No. 8 Bruins Welcome Oregon State To Rose Bowl
Oct. 17, 2005
Mon., Oct. 17 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Oct. 18 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Oct. 19 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Oct. 20 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
Sat., Oct. 22 - Oregon State at UCLA (4:00 p.m. on TBS)
GAME 7: UCLA (6-0, 3-0, ranked No. 8 by AP and No. 9 by USAToday/Coaches) welcomes Oregon State (4-2, 2-1) to theRose Bowl. Game time is 4:00 and the contest will be televisednationally by TBS with Ron Thulin and Charles Davis inthe booth and Craig Sager on the sidelines.
XTRA Sports 570 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts allof the Bruin games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens inthe booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines.
The Bruins' No. 8 ranking by AP is its highest since the 2001season, when the Bruins were ranked No. 4 after startingthe year 6-0.
This is UCLA's 87th season of football. The 2005 season isUCLA's 24th in the Rose Bowl. Since moving to Pasadenafor the 1982 season, the Bruins are 97-43-2 on their homefield, 12-4 under coach Dorrell.
HONORARY CAPTAIN -- Defensive back Oscar Edwardsearned All-America honors and first-team all-conferencehonors in 1976. He received UCLA's Defensive MVP honorsafter serving as a team tri-captain. That season, herecorded 90 total tackles, including 14 each against USCand Arizona State, and two interceptions. In 1975, he wasvoted UCLA's Outstanding Defensive Player against USCafter making six tackles, two for losses, in the Bruins' 25-22 victory. He also played on UCLA's 1976 Rose Bowl teamthat defeated top-ranked Ohio State. He was a secondteamAll-Coast selection in 1975. In his two season's as aBruin, the team posted a 18-4-2 record.
2005 PRE-SEASON AWARD WATCH LISTS
Maurice Drew, RB - Maxwell Award as nation's outstandingplayer ... Doak Walker Award as nation's top running back
Spencer Havner, LB - Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker;Walter Camp Player of the Year Award; Lott Trophy as nation'stop defensive player; Nagurski Trophy as nation's top defender...Bednarik Award as nation's top defender; LombardiAward as nation's top lineman
Justin Hickman, DL - Hendricks Award as nation's top defensiveend
Marcedes Lewis, TE - Walter Camp Player of the Year Award... Mackey Award as nation's top tight end ... Lombardi Awardas nation's top lineman
Justin London, LB - Lott Trophy as nation's top defensive player;Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman; Butkus Award asnation's top linebacker
Mike McCloskey, C - Rimington Trophy as nation's top center;Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Justin Medlock, PK - Groza Award as nation's top place kicker
Kyle Morgan, DL - Hendricks Award as nation's top defensiveend
Drew Olson, QB - Unitas Award as nation's top senior quarterback
Jarrad Page, DB - Thorpe Award as nation's top defensive back
UCLA leads the series with Oregon State,which dates back to 1930, by a 36-13-4 count. The teamshave not met since the 2002 season. UCLA has won thelast two meetings, both in Corvallis, and the schools havenot met in the Rose Bowl since the 2000 season. This willbe Karl Dorrell's first game against the Beavers as headcoach of the Bruins.
The Bruins dealt the Beavers a 43-35 setback in Corvallis,ORin 2002. The Bruins scored 29 consecutive points to rallyfrom an early 14-0 deficit and went on to best the Beavers.Offensively, UCLA piled up 625 yards, the ninth-best total inschool history at the time. Quarterback Cory Paus completed24-38 passes for 378 yards. Tight end Mike Seidmanhad eight catches for 138 yards and wide receiver Tab Perrycaught seven receptions for 145 yards.
In the last meeting between the teams in the Rose Bowl (2000),Oregon State exploded for 23 consecutive fourth-quarterpoints to pin a 44-38 loss on the Bruins. UCLA had taken a31-21 lead into the fourth quarter before OSU ran off fivestraight scores to make it 44-31 with 1:52 to play in thegame. UCLA drove 80 yards to make it 44-38 with 1:18 toplay but could get no closer. Bruin quarterback Cory Pausthrew for 363 yards, but the Beavers limited UCLA to 72yards rushing.
