No. 17 UCLA to Face Northwestern in Vitalis Sun Bowl

Dec. 14, 2005

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GAME 12 - VITALIS SUN BOWL: UCLA (9-2, 6-2, ranked No. 17 by USA Today/Coaches and Associated Press) will play Northwestern (7-4, 5-3, tied for third in the Big Ten) on Dec. 30 at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, TX. Game time is 12:15 p.m. MT/11:15 a.m. PT.

The game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports. Verne Lundquist and Todd Blackledge will call the action from the booth and Tracy Wolfson will work the sidelines.

XTRA Sports 570 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all of the Bruin games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines.

The game will also be broadcast nationally by Westwood One with Joel Meyers and Fran Curci calling the action.

UCLA's BOWL RECORD - UCLA enters the Vitalis Sun Bowl with an overall record of 12-13-1 in bowl games. UCLA was the first school in NCAA history to win a bowl game in seven consecutive seasons (1982-88).Here are the results of UCLA's 26 previous bowl games:

Dec. 23, '04 L UCLA 21 Wyoming 24 Las Vegas
Dec. 30, '03 L UCLA 9 Fresno St. 17 Silicon Valley
Dec. 25, '02 W UCLA 27 New Mexico 13 Las Vegas
Dec. 29, '00 L UCLA 20 Wisconsin 21 Sun
Jan. 1, '99 L UCLA 31 Wisconsin 38 Rose
Jan. 1, '98 W UCLA 29 Texas A&M 23 Cotton
Dec. 25, '95 L UCLA 30 Kansas 51 Aloha
Jan. 1, '94 L UCLA 16 Wisconsin 21 Rose
Dec. 31, '91 W UCLA 6 Illinois 3 Sun
Jan. 2, '89 W UCLA 17 Arkansas 3 Cotton
Dec. 25, '87 W UCLA 20 Florida 16 Aloha
Dec. 30, '86 W UCLA 31 BYU 10 Freedom
Jan. 1, '86 W UCLA 45 Iowa 28 Rose
Jan. 1, '85 W UCLA 39 Miami 37 Fiesta
Jan. 2, '84 W UCLA 45 Illinois 9 Rose
Jan. 1, '83 W UCLA 24 Michigan 14 Rose
Dec. 31, '81 L UCLA 14 Michigan 33 Bluebonnet
Dec. 25, '78 T UCLA 10 Arkansas 10 Fiesta
Dec. 20, '76 L UCLA 6 Alabama 36 Liberty
Jan. 1, '76 W UCLA 23 Ohio State 10 Rose
Jan. 1, '66 W UCLA 14 Michigan St. 12 Rose
Jan. 1, '62 L UCLA 3 Minnesota 21 Rose
Jan. 1, '56 L UCLA 14 Michigan St. 17 Rose
Jan. 1, '54 L UCLA 20 Michigan St. 28 Rose
Jan. 1, '47 L UCLA 14 Illinois 45 Rose
Jan. 1, '43 L UCLA 0 Georgia 9 Rose

Maurice Drew, RB - 1st-team All-America (AP, AFCA, Walter Camp, FWAA, as a punt returner/all-purpose, 2nd-team AA (; 1st-team All-Pac-10 punt returner., 2nd-team All-Pac-10 running back; One of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, one of 12 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award.Marcedes Lewis, TE - Winner of Mackey Award as nation's top tight end; 1st-team All-America (FWAA, Walter Camp,; 2nd-team All-America (AFCA, AP); 1st-team All-Pac-10.QB Drew Olson and TB Maurice Drew are on the list of 10 'Players to Watch' for the Walter Camp Award.Drew Olson, QB - 8th in Heisman Trophy vote; 2nd-team All-Pac-10; One of five finalists for the Manning Award; One of seven finalists for the Unitas Award; one of 15 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award.Spencer Havner, LB - 2nd team All-Pac-10; One of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award; one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award; one of 12 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award; one of 15 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy.

