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No. 23 Bruins Travel To Face Cowboys In Oklahoma
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Release:  09/09/2002

Sept. 9, 2002

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GAME # 2 - No. 23 UCLA (1-0) travels to Stillwater, OK Saturday, Sept. 14 for its first game ever against Oklahoma State (1-1). Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m PST (6:00 p.m. local). The game will be televised live on a national basis by Fox Sports Net.. Fox Sports Radio AM 1150 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all games except when there is a conflict with a Los Angeles Dodger game. The Oklahoma State contest will be broadcast on Fox Sports Radio AM 1150 and the Bruin Radio Network with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth.

LAST WEEK - UCLA rallied from a 13-7 fourth-quarter deficit to defeat No. 19 Colorado State, 30-19 at the Rose Bowl. It was UCLA's eighth straight regular-season victory over a non-conference foe and the Bruins' ninth win over a ranked opponent in 14 tries.

The Bruins trailed 10-0 early in the second quarter, thanks to a 35-yard field goal and a 15-yard touchdown drive set up by a 55-yard punt return. UCLA produced a four-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in Junior Taylor's 49-yard touchdown run on a reverse. It was the first time Taylor had touched the ball in his career and was the first offensive touchdown by a Bruin true freshman since the 1998 USC game, when DeShaun Foster scored four times.

UCLA still trailed 13-7 early in the fourth quarter when it took over on its own 48-yard line with 14:42 remaining in the game. With true freshman quarterback Drew Olson playing the second of his two series and redshirt freshman Wendell Mathis in the backfield, UCLA moved to the 28-yard line with Mathis gaining 15 yards on three carries. Olson then completed passes on two of the next three plays (nine yards to Manuel White and 15 to Tab Perry) to put the ball at the five-yard line. Akil Harris then scored a one-yard touchdown following his four-yard run to give the Bruins a 14-13 lead.

On Colorado State's second play of its ensuing possession, Ricky Manning's hit on Cecil Sapp after a reception forced a fumble that Rusty Williams recovered at the Ram 16-yard line. White raced into the end zone on UCLA's next play to give the Bruins a 21-13 lead with 8:48 remaining.

CSU then drove 80 yards for a touchdown to close to within two points, 21-19, with 1:32 remaining. On the ensuing two-point conversion attempt, Brandon Chillar forced a fumble and Ben Emanuel picked it up and ran 89 yards for two points to give UCLA a 23-19 lead.

The Bruins then recovered an onside kick attempt (Mike Seidman). On the next play, Akil Harris broke a 35-yard run to the Ram16-yard line and three plays later, White scored his second 16-yard touchdown of the game to give UCLA a 30-19 lead with 1:01 remaining.

On the night, the Bruins ran for 215 yards and passed for 166. Harris led the team with 94 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. White added 52 yards and two touchdowns on 11 attempts and also made four receptions. Quarterback Cory Paus completed 12 of 23 passes, including nine of his final 13, for 142 yards and led three of the Bruins' four scoring drives. Olson completed two of three passes for 24 yards and produced one scoring drive on his two possessions. White and Craig Bragg each made four receptions and Mike Seidman added three catches.

Defensively, the Bruins held Colorado State to just 3.7 yards per play and 277 total offensive yards. Only one of the Rams' four scoring drives (two touchdowns and two field goals) was longer than 25 yards.

Brandon Chillar led the Bruins with 10 tackles, made an interception and forced the fumble on the Rams' two-point conversion attempt. Marcus Reese, making the first start of his career, made nine tackles while Ben Emanuel made six tackles and scored the first defensive conversion in school history with his 89-yard return.

Ricky Manning Jr., Spencer Havner, playing his first game and making his first start, and Ryan Boschetti, playing his first game, each made five tackles. In addition, Manning made the big hit of the night, forcing a fumble with the Bruins leading by just one point that led to the second of UCLA's three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Rusty Williams, starting for the first time since the 2000 USC game, forced the bad throw that resulted in Chillar's interception and recovered the fumble caused by Manning that set up UCLA's second fourth-quarter score.

UCLA IN THE RANKINGS - Associated Press: Pre-season, NR; Sept. 1, NR; Sept. 8, No. 23; USA Today/ESPN: Pre-season, NR; Sept. 1, NR; Sept. 8, NR (27).

BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO - The Bruin head coach owns a record of 43-27 (28-20 in Pac-10 play) and a winning percentage of .614 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 43 wins put him in fourth place on UCLA's career victory list. Under Toledo, UCLA is 33-8 when it scores at least 30 points and 16-1 when it scores at least 40. UCLA is 29-6 when leading at the half and has won 10 times after trailing at the half and four when tied at the half. The Bruins are 3-1 in overtime games. When ranked, the Bruins sport a 30-11 record under Toledo and are 15-5 when ranked in the Top 10.

