Bruins Prepare For Pac-10 Showdown Against Beavers

Sept. 30, 2002

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GAME # 5 - UCLA (3-1) travels to Corvallis, OR to openthe Pac-10 Conference season against Oregon State (4-1, 0-1) this Saturday afternoon, Oct. 5. Kickoff is scheduled for12:30 p.m. PST.

The game will be televised live on a regional basis by ABCSports. Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts will call the actionwith Todd Harris on the sidelines.

Fox Sports Radio AM 1150 and the Bruin Radio Networkbroadcasts all games. Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens willcall the action in the booth with John Ireland on the sidelines.

LAST WEEK - UCLA took control early and defeated SanDiego State, 43-7, at Qualcomm Stadium to improve itsrecord to 3-1 entering Pac-10 play at Oregon State.

UCLA forced five Aztec turnovers (two interceptions and threefumbles), held SDSU to 268 total yards, including just 208in the air (SDSU entered the game averaging over 400 yardspassing) and played efficiently on offense and special teams.

UCLA took a 7-0 first quarter lead when Marcus Reese intercepteda deflected pass at the Aztec six-yard line. Two playslater, Manuel White scored from the four-yard line. TheBruins increased the lead to 14-0 on the first play of thesecond quarter. Matt Clark blocked an Aztec punt and JibrilRaymo recovered the ball in the end zone for the secondtouchdown of his career (both on blocked punts).

On UCLA's next possession, Cory Paus hit Craig Bragg streakingdown the right sideline for a 37-yard touchdown onthird-and-28 to give the Bruins a 21-0 lead just 4:19 intothe second quarter. On SDSU's next possession, a snap frompunt formation went through the end zone for UCLA's firstsafety since 1997, giving the Bruins a 23-0 lead.

The Aztecs then mounted their only scoring drive of the dayto make the score 23-7 but Paus responded with a 64-yardstrike down the middle of the field to tight end MikeSeidman and Chris Griffith added a 33-yard field goal tobuild the lead to 33-7 at the half. Griffith's 46-yard fieldgoal and a two-yard touchdown run by Tyler Ebell werethe only scores of the second half.

Defensively, UCLA held the Aztecs to three of 15 on third-downconversions and zero for two on fourth down. SDSUnetted just 68 yards on the ground to go with 208 yards inthe air. J.R. Tolver entered the game leading the nation inreceptions and receiving yards per game but finished withjust three catches for 30 yards.

Spencer Havner led the defense with 10 tackles (nine solos),including two quarterback sacks. Matt Ware, playingcornerback instead of safety for the first time this year, hadseven tackles, including one sack. Asi Faoa came off thebench to make six tackles, including one sack and MarcusReese had six tackles, forced a fumble and made the interceptionthat set up the first touchdown of the game.

Offensively, UCLA passed for 238 yards, ran for 153 and didnot commit a turnover. Paus completed 12 of 21 passes for216 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Thescoring passes measured 37 yards to Bragg and 64 yards toSeidman.

Seidman set career highs with six receptions for 134 yardsand his 64-yard catch-and-run was the longest play of hiscareer. Bragg made four receptions for 60 yards, includingthe 37-yard touchdown, his team-leading fourth of the year.On the ground, Manuel White led the Bruins with a season-high76 yards and one touchdown on 14 attempts and TylerEbell added 44 yards and one score on nine attempts.

On special teams, Ebell averaged 18.6 yards on five punt returns.His 53-yard return in the third quarter was UCLA'slongest since the 1998 Washington game, when Ryan Roquesscored on a 77-yard return. The Bruins blocked a punt (MattClark) and scored on the recovery (Jibril Raymo), ChrisGriffith made two field goals and five PATs and Nate Fiksehad just three of his punts returned for 20 yards.

UCLA IN THE RANKINGS - Associated Press: Pre-season,NR; Sept. 1, NR; Sept. 8, No. 23; Sept. 15, No. 20.; Sept. 22,NR; Sept. 29, NR. USA Today/ESPN: Pre-season, NR; Sept.1, NR; Sept. 8, NR; Sept. 15, No. 22; Sept. 22, NR; Sept. 29,NR.

THE OREGON STATE SERIES - This will be the 53rdmeeting between UCLA and Oregon State. The Bruins leadthe series 35-13-4. UCLA captured the last meeting in theseries, played last season in Corvallis, by a score of 38-7 inthe conference opener for the Bruins. DeShaun Foster ranfor 147 yards and three touchdowns. Cory Paus threw for216 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Brian Poli-Dixon.Robert Thomas led the defense with nine tackles.

In 2000, Paus threw for a career-high 363 yards in a 44-38loss to the Beavers at the Rose Bowl.

Bob Toledo is 3-2 versus Oregon State as UCLA head coach.Dennis Erickson is 2-1 vs. UCLA as OSU's head coach and3-2 overall.

Oregon State ranks 4th in the Pac-10 and 25th nationally intotal offense (269.0 in the air and 157.0 on the ground for atotal of 426.0) and ranks 15th (4th in Pac-10) in scoring(38.0). Defensively, the Beavers are allowing 14.2 points(12th nationally and 2nd in Pac-10) and 272.2 yards (13thand 2nd, respectively) -- 164.6 in the air and 107.6 on theground. They are sixth nationally and second in the Pac-10in pass efficiency defense (80.36 rating) and have a league-high12 interceptions.

