruins Travel To Tucson To Take On Arizona
Oct. 29, 2007
UCLA (5-3, 4-1) at Arizona (3-6, 2-4)
KICKOFF - 12:30 PM MDT/PDT
TV - ABC
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
** Bruins have won five of last six meetings **
** UCLA tied for second place in Pac-10 race **
GAME #9 - UCLA (5-3, 4-1 and tied for second place in Pac-10 play) travels to the desert to take on the University of Arizona (3-5, 2-4) on Saturday, November 3 in Tucson, AZ. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. MDT/PDT. The game will be televised by ABC with Dan Fouts, Tim Brant and Todd Harris calling the action. AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) broadcasts all of the Bruin games. Sirius satellite radio will air the game (channel 143) nationally.
SERIES WITH ARIZONA - The Bruins lead the series with the Wildcats, which dates back to 1927, by a 19-10-2 count. UCLA has won five of the last six meetings, including a 27-7 decision last year in the Rose Bowl. The lone loss in that stretch came in the last contest played in the Tucson in 2005 by a score of 52-14.
Last season, Patrick Cowan came on for injured quarterback Ben Olson (tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee on UCLA's second series) and helped to lead the Bruins to a 27-7 win in the Rose Bowl. Cowan threw for 201 yards and a pair of touchdown passes after entering the game late in the first quarter. His first scoring toss gave the Bruins a 7-0 lead with 1:59 to play in the first quarter. His second, midway through the second quarter, put UCLA in front 14-7 at the half. Two field goals and an Alterraun Verner interception return for a touchdown finished out the scoring. The Bruin defense forced two fumbles in addition to the interception and limited UA to minus 13 yards on the ground.
In the last matchup played in Tucson, the 2005 Bruins finally ran out of comebacks in a 52-14 defeat. The setback knocked the No. 7 Bruins from the ranks of the unbeaten after opening the season with eight straight wins. The Wildcats scored the first four times they touched the ball, building a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter and went to the half leading 31-7. Arizona scored the first two times it touched the ball in the second half and upped its advantage to 45-7 with over 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter. UCLA tight end Marcedes Lewis caught 11 passes (second highest single game total in school history), two for touchdowns. Quarterback Drew Olson threw both scoring passes and pushed his season total to 25 on the year, to match the Bruin single season mark.
TEAM NOTES -
UCLA has defeated its last two Top 10-ranked opponents. It defeated California (No. 10 AP, T-No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on October 20 and defeated No. 2 USC last December 2.
In eight games, opponents have converted 38 of 130 (29.2%) third down opportunities and UCLA ranks 11th in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in that category. Stanford converted four of 18 third-down conversion attempts while BYU was six of 16 and Utah was five of 16. Washington converted four of 16 attempts. Oregon State was one of 14 on third down opportunites. Notre Dame converted three of 17 third-down attempts. California converted seven of 15 opportunities and Washington State was successful on eight of 18 chances. UCLA ranked fifth nationally in third-down conversion defense (28.4%) in 2006, having allowed 13 opponents to convert 50 of 176 third-down opportunities.
UCLA has held its seven opponents to 831 net rushing yards on 277 attempts (3.00 average) and ranks 17th in the nation (103.88) in rushing defense. The Bruins allowed Stanford 52 net yards rushing on 26 attempts (2.0 average), BYU just 44 net yards on 25 attempts, Utah 122 on 37 attempts, Washington had 124 on 32 attempts, Oregon State had 102 on 38 attempts, Notre Dame had 46 on 38 attempts and California netted 67 yards on 30 attempts (Cal was averaging 196.2 yards entering the game). WSU ran for a season-high 274 yards on 51 attempts. In 13 games in the 2006 season, UCLA allowed 91.1 yards per game (tied for ninth in the NCAA and tied for first in the Pac-10) and just nine touchdowns on the ground.
The crowd of 72,986 at the BYU game (Sept. 8) was the highest for a home opener since the 2001 opener versus Ohio State (73,723). It was also UCLA's best non-conference crowd since that Ohio State game.
UCLA has drawn 72,986 (BYU), 72,124 (Washington), 78,543 (Notre Dame) and 83,494 (California) in its first four home games. It is the first time since moving to the Rose Bowl that UCLA has opened the home schedule with four straight games of 70,000-plus crowds. The average of 76,787 is ahead of the school record of 73,709, set in 1998.
The crowd of 83,484 for California was UCLA's largest for a non-USC game since Nov. 12, 2005, when it drew 84,983 for Arizona State.
Under Karl Dorrell, UCLA is 21-1 when it scores at least 30 points (won 16 straight) in a game and 12-1 when it scores 40 or more (11 in a row). The Bruins are 19-2 when they hold the opponent under 20 points, including the last 15 times.
Against Washington and Oregon State, UCLA scored 40 points in back-to-back games (44 vs. Washington, 40 vs. Oregon State) for the first time since the middle of the 2005 season when it scored 40 or more in three straight games.
