Homecoming - UCLA Welcomes Stanford To Rose Bowl
Oct. 21, 2002
GAME # 8 - UCLA, 4-3 overall and 1-2 in Pac-10 play, will host Stanford (2-4, 1-2) this Saturday afternoon, Oct. 26, at the Rose Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST.The game will be televised live on a national basis by Fox Sports Net. Steve Physioc and Tom Ramsey will call the action with Lewis Johnson on the sidelines.Fox Sports Radio AM 1150 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all games. Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens will call the action in the booth with John Ireland on the sidelines.
LAST WEEK - UCLA's offense lost its top two quarterbacks in the third quarter and could not recover in a 17-12 loss to California in Berkeley.Four-year starting quarterback Cory Paus suffered a fractured right ankle on UCLA's first possession of the second half. Paus completed a 28-yard pass to Craig Bragg but was rolled from behind, pinning his ankle underneath the would-be tackler. He was taken from the field on a cart for x-rays which revealed the fracture. He will have surgery later this week.The completed pass put the ball at the 20-yard line and two Tyler Ebell runs, including an 11-yard touchdown run, completed an 81-yard drive to tie the score at 10-10.Later in the third quarter, it looked like the Bruins had taken a 17-10 lead when backup quarterback Drew Olson stepped away from the rush and connected with tight end Mike Seidman for a 49-yard touchdown. However, the play was wiped out by a holding call and UCLA had to punt a couple of plays later. However, on the play before the punt, Olson was hit while throwing and suffered a strained right shoulder, sidelining him for the rest of the game.UCLA was unable to generate a first down in the fourth quarter (its only first down was by penalty). Redshirt freshman John Sciarra, whose previous experience consisted of one series at San Diego State, was under constant pressure and his inexperience showed. On his first series, he was sacked and fumbled. California recovered the ball at the Bruin 25-yard line and scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on six plays.UCLA's special teams and defense excelled in the final quarter. The Bruins blocked two Golden Bear punts, recovering at the Cal three- and 20-yard lines, but were unable to generate any points (they had a 21-yard field goal blocked at the end of the possession from the first block). Defensively, UCLA allowed Cal just one first down and 13 yards on its final four possessions (excluding the minus-38 yards on the final play of the game for a safety).On the day, UCLA held California to just 173 net yards, including 133 in the air and 40 on the ground. Even without the safety, the defense allowed just 211 yards. Spencer Havner led the way with 11 solo tackles, including one for loss, while Ben Emanuel (all solos) and Marcus Reese (six solos) added seven tackles each and Brandon Chillar made six tackles, including one for loss. Dave Ball recorded two sacks, giving him at least one in each of the last five games. On special teams, Reese and Matt Ware each blocked a punt and Garrett Lepisto and Matt Clark each had a recovery.Offensively, UCLA had 226 yards -- 197 in the air and 29 on the ground. Paus passed for 129 yards prior to his injury and Olson completed five of seven attempts for 58 yards before he was sidelined. Sciarra was one of seven for 10 yards with one interception.Craig Bragg broke the 100-yard barrier for the second straight week, finishing with 113 yards on seven receptions, and Mike Seidman added four receptions. Tyler Ebell rushed for 102 net yards to give him at least 100 yards in each of the last three games.
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; Oct. 6, NR (27); Oct. 13, NR (27); Oct. 20, NR.USA Today/ESPN: Pre-season, NR; Sept. 1, NR; Sept. 8, NR; Sept. 15, No. 22; Sept. 22, NR; Sept. 29, NR; Oct. 6, No. 25; Oct. 13, NR (28); Oct. 20, NR.
FOOD ZONE - For all Bruin home games fans should plan on arriving in the Arroyo Seco early to avoid traffic and picnic at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is again sponsoring the Food Zone in Area H, just south of the bowl. Participating restaurants include American Pretzel, Cafe Caboto's, Corn Roast of California, Couple of Nuts, Event Specialists (Dreyers), In-N-Out, Kettle Korn Cafe, Krispy Kreme/Coffee Bean, Me Gusta, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill, Subway, Thai Tiffany and T-N-T Gourmet Sausages Co.
PARKING AT ROSE BOWL - Parking is again available on the Brookside Golf Course for $5. For those who want to avoid the traffic in the Arroyo Seco, parking is available at the Parsons Engineering Building on Fair Oaks and Walnut in Pasadena. Parking at the Parsons Lot is $5 and the shuttle bus to and from the Rose Bowl is free. Shuttle service begins four hours prior to kickoff.
SERIES NOTES - UCLA leads the series with Stanford, which dates back to 1925, by a count of 38-30-3. Stanford won last year's game by a score of 38-28 and knocked the then-No. 4 Bruins from the ranks of the unbeaten. After UCLA jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a Ryan Nece fumble return, the Cardinal, led by backup quarterback Chris Lewis, scored 31 unanswered points. Cory Paus did not play in the second half due to a thumb injury. Scott McEwan came on to throw for 221 second-half yards and rallied the Bruins back to within three points at 31-28 at the 4:49 mark of the fourth quarter. A Matt Ware interception gave the Bruins one last chance, but UCLA was stopped on fourth down and Stanford took it in for one last score to make the final 38-28.The Bruins won the last meeting in the Rose Bowl, 37-35, on November 4, 2000. Cory Paus threw for 328 yards and Freddie Mitchell grabbed seven passes for 185 yards (fourth-highest in school history at the time) in the contest. DeShaun Foster ran for a total of 159 yards on 33 carries.Bob Toledo is 3-3 versus Stanford as the Bruin head coach.Stanford is averaging 372.0 yards (ninth in the Pac-10) -- 214.0 in the air (10th) and 158.0 on the ground (second) -- and 24.7 points (ninth) on offense while allowing 366.5 yards (seventh) -- 261.8 in the air (seventh) and 104.7 on the ground (fourth in the Pac-10, 20th in the nation) -- and 33.0 points (10th).Individually, Casey Moore leads the team in rushing with 267 yards and a 6.2 average and K. Tolan II is averaging a team-high 50.4 yards on the ground. Chris Lewis has passed for 712 yards (48.9%) and five touchdowns in his five games while Kyle Matter has passed for 580 yards (61.6%) and three touchdowns in his five games. Teyo Johnson is the team's leading receiver with 25 catches for 324 yards and five touchdowns while Alex Smith has made 20 receptions for 279 yards and two scores.
BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO - The Bruin head coach owns a record of 46-30 (29-22 in Pac-10 play) and a winning percentage of .605 during his six-plus years on the job. The 20-game winning streak in 1997-98 was the longest in school history, twice as long as the previous streak (10, set in 1946 and tied in 1954-55). His teams have won two Pac-10 titles (1997, 1998) and have qualified to play in a bowl game in four of the past five seasons.Toledo is only the second coach in school history to win 10 regular-season games (Bert LaBrucherie in 1946) and only the second coach in school history to win 10 total games in back-to-back seasons (Terry Donahue in 1987-88). Toledo's 46 wins put him in fourth place on UCLA's career victory list. Under Toledo, UCLA is 36-9 when it scores at least 30 points and 18-1 when it scores at least 40. UCLA is 31-6 when leading at the half and has won 11 times (11-23) after trailing at the half and four (4-1)when tied at the half. The Bruins are 3-1 in overtime games. When ranked, the Bruins sport a 31-13 record under Toledo and are 15-5 when ranked in the Top 10.Under Toledo, UCLA is 16-13 versus ranked teams. It has won nine of the last 15 and is 15-8 in the last 23 games versus Top 25 teams.
DID YOU KNOW? -
- UCLA allowed just 173 yards against California. The last time the defense held an opponent to fewer yards was the 2001 Ohio State game (166). UCLA allowed the Golden Bears just 40 yards on the ground, its best effort since limiting Washington to minus-eight yards rushing in 2001. The 133 yards passing by the Golden Bears was the fewest by an opponent since Colorado State's 98 in the 2002 opener.
- This season, UCLA is 3-1 when its opponent scores first and 1-2 when it draws first blood. In 2001, the Bruins were 3-1 when they scored first and 4-3 when the opponent scored first. UCLA is 3-1 on the road and 1-2 at home.
- Ten of UCLA's touchdowns have measured at least 30 yards -- nine on offense plus a 33-yard interception return. The offensive scores have covered 71, 64, 55, 53, 46, 41, 37 and 33 in the air and 49 yards on the ground.
- In seven games, UCLA's offense has produced 19 scrimmage plays of at least 30 yards -- 13 passes and six runs. The Bruins had five plays of 30+ yards at Oregon State, four each versus Oregon and Oklahoma State and three at San Diego State The longest run is 73 yards by Tyler Ebell at Oregon State and the longest pass is 71 yards from Cory Paus to Craig Bragg for a touchdown against Oregon. All four touchdowns against the Ducks measured at least 46 yards (71, 55, 53 and 46 yards).
- In the same span, the Bruin offense has produced 37 scrimmage plays of at least 20 yards, including 10 versus Oklahoma State and Oregon State and six versus Oregon.
- Tyler Ebell is the first freshman (true or redshirt) in UCLA history to rush for at least 100 yards in three consecutive games.
- In the Oregon State game, Tab Perry (145) and Mike Seidman (138) became the first Bruin 100-yard pass receiving duo since Freddie Mitchell (125) and Brian Poli Dixon (107) versus Arizona State (9/30/00). Against Oregon, Craig Bragg (230) and Tab Perry (126) had more than 100 receiving yards, giving UCLA back-to-back games with a pair of 100-yard receivers for the first time since the final two games of the 1998 season (Miami and Wisconsin). Bragg enters the Stanford game with back-to-back 100-yard efforts after making seven catches for 113 yards at California.
- Craig Bragg's 71-yard touchdown reception from Cory Paus was UCLA's longest pass play since the 2000 USC game, when Paus and Freddie Mitchell connected for 74 yards.
- During Bob Toledo's six-plus seasons as head coach, UCLA is 29-7 when it wins the turnover battle, 8-19 when it loses the turnover battle and 9-4 when the turnovers are even.