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

DID YOU KNOW? -

  • The 2002 season is UCLA's 21st in the Rose Bowl. Since moving to Pasadena for the 1982 season, the Bruins are 84-35-2 on its home field.

    UCLA has won 15 of its last 22 games versus ranked opponents dating back to a 1997 win at #11 Texas and has posted a 23-5 record in regular season games played in the Rose Bowl since that win over the Longhorns.

  • UCLA has won eight straight 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 in 2002).

  • The Bruins have now won six straight season-openers on their home field -- five against ranked opponents (1994 - No. 13 Tennessee; 1995 - No. 12 Miami; 1998 - No. 23 Texas; 1999 - Boise State; 2000 - No. 3 Alabama; 2002 - No. 19 Colorado State).

  • 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.

  • The eight true freshmen are the most to play in a single game since at least 1980.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.

  • The Bruins own a record of 55-24-5 in season openers. Coach Bob Toledo is now 5-2 in season-opening games, including a five-game winning streak.

  • 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 33 straight games to lead the team. Next is offensive left tackle Bryce Bohlander with 26 straight starts followed by offensive right tackle Mike Saffer and defensive tackle Rodney Leisle with 24 each. Saffer has started 31 times in his career. 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, LS Jeff Grau/Redskins).

    THE DEFENSE

    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 33 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.

    On the year, he was 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 2001, 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.

    RODNEY LEISLE - Redshirt junior tackle Rodney Leisle had an outstanding season last year. 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 started his 24th straight game and helped hold the Rams to just 277 yards (3.7 average). He was credited with four tackles.

    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.

    MARCUS REESE - True senior linebacker Marcus Reese, who has been a major contributor the last two seasons, made his first career start against Colorado State. He was very productive, making nine tackles (seven solos), one shy of his career high (10 vs. Washington in 2000) and one shy of the team high for the game.

    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 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 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 off to a fast start in 2002. 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.

    In 2001, Chillar started nine games at strongside linebacker a year ago. He ranked fifth on the team, and first among 2002 returnees, in tackles with 42 stops. 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.

    DAVE BALL - In the opener against Colorado State, junior Dave Ball started his 12th straight game at right end and was credited with three tackles, including one for loss. 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 strong 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. 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.

    SPENCER HAVNER - In his first career game and start, the redshirt freshman was very active. Havner made five tackles (three solos), including one for loss, and was also credited with two pass defenses.

    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 Bradlee Van Pelt 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.

    Redshirt junior Mat Ball, who switched back to end during Spring drills after playing outside linebacker in 2001, added one tackle during his time on the field. A year ago, M. Ball started twice at OLB and made 12 tackles including two for losses.

    Two seniors - Steve Morgan and Sean Phillips - played at the left tackle spot with Morgan earning the start. Morgan made four tackles, including one for loss, and Phillips added a solo tackle.

    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 and was credited with five tackles, including four solos.

    THE OFFENSE

    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 (sixth with 32). His career average of 15.85 yards per completion entering the 2002 season was the highest among the quarterbacks in UCLA's career Top six. He is one of just two Bruin signalcallers to produce back-to-back 300-yard passing games and only the second to throw for at least 300 yards in a game five times in his career.

    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's 24, 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.

    With his 142 yards, Paus moved into third place on UCLA's career passing yardage list with 5,372 yards, passing both No. 4 Troy Aikman (5,298) and No. 3 Tommy Maddox (5,363). He is also No. 6 with 342 career completions, just 10 behind No. 5 Wayne Cook and No. 6 with 32 career touchdown passes. He has played in just 29 games, including two in which he was injured and threw a total of just five passes before leaving the field.

    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, who did not play in the season finale versus Arizona State as part of his penalty for an off-field problem, completed 14 of 22 passes against Oregon for a season-high 321 yards (third-highest total of his career). He enjoyed an outstanding game against California, passing for 273 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 13 of 16 passes overall, including 11 straight from late in the first quarter through the middle of the third quarter. His efficiency rating of 286.45 versus California was the second-highest single-game rating in Division IA last year.

    Despite missing three full games, and virtually all of a fourth during the 2000 season, Paus passed for 2,154 yards and 17 touchdowns (fifth on the all-time single-season school list). His regular season pass efficiency rating of 145.8 would have led the Pac-10 if he had appeared in enough games, as would his 250.9 passing yards per game figure.

    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.

    MIKE SEIDMAN - Tight end Mike Seidman is expected to have an outstanding senior season. In the opener against Colorado State (just his second career start), he made three catches for 40 yards. 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.

    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, the longest of his career.

    OFFENSIVE LINE - Senior pre-season All-America tackle Mike Saffer has been named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists. He has now started 31 games overall, including 24 straight at right tackle stretching back to the 2000 opener (he started seven times at right guard in 1999).

