Nov. 17, 2003
KEY DATES TO REMEMBER -
Mon., Nov. 17 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.) Player interviews by appointment only.
Tues., Nov. 18 - Coach Dorrell on Pac-10 Teleconference (10:30 a.m.); Last day to interview quarterbacks.
Wed., Nov. 19 - Last day to interview UCLA players.
Sat., Nov. 22 - UCLA at USC - 12:30 p.m. (ABC TV)
THIS WEEK - UCLA (6-5 overall, 4-3 in Pac-10 play, tied for fourth place) concludes the regular season at No. 2 USC (8-1 overall, 5-1 in Pac-10 action, second place) in a Pac-10 contest on Saturday, Nov. 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PDT. The game will be televised live on a regional basis by ABC Sports with Brad Nessler, Bob Griese and Lynn Swann calling the action. XTRA Sports 690/1150 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines. John Ireland will host pre- and post-game shows. Coverage begins at 10:00 a.m. Westwood One will broadcast the game nationally and USC will also orginiate a broadcast on its flagship station (KMPC 1540 AM).
LEXUS GAUNTLET - This year is the third year that UCLA and USC are competing for the Lexus Gauntlet, which is awarded on an annual basis to the school that does the best in head-to-head competition. In each sport, points are awarded to the winner of each contest and the school with the most points at the end of the year receives the Lexus Gauntlet. The Southern California Lexus Dealer Association is the title sponsor of every UCLA-USC athletic event. UCLA won the Gauntlet last year after USC earned it in the first year of competition (2001-2002). UCLA currently leads the competition, 12.5-5.0. The Bruins have earned five points each for women's soccer and women's cross country and 2.5 points for men's water polo while the Trojans own five points for women's volleyball. Saturday's football game is worth 10 points, Saturday morning's men's water polo match is worth 2.5 points and Friday night's women's volleyball match is worth 5.0 points.
DID YOU KNOW? - UCLA has allowed just three second-half touchdowns and one field goal in seven Pac-10 games. Washington did not score on its final nine possessions of the game and scored just one field goal on its final 12 possessions. In the second half, UCLA allowed just 87 net yards on 30 snaps while forcing four turnovers and making four sacks. Sixty-one of those yards came on a third-quarter drive that ended with Rodney Leisle's interception at the 12-yard line. Arizona did not score on its final six possessions of its game against the Bruins. California scored just once on its final six possessions of the game. Arizona State did not score on its final eight possessions of the game. The Bruin defense allowed ASU just three first downs and 52 net yards in the second half of play.
Stanford gained just 61 net yards in the second half. The Cardinal did score one touchdown, but it was on an eight-yard drive following a Bruin fumble of a punt. Washington State scored one field goal on its final 10 possessions of the game. The Cougars scored on just three of their final 19 possessions and the two touchdowns came on 12 and nine-yard drives set up by special teams miscues.
Oregon did not score on its final nine possessions of the game. In the second half, UCLA shut out the Ducks and held them to 55 yards on 25 plays. On the day, the Bruins held Oregon to just 228 net yards of total offense.
UCLA has intercepted 18 passes this season and ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10 in this category.
Senior defensive end Dave Ball has been named one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award.The winner of the award will be announced on December 10 in Houston. The award is presented annually to the nation's top lineman. Ball has also been named one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented to the nation's top defensive end. Voting for that award ends in early December. Ball leads the defensive line with 50 tackles, including 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss, which are also team highs. He leads the Pac-10 with his 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. Ball led the nation in quarterback sacks entering last week's games (NCAA defensive statistics are not compiled until Monday afternoon).
Ball has recorded a sack in 17 of his last 22 games. He has set the UCLA single season (15.5) and career (29.5) quarterback sack records. His 42.5 career tackles for loss also rank No. 2 on that list and his 19.5 tackles for loss this season rank No. 4 on that list.
Junior wide receiver Craig Bragg is the first player in school history to make at least 50 receptions in two different seasons. He is about to become only the sixth player to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
Thus far in 2003, Bragg has made a team-high 65 receptions for 964 yards, including his eighth and ninth career touchdowns of at least 40 yards (two in 2001, five in 2002 and two in 2003). Bragg ranks fourth on UCLA's career receiving list (149) and sixth on the single-season list (65). He owns a string of 34 consecutive games in which he has caught a pass (all but the first game of his career). He has made at least two receptions in each of the last 29 games.
Senior linebacker Brandon Chillar, one of the nation's best performers at his position, leads the Bruins with 121 tackles, the highest total by a Bruin since 1989 and 11th on the single-season list. His average of 11.0 per game ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10.
Redshirt sophomore linebacker Spencer Havner has returned his six career interceptions for 180 yards (30.0 average) and two touchdowns. This season, he is tied for 11th in the Pac-10 with his 0.27 interception average.
Against Arizona State, Kevin Brown became the first true freshman to start at offensive guard since the 1981 season when DuVal Love started one game.
Starting Streaks - Cornerback Ricky Manning ended his Bruin career last season having started in 45 straight games (the record is 46 by offensive lineman Craig Novitsky, 1990-93). Defensive tackle Rodney Leisle leads the team with 38 career starts. Defensive back Matt Ware had his streak of 30 consecutive starts snapped when he did not suit up for the California game. Offensive lineman Steven Vieira is now the team leader and has started the last 27 contests. Linebacker Brandon Chillar has started the last 24 straight games.
UCLA had won five straight home games for the first time since the 1999-2000 seasons prior to the Oregon contest. The last time the Bruins had won five straight home games in the same season was 1998.
UCLA is 4-1 in overtime games, including this season's victory over California.
The following players have changed numbers from those listed in this year's media guide --- Brian Callahan now #3; Maurice Drew now #21; J.D. Groves now # 37; Jimmy Stephens now #48; Nikola Dragovic now #40; Jacques Lazarus now #83; Mark Manglesdorf now #44; Chris Steck now #86. Kevin Brown is now wearing #56 as an offensive lineman. In addition, Shane Lehmann wears #90 when he plays tight end.
Sophomore defensive back Glenn Ohaeri changed his name during the off-season to Nnamdi Ohaeri.
UCLA has won 16 of its last 29 games versus ranked opponents dating back to a 1997 win at No. 11 Texas and has posted a 29-10 record in regular season games played in the Rose Bowl since that win over the Longhorns.
UCLA is 1-3 versus ranked opponents this season, having defeated Washington at home and having lost at Colorado, at Oklahoma and at Washington State.
Last season, Tyler Ebell became 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). UCLA played 10 true freshmen in the 2002 season, the most since freshmen became eligible for varsity play in 1972. Thus far in 2003, the Bruins have played five true freshmen -- running back Maurice Drew, wide receiver Joe Cowan, defensive linemen Kevin Brown and Junior Lemau'u and defensive back Mil'Von James.
Five Bruins on the 2003 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); DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, played running back from 1976-78 and rushed for 2,914 yards to rank No. 7 all-time at school); DL Bruce Davis (dad, Bruce, played offensive line from 1975-78 and went on to a long NFL career, winning two Super Bowl titles). Five Bruins made their first career starts in the season opener at Colorado - tight end Blane Kezirian, inside linebacker Justin London, cornerback Matt Clark, punter Chris Kluwe and place kicker Justin Medlock. Two Bruins made their first career starts vs. Illinois - senior cornerback Keith Short and outside linebacker Wesley Walker - and Dennis Link made his first career start versus San Diego State. Fullback J.D. Groves made his first career start vs. Washington and center Robert Chai made his first career start at Arizona. True freshman tailback Maurice Drew and senior defensive end David Tautofi made their first career starts at Washington State.
Three Bruins made their varsity debut versus Colorado, including three true freshmen - running back Maurice Drew and defensive linemen Kevin Brown and Junior Lemau'u. Six redshirt freshmen made their debut against Colorado - long snapper Riley Jondle, defensive lineman Kevin Harbour, linebacker Xavier Burgess, offensive lineman Robert Chai, wide receiver Idris Moss and place kicker Justin Medlock. Linebacker Ben Lorier, a transfer from Cal State Northridge, also made his debut. Against Illinois, redshirt freshman defensive back Eric McNeal made his debut. True freshman defensive back Mil'Von James, true freshman wide receiver Joe Cowan, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Robert Chai (on offense) and Alex Potasi, tight end J.J. Hair and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Thomas Patton made their varsity debuts at Oklahoma.