- Tyler Ebell's 53-yard punt return against San Diego State was UCLA's longest since the 1998 season, when Ryan Roques returned one 77 yards for a touchdown at Washington.
- UCLA has scored three touchdowns on blocked punts in the last two years and Jibril Raymo has scored two of them. Marcus Reese blocked both last year and Matt Clark did the honors against San Diego State. Overall, UCLA has blocked five punts in the last two years, three against Cal. It has blocked three punts this year, two at Berkeley.
- Against San Diego State (43) and Oregon State (43), UCLA scored 40 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1998, when it scored at least 40 points in each of the first five games.
- UCLA has fumbled the ball 15 times this year and has lost four, three on offense. Nine are on offense (three lost), three are on kickoff returns, two are on interceptions (one lost) and one is on a punt return.
- UCLA has won 15 of its last 23 games versus ranked opponents dating back to a 1997 win at #11 Texas and has posted a 23-7 record in regular-season games played in the Rose Bowl since that win over the Longhorns.
- UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 non-conference regular-season games dating back to 1999 (following a loss at Ohio State, the Bruins have defeated Fresno State in 1999, Alabama, Fresno State and Michigan in 2000, Alabama, Kansas and Ohio State in 2001 and Colorado State, Oklahoma State and San Diego State in 2002).
- In seven games this season, 12 Bruins have made their first starts - Paul Mociler, OG; Keith Carter, TE; Marcus Reese, LB; Spencer Havner, LB; Jarrad Page, DB; Jon Dubravac, WR; Mike McCloskey, C; Ed Blanton, OT; Tyler Ebell, TB; Jibril Raymo, FS; Ryan Boschetti, DT; Marcedes Lewis, TE. In addition, junior Asi Faoa made his first start at defensive end (he had one previous start at LB in 1999 vs. Boise State) and true freshman defensive tackle C.J. Niusulu made his debut versus the Ducks.
- 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 Tyler Ebell, Jason Harrison, Spencer Havner, Wendell Mathis, Mike McCloskey and James Jessen; and two juniors Ryan Boschetti and David Tautofi.
- Numerous players made their debuts at San Diego State. Redshirt freshman Ed Blaton started at right tackle for injured Mike Saffer in his first career game. Tight end Keith Carter, linebacker Matt Chastain, quarterback John Sciarra, offensive guard Robert Cleary, wide receiver Jacques Lazarus, wide receiver Brett Mitchell, offensive tackle Matt Mosebar, offensive guard Jason Nitz, wide receiver Josh Roenicke all saw the first action of their careers.
- UCLA has now played nine true freshmen this season, the most since freshmen became eligibile for varsity play in 1972. At least eight have played in the same game. UCLA had eight true freshmen earn 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 more bowl games in that span.
- During the last 20 years, UCLA has been ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions. No other school in the Pac-10 has been ranked more than 10 times.
- In the last 20 seasons (1982-2001), UCLA has more Top 10 rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, only six schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee) have been ranked in the AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.
- The Bruins finished the 2001 season with a 7-4 mark. It was the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Bruins concluded the regular season qualified to play in a bowl game.
- Several Bruins are listed on the pre-season watch lists of the major awards - Mike Saffer, OT and Rodney Leisle, DT - Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award; Ricky Manning, Jr., CB and Matt Ware, FS - Jim Thorpe Award; Nate Fikse, P - Ray Guy Award.
- Senior cornerback Ricky Manning has a chance this season to become only the seventh Bruin since 1964 to be named a three-time first-team all-conference player. The others - Vaughn Parker, OL 1991-92-93; Terry Tumey, DL 1985-86-87; Kenny Easley, DB 1977-78-79; Manu Tuiasosopo, DL 1976-77-78; Jerry Robinson, LB 1976-77-78; Gary Beban, QB 1965-66-67.
- Starting Streaks - Ricky Manning has started in 39 straight games to lead the team. Next is offensive left tackle Bryce Bohlander with 32 straight starts. Offensive right tackle Mike Saffer, who has started 36 times in his career, had a streak of 26 consecutive starts ended when he did not play at San Diego State due to a broken rib. Defensive tackle Rodney Leisle had a 28-game streak stopped when he did not suit up for the Oregon game due to a broken foot.
- Three Bruins on the 2002 roster are the sons of former Bruin football players - TE Blane Kezirian (dad, Ed played offensive line in 1972-73 for coach Pepper Rodgers and posted a 17-5 record); WR/H Garrett Lepisto (dad, Vic played defensive end in 1964-66-67 for coaches Bill Barnes and Tommy Prothro); QB John Sciarra (dad, John played 1972-75 and quarterbacked the Bruins to a win over No. 1 Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl game).
- UCLA had six players selected in the 2002 NFL Draft, ranking seventh (tied) nationally among all schools in that category. (LB Robert Thomas/Rams, RB DeShaun Foster/Panthers, DB Marques Anderson/Packers, DL Kenyon Coleman/Raiders, TE Bryan Fletcher/Bears - now with Tennessee, LS Jeff Grau/Redskins). All six are currently with NFL teams, plus free agent signee LB Ryan Nece with Tampa Bay, giving UCLA seven current NFL rookies.
- Offensive left tackle Bryce Bohlander has been nominated for a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship and the 2002 Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America team and will be nominated for an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. He will graduate in December with a major in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy and currently owns a 3.27 grade-point average.
RICKY MANNING - True senior corner Ricky Manning Jr., a candidate for All-America honors and the Thorpe Award, earned first-team All-Pac-10 acclaim for the second straight season last year, in the vote of league coaches. He is a 2002 first-team pre-season All-America selection by Football News and a second-team choice by Street & Smith's and Lindy's.Manning has the opportunity to become only the seventh Bruin since 1964 to earn first-team All-League honors three times. He has started in each of the last 39 games (longest starting streak on the team) after making his first career start against Fresno State in 1999.In the season-opening win over Colorado State, he was credited with five tackles, including four solos. His fourth-quarter tackle on Cecil Sapp after a reception caused a fumble that UCLA recovered at the Ram 16-yard line with a 14-13 lead. UCLA scored on the next play to build a 21-13 lead.Against Oklahoma State, he tied for the team lead with eight tackles, including one for loss, and spent most of the game defending Rashaun Woods.In the game versus Colorado, he was credited with four tackles (three solos), including one for loss, and also had one pass defensed.At San Diego State, he helped hold the nation's No. 2 passing attack to just 208 total yards. Matched up most of the day against J.R. Tolver, Manning held the nation's No. 1-ranked receiver to just three catches for 30 yards. On the afternoon, he made the 10th interception of his career and was credited with two other pass defenses and three tackles.At Oregon State, he scored the first touchdown of his career on a 33-yard interception return to give the Bruins a 26-14 lead 4:55 into the second half. He also made three tackles. Against Oregon, he also made three stops. At California, he was credited with one tackle and one pass defensed but the Golden Bears rarely threw in his area.Manning has now made 11 career interceptions, tying him for 12th on that UCLA career list.On the year, he is sixth on the team with 27 tackles, including two for losses, and one forced fumble. He is tied for the team lead with his two interceptions and has broken up four passes.In 2001, he ranked second on the team with his three interceptions and totaled 36 tackles, including two for losses, to rank sixth (tied) on the team in that category.In 2000, he ranked fifth on the team with 65 tackles. His four interceptions led the team, as did his 14 pass defenses. As a freshman in 1999, he led the Bruins with 10 tackles for loss and ranked fourth on the team with 53 tackles.
MARCUS REESE -True senior linebacker Marcus Reese, who is a candidate for post-season honors, has been a major contributor the last two seasons. He made his first career start against Colorado State and was very productive, making nine tackles (seven solos), one shy of the team high for the game. Against Oklahoma State, he did not play much of the second half as a precaution (ankle) and made two solo tackles. In the game against Colorado, he led the Bruins with a career-high 13 tackles (seven solos) and was also credited with one pass defensed.In the win at San Diego State, his diving interception at the Aztec six-yard line set up UCLA's first score of the day and the fumble he forced also resulted in a Bruin touchdown drive to make the score 21-0 less than five minutes into the second quarter. On the afternoon, he made six tackles (three solos) to go with his two forced turnovers.At Oregon State, he tied for the team lead with six tackles. He had two stops behind the line, including one for a safety late in the second quarter. He was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week.Against Oregon, he led the Bruins with nine tackles (five solos), including one sack and a second for loss.At California, he made seven tackles (six solos) to rank second (tied) on the team. He also defensed two passes. On special teams, he recorded the first of UCLA's two fourth-quarter blocked punts, his third in two seasons.After seven games, his 52 tackles (34 solos) lead the team and his 7.4 average is ninth (tied) in the Pac-10. He also ranks fourth on the team with four tackles for losses.Despite not starting in 2000 or 2001, he made 68 tackles during those two years. Also a big contributor on special teams during his career, Reese blocked a pair of punts last season which each produced a touchdown. On the year, he ranked ninth on the squad with 34 tackles, including four for loss.