    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, has started 26 straight contests at left tackle, including the final two games of 1999, 12 in 2001 and all 11 last year. He made 47 KO blocks on the year. Bohlander made six KO blocks in the game at Alabama. He earned a 95% grade in the game against Washington and had a 90% grade with six KOs in the game against California. 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. 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 came on to start five of the last six games at right guard after redshirt junior Shane Lehmann started the first five games and six overall.

    The only line position without a returning starter is at center, where redshirt freshman Mike McCloskey edged third-year soph Paul Mociler for the starting spot. He played every snap in his first appearance as a Bruin.

    JUST FOR KICKS

    NATE FISKE - 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. He is currently tied for third in the NCAA with his 46.75 average.

    His career average of 43.09 entering 2002 ranked 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). 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, Griffith made all four PATs to raise his career scoring total to 216 points, moving past Chris Sailer and Gary Beban into sixth place on that UCLA list. However, he did miss field goal attempts of 41 yards in the second quarter and 32 yards in the third quarter.

    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).

    A second-team 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 72.3.

    WIDE RECEIVER - True junior Tab Perry, redshirt junior Ryan Smith and redshirt sophomore Craig Bragg are the top weapons in the receiver rotation. Senior Jon Dubravac, true freshman Junior Taylor and junior Garrett Lepisto are also expected to contribute this season.

    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.

    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 Colorado State, Bragg tied for the team lead with four receptions, good for 49 yards and three first downs.

    Bragg made his first career start last season at Oregon State and made two catches for 21 yards, ran one reverse for five yards and returned two punts 13 yards. 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. 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.

    Smith did not make a reception versus CSU. A year ago, he 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.

    Junior Taylor gave the Bruins an important spark. 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).

    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. Dubravac sat out last season as a medical redshirt. He caught 14 passes in the 2000 season and did not make a reception in the 2002 season opener.

    RUNNING BACK - Junior Akil Harris and redshirt sophomore Manuel White each played a major role in UCLA's 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.

    Last season, he made his second career start against Oregon and rushed for 79 yards on a career-high 29 carries, including a one-yard touchdown. 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).

    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 and gained a team-high 23 yards on nine carries.

    In addition, three redshirt freshmen tailbacks and one true freshman fullback also saw action in the backfield and on special teams. Tyler Ebell rushed twice for nine yards and returned two punts for seven yards. 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.

    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).

    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.

    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, UCLA forced two turnovers (one interception and one touchdown) and converted them into seven points (one touchdown). UCLA committed just one turnover and it resulted in three points (one field goal).

    In 2001, UCLA converted 13 of 26 turnovers into 79 points (10 touchdowns and three field goals). Opponents converted 11 of 29 Bruin turnovers into 61 points (seven touchdowns and four field goals, two of the touchdowns were against the Bruin offense).

    OKLAHOMA STATE - UCLA and Oklahoma State have never played on the football field but they have met on the basketball court. The Cowboys are 1-1 this season and registered a huge upset last season, defeating Oklahoma in Norman. UCLA will depart on Thursday and will headquartered in Oklahoma City.

    The Cowboys ranked 51st nationally in total offense (383.5), throwing for 239.5 yards and rushing for 144.0. Defensively, OSU ranks 64th overall (349.5), allowing just 71.0 yards on the ground (17th in NCAA) and 278.5 in the air. However, the Cowboys rank 35th in pass efficiency defense. They are also averaging 13.9 yards on punt returns.

    Individually, wide receiver Rashaun Woods ranks third in the nation in receiving yards per game (150.5) and fifth with an average of 9.5 receptions per game. Quarterback Josh Fields ranks 39th nationally in both passing efficiency (133.2 rating) and total offense (219.5). Terrance Davis-Bryant is averaging 13.9 yards on punt returns and Chris Massey averages 24.3 yards on kickoff returns.

    NCAA GRADUATION RATES - In the 2002 NCAA Graduation Rate Report, due to be released this fall, UCLA has a 75% graduation rate from the freshman class of 1995 (12 of 16).

    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 - As of 9/4 the following 26 former Bruins were 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; Houston - Ed Ieremia-Stansbury, Chad Overhauser; 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 will host the two-hour local pre-game show. Roberts, Stevens and Ireland will host the one-half hour network pre-game show and the network post-game show. Fox Radio reporter Jeff Biggs and Cook will host a one hour "Bruin Talk" show following the network broadcast.

    Due to a Dodger game earlier in the day, there will not be a two-hour pre-game show for the Oklahoma State contest.

    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); KVEN 1450AM (Ventura, Santa Barbara); 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, beginning Sept. 10. The show will air at 6:00 p.m., unless it airs earlier due to L.A. Dodger programming.

    UCLA ON THE TELEVISION - Entering the Oklahoma State game, 100 of UCLA's last 106 games have been televised live. This week's game will be televised throughout the nation on Fox Sports Net. 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, beginning Sept. 11. It will also be shown every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., beginning Sept. 19.


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