NOTING OREGON STATE -- The Beavers are averaging 428.7yards of total offense, 321.8 passing and 106.8 on theground. They are allowing 443.8 yards, 331.0 passing and112.8 on the ground. Oregon State has won two straight,defeating Washington State, 44-33 in Corvallis and California,23-20 in Berkeley.
INDIVIDUAL UCLA NOTES -- Maurice Drew's 299 all-purposeyards against California are the second-most in an NCAAgame this season.
Maurice Drew is the only player in school history to score fivetouchdowns in a game and he has now done it twice (2004at Washington and 2005 versus California).
In the first game of the 2005 season, Maurice Drew scoredthree touchdowns (averaging 45.6 yards in length) -- all in thefirst half. On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he raced 64 yards for a score. He also hit paydirt on a one-yard run inthe second quarter. Later in the same period, he returned apunt 72 yards for a touchdown. Against Rice, he scored on afour-yard run and a 66-yard punt return (35.0-yard average).He had one touchdown (nine yards) versus Oklahoma andone touchdown (one yard) versus Washington. Against California,he scored five touchdowns for the second time in hiscareer -- 12-yard run, one-yard run, 81-yard punt return, 28-yard reception and two-yard run -- an average of 24.8 yardsper score. In the win at WSU, he scored two touchdowns -- a45-yard reception and a one-yard run -- for an average of23.0 yards per score.
He is averaging 27.6 yards per touchdown this season.In 2004, Drew averaged 40.63 yards on each of his eight rushingtouchdowns in 2004 (47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 2) for 325yards. He also had scoring receptions of 27, 43 and threeyards and a punt return for 68 yards.
Maurice Drew's 45-yard scoring reception at Washington Statewas the 15th time in his career he has scored on a play whichmeasured at least 40 yards.
His 81-yard scoring punt return against California tied the UCLAand Pac-10 single-season (three) and career (four) recordsfor punt return touchdowns. He had a 65-yard scoring returnagainst Washington erased by penalty.
In the opener against San Diego State, Maurice Drew accountedfor 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the ground and 80 on puntreturns. Against Rice, he accounted for 168 all-purpose yards,including 95 rushing, 66 on punt returns and seven on receiving.He had 100 all-purpose yards in the win over Oklahomaand 101 versus Washington.
Against California, he had 299 all-purpose yards -- 162 on threepunt returns, 65 on 15 carries, 52 on two receptions and 20on one kickoff return. Drew's 81-yard scoring punt returnagainst Cal was his sixth kick return for a touchdown. (91KOR v. Oklahoma, 2003; 99 KOR v. USC, 2003; 72 PR v.SDSU, 2005, 66 PR v. Rice, 2005; 81 PR v. California, 2005;68 PR v. Stanford, 2004). He added 187 all-purpose yards inthe win at Washington State.
Against Washington State, Drew Olson tied a school recordwith five touchdown passes. Cade McNown did at Texas in1997 and at Miami in 1998.
Drew Olson's 31 completions against Washington State rankNo. 2 in school history, trailing only Troy Aikman's 32 versusUSC in 1998.
In Drew Olson's last 14 games, he has completed 273 of 434(.629) passes for 3,427 yards, 31 TDs and 11 interceptions.Drew Olson has now led fourth-quarter comebacks in threestraight games (Washington, 10 points; California, 12 points;Washington State (17 points). In those three games, he hascompleted 30 of 41 passes (.732) for 333 yards and four touchdowns.The 131 receiving yards by Marcedes Lewis at San Diego Stateare the most by a Bruin tight end since 2002, when MikeSeidman had games of 138 against Oregon State and 134versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yards versus OregonState in 1975 is the school record for tight ends.
Spencer Havner's four defensive touchdowns are the mostever by a UCLA player (records date back to 1957). Havnerhas three interception returns for scores and one fumble return.Havner's fumble return for a score against Oklahomapushed him past Abdul McCullough ('93-96) who had twointerception returns and one fumble recovery; Jerry Robinson('75-78) who had three interception returns; Marcus Turner('85-88) who had three interception returns and TommyBennett ('92-93, 95) who had three fumble returns. NOTE:(Darryl Henley ('85-88) had three punt returns and one fumblereturn for touchdown; Maurice Drew has six kick returns forscores, four punts / two kickoffs).