UCLA just concluded its 22nd season of playing its home games at the Rose Bowl. In that span, the Bruins own a record of 90-40-2 in their home stadium, including 5-1 this year. UCLA has won 12 of its last 15 non-conference regular-season games dating back to 1999. Following a loss at Ohio State (#14), the Bruins defeated Fresno State in 1999, Alabama (#3), Fresno State and Michigan (#3) in 2000, Alabama (#25), Kansas and Ohio State (#21) in 2001 and Colorado State (#19), Oklahoma State and San Diego State in 2002 and Illinois and San Diego State in 2003. The three losses were to Colorado (last year at the Rose Bowl and in the 2003 opener at Boulder) and at No. 1 Oklahoma (this season). Note - ( ) indicates AP ranking.
UCLA has won six straight home openers after besting Illinois this season.
UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last 21 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only six schools in the nation (Florida State, Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama, Miami, Michigan) have won more bowl games in that span.
During the last 21 years, UCLA has been ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions. Washington is the only other school in the Pac-10 to be ranked in the Top 25 on 11 occasions.
In the last 21 seasons (1982-2002), 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.
LAST WEEK - UCLA fell behind early and couldn't recover, dropping a 31-13 decision to Oregon at the Rose Bowl. The Bruin defense limited the Ducks to just 228 yards and two touchdowns, but UCLA yielded touchdowns on offense and special teams in the first quarter to put the team in a hole.
On UCLA's first possession, Oregon's Jerry Watson intercepted Drew Olson's first pass and returned it 22 yards for a 7-0 lead. Oregon then drove 80 yards on its first possession to take a 14-0 lead. UCLA rallied for a field goal to make the score 14-3 but the Ducks countered with a 97-yard kickoff return by Kenny Washington for a 21-3 lead. The Ducks led 31-6 at halftime. In the second half, UCLA held the Ducks to 55 net yards on 25 plays. The only score of the final 30 minutes came with 12 seconds remaining when Olson hit Akil Harris for a three-yard touchdown. On the afternoon, UCLA's defense held Oregon to 228 yards -- 183 in the air and 45 on the ground -- and 17 points, shutting the Ducks out in the second half. Brandon Chillar led the way with 14 tackles, tying his career high, and also recovered a fumble in the second quarter. Matt Ware made eight tackles, Ben Emanuel added seven tackles and Justin London added six stops. Dave Ball recorded two sacks among his four tackles, increasing his season record to 15.5 sacks. Offensively, UCLA accounted for 327 yards -- 249 in the air and 78 on the ground. Drew Olson, who returned to the starting lineup, completed 29 of 49 passes for 249 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His 49 attempts rank No. 2 in school history behind Dennis Dummit's 51 (California, 1970) while his 29 completions are tied for No. 2 on that list behind Troy Aikman's 32 (USC, 1988). Craig Bragg tied his career high with 10 receptions for 115 yards and moved into fourth place on UCLA's career receiving list (149). Maurice Drew made four receptions and senior Akil Harris made three ctaches for 29 yards, including UCLA's lone touchdown of the day. Tyler Ebell led the ground game with 68 yards on six carries.
The Trojans improved their record to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in Pac-10 play with a 45-0 victory over Arizona in Tucson.
SERIES NOTES - USC leads the series, which dates back to 1929, by a count of 38-27-7. USC has won the last four meetings, however, the Bruins own a 4-2-1 record in the last seven meetings played at the Coliseum.
Since 1982, UCLA owns a 12-8-1 advantage, including an eight-game winning streak between 1991-1998. Head coach Karl Dorrell was 3-1 vs. USC as a UCLA player, winning in 1982, 1983 and 1986 and losing in 1985. UCLA also won in 1984 when Dorrell was sidelined by injury. In last year's meeting, the seventh-ranked Trojans bested the No. 25 Bruins, 52-21 in the Rose Bowl. The Bruins fell behind early and could not catch up. UCLA fumbled the opening kickoff and the visitors scored on the next play. Trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, UCLA suffered a bad snap in punt formation, resulting in a 34-yard loss, and USC scored two plays later. The Bruins broke the ice and scored on a Manuel White seven-yard run early in the second quarter. Down 21-7, a bad exchange on the snap to the quarterback inside their own 20-yard line cost the Bruins seven more points. Three of USC's four first half scoring drives were less than 35 yards. When USC scored on its first second half possession to make it 35-7, it became too much for the Bruins to overcome. Quarterback Drew Olson joined Tom Ramsey and Cade McNown and became just the third UCLA true freshman quarterback to start the USC game.
In the last game played at the Coliseum, the unranked Trojans shut out the No. 20 Bruins, 27-0. The Bruins, reeling from three straight losses to ranked teams and several off-field distractions, could never get in sync. The running game was stymied, netting just 28 yards on 27 attempts. Three Bruin quarterbacks didn't fare much better, completing just 13-of-28 passes for 86 yards and three interceptions.
UCLA's last win in the series was a 34-17 victory in the Rose Bowl in the 1998 season. The win made UCLA only the fourth team in Pac-10 history to complete the conference schedule with a perfect 8-0 mark. True freshman running back DeShaun Foster set a school record for freshmen with four rushing touchdowns.
ON THE TROJANS - The Trojans are averaging 457.6 yards on offense (No. 2 in the Pac-10 and No. 15 in the NCAA), 285.0 in the air (No. 3 in the Pac-10, No. 19 in the NCAA) and 172.6 on the ground (No. 1). Defensively, they are allowing 321.6 yards (No. 3 in the Pac-10, No. 23 in the NCAA), 255.2 in the air (No. 7) and 66.4 on the ground (No. 3 in the nation, No. 1 in the Pac-10). The Trojans are scoring at a 40.7 clip (No. 5 in the nation) while allowing 17.5 points (No. 1 in the Pac-10, No. 17 in the NCAA) per outing.
BRUIN HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell - Former Bruin wide receiver Karl Dorrell is in his first season as the 15th head coach in UCLA history and owns a record of 6-5. Only Terry Donahue (nine) and Tommy Prothro (eight) recorded more victories in their first year as UCLA's head coach than Dorrell's six. His 4-0 league start was the best by a first-year Bruin coach since 1976, when Donahue started 6-0.
Dorrell has returned to Westwood, where he played on teams that won five consecutive bowl games, after serving as an assistant coach at both the collegiate and professional levels. He spent the 2000-2002 seasons working for the Denver Broncos under head coach Mike Shanahan as an assistant coach in charge of wide receivers. Prior to his arrival in Denver, Dorrell coached 12 years on the collegiate level, including seven seasons as an offensive coordinator. During his career as a collegiate player and coach, Dorrell has participated in 12 bowl games, including three Rose Bowls, two Fiesta Bowls and two Cotton Bowls. He played on teams that won three Pacific-10 titles and defeated crosstown rival USC four times in five seasons. His 108 career receptions still rank in the all-time school Top 10 and his receiving yards total of 1,517 ranks No. 13 on that list.
Dorrell's coaching experience at the collegiate level includes six seasons at the University of Colorado, two years at Northern Arizona, and one year each at UCLA, the University of Washington, Arizona State and Central Florida. He earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA following the 1986 season and began his coaching career in the 1988 season as a graduate assistant. He became receiver coach at Central Florida the next season and moved on to Northern Arizona for the 1990 and 1991 seasons as offensive coordinator and receivers coach. He then embarked on the first of two stints at the University of Colorado. Dorrell served as receivers coach in the 1992-93 seasons. During that tenure, two receivers, Charles Johnson and Michael Westbrook, became just the fourth pair of wideouts on the same team in NCAA history to accumulate more than 1,000 yards in the same season.
Dorrell returned to the Pac-10 for the 1994 season as receiver coach at Arizona State before going back to Colorado for the 1995-98 campaigns as offensive coordinator and receivers coach. The Buffaloes won three bowl games in that four-year span and were victorious in 33 of 47 games. He spent the 1999 season at the University of Washington, serving as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
The former Bruin then moved to the professional ranks and served as receiving coach with the Broncos from 2000 until the time he took the UCLA job on December 18, 2003. In his first season in Denver, Bronco receiver Rod Smith earned a spot in the Pro Bowl after shattering the team record with 1,602 receiving yards and fellow wideout Ed McCaffrey caught a then-franchise record 101 passes. In 2001, Smith set a new team mark with 113 catches.