Individually, quarterback Derek Anderson is ninth nationallyin passing efficiency (156.93 rating) and is averaging 256.2passing yards (4th in the Pac-10) while Steven Jackson leadsthe Pac-10 and is 15th nationally in rushing (120.6). JamesNewson is averaging 75.8 receiving yards (7th in Pac-10)and 5.0 receptions (8th in Pac-10) per game. Terrell Robertsis averaging 14.0 yards on punt returns and 24.7 yardson kickoff returns to rank fourth in the Pac-10 in both.

Mitch Meeuwsen and Lawrence Turnereach have three interceptionsin five games to rank third in the Pac-10.

BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO - The Bruin headcoach owns a record of 45-28 (28-20 in Pac-10 play) and awinning percentage of .616 during his six-plus years on thejob. The 20-game winning streak in 1997-98 was the longestin school history, twice as long as the previous streak(10, set in 1946 and tied in 1954-55). His teams have wontwo Pac-10 titles (1997, 1998) and have qualified to play ina bowl game in four of the past five seasons.

Toledo is only the second coach in school history to win 10regular-season games (Bert LaBrucherie in 1946) and onlythe second coach in school history to win 10 total games inback-to-back seasons (Terry Donahue in 1987-88).

Toledo's 45 wins put him in fourth place on UCLA's careervictory list. Under Toledo, UCLA is 35-8 when it scores atleast 30 points and 17-1 when it scores at least 40. UCLA is31-6 when leading at the half and has won 10 times aftertrailing at the half and four when tied at the half. The Bruinsare 3-1 in overtime games. When ranked, the Bruinssport a 31-12 record under Toledo and are 15-5 when rankedin the Top 10.

Under Toledo, UCLA is 16-12 versus ranked teams. It has wonnine of the last 14 and is 15-7 in the last 22 games versusTop 25 teams.

DID YOU KNOW? -This season, UCLA is 2-0 when its opponent scores first and1-1 when it draws first blood. In 2001, the Bruins were 3-1when they scored first and 4-3 when the opponent scoredfirst.

Tyler Ebell's 53-yard punt return against San Diego State wasUCLA's longest since the 1998 season, when Ryan Roquesreturned one 77 yards for a touchdown at Washington.

UCLA has now scored three touchdowns on blocked puntsin the last two years and Jibril Raymo has scored two ofthem. Marcus Reese blocked both last year and Matt Clarkdid the honors against San Diego State.

UCLA has fumbled the ball eight times this year and has notlost a single one. Three are on kickoff returns, three on offense,one on a punt return and one on an interception.

UCLA has won 15 of its last 22 games versus ranked oppo-nentsdating back to a 1997 win at #11 Texas and has posteda 23-6 record in regular season games played in the RoseBowl since that win over the Longhorns.

The Bruins lead the series against the Beavers, 35-13-4.

UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 non-conference regular-seasongames dating back to 1999 (following a loss at OhioState, the Bruins have defeated Fresno State in 1999, Alabama,Fresno State and Michigan in 2000, Alabama, Kansasand Ohio State in 2001 and Colorado State, OklahomaState and San Diego State in 2002).

This will be the fourth straight season that the Bruins havestarted the conference schedule on the road. It is the fifthtime in Bob Toledo's seven seasons as UCLA head coach inwhich his team has opened league play away from home.The Bruins are 3-3 in Pac-10 openers under Toledo. Thewinning team has scored at least 34 points in the last fivemeetings with the Beavers.

Sixteen Bruins made their varsity debut versus Colorado State,including eight true freshmen J.D. Groves, Marcedes Lewis,Justin London, Glenn Ohaeri, Drew Olson, Jarrad Page,Junior Taylor, Wesley Walker; six redshirt freshmen TylerEbell, Jason Harrison, Spencer Havner, Wendell Mathis,Mike McCloskey and James Jessen; and two juniors RyanBoschetti and David Tautofi. All of those players also sawaction against Oklahoma State, all but Olson and Mathisplayed versus Colorado but they all played vs. SDSU.Numerous players made their debuts at San Diego State.Redshirt freshman Ed Blaton started at right tackle for injuredMike Saffer in his first career game. Tight end KeithCarter, linebacker Matt Chastain, quarterback John Sciarra,offensive guard Robert Cleary, wide receiver JacquesLazarus, wide receiver Brett Mitchell, offensive tackle MattMosebar, offensive guard Jason Nitz, wide receiver JoshRoenicke all saw the first action of their careers.True freshman strong safety Jarrad Page made the first startof his career, as did Blanton.

The eight true freshmen, who saw action against ColoradoState and Oklahoma State, are the most to play in a singlegame since at least 1980. UCLA had eight true freshmenearn letters in 1994.

UCLA's nine bowl wins in the last 20 years rank No. 1 (tied)in the Pac-10. Only six schools (Florida State, Tennessee,Penn State, Alabama, Miami, Michigan) have won morebowl games in that span.

During the last 20 years, UCLA has been ranked in the finalAssociated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions. No other schoolin the Pac-10 has been ranked more than 10 times.

In the last 20 seasons (1982-2001), UCLA has more Top 10rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, onlysix schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Florida, Miami, Michigan,Tennessee) have been ranked in the AP Top 10 moreoften than UCLA during this period.

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