Football Notes: UCLA Hosts No. 9 Arizona State Saturday

Nov. 5, 2007

#9 Arizona State (8-1, 5-1) at UCLA (5-4, 4-2)

** Bruins have won four of the last five meetings **
** UCLA tied for third place in Pac-10 race **

GAME #10 -- UCLA (5-4, 4-2 and tied for third place in Pac-10 play) welcomes No. 9 Arizona State (8-1, 5-1) to the Rose Bowl on Saturday, November 10. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised by ABC with Dan Fouts, Tim Brant and Todd Harris calling the action. AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) broadcasts all of the Bruin games. Sirius satellite radio will air the game (channel 125) nationally.

PAC-10 RACE -- The Bruins are right in the thick of the Pac-10 race with a 4-2 record since every school has at least one conference loss. Currently, UCLA is tied for third place in the league. By winning its final three games, UCLA would win a share of the Pac-10 title and would represent the conference in the Rose Bowl (UCLA would finish with two losses and would have defeated the other teams that could finish with two losses in that scenario).

UCLA ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME -- Eight new members will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday night, November 8. Invitation-only ceremonies will be held in the Hall of Fame, located in the J.D. Morgan Intercollegiate Athletics Center, and in Covel Commons. In addition, the new inductees will also be introduced during halftime of the November 10 UCLA-Arizona State football game at the Rose Bowl.

The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1984 with 25 charter members. The Class of 2007 brings the total membership to 215. The 2007 inductees are Amy Acuff, track and field; George Brown, track and field; Jennifer Brundage, softball; Jim Ferguson, water polo; Troy Glaus, baseball; John Moore, basketball; Jeff Nygaard, volleyball; and Keri Phebus, tennis.

SERIES WITH ARIZONA STATE -- The Bruins lead the series with the Sun Devils, which dates back to 1976, by a 15-7-1 count. UCLA has won the last two meetings and four of the last five overall , including a 24-12 decision last year in Tempe. UCLA has captured the last three meetings in the Rose Bowl and the last win by ASU in Pasadena came in the 1996 season, when a fourth-ranked Sun Devil squad bested the unranked Bruins 42-34.Last season at ASU, the Bruins became bowl-eligible with a 24-12 win. A strong defensive effort held the Sun Devils without a touchdown and a pair of scoring catches by Brandon Breazell propelled UCLA to the win. Patrick Cowan connected with Breazell on a 56-yard scoring play midway through the first quarter to put the Bruins up 7-0. After a Sun Devil field goal, the Bruins tacked on another seven points on a one-yard run by Chane Moline and led 14-9 at the halftime break. After a fourth ASU field goal made it 14-12 early in the third quarter, Justin Medlock booted home a 24-yard field goal with less than a minute to go in the third quarter to put the Bruin back up by five points heading into the fourth quarter. Another Cowan to Breazell scoring pass, this one for 35 yards with 6:41 remaining to play, clinched the win for the Bruins. The game was dedicated to former Bruin defensive back Marcus Cassel, who had been killed in an auto accident the previous morning.

In the last matchup played in the Rose Bowl, the 2005 Bruins scored on its first play from scrimmage and never trailed en route to a 45-35 victory before 84,983 fans. The win marked just the second time in school history that the Bruins had won six regular season games in the Rose Bowl (also 1982). The teams combined for almost 1,200 yards of total offense on the day. For the first time in school history, three receivers (Chris Markey-120, Joe Cowan-109, Marcedes Lewis-108) broke the 100-receiving yards barrier. Quarterback Drew Olson's 510 passing yards fell just three yards short of the school record. His 501 yards of total offense to rank No. 2.

Olson hit Cowan on a short slant which turned in to a 91-yard scoring play, the fourth-longest in school history. Olson then hit Markey for a 56-yard scoring play with 9:54 to go in the quarter. Lewis caught the third Olson touchdown pass of the quarter sandwiched around a pair of ASU scoring runs and UCLA led 21-14 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Sun Devils knotted the score at 28-all on a pair of scoring passes which followed a Maurice Drew rushing touchdown. A couple of third quarter scoring passes from Olson to Breazell and Lewis pushed UCLA's advantage to 42-28 entering the fourth quarter. A late Medlock field goal closed out the scoring after Arizona State had closed to 42-35 with a touchdown plass at the 7:14 mark of the fourth quarter.

HONORARY CAPTAIN -- John Sciarra: A four-year letterman for the Bruins in the 1970s, Sciarra was the starting quarterback on the 1976 UCLA Rose Bowl team that shocked No.1 Ohio State, 23-10. In the game against the Buckeyes, Sciarra completed 12 of 19 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns, and earned Rose Bowl Player of the Game honors. In the classroom, Sciarra earned 1st Team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, was awarded an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship, received a National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholarship and the NCAA Top 8 Award. Following his graduation, he played two years in the CFL for the British Columbia Lions and six years for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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