UCLA's defense has allowed just 15 touchdowns in its seven Pac-10 games (three on drives of 12 yards or less). California (17 points - two touchdowns and one field goal), Stanford (seven points on an eight-yard drive) and Washington State (one field goal) are the only Pac-10 teams to score against UCLA in the second half -- a total of 27 points in seven games.
UCLA's defense ranks second in the Pac-10 and 16th in the NCAA in total defense (308.7 yards). It also ranks 21st in the nation and fifth in the Pac-10 in rush defense (112.8 yards), 28th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in pass defense (195.91 yards) and 26th nationally and fourth in the Pac-10 in pass efficiency defense (111.2 rating). UCLA's 18 interceptions rank No. 2 in the Pac-10 and its 12 touchdown passes allowed are tied for No. 1.
The Bruin defense has allowed just 22 touchdowns in 11 games (10 rushing and 12 passing) - tied for the fewest per game (2.0) in the Pac-10. Four of those were against the nation's No. 1 team (Oklahoma) and three came on drives of 12 or fewer yards following special teams miscues. UCLA has allowed seven non-defensive touchdowns this season.
Brandon Chillar (first at 11.0), Justin London (eighth at 7.5) and Ben Emanuel (11th at 7.2) all rank among the tackle leaders in the Pac-10. Jarrard Page is tied for ninth in the league in interceptions (0.30 per game) while London and Spencer Havner are tied for 11th (0.27). Illinois had just two scrimmage plays longer than 16 yards (passes of 27 and 19 yards). The last time the Illini were held without a touchdown was during the 1998 season. Oklahoma had four offensive plays of longer than 15 yards and San Diego State had two plays longer than 13 yards (one run and one pass).
Washington did not score on its final nine possessions of the game and scored just one field goal on its final 12 possessions. In the second half, UCLA allowed just 87 net yards on 30 snaps while forcing four turnovers and making four sacks. Sixty-one of those yards came on a third-quarter drive that ended with Rodney Leisle's interception at the 12-yard line.
Arizona did not score on its final six possessions of the game and the defense scored the game-winning touchdown on Rodney Leisle's 55-yard interception return.
Arizona State did not score on its final eight possessions of the game. The Sun Devils finished with just 253 net yards of offense, 61 on one running play. In the second half, ASU totaled three first downs and 52 net yards.
Stanford scored on just one of its last 10 possessions (excluding its final kneel-down possession) and that came on an eight-yard drive following a fumbled punt. The Cardinal gained just 206 yards on the afternoon, 61 in the second half.
Washington State scored one field goal on its final 10 possessions and just three times on its last 19 possessions (the touchdowns were on 12 and nine-yard drives). Oregon did not score on its final nine possessions of the game. In the second half, UCLA shut out the Ducks and held them to 55 yards on 25 plays. On the day, the Bruins held Oregon to just 228 net yards of total offense.
#43 DE Dave Ball - Senior Dave Ball, the best defensive end in the country and the national leader in quarterback sacks, has been named one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award. In addition, he is one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. In 2002, he was named to the second-team All-Pac-10 Conference team after starting 12 games. He has now started in 37 of the last 40 Bruin games and the last 18 straight. On the year, he leads the defensive line with 50 tackles (fifth on the team), including 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss, both team highs. He also leads the team with four forced fumbles.
Ball leads the Pacific-10 Conference with his 15.5 sacks and 19.5 TFL and his average of 0.36 fumbles forced is tied for fifth. Entering the Oregon game, he also led the nation in quarterback sacks (NCAA defensive statistics are compiled Monday afternoon).
His 15.5 sacks are a new UCLA record, breaking the old mark of 13.0, set by Carnell Lake in 1987. Ball has recorded a sack in 17 of his last 22 games. He has already set the UCLA career sack record of 29.5, breaking Eric Smith's mark of 26.5. His 42.5 career tackles for loss also rank No. 2 on that list, just 3.0 behind leader Carnell Lake (45.5). In the 2003 season-opener, he made five tackles, including two sacks for 11 yards. Against Illinois, he made three tackles, including two solos.
At Oklahoma, he was credited with eight tackles (two solos and six assists). He recorded two sacks, forced a fumble and also forced an intentional grounding call. Against San Diego State, he recorded two solo tackles, including his fifth sack of the season.
Against Washington, he was unstoppable. Ball recorded six tackles (five solos) and spent most of the day in the Husky backfield. On the day, he recorded 3.5 quarterback sacks, one of the best days in school history, and added another tackle behind the line. His first sack, on the first play of the second half, caused a fumble that was recovered by Rodney Leisle for a touchdown and he also caused a second fumble. He was selected Pac-10 and National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
At Arizona, he made three tackles (two solos), including one for for loss. Against California, he made seven unassisted tackles, including three quarterback sacks. Against Arizona State, he made four tackles (three solos), including two for losses. At Stanford, he recorded one sack, tying the UCLA career record of 26.5. On the day, he made four tackles (two solos) and broke up one pass.
At Washington State, he recorded four tackles (three solos), including one sack, and recovered one fumble. The sack gave him 13.5 for the season and 27.5 for his career, setting UCLA school records in both categories.
Against Oregon, he made four solo tackles, including two quarterback sacks to increase his records to 15.5 and 19.5 for season and career sacks. He also forced a fumble. In 2002, Ball led the team with 11.0 sacks, fourth on the school season list and most since Donnie Edwards recorded 12.5 in 1994. At one point during the season, he recorded sacks in eight straight games. Dave also led the Bruins with 15 tackles for loss (seventh on the school season list).
In 2001, Ball started each game at right end. He finished the year 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.
#11 LB Brandon Chillar - True senior Brandon Chillar, who has developed into one of the nation's top linebackers, has started in the last 24 straight contests and in 33 of the last 35 Bruin games. Chillar leads the Bruins with 121 tackles and his average of 11.0 per game ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10. His 8.5 tackles for loss rank second on the Bruin squad.
Chillar's 121 tackles rank No. 11 on the school's single-season list and are the most by a Bruin since 1989, when Craig Davis made 143 tackles and Eric Turner had 141 stops.
In the opener against Colorado, he recorded a team-high and career-high (at the time) 13 tackles, including six solos. He also recorded one sack on a fake punt pass attempt, recovered a fumble and also blocked the PAT on Colorado's final touchdown, keeping the Bruins within two points. Against Illinois, he again led the team with 13 tackles, including eight solos. He made an interception and was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week.
At Oklahoma, Chillar led the Bruins with a career-best 14 tackles (five solos and nine assists), including one-half tackle for loss. Against San Diego State, he made 10 tackles (six solos), second on the team, including three for losses. He also broke up a pass.
Against Washington, he finished with a team-high 12 tackles (eight solos and four assists). He also broke up one pass. At Arizona, he made seven tackles (four solos), including one for loss. Against California, he scored the first touchdown of his career, scooping up a blocked field goal and racing 65 yards for the touchdown that gave UCLA a 20-12 lead with 13:01 remaining in regulation. He also reached double figures in tackles for the sixth time and led the team for the fifth time with his 12 tackles (eight solos). He was again named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
Against Arizona State, he reached double figures for the seventh time in eight games and led the team for the sixth time with 11 tackles (six solos), including one sack and a second for loss. At Stanford, he made six tackles (five solos) and tipped one pass. At Washington State, Chillar made nine tackles (two solos, seven assists) and had 1.5 tackles for loss.
Against Oregon, he led the Bruins with 14 tackles (seven solos), tying his career high. He has led the Bruins in tackles seven times in 11 games and has been in double figures on eight occasions.
In 2002, he ranked third on the team with 74 tackles and ranked second with five sacks and third with 11 tackles for loss.
In 2001, he ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 42 stops. Chillar was third on the team with five sacks and had eight tackles for loss. In 2000 as a true freshman, Chillar saw action as a backup linebacker and special teams performer. He appeared in a total of seven games.
#77 DT Rodney Leisle - Senior tackle Rodney Leisle, who was on the pre-season Watch List for the Rotary Lombardi Award, enjoyed a very productive 2003 season opener. He made a career-high nine tackles against Colorado, including seven solos. He also recorded two sacks for nine yards. Against Illinois, he disrupted the offense and caused problems despite not being credited with a tackle. At Oklahoma, he made three solo tackles, including one for loss. Against San Diego State, he recorded four solo stops.