Under Karl Dorrell, UCLA's home record is 23-6 (.793). The .793 percentage ranks 21st in Football Bowl Subdivision for home record during the last four-plus years (2003-2007). UCLA's 10-game home winning streak in 2005-06 was its longest since 1997-1999, when it won 13 consecutive home games. The Bruins have captured wins in 15 of the last 17 games played at home in the Rose Bowl.
UCLA is 22-2 when it wins the turnover battle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 4-0 (Stanford, BYU, Oregon State, California) in 2007. It is 12-22 when it ties or loses the turnover battle, including 1-3 (Utah, Washington, Notre Dame, Washington State) in 2007.
In the final three quarters of the Oregon State game, UCLA allowed just 101 yards and six first downs. The Beavers gained more than seven yards on just three of their final 12 offensive possessions.
Against Oregon State, UCLA finished with 133 net yards rushing against a defense that had allowed just 118 net yards in its first four games.
UCLA held Cal to 299 net yards. The Golden Bears entered the game averaging 434.7 yards per game.
In Pac-10 games only, UCLA ranks second in rushing offense (217.4) and total offense (430.8) and third in scoring offense (33.2). Defensively, UCLA is third in total defense (366.0) and scoring defense (22.0) and fourth in passing defense (242.2). UCLA is also second in turnover margin (+1.00).
UCLA's 624 yards of total offense in the 2007 opener versus Stanford was the 11th highest total in school history. It is the most ever in a Bruin season opener and the most in any game since the 2005 Arizona State game (660 yards).
UCLA's 45 points versus Stanford were the most in a season opener since 1998 when it scored 49 to open the season versus Texas at the Rose Bowl. It is also the most points scored by UCLA in a season opener on the road (UCLA scored 44 at San Diego State in 2005). The last time the Bruins scored more points in a Pac-10 road game was the 1998 Arizona contest (52-28).
UCLA's 338 rushing yards against Stanford were the most by the team since the 2004 Washington contest (424 yards).
UCLA's 28 points in the fourth quarter at Oregon State tied the school record for points in a quarter. (since 1958). It had been done 12 other times since 1958, most recently in the second quarter against Rice in 2005.
Against Washington, 18 of UCLA's final 19 offensive plays (all in the fourth quarter) were runs and those plays produced 157 yards, one touchdown and two field goals.
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).
UCLA ended USC's streak of 63 straight games of scoring 20 or more points on Dec. 2, 2006 when it held the Trojans to nine points in a 13-9 victory.
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 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.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 IN THE POLLS IN 2007 - Pre-Season: USA Today 17, AP 14; Sept. 3: USA Today 14, AP 13; Sept. 9: USA Today 11, AP 11; Sept. 16: USA Today 29, AP 30; Sept. 23: USA Today 27, AP 29, Harris 29; Sept. 30: USA Today 25, AP 30, Harris 29; Oct. 7: USA Today NR, AP NR, Harris NR; Oct. 14: USA Today NR, AP NR, Harris NR; Oct. 21: USA Today 31, AP 26, Harris 27; Oct. 28: USA Today NR, AP 35, Harris 32.
UCLA PLAYER / COACH NOTES -
UCLA is playing without several starters on both offense and defense.
Offensively, fullback Michael Pitre has missed seven games and played a handful of snaps in one game. Quarterback Ben Olson, (head, knee) has missed three full games, including the last two, and most of a fourth. Quarterback Pat Cowan (hamstring, knee) has played in just three games - both quarterbacks have not been healthy at the same time all year. Starting wide receiver Marcus Everett (ankle) has missed the last five games (he played a handful of snaps versus Notre Dame). Guard Shannon Tevaga (knee) missed two games and most of a third but returned to the starting lineup against California. Tailback Chris Markey (turf toe) missed the Notre Dame game and most of the California contest. Tailback Kahlil Bell (knee) was injured in the first quarter at Washington State while wide receiver Brandon Breazell (multiple rib contusions) was injured in the second quarter. Neither returned to the game.
Defensively, tackle Brigham Harwell (knee) has missed the last six games. End Nikola Dragovic (groin, hip) has played in just one of the last six games and none of the last three. Tackle Jess Ward, Harwell's replacement, is now out several weeks (knee) and did not play at Washington State. Tackle Chase Moline (neck) has missed the last three games. Linebacker Christian Taylor (concussion) did not play at Washington State.
Redshirt senior Bruce Davis now has 23.5 career sacks to rank fifth (tied) in school history. This season he has 6.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, a fumble caused and a fumble recovery. He ranks T-third in the Pac-10 and T-18th in the nation in sacks per game (0.81).Davis is the nation's leading returning sack specialist, based on his sacks in the 2006 season. He ranked fourth (tied) in the NCAA and tied for first in the Pac-10 in sacks (12.5 - 0.96 ave.) and 18th nationally and second in the Pac-10 in tackles for losses (1.35 ave.).
Senior running back Chris Markey became just the fifth player in school history to rush for at least 190 yards in a game twice in a career after his 193-yard effort versus Washington. He ranks sixth in UCLA history in career all-purpose yardage with 3,925 yards, 11th in career rushing with 2,467 yards and first among running backs with 65 career receptions. He is also 14th in the Pac-10 in rushing (64.14). Markey needs 29 yards to move into 10th on the all-time rushing list.