MATT WARE - A member of the 2002 Thorpe Award Watch List and the only true freshman in the starting lineup a year ago, Ware is playing both cornerback and free safety in 2002 after starting at cornerback in 2001.In the opener against Colorado State, he made four solo tackles and had one pass defensed. In the win at Oklahoma State, he made his first interception of the year in the end zone in the final minute of the first half to end a Cowboy scoring opportunity. He also made two tackles but missed most of the second half after spraining his right ankle. In the Colorado game, he ranked second on the squad with a career-high 10 tackles (four solos).At San Diego State, he played cornerback exclusively and helped limit the nation's No. 2 passing attack to just 208 yards in the air. The Aztecs had just one completion of more than 22 yards and averaged just 5.2 yards per pass attempt. Ware ranked second on the team with seven tackles (four solos), including one sack.At Oregon State, he again played cornerback and was credited with three tackles, including two solos, and one pass defensed. Against Oregon, he played corner and made three tackles, including one for loss, and forced one fumble.At California, he made one tackle at the cornerback position and also recorded the second of UCLA's two fourth-quarter blocked punts. He also played one snap on offense, pitching the ball on an option play near the goal line.On the year, he ranks fourth on the squad 30 tackles (18 solos) and has made one interception and one quarterback sack.In 2001, Ware was named first-team Freshman All-American and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News. He earned first-team Freshman All-American accolades by the Football Writers of America.Matt became the first UCLA true freshman to start every regular-season game since freshmen became eligible in 1972 (three-time All-America safety Kenny Easley started the final 10 games of his freshman season).On the year, he made 32 tackles, led the team with five interceptions (tied for third in the Pac-10) and was second on the team with two fumble recoveries. Ware's five interceptions were the most by a Bruin since Larry Atkins made six in 1997.He also saw action on offense, as a quarterback, in the games against Oregon and USC. He ran four times in the Oregon game for 22 yards and caught one pass for 49 yards. He took two snaps at quarterback versus USC and pitched the ball on both occasions.He signed a baseball contract with the Seattle Mariners during the 2001 fall football camp and played in their minor league organization this past summer as an outfielder.
BRANDON CHILLAR - True junior Brandon Chillar is enjoying a productive 2002 season. In the season-opener against Colorado State, he led the Bruins with a career-high 10 tackles (four solos and six assists) and made the second interception of his career. He also forced a fumble on the Rams' two-point conversion attempt that Ben Emanuel returned for two Bruin points and a 23-19 lead.Against Oklahoma State, he was again all over the field and made four tackles, including one for loss, but did not return after suffering a leg cramp in the second half. In the Colorado game, he made three solo tackles, including one for loss.The San Diego native recorded three tackles (two solos) against San Diego State and also recovered a second-quarter fumble that led to a Bruin touchdown. At Oregon State, he tied for the team lead with six tackles (five solos). He had one sack and a second tackle for loss. Against Oregon, he was third on the squad with six tackles.At California, he recorded six tackles (five solos), including one for loss, and defensed one pass.On the year, he ranks third on the squad with 38 tackles (26 solos), and is third on the team with five tackles for loss. He has also made one interception, one sack and one fumble recovery.Chillar started nine games at strongside linebacker a year ago. He ranked fifth on the team, and first among 2002 returnees, with 42 tackles. Chillar was third on the team with five sacks and had eight tackles for loss, both totals ranking No. 1 among returnees. He made his first career start in the second game of the season at Kansas.
SPENCER HAVNER - A candidate for Freshman All-America honors, the redshirt freshman played in his first game and made his first start against Colorado State. He made five tackles (three solos), including one for loss, and was also credited with two pass defenses.In the win over Oklahoma State, he played a key role. He returned his first career interception 23 yards for the touchdown that gave UCLA a lead it would never relinquish, 14-10. He tied for the team lead with eight tackles (seven solos) and forced a fumble at the Bruin 18-yard line that ended a Cowboy scoring threat and started a Bruin touchdown drive. In the Colorado game, he made seven tackles, including four solos, and was also credited with one pass defense.At San Diego State, Havner was all over the field. He led the Bruins with 10 tackles (nine solos) and sacked the quarterback on two occasions. At Oregon State, he was credited with three tackles, including one for loss, and made his second interception of the season. Against Oregon, he made five tackles, including one for loss.At California, he led the Bruins with 11 tackles -- all solos --including one for loss and also forced a fumble.On the year, he has made 49 tackles, second on the team in that category, and his average of 7.0 tackles per game ranks 13th in the Pac-10. His 38 solo tackles lead the team, he is tied for the team lead in interceptions (two) and he ranks second in tackles for loss (six).
DAVE BALL - In the opener against Colorado State, junior right end Dave Ball was credited with three tackles, including one for loss. Against Oklahoma State, he recovered a second-quarter fumble at the Bruin 18-yard line that ended a Cowboy scoring threat and started a Bruin touchdown drive. He also made one tackle. In the Colorado game, he made four tackles (three solos), including one of the Bruins' two sacks.At San Diego State, D. Ball made two tackles, including one of UCLA's five sacks. At Oregon State, he started for the 16th straight game and made two tackles, including a sack for the third consecutive week. His starting streak was snapped against Oregon as he was forced to sit out the first half of the game after being excused by the officials from the Oregon State game and he recorded a sack for the fourth straight week in the second half.At California, he recorded two sacks among his three tackles and has now had at least one sack in each of the last five games.On the year, he has made 16 tackles, one shy of the team high among the linemen, and leads the team with six sacks and seven tackles for loss. He ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 0.86 sacks per game. He has also started 17 of the last 18 games over two seasons.In 2001, he started all 11 contests and finished with 18 tackles and one sack. Ball was seventh on the team with four tackles for loss. As a redshirt freshman in 2000, he started three games at end and saw action in all 12 contests.BEN EMANUEL - The talented redshirt freshman safety played a key role in the victory over Colorado State. On the night, he was credited with six tackles (four solos) and one pass defense from the strong safety position. However, his biggest play came with the Bruins leading 21-19 with 1:32 remaining in the game. On CSU's two-point conversion attempt, Brandon Chillar caused Bradlee Van Pelt to fumble and Emanuel picked up the loose ball and returned it 89 yards for two points to give UCLA a 23-19 lead. It was the first defensive two-point conversion in UCLA history.In the win at Oklahoma State, he was credited with six solo tackles, including one for loss. He also made two interceptions, the second time in his career he has done that (Washington State in 2001). His second, with UCLA holding a 38-24 lead, gave the Bruins possession with 3:41 remaining and they were able to run out the clock. He played most of the second half at free safety in place of injured Matt Ware. In the Colorado game, Emanuel was credited with a career-best eight tackles (six solos), including one for loss.At San Diego State, he started at free safety with Matt Ware's shift to corner and helped coordinate the secondary play that held the Aztecs to just 208 passing yards (SDSU had thrown for over 500 yards in each of its previous two games). He was credited with one tackle. At Oregon State, he again started at free safety and was credited with one pass breakup. He did not play versus Oregon due to a 'stinger' in his left side that he suffered at Oregon State and reaggravated during the week.At California, he tied for second on the team with seven tackles, all solos.On the year, he ranks fifth on the squad with 28 tackles, including 24 solos and two for losses. He is tied for the team lead with two interceptions and tied for 13th in the Pac-10 (0.33 average).
DEFENSIVE LINE - Senior Rusty Williams had a 22-game starting streak at defensive end stopped at the 2000 Sun Bowl. He missed that contest after undergoing shoulder surgery. He sat out Spring practice a year ago and reported to 2001 Fall camp ready for action. He appeared in all 11 games off the bench last season and had six tackles, one for loss.Against Colorado State, his first start since the 2000 USC game, Williams played a very important role. In the third quarter, he pressured the Ram quarterback into throwing an interception at the Bruin seven-yard line. In the fourth quarter, with UCLA leading 14-13, his fumble recovery at the Ram 16-yard line with 8:56 remaining set up a Bruin touchdown on the next play. He also handled all the snaps for punts and placements. He has started all seven games and made two tackles, including one for loss, at San Diego State. At Oregon State, he made two tackles, including one for loss, added two tackles, including one for loss, against Oregon and one at California.Redshirt junior Mat Ball, who switched back to end during Spring drills after playing outside linebacker in 2001, made one tackle during his time on the field against Colorado State. He made two tackles at Oklahoma State, one tackle, a quarterback sack, versus Colorado, and one tackle at San Diego State. He was not credited with a tackle at Oregon State and made one tackle for loss versus Oregon and one tackle at California. A year ago, M. Ball started twice at OLB and made 12 tackles including two for losses.Two seniors - Steve Morgan and Sean Phillips - have played at the left tackle spot with Morgan earning the starting nod. Against Colorado State, Morgan made four tackles, including one for loss, and Phillips added a solo tackle. At Oklahoma State, Morgan made two tackles and Phillips recorded a 10-yard sack. Against Colorado, Morgan was credited with one assist. At San Diego State, Morgan made two tackles and Phillips added one. At Oregon State, Morgan was credited with one tackle. Against Oregon, Morgan made three solo tackles and he made four solo stops at California. On the year, he has made 17, most among the defensive linemen.In 2001, Morgan came off the bench to make two tackles, including a five-yard sack, against Alabama, two tackles, including 0.5 sacks, against Kansas, two tackles versus Washington, one against California, one at Stanford and one versus WSU. Phillips, who started three times in 2000, saw action in seven games on defense and totaled six tackles and one sack a year ago.Junior college transfer Ryan Boschetti also made his debut at defensive tackle against Colorado State and was credited with five tackles, including four solos. At Oklahoma State, he made three tackles, including one for loss, and tipped a pass. In the Colorado game, he was credited with one solo tackle and he had one assist at Oregon State. He made his first career start against Oregon and was credited with four tackles (three solos), including one sack and a second for loss. At California, he was credited with two tackles. On the year, he has made 16 tackles, tied for second among defensive linemen, including one sack and three tackles for loss.Redshirt junior Asi Faoa has played well as a reserve defensive end. At San Diego State, he made six tackles (four solos), including one sack, and forced one fumble. He added a sack at Oregon State. He made his second career start (vs. Boise State at LB in 1999) and first start as a defensive lineman against Oregon and recorded two solo tackles. He made one tackle for loss at California. On the year, he has made 15 tackles, including two sacks and a third for loss.
THE BENCH Due to injury and caution, several key reserves saw extensive action at linebacker and in the secondary against Oklahoma State. Sophomore Tim Warfield played extensively in the second half for Brandon Chillar and made two tackles. Junior Dennis Link filled in well for Marcus Reese, making five tackles. True freshman Jarrad Page (two tackles) and junior Kevin Brant (three tackles) filled in at strong safety with Ben Emanuel switching to free safety in place of Matt Ware.Against Colorado, strong safety Jibril Raymo made three solo tackles on defense and special teams and Page added two assists in limited action at safety.At San Diego State, Page started at strong safety and was credited with two tackle assists. Joe Hunter, coming off the bench for the first time this year, made three solo tackles.At Oregon State, Page made his second straight start at strong safety and made three solo tackles and defensed one pass.Against Oregon, Raymo made his first career start at free safety and made eight tackles, second on the squad, and forced a fumble. Page made his third straight start at strong safety and made five tackles and deflected a pass. True freshman C.J. Niusulu made his debut as a reserve defensive tackle and made two tackles, including a quarterback sack.At California, Page made his fourth consecutive start and recorded a tackle for loss. Keith Short and Nick Carey each made two tackles on special teams.