Justin Medlock, PK - 2nd-team All-Pac-10.Karl Dorrell, head coach - Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year; One of 12 semifinalists for the Maxwell Club's George Munger Award as the nation's outstanding coach.OL Ed Blanton, DL Justin Hickman, FB Michael Pitre, OG Shannon Tevaga were named honorable mention All-Pac-10.Pac-10 All-Academic - First team: OG Chris Joseph, DT Kenneth Lombard; Second team: OG Bob Cleary, CB Michael Norris; Honorable mention: WR Andrew Baumgartner, LB Danny Nelson.

UCLA IN THE POLLS -- Week 1: NR; Week 2: NR; Week 3: NR; Week 4: USA Today 23, AP 25; Week 5: USA Today 20, AP 20; Week 6: USA Today 16, AP 20; Week 7: USA Today 12, AP 12; Week 8: AP 8, USA Today 9, BCS 9; Week 9: AP 8, USA Today 8, BCS 6; Week 10: AP 7, USA Today 7, BCS 5; Week 11: AP 14, USA Today 14, BCS 15; Week 12: USA Today 11, AP 12, BCS 11; Week 13: USA Today 11, AP 11, BCS 12; Week 14: USA Today 11, AP 11, BCS 12; Week 15: AP 17, USA Today 17, BCS 16.

INDIVIDUAL UCLA NOTES - Drew Olson has shattered the school record for touchdown passes. He has 31 this season, breaking the mark of 25 set by Cade McNown in 1998.Drew Olson ranks third in the nation in touchdown passes (31). He also ranks third nationally in passing efficiency (165.23) and first in interception percentage (0.85).

Drew Olson's efficiency rating of 301.26 for the Arizona State game was the second highest in NCAA Division IA history for quarterbacks with between 25 and 49 pass attempts.

Maurice Drew is the only player in school history to score five touchdowns in a game and he has now done it twice (2004 at Washington and 2005 versus California).

Maurice Drew already holds the UCLA career record for all purpose yards with 4,592. He passed former No. 1 Gaston Green, 1984-87, (4,283 yards) on a 10-yard fourth-quarter punt return this season at Stanford.

Maurice Drew ranks No. 9 in UCLA career scoring with 234 points and No. 10 in career rushing with 2,489 yards.

Marcedes Lewis leads the nation's tight ends with 10 touchdown receptions and his average of 5.27 receptions per game ranks second.

Marcedes Lewis (currently with 21) ranks second on the all-time UCLA TD reception list. He trails only J.J. Stokes (28) on that list.

Marcedes Lewis (currently eighth with 126) will tie for seventh on the all-time school list for receptions with two catches.Spencer Havner (currently with 395) moved into third place ahead of Kenny Easley (374) on the career tackles list at Arizona. He needs five tackles to become the third Bruin in history with 400 or more tackles for a career.

Drew Olson's 31 touchdown passes this season tie him for sixth (5th is Akili Smith, Oregon-32 in 1998; 3rd are Matt Leinart, USC in 2004 and Carson Palmer, USC in 2002-33; 2nd is Ryan Leaf, Wash. St.-34 in 1997; 1st is Matt Leinart, USC - 38 in 2003) on the Pac-10 Conference season list. His 64 career touchdown passes rank 10th (tied) on the all-time Pac-10 list (9th is Jake Plummer of ASU - 65, 8th is Cade McNown of UCLA - 68; 7th is Jason Gesser of Wash. St. - 70).

Maurice Drew, currently with 120 points, is tied for No. 9 (8th is Ryan Killeen, USC-122 in 2003; 7th is Hugh McElhenny, Wash.-125 in 1951; 6th is Duke Morrison, Cal-131 in 1922; 5th is Steven Jackson, Oregon St.-132 in 1932; 3rd is Marcus Allen, USC in 1981 and O.J. Simpson in 1968, USC-138; 2nd is Corey Dillon, Wash.-150; 1st is Skip Hicks, UCLA-156 in 1997) on the Pac-10 single season scoring list.

Quarterback Drew Olson was one of seven finalists for the Unitas Award (top senior quarterback). He was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. Spencer Havner was one of the 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award. He was one of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award. Havner was also one of 12 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award (nation's top defender) and one of 15 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy.