Against Washington, he played only the second half due to a suspension for fighting but immediately made his presence felt. On the first play of the half, he recovered a fumble forced by Dave Ball in the end zone for the first touchdown of his career, bringing the Bruins to within two points (16-14) and providing a needed spark. Later in the third quarter, he made an interception at the Bruin 12-yard line, the second of his career, which ended a Husky scoring threat and led to a Bruin field goal. He also recorded one tackle.
At Arizona, he was once again a difference-maker. With UCLA trailing 21-17 early in the fourth quarter, Leisle intercepted a shovel pass and raced 55 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 13:41 remaining in the game. It was his second touchdown in two weeks and his second interception in as many games. He recorded two tackles (one solo).
Against California, he made four tackles (two solos), including one sack and a second for loss. He missed the fourth quarter and overtime with an injured left clavicle. He made the 37th start of his career against Arizona State and suffered a sprained left ankle in the first quarter. He did not play at Stanford due to the ankle injury. He played a handful of snaps at Washington State.
Against Oregon, he made the 38th start of his career, most among the Bruins, and finished with four tackles (two solos), including one for loss. On the year, he has made 27 tackles, including three sacks (T-second on the team) and six for loss. He is tied for fourth on the squad with his two touchdowns and ranks fourth (tied) with his two interceptions.
Leisle started seven games a year ago, but missed five contests due to a broken right foot suffered at Oregon State. The game against the Beavers was his 28th straight starting assignment. He returned to action off the bench against USC and started the final two contests against Washington State and New Mexico.
He entered the 2002 season as a pre-season second-team All-America choice and had been named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists. In 2001, Leisle was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection by the league's coaches and a first-team all-conference pick by The Sporting News. 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.
#17 CB Matt Ware - The true junior, who was on the pre-season Watch List for the Thorpe Award, has become one of the top cornerbacks in the nation. He had started the first 30 straight games of his career until being forced to sit out the California game with a high left ankle sprain. He missed a total of three games before returning to limited duty at Washington State. He returned to the lineup against Oregon and has now started 31 games at either cornerback (28) or safety (three)
In the opener against Colorado, he made four tackles (two solos) and broke up one pass. He also tipped a punt on special teams. Against Illinois, he made an athletic interception, the seventh of his career, to go with three tackles. In the game at Oklahoma, Ware made two tackle assists. Against San Diego State, he had one assist and broke up one pass.
Against Washington, he had two solo tackles and was a major factor in the containment of All-America wide receiver Reggie Williams (10 receptions for just 105 yards with a long of 18). Six of Williams' receptions were for 10 yards or less and none were on third down. He made just two receptions in the second half (25 yards), just one in the final 29 minutes of the game. At Arizona, he made a season-high five tackles, including three solos. He suffered a sprained left ankle late in the third quarter and did not return to the game. He did not suit up against California, snapping his streak of 30 consecutive starts, and did not play against Arizona State or Stanford.
He returned to limited action at Washington State and was around the football. He forced a fumble on his first play and made an interception in the second half, the eighth of his career. He also recorded one tackle. Against Oregon, he started and made eight tackles (four solos). On the year, Ware has made 26 tackles and ranks fourth on the team (tied) with two interceptions. Last season, he ranked fifth on the team with 51 tackles. He made one interception and had one blocked punt and two forced fumbles. Ware also took one snap at quarterback in the Cal game and pitched the ball on an option play.
In 2001, 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). He was named a first-team Freshman All-American and finished with 32 tackles and five interceptions.
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 the past two summers as an outfielder.
DEFENSIVE LINE - Senior Ryan Boschetti has emerged as the starter alongside Rodney Leisle at a defensive tackle position. In the 2003 opener, he made a career-high seven tackles and forced a fumble. He added two solo stops vs. Illinois and made four tackles (three solos) at Oklahoma. Against San Diego State, he made three solo tackles. He made two tackles, including one for loss, against Washington. He made four tackles at Arizona. Against California, he made four solo tackles, including one for loss.
Against Arizona State, he made four tackles (three solos), including 1.5 quarterback sacks. At Stanford, Boschetti made four tackles (three solos), including one for loss. At Washington State, he made three tackles, including 0.5 for loss. Against Oregon, he made four tackles (three solos), inclduing one for loss. He has 40 stops on the year, including 1.5 sacks and 7.0 for loss, tied for third on the squad in the latter category.
Boschetti started five games last season after Leisle was sidelined with a broken foot. He made his first career start against Oregon and was credited with four tackles, including one sack and two tackles for loss.
Senior Mat Ball made a smooth transition back to the defensive line from linebacker last season and totaled a career-best 18 tackles. He appeared in all 13 games. In 2001, Mat Ball started twice at OLB and made 12 tackles including two for losses.
In the 2003 opener, M. Ball recorded a career-high seven tackles, including one for loss. Against Illinois, he had two solo tackles, including the Bruins' only sack of the contest. At Oklahoma, he was very active but did not record a tackle. Against San Diego State he had 0.5 sacks. In the Washington game, he made four tackles (two solos) and shared a sack (0.5) with brother Dave. At Arizona, he made his second career interception (his first was for a touchdown against Oregon State in 2000) and returned it 27 yards. He also recorded three solo tackles, including one for loss. He added two tackles (one solo), including 0.5 for loss against California. Against Arizona State, Ball made four solo tackles, including one sack. He played just parts of the first half at Stanford due to a strained lower back and did not make a tackle. He came off the bench at Washington State due to his back and recorded two tackles and broke up one pass. Against Oregon, he had one tackle assist. On the year, he now has 26 tackles, including 3.0 sacks, tied for second on the team, and 5.5 for loss.
Seniors Asi Faoa and David Tautofi are key reserves along the defensive line. Faoa played in all 13 games a year ago at a defensive end spot, making 24 tackles, including three for losses and two sacks. He had one tackle against Colorado and one solo vs. Illinois. Against Oklahoma, he suffered a sprained ankle and saw limited action against San Diego State. He started at tackle in place of Rodney Leisle against Washington and made one tackle before respraining his left ankle. He played in place of Leisle late in the game against California. Against Arizona State, he had one tackle assist. At Stanford, Faoa started in place of Leisle and made four tackles, including one for loss. He also started at Washington State, and played both tackle and end. He came off the bench against Oregon. On the year, he has eight tackles.
Tautofi appeared in all 13 games last season and made five tackles, including two quarterback sacks. This year, he made two tackles (one solo) against San Diego State. At Stanford, he played the second half in place of Mat Ball and made three tackles (two solos), including one for loss. He made his first career start at Washington State and recorded one solo tackle. He came off the bench against Oregon but did not make a tackle.
Sophomore C.J. Niusulu, redshirt freshman Kevin Harbour and true freshmen Kevin Brown and Junior Lemau'u all saw action versus Colorado. Lemau'u was credited with three tackles while Niusulu, Brown and Harbour had one each. Niusulu had two tackles, including one for loss, against Illinois. Against Oklahoma, Lemau'u had two tackles while Niusulu and Brown had one each. Niusulu made his first career interception against San Diego State to set up UCLA's fourth-quarter touchdown. Against Washington, Brown made two tackles and Niusulu added one stop. Niusulu had two tackle assists, including 0.5 sacks, against Arizona State. Brown shifted to offense and started at guard vs. Arizona State. At Stanford, Niusulu made five tackles (two solos), including one for loss. At Washington State, Niusulu made a career-best six tackles, including 2.5 for loss.
#41 LB Spencer Havner - The redshirt sophomore, who was named on the Butkus Award pre-season Watch List, had an outstanding freshman season a year ago.
A first-team Freshman All-American (The Sporting News), he started all 13 games and recorded 96 tackles. That total was second on the team and ranked as the second-most ever by a Bruin freshman player (behind James Washington's 119 in 1984). Havner's average of 7.4 tackles per game ranked 11th in the Pac-10 Conference while his seven pass defenses and his three forced fumbles led the team and his 12 tackles for loss ranked second on the squad.
Havner recorded three interceptions and returned two for touchdowns (against Oklahoma State and Washington) to tie an NCAA record for most touchdowns on interceptions in one season by a linebacker. He was at his best against the Bay Area schools, making 11 tackles in games against both California and Stanford.