RODNEY LEISLE - Redshirt junior tackle Rodney Leisle had an outstanding season in 2001. A pre-season second-team All-America choice in 2002, he has also been named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists.In the win over Colorado State, Leisle helped hold the Rams to just 277 yards (3.7 average). He was credited with four tackles. Against Oklahoma State, he was credited with five tackles (four solos) while helping hold OSU to 94 net yards rushing. Against Colorado, he made three tackles.He played only the first half against San Diego State and was credited with one tackle while helping hold the Aztecs to just 157 first-half yards.At Oregon State, he made his 28th consecutive start but suffered a broken right foot early in the second half after making two tackles (one for loss). He had surgery on Oct. 8 and is expected to be sidelined a few more weeks. On the year, despite constant double teaming, he had made 15 tackles prior to his injury.In 2001, Leisle ranked second among linemen and tied for sixth on the team with 36 stops. Leisle, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection by the league's coaches and a first-team all-conference pick by The Sporting News, ranked fourth on the team with two sacks and tied for sixth with five tackles for losses.Leisle started all 12 games in 2000 and ranked first among the linemen with 36 tackles. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and was named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.
CORY PAUS - Senior Cory Paus enjoyed an outstanding year in 2000, becoming only the third sophomore in school history to pass for over 2,000 yards in a season. During the 2001 season, he moved into the UCLA career Top 10 lists in passing yardage, completions and touchdown passes. He is one of just two Bruin signalcallers to produce back-to-back 300-yard passing games (he has now done it twice) and only the second to throw for at least 300 yards in a game seven times in his career.Last week at California, he saw his regular season ended early in the third quarter when he suffered a fractured right ankle while completing a 28-yard pass to Craig Bragg. Paus' ankle will require surgery later this week.At the time of his injury, he had completed 10 of 15 passes for 129 yards and was leading the Bruins to the game-tying score. The pass he completed when injured moved UCLA to the 20-yard line and two Tyler Ebell runs tied the score, 10-10.On the year, Paus completed 109 of 184 passes (59.2%) for 1,647 yards with 10 touchdowns, six interceptions and an efficiency rating of 145.8. His 10 touchdown passes measured 41, 27, 25, 5, 37, 64, 24, 55, 71 and 46 yards -- an average of 39.5 yards per scoring toss -- and six traveled at least 35 yards. At the time of his injury, he ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 16th in the nation in passing efficiency (145.8), seventh in the league in passing yards (235.3) and ninth in total offense (222.7).This month, Paus moved into second place on UCLA's career passing yardage list with 6,877 yards. He also moved into third place with 439 career completions, just behind No. 2 Tom Ramsey (441). Against Oregon, his three touchdown passes gave him 42 for his career, moving him past Troy Aikman (41) into third place on that list. Paus played in 35 games (32 starts), including two in which he was injured and threw a total of just five passes before leaving the field.His career average of 15.67 yards per completion is the highest among the quarterbacks in UCLA's career top six.On Oct. 12 against Oregon, he completed 17 of 31 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw three first-half interceptions. In the second half, he completed 11 of 17 passes for 161 yards and one score after completing just six of 14 passes in the first half. However, his six first-half completions covered 155 yards (25.8 average) and produced two touchdowns. On the day, his three touchdown passes covered 55, 71 and 46 yards.On UCLA's first offensive play of the day, he hooked up with Tab Perry for a 55-yard touchdown to give the Bruins a 7-0 lead just 2:30 into the game. In the second quarter, he tied the game at 21 with his perfect pass to Craig Bragg along the right sideline that resulted in a 71-yard score. And with 7:28 remaining in the third quarter, he and Bragg connected on an inside screen on third down that resulted in a 46-yard touchdown and a 30-24 lead.In the Oct. 5 game at Oregon State, he played the best game of his career, rallying the Bruins from a 14-0 deficit just 5:23 into the game to a 43-35 Pac-10 road victory.Despite the loss of running back Manuel White in the first quarter, Paus kept the offense moving. At the end of the day, UCLA had accumulated 625 yards of total offense, the ninth-highest total in school history and the second-highest of the Bob Toledo Era.Paus, completing passes to nine different receivers, passed for a career-high 378 yards, connecting on 24 of 32 passes. He threw one touchdown pass, a 24-yard screen to tight end Mike Seidman, and did not commit a turnover. His 378 passing yards rank No. 9 on that list and his 391 yards of total offense rank No. 7 on that list.Sixteen of his 24 completions resulted in first downs. Twelve completions accounted for at least 15 yards, including 41, 34 and 25 to Tab Perry, 28 to Manuel White and 32, 24 and 23 to Seidman. He threw consecutive incompletions just once in the game and completed nine of his final 11 attempts to seven different players.In the 2002 opener against Colorado State, Paus completed 12 of 23 passes for 142 yards with one interception. He completed nine of his final 13 passes in the contest. In the second quarter, he led an 80-yard touchdown drive, culminated by Junior Taylor's 49-yard touchdown run on a reverse. Paus made a key block to spring Taylor on that play. Later in the second quarter, he led a drive from UCLA's 17 to CSU's24, but it ended with a missed field goal.In the third quarter, he engineered a drive from the Bruin six-yard line to the Rams'15, but it also resulted in a missed field goal. After sitting out two series so freshman Drew Olson could get some game experience, he returned in the fourth quarter and UCLA's next two possessions yielded touchdowns.At Oklahoma State, Paus rallied the Bruins from a 10-0 deficit to a 38-24 victory. He threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth score and three of the four touchdown drives measured at least 80 yards (80, 82 and 80)On the night, he completed 13 of 27 passes for 277 yards, three touchdowns and one interception (on his first pass of the game when his receiver slipped). After OSU took a 10-0 lead, he calmly drove the Bruins 80 yards, capping the drive with a 41-yard strike to Craig Bragg. In the second quarter, he converted a fumble recovery into an 82-yard drive, hitting Mike Seidman for a 27-yard score on third-and-11. On UCLA's first possession of the second half, he hit Ryan Smith with a 25-yard scoring pass and after a Cowboy score, he engineered an 80-yard scoring drive, taking it in from the three-yard line for the fifth touchdown of his career. Overall, he completed passes to seven different receivers and had eight completions of at least 20 yards.In the Colorado game, he completed 21 of 35 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception. On the night, he completed passes to 10 different receivers, including five wide receivers, three running backs and two tight ends.At San Diego State, Paus played very well, completing 12 of 21 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He had three completions of at least 29 yards and his scoring passes measured 64 yards to Mike Seidman and 37 to Craig Bragg. He completed four key third-down passes, including a 29-yard play to Seidman on third-and-seven and the touchdown to Bragg on third-and-28.In 2001, Paus ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (132.8). He completed a pass for at least 44 yards in seven of 10 games. His streak of passes without an interception ended at 198 in the second quarter at Stanford.
Paus started seven games in 1999 after beginning the season as the No. 2 signal caller. He made the first start of his career against Fresno State on Sept. 18.His 332 passing yards versus Oregon tied Tommy Maddox (1990 vs. Oregon) for the No. 3 effort among Bruin freshmen. Only Maddox (409 vs. USC and 353 at Michigan) ever threw for more yards as a freshman. His 324 yards total offense ranked No. 4 on that list at the time.Against Washington, his season came to an end when he suffered a fractured left collarbone on UCLA's second offensive play of the second quarter.
THE QUARTERBACKS True freshman Drew Olson has been the primary backup to Cory Paus throughout the year. Against California, he completed five of seven passes for 58 yards prior to suffering a sprained right shoulder late in the third quarter. He will have his shoulder x-rayed on Monday and his status for this week has not been determined. On the year, he has completed nine of 15 passes (60.0%) for 104 yards in his four games.Redshirt freshman John Sciarra made his debut on a late series at San Diego State and that was his only action prior to the fourth quarter of the California game. Against the Golden Bears, he completed one of seven passes for 10 yards with one interception and fumbled twice, losing one.True freshman Matt Moore has not played this season but will practice in anticipation of being ready for action against Stanford.
MIKE SEIDMAN - The senior has developed into the top tight end in the Pac-10 and one of the best in the nation.On the year, Seidman is tied for second on the team with 25 receptions, is third with 402 yards and is second with three receiving touchdowns. His average of 16.1 yards per catch also ranks third. His 402 yards rank No. 4 on UCLA's tight end single-season yardgage list (since 1965) and his 25 receptions are tied for No. 6 on that list.Seidman leads all Pac-10 tight ends in yardage and is second in receptions.In addition, his 25 catches are more than his career total entering this season (20) and he is averaging 16.9 yards on his 45 career receptions.In the opener against Colorado State, Seidman made three catches for 40 yards in the opener. His 23-yard second-quarter reception on third-and-two immediately preceeded Junior Taylor's 49-yard touchdown run. He also recovered an onside kick.Against Oklahoma State, he made one reception but it was a big one. On third-and-11, he hooked up with Cory Paus on a 27-yard touchdown to give the Bruins a 24-10 lead with 2:28 remaining in the first half. It was the third score of his career. In the Colorado game, he made three catches for 26 yards.At San Diego State, he enjoyed the best game of his career, making a team-high six receptions for 134 yards -- both career highs at the time -- and one touchdown. He was wide open down the middle on his 64-yard catch-and-run touchdown and he broke at least three tackles on a key 29-yard, third-down reception. On the day, four of his six catches yielded a first down, including the TD catch.At Oregon State, he set new career highs for the second consecutive week, making a team-high eight receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown, a 24-yard catch-and-run on a tight end screen. Seven of his eight receptions produced a first down, including his scoring catch and a leaping reception between two defenders at the 10-yard line for a 32-yard gain.His eight receptions are the second-most in school history by a tight end, topped only by Byron Nelson's 10 versus Washington in 1963. Overall, he tied the 15th-best performance in school history with his eight catches (at the time). In that two-game span, he made 14 receptions for 272 yards (19.4 average), two touchdowns and 11 first downs. He did not make a reception against Oregon, which concentrated on stopping the talented tight end.At California, he made four receptions for 37 yards which produced two first downs.The UCLA season record for receptions by a tight end is 44, set by Paul Bergmann in 1983.A year ago, he finished with 12 catches (fifth on the team) for 250 yards and a 20.8 average (best of any of the Bruin receivers) and one touchdown. He made his first career start last season against Washington and blocked well as the Bruins rushed for 325 yards on the ground.At Stanford, Seidman made three receptions for 52 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. At WSU, he made two catches for 60 yards, including one for 47 yards.