Redshirt senior safety Chris Horton is second on the squad with 62 stops. He made a career-high 16 tackles at Washington State and ranks 15th in the Pac-10 with his 7.75 average. He was the Bruins' leading tackler in 2006 with 95 and was second on the team with three interceptions. He had a career-high 12 stops versus Arizona State (Nov. 18) to earn Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Linebacker Kyle Bosworth's 19 tackles at Washington State were the most by a Bruin since Eric Turner made 21 against Oregon on Nov. 11, 1989. That total also ranks eighth (tied) on UCLA's single-game list.
MATTHEW SLATER is averaging 27.33 yards on 24 kickoff returns (26th in the NCAA, second in the Pac-10). He also is tied for second in the Pac-10 in fumbles forced (0.25). His 656 kickoff return yards are a new school record and his 24 returns are tied for third on the all-time UCLA single-season list.
Redshirt senior cornerback Trey Brown is now the player with the most consecutive starts (38). Brown earned defensive Player of the Week honors after picking off two Oregon State passes. True senior Shannon Tevaga had his games started streak snapped at 34 straight games when he sat out the Washington game with a knee injury. Others with starting streaks of note include OL Chris Joseph (21), TE Logan Paulsen (17) on offense; on defense: DB Chris Horton (23), DL Bruce Davis (21), DB Dennis Keyes (21), DL Kevin Brown (20).
Cornerback Trey Brown is also the leader with the most career starts among current players (38). Offensive guard Shannon Tevaga has 36 to top the offense. Others with 22 or more career starts include: OL Chris Joseph (26), OL Noah Sutherland (22), DL Kevin Brown (34), S Dennis Keyes (30), S Chris Horton (23).
Redshirt senior wide receiver Joe Cowan is one of just four players to have multiple career touchdown receptions of at least 77 yards. Danny Farmer had three and J.J. Stokes and Freddie Mitchell also had two.
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.
MATTHEW SLATER's 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown versus Washington was UCLA's first since Brandon Breazell returned two for touchdowns in the 2005 Sun Bowl. In addition, he also had four tackles in the contest and was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week.
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).
Seven of Brandon Breazell's 11 career touchdown receptions have measured at least 23 yards -- 46, 23, 56, 35, 78, 69, 30 -- and he has also scored on kickoff returns of 42 and 45 yards.
Redshirt senior linebacker Christian Taylor ranks sixth on the team with 42 tackles (seven games) and second with 7.0 tackles for loss. In 2006, he made a total of 83 tackles to rank second on the team in 2006 and also ranked third with 4.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.
Redshirt senior safety Dennis Keyes leads the team with 65 tackles and his average of 8.13 is T-11th in the Pac-10. He led the Bruins with 10 tackles against BYU and California and had nine at Utah and 11 at Washington State. Keyes returned an interception 60 yards versus Washington for the first touchdown of his career. In 2006, he was third on the team with 79 tackles.
Redshirt freshman Kai Forbath's 52-yard field goal at Utah is the longest ever by a Bruin freshman and tied for fourth on the all-time list.
True junior tailback Kahlil Bell is fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 99.38 yards per game. He rushed for 195 yards in the opener versus Stanford. That is the highest total by a Bruin in an opener. He also went over the 100 yard mark with 142 against California and 109 yards versus Washington.
When Chris Markey (193) and Kahlil Bell (109) both rushed for over 100 yards against Washington, it was the first time a pair of Bruins broke the century mark since the same duo did it against Rice in the second game of the 2006 season.
MATTHEW SLATER's 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown versus Washington was UCLA's first at the Rose Bowl since moving to the facility in 1982.
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 2006 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.
FRESHMEN - Two true freshman, long snapper Christian Yount and defensive tackle Brian Price, have played thus far in 2007. 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-six true freshmen have now played for coach Karl Dorrell during his four-plus 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 - Ten players saw action in their first game in the 2007 season-opener at Stanford (DL Tom Blake, LB Joshua Edwards, PK Kai Forbath, TE Tyler Holland, DB Chris Meadows, WR Osaar Rasshan, LS Christian Yount, DT Darius Savage, DB Matt Culver, QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson). DT Brian Price made his debut versus Washington. TE Travis Martin played versus California. DT tackle David Carter played at Washington State.
FIRST STARTS - Place kicker Kai Forbath, offensive tackle Micah Kia and tight end Scott Glicksberg made the first starts of their careers in the 2007 opener at Stanford. Cornerback Alterraun Verner made his first non-nickel back start versus BYU. Fullback Brian Theriot, defensive end Tom Blake, defensive tackle Jess Ward and cornerback Michael Norris all made their first career start at Utah. Offensive guard P.J. Irvin, tailback Kahlil Bell and defensive end Korey Bosworth made their first starts versus Washington. Offensive guard Micah Reed made his first start against Notre Dame. Defensive tackle Brian Price made his first start at Washington State.
ACADEMICS - Center Chris Joseph is a semifinalist for the Draddy Award, presented by the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and is also a candidate for a NFFHOF Scholar-Athlete Award.
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 -- 68 are still active players and five 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 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.
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 is in 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).
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