In the 2003 opener, he made two tackles prior to spraining his right shoulder in the first half. He did not return to the game. He came off the bench against Illinois and made five tackles, including three solos.
At Oklahoma, he returned to the starting lineup and had seven tackles (four solos), including one for loss. In addition, he returned the fourth interception of his career 72 yards to the Sooner six-yard line, setting up the touchdown that gave UCLA a 10-7 lead late in the first quarter. Against San Diego State, he recorded seven tackles (five solos), including one sack. He also made his second interception in as many weeks and returned it 50 yards to set up a field goal that gave UCLA a 13-3 lead.
In the Washington contest, he made six tackles (three solos), including two for losses. At Arizona, he made a season-high eight tackles (four solos), and forced a fumble. He also made his third interception of the year at the Bruin 22-yard line to halt a Wildcat drive. Against California, he made six tackles (three solos) but was at his best on special teams. In the second quarter, he blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt. In the fourth quarter, he blocked a 41-yard attempt that Brandon Chillar returned 65 yards for a touchdown. Havner is believed to be the only Bruin to block two field goals in the same game. He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week.
He made two tackles (one solo) against Arizona State. Against Stanford, he led the Bruins with eight tackles (four solos).
Havner set a career high with 13 tackles (nine solos) at Washington State, including 2.0 for losses. Against Oregon, he was credited with five tackles (three solos), including 0.5 for loss. On the year, Havner ranks fourth on the squad with 69 tackles and is averaging 42.3 yards on his team-high (tied) three interception returns. He has returned his six career interceptions for 180 yards (30.0 average) and two touchdowns. He is tied for 11th in the Pac-10 with his 0.27 interception average. He also ranks fifth on the team with his 6.0 tackles for loss.
#9 LB Justin London - The true sophomore made his first career start against Colorado at inside/middle linebacker and responded with three tackles. Against Illinois, he made the first interception of his career, returning it 20 yards, and had seven tackles (all solos), including one for loss. At Oklahoma, he made eight tackles (two solos and six assists and also broke up one pass). Against San Diego State, he came off the bench and made a career-high 11 tackles (nine solos), including one for loss, to lead the team. Against Washington, he made six tackles (four solos), including one for loss. He also made his second interception of the year, leading to UCLA's final touchdown, and broke up two passes.
At Arizona, he tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (five solos), including one for loss. He also forced a fumble. London made his third interception of the year and second in as many weeks and returned it 15 yards with 13 seconds left in the game to seal the victory. Against California, he tied his career high with 11 tackles (eight solos), including one sack and two others behind the line of scrimmage. One of those tackles for loss was on a third-down pass play in overtime which resulted in a nine-yard loss and forced California to attempt a 50-yard field goal.
Against Arizona State, he tied for second on the squad with seven tackles (four solos) and also recovered a fumble. At Stanford, he made five tackles (two solos), including one for loss. At Washington State, London accounted for nine tackles (six solos). He added six tackles (three solos) against Oregon. On the year, he ranks second on the squad with 83 tackles. He is third (tied) on the team with 7.0 tackles for loss and is tied for the team lead with three interceptions. He is eighth in the Pac-10 with an average of 7.5 tackles per game and tied for 11th in interceptions (0.27 per game).
THE LINEBACKERS - Another true sophomore, Wesley Walker, stepped in for injured Spencer Havner at the outside spot against Colorado and made a career-high seven tackles. He made his first career start against Illinois and made one solo stop. He also made one tackle against Washington and one at Arizona. Walker made two tackles against California and one versus Arizona State. Senior Dennis Link made three tackles off the bench against Illinois. He made his first career start against San Diego State and had 0.5 sacks. Against Washington, he made one tackle and broke up one pass. He made one tackle at Arizona and had an assist against Arizona State. He also made one tackle at Stanford and at Washington State.
#24 FS BEN EMANUEL - This redshirt junior ranked fourth on the team last season in tackles with 58 stops and tied for first in interceptions with four. He has played both free and strong safety during his career, but has found a home at free safety and is one of the best in the West. Emanuel has started 26 of the last 28 games (last 18 straight), six at strong safety and 20 at free safety. Against Colorado, he made a career-high 12 tackles (six solos). Against Illinois, he ranked second on the team with 10 stops. At Oklahoma, he tied for second on the squad with eight tackles (four solos). Against San Diego State, he made three tackles (two solos).
Emanuel made six tackles, including five solos, versus Washington. At Arizona, he tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (eight solos), his third game in double figures this season. He made seven tackles (four solos), including 0.5 for loss, against California. Against Arizona State, he tied for second on the squad with seven tackles (two solos). At Stanford, he made four solo tackles.
At Washington State, he made five tackles (four solos). He also recovered two fumbles, forced one fumble and made one interception, the fifth of his career against Washington State. Against Oregon, he made seven tackles (two solos), including 0.5 for loss. On the year, Emanuel has made 79 tackles and ranks third on the squad. His average of 7.2 stops per game ranks 11th in the Pac-10.
Last season, Emanuel moved to free safety after starting the first three games at strong safety. He started nine of the last 10 games at that position. Emanuel picked off two passes each in games against Oklahoma State and Washington State. He also returned a fumbled extra point attempt for two points against Colorado State.
#4 Jarrad Page - The true sophomore strong safety, a first-team Freshman All-American a year ago, opened the 2003 season with six tackles against Colorado. He made three stops, including two solos, against Illinois. At Oklahoma, he added four tackles, including two solos. Against San Diego State, Page made seven tackles (five solos). Against Washington, he returned an interception 24 yards for the touchdown that gave UCLA a 32-16 lead with 12:05 remaining in the contest. He also made four tackles (two solos). He did not play at Arizona due to a sprained and bruised shoulder. He returned to the starting lineup against California and made four tackles (three solos), including one for loss. Against Arizona State, he made three tackles (two solos) and broke up one pass.
At Stanford, Page made his second interception of the year, returning it 29 yards, and contributed five tackles (three solos), including one for loss. At Washington State, he made his third interception of the season and also recovered a fumble. He accounted for five tackles, including 0.5 for loss. Against Oregon, he made four solo tackles. On the year, the hard-hitting safety has made 45 tackles in 10 games (sixth on the team) and is tied for the team lead with his three interceptions. He is also ninth (tied) in the Pac-10 with 0.30 interceptions per game. He had started 15 straight games over two seasons prior to missing the Arizona contest.
THE CORNERBACKS - True junior MATT CLARK made his first career start at cornerback against Colorado and responded with eight tackles, including seven solos. He did not play against Illinois. Clark returned to the lineup against Oklahoma and had six tackles, including five solos, and also made the first interception of his career. He made three tackles (two solos) against San Diego State. Against Washington, he made seven tackles, including five solos. At Arizona, he made one stop. Against California, Clark made five tackles (four solos). He made four tackles (three assists) against Arizona State. At Stanford, he contributed six tackles, including five solos. He made one tackle at Washington State. He had two solo tackles, including one for loss, versus Oregon. On the season, he is seventh on the team with 43 tackles.
Senior cornerback Keith Short made his first career start against the Illini and was credited with four tackles, including three solos, and broke up two passes. He had one tackle versus San Diego State and added one tackle versus Washington. At Arizona, he played cornerback during the fourth quarter in place of injured Matt Ware and, including special teams, made three tackles. Short started in place of Ware against California and played well, finishing with six tackles (four solos). He also started against Arizona State and made five tackles (two solos). At Stanford, he started again and was second on the squad with seven tackles (three solos). He made his fourth straight start at Washington State and had two tackles, forcing a fumble. He came off the bench against Oregon and made two tackles. In his last four starts, Short has made 20 tackles and has 34 on the season.
#87 WR Craig Bragg - The redshirt junior had a breakout season in 2002, leading the Pac-10 in punt returns and grabbing a school sophomore record 55 passes for 889 yards. No Bruin has ever entered their junior season with more career receptions (84) and career receiving yards (1,297) than Bragg. Bragg has become the first player in UCLA history to make at least 50 receptions in two different seasons (55 in 2002 and 65 in 2003). He is about to become the sixth Bruin to record 1,000 receiving yards in one season. He is also only the second player in UCLA history to catch at least 10 passes in two different games (J.J. Stokes was the first).
