Dec. 2, 2002
GAME #12 - UCLA, winner of three of its last four games and 7-4 overall and 4-3 in Pac-10 play (fourth place), will host No. 7 (both polls) Washington State, 9-2 overall and 6-1 in Pac-10 play, on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Rose Bowl. Kickoff has been set for 1:30 p.m. A UCLA win will move it into a tie for third place in the final Pac-10 standings. The game will be nationally televised by ABC Sports. Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts will call the action with Todd Harris 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 and John Ireland will work the sidelines.
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 RECORD - UCLA leads the series with the Cougars, which dates back to 1928, 34-13-1, and has won the last two meetings at the Rose Bowl (1996 and 1998). Last year in Pullman, No. 16 Washington State defeated No. 9 UCLA, 20-14. Bob Toledo is 2-2 vs. WSU as the Bruin head coach while Mike Price is 5-5 vs. UCLA.
BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO - In his seventh year on the job, the Bruin head coach owns a record of 49-31 (32-23 in Pac-10 play) and a winning percentage of .613. 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 five of the past six seasons, including 2002. 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 49 wins put him in fourth place on UCLA's career victory list. Under Toledo, UCLA is 38-9 when it scores at least 30 points and 18-1 when it scores at least 40. UCLA is 33-6 when leading at the half and has won 12 times (12-24) 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 31-14 record under Toledo and are 15-5 when ranked in the Top 10. Under Toledo, UCLA is 16-14 versus ranked teams. It has won nine of the last 16 and is 15-9 in the last 24 games versus Top 25 teams.
LAST GAME - UCLA fell behind early and could never catch up, dropping a 52-21 decision to USC at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins, who had committed just 14 turnovers in the season's first 10 games, lost four fumbles and threw their first interception since Oct. 19 and could not overcome those mistakes against a veteran Trojan team. On the afternoon, the Bruins passed for 250 yards but netted just 40 on the ground, thanks to a bad snap in punt formation and five sacks. Tyler Ebell led the ground game with 56 yards on 12 attempts and Manuel White added 45 yards. Drew Olson, just the third UCLA true freshman quarterback to start a USC game (Tom Ramsey and Cade McNown were the others), completed eight of 17 passes for 121 yards but threw his first interception of the year. Matt Moore completed seven of 11 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. John Sciarra completed four of five passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Craig Bragg (five for 91 yards) and White (five for 56 yards) led the receivers. Defensively, UCLA allowed 468 yards -- 271 in the air and 197 on the ground. However, three of USC's four first-half touchdown drives were less than 34 yards (34, 23 and 14).
POST-SEASON HONORS - Mike Seidman is one of nine semifinalists for the Mackey Award, presented annually to the nation's top tight end. Offensive left tackle Bryce Bohlander has been selected to the Verison/CoSDIA Academic All-District VIII first team. Bohlander has also been named to the Pacific-10 All-Academic first team. Wide receiver Jon Dubravac and cornerback Keith Short were honorable mention selections.
ALL-STAR GAMES - Cornerback Ricky Manning, Jr., offensive tackle Mike Saffer and punter/place kicker Nate Fikse have been selected to play in the East-West Shine Game. Manning has also accepted an invitation to the Hula Bowl. Defensive end Rusty Williams, offensive tackle Bryce Bohlander and cornerback Joe Hunter will play in the Paradise All-Star Game.
DID YOU KNOW? -
- UCLA has played four straight games with a true freshman quarterback and has thrown one interception, versus USC.
- 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 and 133 in the air.
- The Bruin defense held Arizona to 12 net yards rushing, its best effort since limiting Washington to minus-eight yards rushing in 2001. Overall, UCLA held Arizona to 22 yards of total offense in the second half (23 plays).
- The 75 yards passing by Stanford were the fewest by a Bruin opponent since Ohio State's 45 in 2001.
- UCLA is allowing opponents to complete just 49.2% of their passes, the second best mark in the Pac-10.
- UCLA's defense has allowed just 29 touchdowns, fourth in the Pac-10. Overall, opponents have scored 33 TDs.
- UCLA's 30.3 scoring average is its highest since 1998.
- This season, UCLA is 4-2 when its opponent scores first and 3-2 when it draws first blood. UCLA has been down by at least 10 points prior to scoring four times (Colorado State 0-10, Oklahoma State 0-10, Oregon State 0-14, Stanford 0-15 and USC 0-21) and is 4-1 in those games. In 2001, the Bruins were 3-1 when they scored first and 4-3 when the opponent scored first.
- UCLA has outscored opponents 73-32 in the third quarter.
- UCLA is 5-1 on the road and 2-3 at home in 2002. This season marks only the third time in school history that the Bruins have won five regular-season road games, doing it in 1993 and 1998.
- Twelve of UCLA's touchdowns have measured at least 30 yards -- 10 on offense plus interception returns of 42 and 33 yards by Spencer Havner. The offensive scores have covered 71, 64, 55, 53, 46, 41, 37, 33 and 33 in the air and 49 yards on the ground.