OFFENSIVE LINE Senior pre-season All-America tackle Mike Saffer has been named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists. He has started 36 games overall, but his streak of 26 straight at right tackle stretching back to the 2000 opener (he started seven times at right guard in 1999) was snapped when he missed the San Diego State game with a broken rib. He returned to action at Oregon State, started and played every snap, making 13 KO blocks while helping UCLA gain 625 yards of offense. Saffer led the team with a 94% grade in the Oklahoma State game and tied for team-high honors with 14 KO blocks.Saffer started all 11 games a year ago and earned second-team All-Pac-10 conference honors. On the year, he made 46 KO blocks and compiled a grade of 88% or higher in eight of 11 contests. He played at least 60 offensive plays in eight contests. He led the team with a 97% grade in the Washington game in which DeShaun Foster broke the school single game rushing record with 301 yards. On the year, he recorded five or more KO blocks six times.Senior Bryce Bohlander, also an honors candidate who has been nominated for a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship and the Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America team, has started 32 straight contests at left tackle, including the final two games of 1999, 12 in 2001 and all 11 last year. He has played virtually every snap this season and helped the Bruins gain 625 yards of offense at Oregon State. He has earned grades of 90% or better in four of the first six games, topped by 93% at San Diego State and Oregon State, tying for the team lead in the latter contest. Last season, he made 47 KO blocks on the year. He was on the field for at least 60 plays in nine games.Third-year sophomore Eyoseph Efseaff has established himself as a star in the making at left guard and has started 17 of his 18 career games. He led the team with a grade of 95% and 11 KO blocks at San Diego State and was second vs. Oklahoma State with a 93% grade. At Oregon State, he led the team with 16 KO blocks and tied for the team lead with a 93% grade.Last year, he started all 11 games at left guard and was named second team Freshman All-America and first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 by The Sporting News. On the year, he was credited with a team-high 73 KO blocks. Against Arizona State, he made nine KO blocks and graded 90%. On the year, he saw the field for at least 60 plays in nine games.Third-year sophomore Steven Vieira has started 12 of his last 13 games, including all seven this year and five of the final six in 2001. In each of the first two games of the 2002 season, he was credited with 14 KO blocks. He led the team with 11 KO blocks against Colorado and had six (tied for third) at San Diego State. At Oregon State, he tied for second with 13 KO blocks and graded at 90%.The only line position without a returning starter was at center, where redshirt freshman Mike McCloskey has played all but one series in his first seven games as a Bruin. He earned a grade of 91% at Oregon State.In the opener against Colorado State, Saffer and Vieira earned grades of 92% while Bohlander graded at 90%. Vieira was credited with 14 KO blocks and Efseaff added seven. Bohlander, McCloskey, Vieira and Saffer each played all 63 snaps while Efseaff played 60.At Oklahoma State, Saffer led the team with a 94% grade. Both Saffer and Vieira totaled 14 KO blocks in the contest.Against Colorado, Bohlander graded at 88%, Shane Lehmann was at 87% off the bench and Efseaff and McCloskey were both at 86%. Vieira led the team with 11 KO blocks.At San Diego State, Efseaff led the starters with a grade of 95% and 11 KO blocks. Bohlander graded at 93%. Ed Blanton, playing for the first time, made nine KO blocks while McCloskey and Vieira each had six.At Oregon State, UCLA did not allow a sack and helped the offense produce 625 yards, ninth-most in school history and the No. 2 effort of the Bob Toledo Era. All five starters graded at 88% of higher -- Bohlander and Efseaff at 93%, McCloskey at 91%, Vieira at 90% and Saffer at 88%. Efseaff led the team with 16 KO blocks while Vieira and Saffer added 13 each.Against Oregon, Saffer led the team with a grade of 92%. Efseaff graded at 89% and tied Vieira with six KO blocks.
JUST FOR KICKS
NATE FIKSE - A true senior, Fikse is one of the best punters in the collegiate game and also handles the kickoff duties. A member of the Ray Guy Award watch list, he is a first-team pre-season All-American (Street & Smith's).In the 2002 opener versus Colorado State, he averaged 46.75 yards on four kicks. His longest was 53 yards and he had one downed inside the 20-yard line.Against Oklahoma State, he averaged 45.2 yards on five kicks, with a long of 55, and twice forced the Cowboys to start inside their 30-yard line. Only one of his five punts was returned (25 yards).In the Colorado game, he averaged 46.2 yards (277 yards) on his six punts and had just one returned for eight yards. He had one downed inside the 20-yard line and his longest kick of the day was 63 yards. In addition, he also attempted the first field goal of his career but was wide on the 55-yard attempt at the end of the first half.At San Diego State, he averaged 36.7 yards on six kicks but sacrificed average to pin the Aztecs inside their 20-yard line on three of his six kicks.At Oregon State, he averaged 50.3 yards on three kicks -- all in the first half -- including one for 56 yards and another for 47 yards that went out of bounds at the Beaver 17-yard line. Against Oregon, he averaged 43.5 yards on four kicks but had one returned for a touchdown.At California, he averaged 35.3 yards on seven kicks but placed three inside the 20-yard line and had only three kicks returned for a total of four yards.On the year, he is averaging 42.3 yards with nine inside the 20-yard line and nine touchbacks. Only nine of his last 28 punts have been returned and only three of those have measured more than eight yards (79 versus Oregon, 25 at Oklahoma State and 14 at San Diego State).He currently ranks 22nd in the NCAA and second (by 0.1 yards) in the Pac-10 with his 42.3 average.Fikse's career average of 43.0 ranks No. 2 on the all-time school list, trailing only Kirk Wilson's record of 44.60 and ahead of No. 3 Zenon Andrusyshyn (42.63). With career totals of 231 punts and 9,927 yards, he is on pace to break Chris Sailer's school records of 241 punts and 10,120 yards.In 2001, he earned first-team All-Pacific 10 conference honors after leading the league in punting for the second straight season. His season average of 44.2 yards per kick a year ago placed him eighth nationally.In 2000, he earned second-team all-conference honors and his regular-season average of 43.3 ranked first in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation.
CHRIS GRIFFITH - The redshirt senior, a former walk-on, was chosen to the 2001 first team all-conference squad by collegefootballnews.com and was an honorable mention pick by the league coaches. He has handled the place kicking chores since 1999 and earned a scholarship for the 2000 season.In the opener against Colorado State, Griffith made all four of his PATs. However, he did miss field goal attempts of 41 yards in the second quarter and 32 yards in the third quarter. At Oklahoma State, he made all five PATs and added his first field goal of the year (33 yards). However, he was wide on a 48-yard attempt. In the Colorado game, he made a 30-yard field goal and both PATs.At San Diego State, Griffith made field goals of 33 and 46 yards and added five PATs for 11 points. The 46-yard field goal was his longest of the year.He also scored 11 points at Oregon State, making field goals of 42 and 38 yards and adding five PATs. However, he had a first quarter field goal blocked and returned 83 yards for a score to give the Beavers an early 14-0 lead. Against Oregon, he made a 37-yard field goal and three of four PATs for six points. However, he had a third-quarter PAT blocked, ending a streak of 80 consecutive successes and with 1:54 remaining in the game and UCLA trailing 31-30, his 46-yard field goal attempt was wide left.At California, he made a 42-yard field goal in the first quarter to tie the game at three but had a 21-yard attempt blocked in the fourth quarter. He also had one PAT.On the season, he leads the Bruins with 49 points (25 of 26 on PATs, eight of 14 on field goals, including seven of his last 10) and ranks seventh (tied) in the Pac-10 in scoring (7.0 points). He ranks sixth on UCLA's career scoring list with 261 points (42 of 59 on field goals, 135 of 138 on PATs), five behind No. 5 DeShaun Foster (266).Last year Griffith ranked second on the team with 71 points, making 10 of 13 field goals and all 41 PATs. He was third in the Pac-10 in scoring (7.10) and fourth (tied) in field goals (1.00).An honorable mention All-Pac-10 team selection in 2001, Griffith ranks third in school history behind John Lee and Alfredo Velasco with his career field goal percentage of 71.2.
TAB PERRY - The true junior wide receiver has been showing steady improvement throughout the season. In the 2002 opener, he made two receptions for 43 yards, including one for 28 yards. His 15-yard reception in the fourth quarter gave the Bruins a first down at the Ram five-yard line to set up the touchdown that gave the Bruins the lead for good, 14-13. Both of his catches produced first downs. Perry also returned one kickoff for 17 yards.Against Oklahoma State, he tied for the team lead with three receptions, good for 77 yards. His 45-yard catch-and-run was UCLA's longest play from scrimmage and he produced first downs with all three receptions. He made a 23-yard reception on UCLA's first touchdown drive and had receptions of nine yards (on fourth-and-eight) and 45 yards on UCLA's final scoring drive of the first half. He also returned a kickoff 34 yards.In the Colorado game, Perry made three receptions for 23 yards. He also averaged 29.7 yards (89) on three kickoff returns, including one for 35 yards. At San Diego State, he made two receptions for 25 yards (one first down) and had one kickoff return for 16 yards.He enjoyed the best game of his career at Oregon State, making a career-high seven receptions for a career-high and team-high 145 yards and five first downs. Three of his catches measured at least 25 yards (25, 41 and 34) and the two longest both helped sustain touchdown drives.In addition, he also recovered Oregon State's onside kick with 2:03 remaining to seal the victory and returned three kickoffs 51 yards.