On the year, Bragg has made a team-high 65 receptions for 964 yards and four touchdowns. He is fourth in the Pac-10 and 24th nationally with his average of 5.91 receptions per game, fifth in the Pac-10 and 25th in the NCAA in receiving yards per game (87.64) fifth in all-purpose yards (113.91) and sixth in the Pac-10 in punt returns (8.26).
His 65 receptions rank sixth on UCLA's single-season list, just one behind No. 5 Mike Farr (66 in 1988) while his 964 yards rank seventh on that list. In addition, he has set a new school record for punt returns in a season with 35.
Bragg owns a string of 34 consecutive games in which he has caught a pass (all but the first game of his career). He has made at least two receptions in each of the last 29 games. His 149 career receptions rank fourth on UCLA's career list. His 2,261 yards also rank fourth on that UCLA career chart. He has nine touchdowns (eight receptions and one punt return) of at least 40 yards in his career. He has accounted for 100 receiving yards in a game seven times in his career, a total bettered by just four players in UCLA history.
Bragg also ranks fourth on UCLA's career punt return list with 65 returns. He is averaging 10.2 yards on those returns. In the opener against Colorado, he made four receptions for 63 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown down the right sideline. He also returned three punts for 42 yards, including one for 30 yards. He accounted for two first downs, including the touchdown.
Against Illinois, he led the Bruins with four receptions for 39 yards. All four catches resulted in Bruin first downs. He also averaged 14.3 yards on four punt returns, including one for 30 yards that would have been longer except for a penalty.
At Oklahoma, he made a career-high 10 receptions for 87 yards. His longest reception measured 21 yards and he recorded four first downs. The 10 receptions rank fourth (tied) on UCLA's single-game list and were the most by a Bruin since Freddie Mitchell caught 10 passes against Michigan in 2000.
Against San Diego State, he made five receptions for 83 yards, including one grab for 54 yards, UCLA's longest pass play of the year. He accounted for one first down. He also returned five punts for 12 yards.
Against Washington, he gained a season-high 142 yards on eight receptions. His diving, 41-yard reception at the 10-yard line led to UCLA's second-quarter touchdown. He made three catches for first downs, including two on third down, on UCLA's go-ahead touchdown drive and added a 24-yard catch on third down during the Bruins' field goal drive to make the score 25-16. Five of his receptions resulted in first downs and six measured at least 10 yards.
At Arizona, he recorded his second straight 100-yard game, making six receptions for 105 yards. Two of his catches measured 43 and 37 yards and produced first downs. His 37-yard catch-and-run came on the play prior to Tyler Ebell's 18-yard scoring run. He also returned one punt 37 yards, his longest of the year, to set up UCLA's first quarter field goal.
Against California, he made two receptions for 54 yards. On UCLA's first possession of the second half, he caught a 40-yard touchdown pass to give the Bruins a 14-3 lead. It was the second TD of the year of at least 40 yards and the ninth of his career. He accounted for first downs with both receptions.
Against Arizona State, he enjoyed his third 100-yard game of the year, making five receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown. His 52-yard catch-and-run on a pass to the left flat on the Bruins' first play set up a field goal and his 25-yard leaping grab in the end zone with 29 seconds left in the first quarter gave the Bruins a 10-3 lead. He also made a 37-yard reception in the second quarter and finished with three first downs.
At Stanford, he topped the Bruin receivers with six receptions for 86 yards and also returned four punts for 71 yards with a long of 64. He made a 45-yard reception on UCLA's fourth quarter touchdown drive and produced four first downs on the afternoon.
At Washington State, he moved into the top five in both career receptions and receiving yardage. On the day, he made five receptions for 72 yards, including an acrobatic catch for a 34-yard touchdown. He accounted for two first downs. He also had four punt returns for 48 yards.
Against Oregon, he tied his career high with 10 receptions, including seven in the second half. He also recorded his fourth 100-yard game of the year and seventh of his career, finishing with 115 yards. He accounted for six first downs with his 10 receptions. The 10 receptions rank fourth (tied) on UCLA's single-game list and he is just the second player in school history to make at least 10 receptions in two different games (J.J. Stokes was the first).
In 2002, Bragg topped the Bruins in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. His nine touchdowns last season averaged 43.6 yards per play (74-punt return, 41, 33, 5, 37, 53, 71, 46 and 33 yards). He ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in receiving yards and 10th in receptions. He also led the league in punt return average (16.0).
He enjoyed one of the finest afternoons in UCLA history against Oregon last season when he caught nine passes (tied for eighth on school list) for 230 yards (No. 2 on school list) with three touchdowns.
Bragg was named the Most Valuable Player in the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl after catching four passes for 38 yards and returning a punt 74 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
In 2001, 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.
#2 RB Tyler Ebell - The redshirt sophomore rushed for 994 yards, a UCLA freshman record, on the season and earned second-team all-conference honors. In addition, he was a second-team Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News. Ebell, who was on the Doak Walker Award Watch List, ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing (76.5), fifth in punt returns (11.4), ninth in all-purpose yards (106.3) and 13th in total offense. In eight Pac-10 games, he carried 197 times for 876 yards. Ebell ended the season just six yards shy of becoming only the third freshman in Pac-10 history to rush for 1,000 yards.
In the 2003 opener against Colorado, he rushed for 47 yards on 18 attempts, including a run of 26 yards. He also made one reception for six yards. He came off the bench against Illinois and averaged 5.4 yards on eight carries (43 yards), including a run of 16 yards. He also made two receptions for 14 yards. At Oklahoma, he started and carried nine times for 22 yards. Against San Diego State, he had three carries for 14 yards.
Against Washington, he rushed for 50 yards on 10 attempts and scored UCLA's first touchdown on a seven-yard run around left end.
At Arizona, he led the Bruins with a season-high 61 yards on 14 carries, including an 18-yard touchdown run to give the Bruins a 10-7 lead in the second quarter. He also made one reception for 10 yards. He returned a punt 22 yards and a short kickoff 11 yards.
Against California, he started at tailback and rushed for 54 yards, one shy of the team lead, on 15 attempts with a long run of 15 yards. He also had an 82-yard touchdown run wiped out by a penalty. Against Arizona State, he started and carried nine times for 19 yards. At Stanford, he started and carried six times for 13 yards. He also returned one kickoff for 23 yards. At Washington State, Ebell came off the bench to record the seventh 100-yard game of his career. He finished with 105 yards on 12 carries (8.8 average), including a run of 56 yards. He also made two receptions for 21 yards.
Against Oregon, he started and led the Bruins with 68 yards on six carries (11.4 average), including a run of 54 yards. He also returned four kickoffs for 78 yards and made two receptions. On the year, he is the team's leading rusher with 496 yards on 110 attempts and his average of 45.09 ranks 12th in the Pac-10. Ebell has now rushed for 1,490 yards in his career and is tied for 22nd on UCLA's career list (22nd is Cal Rossi, 1944-47, 1490; 21st is James McAlister, 1972-73, 1,492; 20th is Chuck Cheshire, 1933-35, 1,539; 19th is Shawn Wills, 1988-91, 1,586). He is also averaging 11.8 yards on 25 career punt returns.
Last year, Ebell came off the bench in the Oregon State contest, the fifth game of the season, after carrying just 13 times in prior games. He rushed for 203 yards in that game on 29 carries. He made the first start of his career the following week against Oregon and ran for 119 yards. The next week at California, he started and ran for 102 yards. Against Stanford, he totaled 160 yards on 39 carries. He carried the ball on 25 of UCLA's 33 offensive snaps in the second half of that game. At Washington, Ebell reached the 100-yard plateau for the fifth straight week with 102 yards and three touchdowns. At Arizona, he became only the second UCLA player in history to rush for over 100 yards in six consecutive games in the same season, finishing with 124 yards.
#21 RB Maurice Drew - The true freshman running back scored two of UCLA's three touchdowns against Oklahoma, the first true freshman to score two touchdowns in a game since DeShaun Foster scored four against USC in 1998. He recovered a fumble on the three-yard line and carried it into the end zone for his first score and returned a kickoff 91 yards for his second touchdown. It was UCLA's first touchdown on a kickoff return since 1999 and only its second since 1980. On the afternoon, he rushed for 41 yards on five carries and his 18-yard run was UCLA's longest of the game.