- In 11 games, UCLA's offense has produced 30 scrimmage plays of at least 30 yards -- 22 passes and eight runs. The Bruins had five plays of 30+ yards at Oregon State, four each versus Arizona, Oregon and Oklahoma State and three at San Diego State and versus USC. 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 58 scrimmage plays of at least 20 yards, including 10 versus Oklahoma State and Oregon State, seven at Arizona and Washington and six versus Oregon.
- Tyler Ebell is the first freshman (true or redshirt) and only the second player in school history to rush for at least 100 yards in six consecutive games. Gaston Green is the only player in school history to rush for over 100 yards in seven straight games in one season (1986).
- 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).
- 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 six-plus seasons as head coach, UCLA is 30-7 when it wins the turnover battle, 9-20 when it loses the turnover battle and 10-4 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.
- Tab Perry's 49-yard kickoff return against USC was UCLA's longest since the 1999 season, when Lovell Houston returned one 93 yards for a touchdown at Stanford.
- 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, and blocked a field goal against Stanford.
- UCLA has fumbled the ball 28 times this year and has lost 11, eight on offense. Nineteen are on offense (eight lost), four are on kickoff returns (one lost), two are on interceptions (one lost) and three are on punt returns (one lost).
- UCLA has won 15 of its last 24 games versus ranked opponents dating back to a 1997 win at #11 Texas and has posted a 24-8 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 11 games this season, 14 Bruins have made their first starts - Paul Mociler, OG; Keith Carter, TE; Marcus Reese, LB; Spencer Havner, LB; Jarrad Page, DB; Mike McCloskey, C; Ed Blanton, OT; Tyler Ebell, TB; Jibril Raymo, FS; Ryan Boschetti, DT; Marcedes Lewis, TE; Matt Moore, QB; Drew Olson, QB; Junior Taylor, WR. In addition, junior Asi Faoa made his first start at defensive end (he had one previous start at LB in 1999 vs. Boise State), WR Jon Dubravac made his first start since 2000 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 Blanton started at right tackle for injured Mike Saffer in his first career game. Tight end Keith Carter, 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 played 10 true freshmen this season, the most since freshmen became eligible for varsity play in 1972. All 10 have played in the same game (Arizona). 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.
- Senior cornerback Ricky Manning could 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 43 straight games to lead the team (the record is 46 by offensive lineman Craig Novitsky, 1990-93). Next is offensive left tackle Bryce Bohlander with 36 straight starts. Offensive right tackle Mike Saffer, who has started 40 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, who had been nominated for a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship, has been named to the 2002 Verizon/CoSIDA District VIII Academic All-America team and the Pac-10 All-Academic 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.
THE DEFENSE #9 CB RICKY MANNING - True senior corner Ricky Manning Jr., a candidate for All-America honors, earned first-team All-Pac-10 acclaim for the second straight season last year, in the vote of league coaches. He was 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 43 games (longest starting streak on the team) after making his first career start against Fresno State in 1999. The school record is 46 consecutive starts by offensive lineman Craig Novitsky (1990-93). 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. Against Stanford, he helped hold the Cardinal to just 75 yards passing and made his third interception of the year to take the team lead in that area and set up a Bruin field goal. At Washington, he was matched up much of the time against Reggie Williams and made four solo tackles, defensed two passes and made his team-high fourth interception of the year on the final play of the first half to end a scoring threat. At Arizona, he made two solo tackles. Against USC, he made five solo tackles, including one for loss (five yards). He also forced a fumble and broke up one pass. Manning has now made 13 career interceptions, tying him for 7th place on that UCLA career list. On the year, he is sixth on the team with 38 tackles, including three for losses, and two forced fumbles. He leads the team with his four interceptions and has broken up six passes. He is sixth in the Pac-10 with his 0.36 interception average. 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.
#44 LB 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. Against Stanford, he led the team with 12 tackles, including seven solos. At Washington, he tied for the team lead with nine tackles. On the first play of the second quarter, he made an interception and returned it 29 yards to the one, setting up the second of Tyler Ebell's three touchdowns to give UCLA a 17-7 lead. At Arizona, he made four tackles, including two sacks and a third for loss. Against USC, he made six tackles (three solos), one shy of the team lead. After 11 games, his 83 tackles (52 solos) lead the team and his 7.5 average is T-10th in the Pac-10. He also ranks fourth on the team with seven tackles for losses, third (tied) with three sacks and third (tied) with two interceptions. 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.
#17 CB MATT WARE - A member of the 2002 Thorpe Award pre-season 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. Against Stanford, the true sophomore made five tackles, including four solos. At Washington, he missed much of the game, including the whole second half, with a tight left hamstring and was credited with one tackle. At Arizona, he made two solo tackles and deflected one pass. Against USC, he made six tackles (five solos), one shy of the team lead despite missing the second half with hamstring problems. On the year, he ranks fifth on the squad with 44 tackles (30 solos) and has made one interception and one quarterback sack. He has also blocked a punt and forced one fumble. 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