Against Oregon, he tied his career high with seven receptions and accounted for 126 yards, giving him back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time in his career. He gave the Bruins an early lead with his 55-yard touchdown on UCLA's first offensive play and produced four first downs with his seven receptions. He also returned three kickoffs for 88 yards, including one of 38 to start UCLA's field goal drive on its first possession of the second half.At California, he made one reception for 13 yards (first down) and returned two kickoffs for 43 yards.
In his last three games, Perry has made 15 receptions for 284 yards and one touchdown.
On the year, he leads the team with his average of 18.1 yards per reception. He is second (tied) on the squad with his 25 catches and second with his 452 receiving yards and has produced 18 first downs. He ranks 11th in the Pac-10 with his average of 73.2 yards per game. In addition, he is averaging 24.1 yards on 14 kickoff returns, good enough for second in the Pac-10, and ranks eighth in the league with his average of 113.4 all-purpose yards. He now ranks third on UCLA's career kickoff return list with 45, having passed Jojo Townsell (41) and Wally Henry (42) against Oregon. Jim McElroy is second with 54 returns.Perry made his first career start last season at Alabama and led the team with 416 receiving yards and was second with 21 receptions. He caught two touchdown passes and his average of 19.8 yards per catch was second on the team among the receivers. In 2000, he made six catches for 58 yards and excelled as a kickoff returner, setting school records with 29 returns for 598 yards.
CRAIG BRAGG - The redshirt sophomore has quickly established himself as a big-play performer in the mold of several former Bruin standouts.Against Colorado State, Bragg tied for the team lead with four receptions, good for 49 yards and three first downs. At Oklahoma State, he led the team with 89 yards on his team-high (tied) three receptions. He scored his first touchdown of the year on a 41-yard strike up the right sideline with UCLA trailing 10-0. He also made a 22-yard catch to set up the Bruins' first touchdown of the second half and he also made a 26-yard grab. He also gained 35 yards on two reverses, including a 24-yard run on third-and-two on UCLA's final possession of the game.In the Colorado game, Bragg tied his then-career high and led the team with seven receptions for a team-high 70 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown reception, a twisting catch and lunge into the end zone on Jon Dubravac's 33-yard reverse pass, gave the Bruins a 7-0 lead. His other score measured five yards.At San Diego State, he made four receptions for 60 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown on third-and-28 when he ran right by the cornerback. He also produced a first down with one of his other three receptions. At Oregon State, he made two receptions for 22 yards and one first down.Against Oregon, Bragg enjoyed one of the best afternoons in UCLA history, making nine receptions for 230 yards and three touchdowns -- all career highs. The 230 yards rank second-only to J.J. Stokes' 263 yards versus USC in 1992. The nine catches tied for eighth on that single-game list and were the most by a Bruin since Freddie Mitchell made nine against Wisconsin in the 2000 Sun Bowl. The three receiving touchdowns were the most by a Bruin since Stokes scored four against Washington in 1993.Bragg scored a long touchdown in each of the first three quarters. In the first quarter, he caught a 53-yard pass from Dubravac, who was lined up in the backfield. It was the second time this year that the two hooked up for a score. In the second, Cory Paus found him up the right sideline and he outraced the defense for a 71-yard touchdown, the longest of his career and the longest Bruin pass play since the 2000 USC contest. In the third, he took an inside screen a raced up the middle for a 46-yard score. On the day, he produced six first downs with his nine catches.At California, he broke the 100-yard barrier for the second straight week, finishing with seven catches for 113 yards. He had three receptions of at least 23 yards and produced four first downs. His 28-yard reception, on Cory Paus' final pass, gave the Bruins a first down at the 20-yard line and they scored two plays later to tie the game at 10-10.On the year, Bragg leads the team with 36 receptions, 633 yards and seven touchdowns and has produced 22 first downs receiving. He ranks fourth in receiving yards (90.4) and seventh in receptions (5.14). In his last two games, he has made 16 receptions for 343 yards and three scores.His seven touchdowns this season have measured 41, 33, 5, 37, 53, 71 and 46 yards -- an average of 40.9 yards per play and his career touchdown average is 42.4 (43.0 on receptions). Last year, his two touchdown receptions measured 62 and 39 yards and his two touchdown runs were 37 and 42 yards.Bragg made his first career start last season at Oregon State. He caught the first two touchdown passes of his career in the season finale versus Arizona State. For the game, he caught seven passes for 138 yards. On the year, he led the team with 29 catches, averaging 14.1 yards per catch, and was the team's No. 4 rusher with 100 yards (12.5 average) and two touchdowns. He also averaged 8.4 yards on 14 punt returns and 18.6 yards on 10 kickoff returns.
WIDE RECEIVERIn addition to Tab Perry and Craig Bragg, several other Bruins have contributed to the rotation, including redshirt junior Ryan Smith, senior Jon Dubravac, true freshman Junior Taylor and junior Garrett Lepisto.Smith did not make a reception in the opener against CSU but made two receptions for 39 yards at Oklahoma State, including a 25-yard touchdown to give UCLA a 31-10 lead early in the second half. Against Colorado, he made one catch for 11 yards but did not have a reception at San Diego State. At Oregon State, he had two catches for 23 yards but did not have a reception versus Oregon. He started against California in a three-wide receiver set.A year ago, Smith had a breakout game versus Ohio State. He tied for the team lead with four receptions for 49 yards and scored the only UCLA touchdown of the game on a 24-yard strike. In the win over California, he made a team-high four catches for 69 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown, in his first start in place of injured Brian Poli-Dixon. At Stanford, he led the team with career highs in receptions (six) and yards (91). He finished the season as the team's No. 4 receiver with 18 receptions, good for 272 yards (15.1 average) and two touchdowns.Taylor gave the team an important spark in the Colorado State game. With the Bruins trailing 10-0 in the second quarter, he touched the football for the first time in his career. He took a handoff on a reverse, turned the corner on the right side, cut back across the field, made a few moves and scored UCLA's first touchdown of the game on a 49-yard run. It marked the first offensive touchdown by a UCLA true freshman since DeShaun Foster scored four against USC in the 10th game of the 1998 season (safety Jibril Raymo recovered a blocked punt and returned it for a touchdown last year). He did not make a catch at Oklahoma State. Against Colorado, he made the first two receptions of his career for 29 yards and added a 10-yard run on a reverse. He added a 16-yard reception at San Diego State. At California, he gained six yards on a reverse.Lepisto, a former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship prior to the start of 2002 Fall camp, made four receptions in the last four games of the 2001 season. He is once again serving as the holder on all place kicks, a job he had last year, while participating in the rotation. He made two receptions for 21 yards against Colorado. Against Oregon, he completed an eight-yard pass from field goal formation. Against California, he recovered one of UCLA's two fourth-quarter blocked punts.Dubravac sat out last season as a medical redshirt after making 14 receptions in the 2000 season. In the Colorado contest, he attempted the first pass of his career on a reverse pass and completed it to Craig Bragg for a 33-yard touchdown. Against Oregon, he lined up in the backfield, took a direct snap and launched a 53-yard touchdown to Bragg. He did not travel to California due to a bruised back.
RUNNING BACK Junior Akil Harris and redshirt sophomore Manuel White both played key roles in UCLA's early-season offensive success.Against Colorado State, Harris led the Bruins with 94 yards on 13 carries. His one-yard touchdown run with 9:52 remaining in the game, coupled with Chris Griffith's PAT, gave the Bruins the lead for good, 14-13. With 1:32 remaining and the Bruins leading 23-19, he broke a 35-yard run to set up the Bruins' final touchdown of the night.At Oklahoma State, he again led the Bruins with 83 yards on 17 attempts. On UCLA's final touchdown drive of the night, he had a 34-yard run that gave the Bruins a first-and-goal at the six-yard line. Against Colorado, he gained 31 yards on 15 attempts and had just seven net yards on five attempts at San Diego State. At Oregon State, he came off the bench to gain 25 yards on 12 carries but did score touchdowns of one and five yards in the second half. He also had a fumble, UCLA's first lost on offense in five games, that was returned for a touchdown. Against Oregon, he carried four times for 14 yards, including an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter. At California, he carried twice for six yards.In seven games, Harris has run for 260 yards, second on the squad, and three touchdowns.
Last season, he rushed for 79 yards on a career-high 29 carries, including a one-yard touchdown, in his second career start versus Oregon. In the season-finale against Arizona State, he ran for a career-high 138 yards. He finished the season as the team's second-leading rusher with 375 yards (4.9 average) and three touchdowns on 76 attempts.In 2000, Harris ran for 100 yards versus Arizona State. On just the second carry of his career, he went around right end for a 23-yard touchdown.White, a big, tough back with speed, is playing both fullback and tailback for the Bruins and is very valuable, especially in one-back formations. Against Colorado State, he scored twice in the fourth quarter on 16-yard runs to clinch the Bruin victory. On the night, he rushed for 52 yards and two scores on 11 carries and also tied for the team lead with four receptions (27 yards).At Oklahoma State, he ran for 67 yards on 17 carries and also made two receptions for 40 yards. In the Colorado game, he led the Bruins with 36 yards on six attempts and also made one reception for 11 yards. At San Diego State, he gained 76 yards on 14 attempts and his 30-yard run was the longest of his career.At Oregon State, he started in UCLA's one-back formation and gained seven yards on five attempts before suffering a strained left hamstring midway through the first quarter. He also made one catch for 28 yards prior to his injury.White, who did not suit up against Oregon or California due to the injury, ranks third on the team with 238 yards on 53 attempts (4.5 average) and is fourth on the squad with eight receptions (106 yards). He would rank ninth in the Pac-10 in rushing if he had enough games to qualify.In 2001, White ranked third on the team in rushing with 290 yards on 63 attempts after making his debut against Alabama. Against Oregon, he carried seven times for 29 yards, including his first career touchdown, a one-yard run. At USC, he made the first start of his career.