Maurice Drew is averaging 23.65 yards on his 20 touchdowns this season. In the first game of the 2005 season, Drew scored three touchdowns (averaging 45.6 yards in length). 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 in the second quarter. Later in the same period, he returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown. Against Rice, he scored on a four-yard run and a 66-yard punt return (35.0-yard avg). He had one touchdown (nine yards) versus Oklahoma and one touchdown (one yard) versus Washington. Against California, he scored five touchdowns for the second time in his career -- 12-yard run, one-yard run, 81-yard punt return, 28-yard reception and two-yard run (24.8 yards avg). At WSU, he scored two touchdowns -- a 45-yard reception and a one-yard run -- (23.0 yard avg). Against Oregon State, he scored on receptions of 43 and 20 yards, an average of 31.5 yards per score. At Stanford, he scored on runs of six and one yard (3.5 average). He did not score at Arizona and had a one-yard touchdown run versus Arizona State. His touchdown run versus USC measured 15 yards.

In 2004, Drew averaged 40.63 yards on each of his eight rushing touchdowns in 2004 (47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 2) for 325 yards. He also had scoring receptions of 27, 43 and three yards and a punt return for 68 yards.

Maurice Drew's 43-yard scoring reception versus Oregon State was the 16th time in his career he has scored on a play which measured at least 40 yards. Drew's 81-yard scoring punt return against California tied the UCLA and Pac-10 single-season (three) and career (four) records for punt return touchdowns. He had a 65-yard scoring return against Washington erased by penalty.

Drew's 81-yard scoring punt return against Cal was his sixth kick return for a touchdown. (91 KOR 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).

Against Oregon State, Drew Olson set a school record with six touchdown passes, breaking the record of five he had tied the previous week at Washington State. He also threw five touchdown passes against Arizona State, becoming the first Bruin to throw at least five in a game three times. Cade McNown threw five touchdown passes at Texas in 1997 and at Miami in 1998.

Drew Olson's 31 completions against Washington State rank No. 2 in school history, trailing only Troy Aikman's 32 versus USC in 1988.

In Drew Olson's last 19 games, he has completed 372 of 590 (.631) passes for 4,880 yards, 47 TDs and 11 interceptions.

Drew Olson has led four fourth-quarter comebacks this season (Washington, 10 points; Cal, 12 points; Washington State,17 points; Stanford, 21 points). In those four games, he completed 45 of 61 passes (.738) for 539 yards and six touchdowns in the fourth quarter/overtime. In the fourth quarter/overtime of all games this season, Olson is 65 of 93 (.699) for 848 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.In the second half of all games this season, Olson is 119 of 174 (.684) for 1,445 yards, 16 touchdowns and no interceptions.

The 131 receiving yards by Marcedes Lewis at San Diego State and at Arizona are the most by a Bruin tight end since 2002, when Mike Seidman had games of 138 against Oregon State and 134 versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yards versus Oregon State in 1975 is the school record for tight ends.

Spencer Havner's four defensive touchdowns are the most ever by a UCLA player (records date back to 1957). Havner has three interception returns for scores and one fumble return. Havner's fumble return for a score against Oklahoma pushed him past Abdul McCullough ('93-96) who had two interception returns and one fumble recovery; Jerry Robinson ('75-78) who had three interception returns; Marcus Turner ('85-88) who had three interception returns and Tommy Bennett ('92-93, 95) who had three fumble returns. NOTE: (Darryl Henley ('85-88) had three punt returns and one fumble return for touchdown; Maurice Drew has six kick returns for scores, 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 goals of at least 50 yards in a game. He is the only Bruin ever to kick three field goals of 50 or more yards in the same season and is one of just two Bruins (John Lee is the other) to have four career field goals of 50 or more yards. Medlock is now fourth (tied) on UCLA's career field goal list with 42.UCLA senior quarterbacks have won 24 of the last 31 games (77.4%) in which they have started, including Drew Olson's 9-2 mark this season.

Running back Maurice Drew's 120 rushing yards against Oregon State marked the ninth time in his career he has topped the century mark. Drew's total of nine 100-yard games ranks tied for eighth on the all-time school list. (114 vs. San Diego St., 2005; 109 v. Washington St., 2005; 120 v. Oregon St., 2005; 142 v. Illinois, 2004; 322 v. Washington, 2004; 161 v. San Diego St., 2004; 105 v. Stanford, 2004; 126 v. Wyoming, 2004; 176 v. Arizona St., 2003)

Tight end Marcedes Lewis has set a school record for tight ends with 10 touchdown catches in 2005, breaking the mark of seven he set last year. He also holds the career mark with 21. Lewis ranks ranks second on the overall school career touchdown reception list, seven shy of J.J. Stokes' record of 28.