By kicking field goals of 52 and 50 yards at Oregon in 2004,Justin Medlock became the first Bruin to kick two field goalsof at least 50 yards in a game. He is the only Bruin ever tokick three field goals of 50 or more yards in the same seasonand is one of just two Bruins (John Lee is the other) to havefour career field goals of 50 or more yards.
Medlock connected on three field goals in the season openeragainst San Diego State and is now fifth on UCLA's careerfield goal list with 35. His nine PATs against Rice tied a schoolrecord.
Running back Maurice Drew's 109 rushing yards against WashingtonState marked the eighth time in his career he hastopped to century mark. Drew's total of eight 100-yard gamesranks tied for 10th on the all-time school list. (114 vs. SanDiego State, 2005; 109 v. Washington State, 2005; 142 v.Illinois, 2004; 322 v. Washington, 2004; 161 v. San DiegoState, 2004; 105 v. Stanford, 2004; 126 v. Wyoming, 2004;176 v. Arizona State, 2003)
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, Spencer Havner ledthe Bruins with 13 tackles, including three for losses (onesack) and moved into the top 10 on the all-time Bruin careertackles list (he is now No. 5). He was named Defensive Pac-10 Player of the Week. Last season, Havner led the Pac-10in tackles (11.37/g). He made at least 13 tackles in five gamesin 2004. His 17 stops at Illinois in 2004 were the most by aBruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in2001.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis set a school record for tight endswith seven touchdown catches in 2004. He also holds thecareer mark with 15, including his two scoring receptionsversus Washington State. He has four this season.
Only three quarterbacks in UCLA history have thrown for morethan 20 scores in a season -- 25 Cade McNown-1998; 24-Troy Aikman 1988; 24-Cade McNown-1997; 21-Tom Ramsey- 1982. In 2004, Drew Olson threw 20 scoring passes to rankfifth on that UCLA list.
TEAM NOTES -- UCLA has started the season 6-0 in 10 previousseasons. The last time was in 2001 when it startedthe year with six straight wins. The other six-win startsinclude 1998 (Rose Bowl), 1988 (Cotton Bowl), 1980, 1969,1967, 1966, 1954 (National Champs), 1952, 1946 (RoseBowl). The last time the Bruins started a season with sevenstraight wins was 1998 (10-0).
UCLA's win over No. 9/10 California was its first over a Top 10team since UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington, 35-13, in the2001 season.
UCLA is ranked No. 8 by AP and No. 9 by USA Today/Coaches. The last time UCLA was ranked higher wasOctober 21, 2001 when the 6-0 Bruins were ranked No. 4by the polls.
In its last three games, UCLA has outscored its opponents50-3 in the fourth quarter and 6-3 in overtime. AgainstWashington, UCLA trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarterand outscored the Huskies, 14-0. Against California,UCLA trailed by 12 points in the fourth and outscoredthe Golden Bears, 19-3 (the last 19 points). At WashingtonState, UCLA trailed by 17 entering the fourth andoutscored the Cougars 17-0 in the fourth quarter and 6-3 in overtime.
Overall, UCLA has outscored its opponents 88-17 in thefourth quarter with the only touchdowns being scoredby San Diego State and Oklahoma.
By overcoming a 21-point second-quarter deficit (21-0 and28-7) at Washington State to win, 44-41 in overtime, UCLAtied the school record for largest comeback. In 1982,UCLA rallied from 21 points down to win at Michigan(31-27) and in 2000, the Bruins rallied from a 21-pointdeficit to defeat Arizona State at the Rose Bowl, 38-31.UCLA also matched the school record for overcoming afourth-quarter deficit, rallying from 17 points down. In1996, UCLA rallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficitto defeat USC in double overtime, 48-41 at the Rose Bowl.UCLA's win over Washington on October 1 was its first as aranked team since defeating California in the sixth game ofthe 2001 season. UCLA was ranked No. 4 by AP enteringthat contest.