TYLER EBELL - On October 5 at Oregon State, Ebell, a redshirt freshman tailback came off the bench to enjoy one of the greatest days in UCLA history. On the afternoon, he rushed for 203 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries. His 203 yards rank 14th on UCLA's single-game list and make him the only back other than DeShaun Foster to rush for at least 200 yards during Bob Toledo's tenure as head coach (Karim Abdul-Jabbar did it three times in 1995, Toledo's second as offensive coordinator). In addition, he now ranks second on UCLA's freshman rushing list, trailing only Eric Ball's 227 yards against Iowa in the 1986 Rose Bowl. He also caught one pass for 10 yards, returned one punt for six yards and tried a pass on a trick play (it was broken up in the end zone).Ebell ran for 45 yards on 12 attempts in the second quarter, 34 yards on eight carries in the third quarter and 124 yards on nine attempts in the fourth quarter. His 73-yard run to the one-yard line in the fourth quarter was the second longest ever by a Bruin freshman (83 by Derek Ayers vs. BYU in 1993) and UCLA scored on the next play. He also had a 31-yard run later in the final quarter and UCLA scored two plays later. On UCLA's final possession, runs of six and four yards produced the first down that allowed the Bruins to run out the clock. In addition, his 203 yards vs. Oregon State is the second-highest total in the Pac-10 this season.Against Oregon, Ebell made the first start of his career and ran for 119 yards on 26 attempts. In the final half, he gained 89 yards on 15 attempts. He also returned five punts for 64 yards.Last week at California, he started and broke the 100-yard barrier for the third straight week, finishing with 102 on 28 attempts. He scored UCLA's only touchdown on an 11-yard run and also had a 17-yard run in the first quarter.Against Colorado State, Ebell rushed twice for nine yards and returned two punts for seven yards. At Oklahoma State, Ebell had two 16-yard punt returns. Against Colorado, he averaged 10.5 yards on two punt returns and carried twice (minus-five yards). At San Diego State, Ebell was the team's second-leading rusher with 44 yards, including one touchdown, on nine attempts. He also returned a punt 53 yards, UCLA's longest in four years (77 by Ryan Roques at Washington)and averaged 18.6 yards on five returns.Ebell leads the Bruins with 472 yards on 96 attempts and is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. In addition, he is averaging 12.4 yards on 21 punt returns. He ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in rushing (67.4 yards per game), fourth in punt returns (12.4 yards per return) and 10th in the league in all-purpose yards (107.3).Ebell is the first freshman (true or redshirt) in school history to rush for at least 100 yards in three straight games. He is also on pace to break Eric Ball's redshirt freshman rushing record of 703 yards, set in 1985 and be the first freshman since DeShaun Foster in 1998 to lead the team in rushing (Foster was a true freshman).
>MORE RUNNING BACKS In addition to Ebell, two other redshirt freshmen tailbacks and one true freshman fullback have made contributions this season. Against Colorado State, Wendell Mathis carried on three of the first four plays on UCLA's go-ahead scoring drive, gaining five, seven and three yards. He finished with 15 yards on four carries. Jason Harrison and fullback J.D. Groves also played on offense although they did not carry the ball.At Oklahoma State, Harrison carried once and made one reception, Mathis carried twice for seven yards and Groves saw action at fullback. All also played on special teams.In the Colorado game, Harrison caught one pass for 17 yards and carried once for five yards. Groves also played at fullback. Sophomore Pat Norton also made his season debut at fullback.At San Diego State, Harrison gained 25 yards on five attempts, Mathis had 22 yards on eight carries and Groves had the first carry of his career (six yards). At Oregon State, Harrison had an eight-yard reception and a 17-yard kickoff return, Mathis carried once for one yard and Groves saw extensive action at fullback. Against Oregon, Harrison caught a pass for eight yards, Groves saw action at fullback and Mathis and Norton played on special teams. At California, Harrison had a catch-and-run for 28 yards and Groves played at fullback.
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2002 starts/career starts) - Offense - WR: Tab Perry (6/14), Ryan Smith (1/3), Craig Bragg (7/12), Jon Dubravac (1/1); OL: Mike Saffer (6/36), Bryce Bohlander (7/32), Eyoseph Efseaff (6/17), Shane Lehmann (0/6), Steve Vieira (7/12), Mike McCloskey (7/7), Ed Blanton (1/1), Paul Mociler (1/1); TE: Mike Seidman (7/8), Keith Carter (1/1), Marcedes Lewis (1/1); QB: Cory Paus (7/32); RB: Tyler Ebell (2/2), Manuel White (5/6), Akil Harris (4/7); PK: Chris Griffith (7/39).Defense - DL: Rodney Leisle (5/28), Rusty Williams (7/29), Sean Phillips (0/3), Dave Ball (6/20), Mat Ball (0/6, 2 at LB), Steve Morgan (7/8), Asi Faoa (1/2, 1 at LB), Ryan Boschetti (2/2); LB: Brandon Chillar (7/16), Marcus Reese (7/7), Spencer Havner (7/7); DB: Ricky Manning Jr. (7/39), Matt Ware (7/18), Ben Emanuel (6/8), Joe Hunter (3/7), Kevin Brant (0/1); Jarrad Page (4/4), Jibril Raymo (1/1); P: Nate Fikse (7/41).
RED ZONE -
- In the opener against Colorado State, UCLA entered the Red Zone five times and scored three rushing touchdowns for 21 points. The other two possessions ended with a missed field goal and the end of the game (UCLA kneeled on the final play).
- Against Oklahoma State, UCLA entered the Red Zone three times and scored 10 points (one rushing touchdown and one field goal). The other possession ended with UCLA on OSU's 15-yard line at game's end.
- Against Colorado, UCLA scored one passing touchdown and one field goal on its two trips into the Red Zone.
- At San Diego State, the Bruins scored 24 points with three touchdowns (two running, one passing) and one field goal on five trips into the Red Zone. The other opportunity ended with UCLA at the Aztec 17-yard line at game's end.
- At Oregon State, UCLA reached the Red Zone six times and scored four times for 24 points (three rushing touchdowns and one field goal). The other trips ended with a blocked field goal and on downs.
- Against Oregon, UCLA scored three points (one field goal) on its only Red Zone trip.
- At California, UCLA scored seven points (one rushing touchdown) on four Red Zone trips. The others ended in a fumble lost, a fumble recovered by UCLA on fourth down and a blocked field goal.
- In seven games, UCLA has scored 17 times (10 rushing touchdowns, two passing touchdowns and five field goals) in 26 Red Zone trips (99 points). Three other possessions ended at the final gun, three with missed field goals, two on downs and one on a fumble lost.
- Colorado State reached the Red Zone five times and produced four scores -- two touchdowns (one running, one passing) and two field goals for 19 points. The other possession ended with a Bruin interception. Oklahoma State reached the Red Zone six times and scored on four occasions (two rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown and one field goal) for 24 points. The other trips ended with a fumble and an interception.
- Colorado entered the Red Zone six times and tallied 28 points on five scores (three touchdown runs, (one two-point conversion) and two field goals).
- San Diego State entered the Red Zone just once and scored seven points (one passing touchdown).
- Oregon State scored two passing touchdowns (14 points) on three Red Zone trips (the other ended on downs).
- Oregon scored one passing touchdown (seven points) on its only Red Zone trip.
- California scored one rushing touchdown and one field goal (10 points) on its two Red Zone trips.
- In seven games, UCLA's opponents have scored 19 times (13 touchdowns, one two-point conversion and six field goals) on 24 Red Zone trips (109 points). The other possessions ended with two interceptions, one fumble, one missed field goal and on downs.
- In 2001, UCLA scored 26 times (19 touchdowns -- 17 rushing and two passing -- and seven field goals) for 154 points on 35 tries. Opponents scored 20 times (14 touchdowns -- seven rushing and seven passing -- and six field goals) for 116 points on 31 tries.