TEAM NOTES - UCLA's 660 yards of total offense against Arizona State ranks No. 5 on the all-time list and were the most since UCLA had 670 at Miami in 1998.

UCLA's 510 yards passing against Arizona State ranks No. 2 all-time, trailing only the 513 yards at Miami in 1998.

For the first time ever, UCLA had three receivers with at least 100 yards -- 120 by Chris Markey, 109 by Joe Cowan and 108 by Marcedes Lewis -- against Arizona State.

UCLA has won six regular season games in the Rose Bowl just twice -- 2005 and 1982, finishing 6-0 in both seasons.

UCLA has won 10 games in six previous seasons -- 1946 (10-1), 1982 (10-1-1), 1987 (10-2), 1988 (10-2), 1997 (10-2) and 1998 (10-2).

UCLA has started the season 8-0 five times -- 2005; 1998, when it started the year with 10 straight wins and went to the Rose Bowl; 1954, when it earned a National Championship; 1952 and 1946 (Rose Bowl).

UCLA has compiled an eight-game winning streak during the season eight times --2005 (won first eight), 1998 (won first 10), 1997 (won last 10), 1987(won eight in a row mid-season), 1973 (won nine in a row mid-season), 1954 (won all nine), 1952 (won first eight), 1946 (won first 10). Two teams went on to play in the Rose Bowl game (1998, 1946). One won the national championship (1954).

UCLA's win over No. 9/10 California was its first over a Top 10 team since UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington, 35-13, in the 2001 season.

UCLA's No. 7 ranking by AP and USA Today/Coaches on Oct. 30 was its highest since Oct. 21, 2001 when the 6-0 Bruins were ranked No. 4 by the polls.

In 11 games, UCLA's offense has produced 34 touchdown drives of 64 yards or longer -- three vs. San Diego State, four vs. Rice, one vs. Oklahoma, two vs. Washington, four vs. California, five vs. Washington State, five vs. Oregon State, three vs. Stanford, one vs. Arizona, five versus Arizona State and one versus USC.Six have measured between 64 and 69 yards, 13 between 70 and 79 yards, 12 between 80 and 89 yards and three have measured at least 90 yards, including the game-tying drive at Washington State (96 yards).

In its last eight games, UCLA has outscored its opponents 94-41 in the fourth quarter and 12-6 in overtime, including 71-13 in the four come-from-behind wins. Against Washington, UCLA trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter and outscored the Huskies, 14-0. Against California, UCLA trailed by 12 points in the fourth and outscored the Golden Bears, 19-3 (the last 19 points). At Washington State, UCLA trailed by 17 entering the fourth and outscored the Cougars 17-0 in the fourth quarter and 6-3 in overtime. At Stanford, UCLA trailed by 21 points in the fourth quarter and outscored the Cardinal 21-10 (the final 21) and 6-3 in overtime.Overall, UCLA has outscored its opponents 142-55 in the fourth quarter with the only touchdowns being scored by San Diego State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona State and USC (2).

UCLA's win over Washington on October 1 was its first as a ranked team since defeating California in the sixth game of the 2001 season. UCLA was ranked No. 4 by AP entering that contest.

When UCLA moved into the Top 25 on Sept. 18, it was the first time 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 13-0 in games in which it has won the turnover battle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 5-0 this season (SDSU, Rice, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Arizona State).

UCLA's eight straight wins to open the 2005 campaign marked the first time the Bruins had compiled an eight-game winning streak under head coach Karl Dorrell.

California entered its game with UCLA having allowed just 53 points in five games (10.6 average). UCLA scored 47 versus the Golden Bears.

UCLA is 6-1 all-time in overtime, including this year's 30-27 single overtime win at Stanford and the 44-41 single overtime win at Washington State. Head coach Karl Dorrell is 3-0 in overtime, defeating California in 2003 and Washington State and Stanford this season.

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