UCLA is ranked in the Top 25 in a fifth straight week for the firsttime since 2001 when it took the field for the season's first 10games as a ranked unit.
When UCLA moved into the Top 25 on Sept. 18, it was the firsttime since 2002, when it was No. 24 on the USA Today/Coaches poll and No. 25 on the AP poll entering USC week(Nov. 18).
UCLA is 11-0 in games in which it has won the turnoverbattle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 3-0 thisseason (SDSU, Rice, Oklahoma).
UCLA's six straight wins to open the 2005 campaign marks thefirst time the Bruins have compiled a six-game winning streakunder head coach Karl Dorrell.California entered its game with UCLA having allowed just 53points in five games (10.6 average). UCLA scored 47 versusthe Golden Bears.
UCLA is 5-1 all-time in overtime, including this year's 44-41 single overtime win at Washington State. Head coachKarl Dorrell is 2-0 in overtime, defeating California in2003 and Washington State this season.
Opponents have scored just one touchdown on UCLA's fourturnovers this season. UCLA has scored 47 points this seasonoff of opponent turnovers.
UCLA scored at least 40 points in each of its first three gamesand five of its first six.
The Sept. 17 win over Oklahoma (No. 17 USA Today/No. 21AP) was UCLA's first over a ranked opponent (AP) since a46-16 win over No. 18 Washington at the Rose Bowl in 2003.UCLA's 47 points against California was the highest point totalby a Bruin team in a Pac-10 game since defeating ArizonaState, 52-42 on Dec. 1, 2001.
The win at San Diego State was UCLA's first in an opener sincea win over Colorado State began the 2002 season.
UCLA is 11-1 in games in which it has led at the half undercoach Dorrell and 8-1 in games in which it has scored first.UCLA's 63 points against Rice is its highest total of the KarlDorrell Era and the most points by a Bruin team since a 66-10 win over Houston on Oct. 4, 1997. The 578 yards of totaloffense were also the most by a Dorrell team and the mostsince the 2002 Oregon State game (625).
UCLA is 27 for 28 in the Red Zone (24 touchdowns, threefield goals, one end-of-game kneeldown) in 2005.In six games, UCLA has committed just four turnovers whileforcing 11 (nine on defense and two on special teams).The Bruins rank 12th nationally and second in the Pac-10in turnover margin (+1.17).
In 2005, UCLA has produced 49 plays of at least 20 yards --10 versus San Diego State (three passes, two punt returns,two runs, two kickoff returns and one interception return), 11versus Rice (six passes, three runs, one kickoff return andone punt return), five against Oklahoma (three passes andtwo runs), five versus Washington (three passes, two kickoffreturns), 11 versus California (five passes, three kickoff returns,two punt returns and one run) and seven versus WashingtonState (five passes, two kickoff returns). Nine have resultedin touchdowns.
Maurice Drew has 14 plays of at least 20 yards (four runs, fourpunt returns, five receptions and one kickoff return) and fivehave resulted in touchdowns.
In 2004, UCLA had 100 plays of at least 20 yards (44 passes,22 runs, 23 kickoff returns and seven punt returns, four interceptionreturns), including 21 for touchdowns.
In the 2005 opener, UCLA had five plays of 40 or more yards(two punt returns, one kickoff return, one run and one pass)and two of those resulted in touchdowns. Against Rice, UCLAhad four plays of 40 or more yards (two runs, one pass andone punt return), one resulting in a touchdown. UCLA's longestplay against Oklahoma was 38 yards and its longest playversus Washington was 39 yards. UCLA had two punt returnsover 40 yards versus California with one resulting in atouchdown. UCLA had one pass over 40 yards versus WSUand it resulted in a touchdown.
In 2004, UCLA had 24 plays of at least 40 yards (10 passes,seven runs, three interception returns, two punt returns andtwo kickoff returns) and 15 of those were for touchdowns.UCLA averaged 5.97 yards per offensive play in 2004, its bestsince 1998 (6.81). Its average of 410.0 yards per game wasits highest since 1998 (487.25). It's scoring average of 30.1was also its best since 1998 (39.7).