TURNOVERS - In the opener against Colorado State, UCLA forced two turnovers (one interception and one fumble) and converted them into seven points (one touchdown). UCLA committed just one turnover (interception) and it resulted in three points (one field goal).Against Oklahoma State, UCLA forced five turnovers (four interceptions and one fumble) and converted two into touchdowns, including Spencer Havner's score with an interception, for 14 points. UCLA committed just one turnover (interception) and it was converted into a touchdown (seven points).In the Colorado game, UCLA did not force any turnovers. The Bruins committed one turnover (interception) and it was converted into a touchdown (eight points).At San Diego State, UCLA forced five turnovers (three fumbles and two interceptions) and converted them into 14 points (two touchdowns). Two other turnovers came just before halftime and game's end. UCLA did not commit a turnover.At Oregon State, UCLA forced two turnovers (interceptions) and returned one for a touchdown (seven points). The other resulted in a fumble lost. UCLA lost two fumbles -- one on offense -- and it was returned for a touchdown (seven points).Against Oregon, UCLA did not force a turnover. The Bruins committed three turnovers (all interceptions) and one led to a field goal (three points).At California, the Bruins did not force a turnover. UCLA committed three turnovers (two fumbles, one interception) and both fumbles led to touchdowns.In seven games, UCLA has forced 14 turnovers (nine interceptions and five fumbles) and has converted six into touchdowns (42 points).UCLA has committed 11 turnovers (seven interceptions and four fumbles) and they have been converted into 42 points (five touchdowns and two field goals). UCLA has fumbled 15 times but has lost just four -- three on offense and one on defense.Last season, UCLA committed 29 turnovers in 11 games but has just 11 after seven games in 2002.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10, NCAA STATS -- Tyler Ebell: Rushing - 6th in Pac-10 (67.4), Punt Returns - 4th in Pac-10, 39th in NCAA (12.4), All-Purpose Yards - 10th in Pac-10 (107.3); Cory Paus: Passing Yards - 7th in Pac-10 (235.3), Passing Efficiency - 4th in Pac-10, 16th in NCAA (145.8), Total Offense - 9th in Pac-10, (222.7); Nate Fikse: Punting - 2nd in Pac-10, 22nd in NCAA (42.3); Craig Bragg: Receiving Yardage - 4th in Pac-10, 22nd in NCAA (90.4 yards), Receptions - 7th in Pac-10, 35th in NCAA (5.14), Touchdown scoring - T-5th in Pac-10 (6.0); Tab Perry: Receiving Yardage - 11th in Pac-10, (64.6 yards), Kickoff Returns - 2nd in Pac-10, 34th in NCAA (24.1), All-Purpose Yards - 8th in Pac-10 (113.4); Chris Griffith: Scoring - T-7th in Pac-10 (7.0), Kick-scoring - 6th in Pac-10 (7.0), Field Goals - T-7th in Pac-10, T-34th in NCAA (1.14); Ben Emanuel: Interceptions: T-13th in Pac-10 (0.33); Spencer Havner: Interceptions: T-17th in Pac-10 (0.29), Tackles - 13th in Pac-10 (7.0); Ricky Manning: Interceptions: T-17th in Pac-10 (0.29); Marcus Reese: Tackles: T-9th in Pac-10 (7.4); Dave Ball: Sacks: 4th in Pac-10 (0.86 per game).Team: Total offense - 5th in Pac-10, 31st in NCAA (407.1); rushing offense - 3rd in Pac-10 (142.1); passing offense - 6th in Pac-10, 27th in NCAA (265.0); passing efficiency offense - T-3rd in Pac-10 (144.5 rating); scoring offense - 7th in Pac-10 (30.4); total defense - 3rd in Pac-10, 33rd in NCAA (338.9); scoring defense - 6th in Pac-10 (23.4); rushing defense - 9th in Pac-10 (139.3); passing defense - 4th in Pac-10 (199.6); pass efficiency defense - 2nd in Pac-10, 21st in NCAA (103.4 rating); turnover margin - 6th in Pac-10 (0.43); kickoff returns - 6th in Pac-10 (18.9); punt returns - 3rd in Pac-10, 24th in NCAA (13.2); net punting - 4th in Pac-10, 27th in NCAA (36.5); fumbles lost - T-1st in Pac-10 (four).
NCAA GRADUATION RATES - In the 2002 NCAA Graduation Rate Report, released On Sept.26, UCLA has a 75% graduation rate from the freshman class of 1995 (12 of 16). That rate ranked third in the Pac-10.In the 2000 NCAA Graduation Report, which analyzed the freshman class of 1993, 10 of 14 Bruin freshmen earned their degrees - 71.4%. In addition, three other freshmen who entered in the Winter or Spring quarters of 1993-94 also earned their degrees, raising the percentage to 76.5% (13 of 17).
BRUINS NO. 1 - UCLA was ranked the No. 1 overall college in the nation, according to data taken from the recently released 'The Unofficial, Unbiased Insider's Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges' published by Kaplan. The survey rated institutions on Best Academic Facilities, Best Freshman Housing, Hot & Trendy Campus, Best Career Services, Highest Academic Standards and Best Value.
FRESHMEN KEEP IT ALL IN THE FAMILY - Several of the Bruin incoming freshmen have relatives who attended UCLA - Robert Chai's uncle, Ben; Kevin Harbour's dad, Kevin; Justin London's aunt, Rita; Idris Moss' dad, Ricky, Sr.; Drew Olson's dad, David; Jarrad Page's brother, John, Jr.; Alex Potasi's relative, Frank Manumaleuna; Wesley Walker's uncle Fred McNeill.
BRUINS IN THE NFL - Twenty-seven former Bruins are currently listed on the rosters of National Football League teams - Baltimore - Jonathan Ogden; Carolina - DeShaun Foster; Cincinnati - Danny Farmer; Cleveland - Jamir Miller (IR); Dallas - Jeff Grau; Detroit - Travis Kirschke; Green Bay - Marques Anderson, Mike Flanagan, Tod McBride, Kris Farris; Houston - Jason Bell, Chad Overhauser (PS); Kansas City - Larry Atkins, Marvcus Patton; New England - Roman Phifer; New York Giants - Shaun Williams; Philadelphia - Freddie Mitchell; Oakland - Kenyon Coleman; Pittsburgh.- Tommy Maddox; St. Louis - Robert Thomas; San Diego - Donnie Edwards, Vaughn Parker; San Francisco - Cade McNown (IR), J.J. Stokes; Tampa Bay - Ryan Nece; Tennessee.- Drew Bennett, Bryan Fletcher.
UCLA ON THE RADIO - The 2002 season is UCLA's sixth on Fox Sports Radio AM 1150. The Los Angeles all-sports station broadcasts the Bruins' games, including a two-hour pre-game show and a one-hour post-game show.Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 11th season as the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens is in his sixth year on the broadcast team and his second as the analyst in the booth. John Ireland, who is a sportscaster for KCAL-TV, is in his second season as the sideline reporter.Stevens, Ireland and former Bruin quarterback Wayne Cook host the two-hour local pre-game show. Roberts, Stevens and Ireland host the one-half hour network pre-game show and the network post-game show. Fox Radio reporter Jeff Biggs and Cook host a one hour 'Bruin Talk' show following the network broadcast.Stations on the Bruin radio network include: KPOP 1360AM (San Diego); KDEF 1150 AM (Albuquerque, NM); KDFO 800AM (Bakersfield); KCBL 1340AM (Fresno); KKOM 1280AM (Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo); KAVL 610AM (Lancaster); KSHP 1400AM (Las Vegas, NV); KAOI 1110AM (Maui); KPTT 630AM (Reno, NV); KEWS 1350AM (Riverside); KBET 850AM (Thousand Oaks); KIXW 960AM (Victorville); KVBL 1400AM (Visalia).Fox Sports Radio provides ancillary programming during the week, including Bob Toledo interviews during the week of the games.In addition, Fox Sports Radio airs the one-hour Bruin Roundtable show every Tuesday afternoon. The show airs at 6:00 p.m.UCLA games are also available via the internet at www.uclabruins.com, sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/teams/uua/ and www.foxsports1150.com. Fans can also hear the game for as little as 10 cents per minute by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929) to listen to the broadcast on the telephone.
UCLA ON THE TELEVISION - Entering the Stanford game, 106 of UCLA's last 112 games have been televised live, including all seven thus far in 2002 (three by ABC, two by Fox Sports Net and one each by ESPN2 and TBS).This week's game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net with Steve Physioc and Tom Ramsey in the booth and Lewis Johnson on the sidelines.The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox Sports Net West, is expected to air every Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m on Fox Sports Net West 2. It also airs every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. There will not be a new show this week.
GAME NOTES - Stanford quarterback Kyle Matter and UCLA quarterback Matt Moore both played at Hart High School. During Matter's senior year (2000), junior Moore played safety while Matter handled the quarterback duties. In 2001, Moore shifted to quarterback and led the Indians to another CIF title.UCLA head coach Bob Toledo grew up in the Bay Area and attended San Francisco State College, where he earned second-team All-America honors. Several other Bruin coaches grew up or worked in the Bay Area, including Ron Caragher (attended San Jose Bellarmine Prep), Todd Littlejohn (coached at San Jose State) and Phil Snow (coach at Winters and Berkeley High and Oakland's Laney College). Kelly Skipper's father Jim was head coach of the XFL's San Francisco Demons and head strength Kim Sword came to UCLA from San Jose State.UCLA players from Northern California include Dave Ball (Dixon), Matt Ball (Dixon), Ed Blanton (Napa), Ryan Boschetti (San Mateo), Craig Bragg (San Jose), Jebiaus Brown (Milpitas), Xavier Burgess (Sacramento), Brian Callahan (Danville, son of Oakland Raider head coach Bill Callahan), Eyoseph Efseaff (Porterville), Jason Harrison (San Jose), Spencer Havner (Nevada City), Joe Hunter (Vacaville), James Jessen (Santa Cruz), Nick Johnston (Danville), Justin Medlock (Fremont), Matt Mosebar (Santa Ynez), Drew Olson (Piedmont), Jarrad Page (San Leandro), Thomas Patton (Oakland), Tab Perry (Milpitas), Marcus Reese (San Jose), Josh Roenicke (Nevada City), Ryan Schon (San Jose) and Elliot Vallejo (Salinas).
ANGEL CONNECTION - One of the key players in the Anaheim Angel's drive to the American League championship and 2002 World Series has been third baseman Troy Glaus, who led UCLA to the College World Series in 1997 and was the third player selected in the 1997 Draft.Angel coach Ron Roenicke played baseball at UCLA, batting .284 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 1977. He was a first round selection (secondary phase) by the Dodgers following that season. He is the uncle of current Bruin walkon Josh Roenicke.
UCLA ON THE WEB - UCLA releases, player information and results can be found on the school's official website - www.uclabruins.com.
TOLEDO PRESS CONFERENCE - Bruin head coach Bob Toledo holds a weekly press conference every Monday. It is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Morgan Center Press Room adjacent to the Hall of Fame. The opposing coach will usually be available on speaker phone just prior to or following the news conference.
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCES - The Pac-10 holds a weekly teleconference with all 10 head coaches every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Each coach has a 10-minute window. Bob Toledo is on the call at 10:30 a.m. Please call the Pac-10 office or a Pac-10 SID to obtain the telephone number.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED - The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed containing interviews with coaches and players and game highlight footage. The weekly half-hour feed airs every Wedensday at 11:30 a.m. PT, through Nov. 20. The final feed will be on Tues., Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m. The coordinates are: GE 2, Transponder 11 (C-Band).
HOMECOMING - The Homecoming Parade will return this year. The parade will be held on Friday night in Westwood Village, beginning at 8:00 p.m. The theme is 'Wild, Wild Westwood' and CNN anchor Jim Moret is the grand marshall. For more information, contact Lauren Bartlett of UCLA Media Relations at 310/206-1458.