Against San Diego State, Drew returned three kickoffs for 75 yards (25.0 average), including one for 32 yards. He also carried seven times for 11 yards. Against Washington, he returned two kickoffs for 43 yards and rushed four times for 18 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown with 2:05 remaining. At Arizona, he carried six times for 17 yards. Against California, he led the Bruins with a career-best 55 yards on 12 attempts with a long run of 14 yards. He also returned two kickoffs for 33 yards.
Drew enjoyed one of the best days in school history against Arizona State. He rushed for 176 yards on 18 carries, including a dazzling 83-yard run down the left sideline to give the Bruins the lead for good, 17-13, with 8:45 left in the third quarter. The run was the longest ever by a UCLA true freshman and ranked ninth (tied) overall on the school's list of long runs. His 176 yards rank No. 2 on UCLA's all-time list for true freshmen, trailing only Kevin Nelson's 186 versus ASU in 1980. At Stanford, Drew came off the bench to lead the Bruins with 65 yards on 17 carries and scored both touchdowns on runs of nine and two yards.
At Washington State, Drew made the first start of his career and rushed for 80 yards, 77 in the first half. He also had a 20-yard kickoff return. Against Oregon, he came off the bench and rushed for 25 yards on 13 carries. He also made four receptions. Drew is the team's second-leading rusher with 490 yards on 108 attempts. He leads the Bruins with six touchdowns (five rushing and one on a kickoff) and with his average of 4.5 yards per attempt is tied for the team lead. He also ranks first on the team and third in the Pac-10 with his kickoff return average of 24.5 and is 13th in the league in rushing (44.6). His 83-yard run is the longest in the Pac-10 this season. In addition, his 10 receptions tie him with Manuel White for the lead among running backs.
#14 QB Drew Olson - True sophomore Drew Olson came off the bench against Colorado and completed 13 of 23 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns, giving UCLA a 14-10 lead with 0:08 remaining in the third quarter. His touchdowns measured 42 yards to Craig Bragg in the second quarter and 13 yards to Marcedes Lewis in the third quarter.
Against the Illini, he made the sixth start of his career and completed 11 of 31 passes, with several drops, for 94 yards.
At Oklahoma, he set career highs for passes completed (18) and attempted (34) for 144 yards. Olson enjoyed his best day against San Diego State. The sophomore passed for a career-high 258 yards, completing 18 (tying his career high) of 28 passes. He tied his career high with two touchdown passes -- 41 yards to Junior Taylor and 13 yards to Ryan Smith -- and did not throw an interception. His 54-yard fourth-quarter completion to Craig Bragg was the longest of his career. Against Washington, he completed 16 of 24 passes and tied his career high with 258 yards passing (one interception). He was particularly effective in UCLA's 39-0 second half, completing nine of 13 passes for 160 yards. On UCLA's go-ahead touchdown drive in the third quarter, he converted three straight third-down situations.
At Arizona, he completed 15 of 22 passes for 189 yards and one interception, completing passes to seven different receivers. His two touchdown drives measured 73 and 80 yards. Against California, he completed nine of 20 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Marcedes Lewis for 31 yards over the middle on UCLA's first possession of the game and connected with Craig Bragg on a 40-yard TD on the left sideline on UCLA's first possession of the second half.
Olson did not play against Arizona State. At Stanford, he came off the bench to play the final two series of the game in an attempt to rally the Bruins. On the first series, he moved UCLA 80 yards on seven plays to close the score to 21-14. However, the second series ended at the Bruin 34 after starting on its own 10-yard line with less than two minutes to play. On the day, he completed five of 12 passes for 94 yards. At Washington State, he played most of the fourth quarter and completed seven of 12 passes for 82 yards and one interception.
Against Oregon, Olson started and completed 29 of 49 passes for 249 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His 49 attempts were the second-most in school history behind Dennis Dummit's 51 (California, 1970) while his 29 completions are tied for No. 2 on UCLA's single-game list behind Troy Aikman's 32 vs. USC in 1988. His interception, on his first pass of the day, was returned 22 yards for a touchdown.
On the year, Olson has completed 141 of 255 passes (55.3%) for 1,705 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in passing yards per game (170.5), eighth in total offense (155.4) and 10th in passing efficiency (115.03 rating). In his last five starts, Olson has completed 87 of 143 passes (60.8%) for 1,127 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. His 194 career completions are 13th on UCLA's all-time list and his 141 completions this season rank 15th on that list.
In 2002, he began the season as the No. 2 quarterback to four-year starter Cory Paus. He ended the year by starting in the final five games after a season-ending ankle injury to Paus against California. Olson was also injured in that game and sat out the next contest against Stanford before returning to start the final five games of the season.
Olson made his first career start at Washington and became the first Bruin true freshman since Tom Ramsey in 1979 to win his initial road start. He completed 13 of 27 passes for 189 yards and did not commit a turnover. He also became just the third UCLA true freshman quarterback to start against USC, joining Tom Ramsey and Cade McNown. Against Washington State, he had the first multiple touchdown game of his career.
#7 QB Matt Moore - True sophomore Matt Moore made only the second start of his career against Colorado and had completed four of seven passes for 41 yards prior to suffering an injury to his left knee with 1:39 remaining in the first quarter. He did not return to action, Moore underwent tests on Sept. 7 which showed a severe bone bruise of the left tibia. He was expected to miss four to six weeks at the time of his injury.
Moore returned to action against Washington, playing UCLA's final two series but did not attempt a pass. Against Arizona, he played two series in the first half and completed four of eight passes for 41 yards and one interception. He did not play against California. Moore returned to the starting lineup against Arizona State, leading the Bruins to a 20-13 victory. On the night, he completed 14 of 28 passes for 190 yards -- all career highs (at the time). He threw a touchdown pass of 25 yards to Craig Bragg and also connected with Bragg for 52 and 37-yard gains. He completed passes to seven different players and also tossed two interceptions, both as he was hit while throwing. Moore was especially effective in the first half, completing 10 of 17 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown.
At Stanford, despite constant pressure (he was sacked eight times), Moore completed 19 of 31 passes -- both career highs -- for 145 yards and one interception. He played all but the final two series of the game. On UCLA's second possession, Moore engineered a 94-yard, 18 play drive that consumed 7:45 to give the Bruins a 7-0 lead. At Washington State, he completed 11 of 29 passes for 138 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown pass to Craig Bragg, and two interceptions. Moore did not play against Oregon.
On the year, Moore has completed 52 of 103 passes (50.5%) for 555 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions.
In 2002, Moore did not see action in the first seven games because UCLA was planning to redshirt him. That all changed after injuries to Cory Paus and Drew Olson at California. Moore was called into action for the first time, as the starter, in the game against Stanford. He showed great poise in leading the Bruins to a win, rallying the team from a 15-0 first-quarter deficit to a 28-18 victory. Moore directed seven scoring drives in his first taste of collegiate action.
Moore also came off the bench to rally the Bruins to a victory in the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl. In the win over Stanford, he became the first UCLA true freshman quarterback since Cade McNown (1995) to start a game and the first since Tom Ramsey (1979) to win his first start.
MORE QUARTERBACK - Redshirt freshman John Sciarra made his debut last season on a late series at San Diego State (five snaps) and that was his only action prior to the fourth quarter of the California game. Against the Golden Bears, he completed one of seven passes for 10 yards with one interception. He also played the final series at Arizona but did not attempt a pass. Sciarra played UCLA's final possession against USC and drove the Bruins 60 yards on six plays, completing four of five passes for 65 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown to Marcedes Lewis, the first for both quarterback and receiver. He also saw action on the last two series of the bowl game win over New Mexico but did not attempt a pass. He has not played in a game in 2003.
OFFENSIVE LINE - Junior left guard Eyoseph Efseaff has started 34 of his 35 career games, including the last 23 over two years. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors last season and has made the honor roll of several pre-season national magazines this year. He was on the pre-season Watch List for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
In 2001, his first in action after redshirting in 2000, 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. Junior StevenVieira made his first start at left tackle at Colorado and has now started 29 of the last 30 games, including all 13 a year ago at right guard. His streak of 27 consecutive starts is now the longest on the team. Vieira made a smooth transition to tackle in the Spring and Fall practices. He began his Bruin career at tackle and shifted to guard prior to the 2001 season. Sophomore redshirt Mike McCloskey won the center job a year ago in a competition during fall camp. He went on to start all 13 games and earned second-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News. He started his 18th consecutive game against Washington but suffered a fractured left ankle in the second quarter and will be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season.