In six games this year, UCLA is averaging 6.3 yards per play,431.2 yards of total offense and 43.3 points.
With the win at Washington State last week, the Bruins qualifiedto play in a bowl game following the 2005 season. TheBruins have now qualified to play in a bowl game in eight ofthe last nine seasons. UCLA entered the 2005 season havingplayed in 17 bowl games in the last 24 years. UCLA is 10-6 in its last 16 bowl game appearances. UCLA's 10 bowlwins in the last 23 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only FloridaState, Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama, Miami and Michiganhave won more bowl games in that span.
UCLA has more bowl wins (10) in the last 23 years than anyother school in the Pac-10 conference. In fact, only eightschools (Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan,Auburn, Alabama, Penn State) have won more bowlgames than the Bruins in that span.
LAST GAME -- For the third straight week, UCLA rallied fromdouble-digit deficits to defeat the Washington State Cougars,44-41, in overtime in Pullman. The victory improved UCLA'srecord to 6-0, matching its best start since beginning the 2001season with six straight wins.
By overcoming a 21-point second quarter deficit (21-0 and28-7), UCLA tied the school record for largest comeback.In 1982, UCLA rallied from 21 points down to win at Michigan(31-27) and in 2000, the Bruins rallied from a 21-pointdeficit to defeat Arizona State at the Rose Bowl, 38-31.UCLA also matched a school record for overcoming a fourthquarterdeficit, rallying from 17 points down. In 1996, UCLArallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat USCin double overtime, 48-41 at the Rose Bowl.
Trailing 28-7 near the end of the first half, Drew Olson drove theBruins 80 yards, hitting Marcedes Lewis for a four-yard touchdownwith 26 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 14 pointsat halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, Olson and Maurice Drewconnected on a 45-yard pass-and-run touchdown, completinga 73-yard drive to bring the Bruins to within seven points.However, WSU responded with a field goal and after a Bruinfake punt was unsuccessful, the Cougars took advantage ofthe short field (43 yards) to score their only touchdown of thesecond half and the Bruins trailed 38-21 entering the fourthquarter.
With 14:32 remaining in the game, Olson and Lewis hookedup for a nine-yard score to complete an 80-yard drive. Afterthe Bruin defense forced a three-and-out, UCLA drove for afield goal to cut the deficit to seven points. UCLA still trailedby seven points with 4:52 remaining when it took over on itsfour-yard line. Olson drove the Bruins 96 yards for the tyingscore, finding Marcus Everett in the back corner of the endzone with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. On the finaldrive, he was six of seven for 78 yards, including the touchdown.Washington State drove to the Bruin 42-yard line but time expiredforcing overtime. For the fourth time in five series, theBruin defense forced WSU into a three-and-out and the Cougarshad to settle for a field goal. For the Bruins, Drew gainednine yards on first down and Olson gained one yard for a firstdown. Drew then rushed for five yards and a facemask penaltygave UCLA a first-and-goal at the five-yard line. Drewgained four yards on his first attempt and scored the gamewinningtouchdown on a one-yard plunge.
Offensively, UCLA gained 516 yards, 338 in the air and 178 onthe ground. Olson completed 31 of 43 passes for a careerhigh338 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Hisfive touchdown passes tied the school record held by CadeMcNown (1997 at Texas and 1998 at Miami) and his 31completions were one shy of Troy Aikman's school record of32 (USC, 1998). In the final three quarters, he hit on 28 of 34passes (.824) for 310 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.In the fourth quarter, he connected on 13 of 16passes for 132 yards and two scores.
Drew accounted for 187 all-purpose yards, including 109 rushingand 78 receiving. He scored two touchdowns, includingthe game-winning TD for the third straight week. Joe Cowanled the receivers with six catches while Marcedes Lewis (twotouchdowns) and Marcus Everett (his first career TD to tie thegame) had five receptions each.
Defensively, UCLA yielded 499 yards but tightened up after halftime.The Bruins allowed 362 yards during the first half andjust 85 yards in the third quarter, 47 yards and two first downsin the fourth quarter and five yards in overtime.
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