Junior Paul Mociler and sophomore Ed Blanton have rounded out the starting line. Mociler opened the Colorado game at right guard. It was the second start of his career, having started the 2002 opener at left guard. He played virtually the entire contest in each of the first seven games. He did not start against Arizona State or Stanford but rotated at the position and returned to the starting lineup at Washington State. He also started versus Oregon. In 2002, he appeared in seven games overall. Blanton emerged from the Spring drills as the starter at the right tackle position and has started all 11 games at that position. He made one start last season against San Diego State, playing the entire contest in place of injured Mike Saffer, and made an appearance in four games overall. Senior Shane Lehmann has emerged as the No. 1 reserve on the line. He can play both tackle spots and also guard. Lehmann saw action at left tackle against Illinois and was used as a second tight end late in the Oklahoma contest as well as against San Diego State. He spelled both tackles against Washington and did the same at Arizona. At Stanford, he played both tackle and tight end and he played tackle against Oregon.
Redshirt freshman Robert Chai moved into the center spot in the second quarter against Washington when McCloskey was injured. He did a fine job, playing the remainder of the contest. He started and played virtually the entire game at Arizona despite suffering a hyperextended left knee late in the first half. He also played the entire contest versus California, Arizona State, Stanford and Washington State. Against Oregon, he started but suffered a sprained left knee late in the first half. Prior to the Husky game, Chai made his Bruin debut on the offensive line at Oklahoma (he had seen special team action). True freshman Kevin Brown is the latest member of the offensive line. A defensive tackle through the season's first seven games, he switched to offense the week of the Arizona State game and started at right guard against the Sun Devils, alternating with Mociler throughout the game. Brown is the first true freshman since Duval Love in 1981 to start a game at offensive guard. He also started and alternated with Mociler at Stanford and came off the bench against Washington State and Oregon.
TIGHT ENDS - True sophomore Marcedes Lewis led all Bruin receivers with six receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown against Colorado. His 13-yard scoring reception gave the Bruins a 14-10 lead with 0:08 left in the third quarter. Four of his receptions were for double figures and three produced first downs. On the play prior to his touchdown catch, he made a 38-yard reception on third-and-30 to set up the score.
His six receptions against Colorado matched his total for all of last season. He started in a two tight end formation against Illinois but did not make a reception. He also started in a double tight end set against Oklahoma and made one reception for five yards before spraining a shoulder and missing the remainder of the game. Lewis made two receptions for 24 yards, including one for 20 yards, versus San Diego State. Against Washington, he made two receptions for 28 yards with a long of 16. At Arizona, he made a key fourth-quarter reception on third down, good for 15 yards, to keep a drive alive.
Lewis came off the bench and led all Bruin receivers with four catches for 67 yards against California. He gave the Bruins an early 7-0 lead with a 31-yard touchdown catch just 5:57 into the game. All four of his receptions produced first downs, two on third-down situations. Against Arizona State, he started in a double-tight end alignment. He made one reception for 16 yards to the 25-yard line on the play prior to Matt Moore's touchdown pass to Craig Bragg.
At Stanford, Lewis came off the bench to make four receptions for 36 yards and two first downs. At Washington State, he made four receptions for 40 yards. Lewis started and made two receptions for 20 yards in the first half against Oregon but missed the second half due to a concussion. Lewis ranks second on the team with his 27 receptions and is also second with 347 yards. Senior Blane Kezirian made the first start of his career and made one reception for eight yards. He also started against Illinois and Oklahoma but suffered a sprained ankle against the Sooners. He did not play against San Diego State but returned to action against Washington and provided valuable blocking. He started against Arizona, California and Arizona State and contributed with his blocking. At Stanford, he started and made one reception for five yards. At Washington State, he started and made one reception for 24 yards. Against Oregon, he started and made two receptions for 13 yards. Redshirt freshman J.J. Hair saw the first action of his career at Oklahoma and also played versus Stanford and Oregon.
WIDE RECEIVERS - Against Colorado, senior Ryan Smith started and made three catches for 24 yards while Junior Taylor had two receptions for eight yards. Against Illinois, Smith started and made one reception for 11 yards. Taylor made one reception (five yards) and Idris Moss made the first catch of his career for 16 yards, UCLA's longest of the day.
At Oklahoma, Smith made two receptions for 19 yards and Taylor made two catches for 13 yards. Taylor had a breakthrough evening against San Diego State, recording career highs in receptions (seven) and yards (110). He also scored UCLA's first touchdown on a 41-yard reception in the end zone and added a 10-yard reverse run on the first play of the game. Five of his seven receptions accounted for first downs.
In the same game, Smith made three receptions for 33 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown on a nice catch at the back of the end zone to give UCLA a 20-3 lead.
Against Washington, Smith and Taylor each made one reception. Smith made a diving 10-yard catch on third down at the one and UCLA scored the go-ahead touchdown on the next play. Taylor made a 38-yard grab along the right sideline on the first play of the fourth quarter that led to a field goal.
At Arizona, Taylor made four receptions for 44 yards and two first downs. Smith caught one pass for 12 yards.
Against California, Taylor made two receptions for 49 yards. He had a 21-yard catch on the play prior to Marcedes Lewis' 31-yard touchdown and he also contributed a 28-yard catch on UCLA's touchdown drive on the first possession of the second half.
Against Arizona State, Smith made three receptions for 16 yards and Taylor made two catches for 14 yards.
At Stanford, Smith made five receptions for 47 yards and two first downs while Taylor made two receptions for 17 yards.
At Washington State, Smith made five receptions, tying for the team lead, for 60 yards. Taylor suffered a hip pointer early in the game and did not make a reception.
Against Oregon, Smith made two receptions for 18 yards while Taylor did not make a catch. Moss made one catch for 10 yards. Garrett Lepisto made one for nine yards and true freshman Joe Cowan made the first two receptions of his career (10 yards).
Taylor ranks fourth on the squad with his 23 receptions and third with his 298 yards. Smith is third on the team with his 26 receptions and fourth with his 232 yards.
KICKERS - In his first game as a starter, junior Chris Kluwe averaged 41.0 yards on five punts. He had a long of 57 yards, two touchbacks and twice pinned Colorado inside its 20-yard line (two-yard line and four-yard line). None of his five punts were returned. Against Illinois, Kluwe punted 10 times, one shy of the school record held by four players (six times). He averaged 37.9 yards on those 10 kicks and three times pinned the Illini inside their 20-yard line (seven, 10 and five yard lines) with just one touchback. Only one punt was returned for minus-one yard.
At Oklahoma, he punted nine times for 440 yards, an average of 48.9 yards per kick. Five of his punts measured at least 50 yards, including one of 60 yards. However, seven of the punts were returned for a total of 277 yards and three touchdowns. Against San Diego State, Kluwe averaged 45.0 yards on six punts with a long of 60. He twice pinned the Aztecs inside their 20-yard line and they managed just eight return yards on three attempts.
In the Washington game, he averaged 43.0 yards on six kicks with a long of 52. Three of his kicks pinned the Huskies inside their own 20-yard line (18, 11, 11). Only two of his six punts were returned for a total of seven yards.
At Arizona, he punted twice, both in the second half, for a 41.0 average and placed both inside the 20-yard line. Only one was returned for zero yards. His second 41-yard punt pinned the Wildcats at their own one-yard line with just 1:12 remaining in the contest. He was selected Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.
Against California, he averaged 45.6 yards on seven punts, including a long of 58. Only three of the punts were returned for a total of 15 yards.
Against Arizona State, he averaged 47.3 yards on nine punts with one inside the 20-yard line. At Stanford, he averaged 41.4 yards on seven kicks with one inside the 20-yard line but saw one returned 90 yards for a Cardinal score.
At Washington State, he averaged 46.9 yards on eight punts, including a career-long of 66 yards. Four were returned for just 40 yards.
Against Oregon, he averaged 35.0 yards on five kicks with one inside the 20-yard line. Only one of his kicks were returned for six yards.
On the year, he is averaging 43.5 yards (3,219) on 74 punts with 16 inside the 20-yard line. Kluwe is just 27 yards shy of Nate Fikse's school record of 3,246 yards (in 2000) and six kicks shy of Matt McFarland's mark of 80 punts (1978). He ranks third in the Pac-10 and 17th in the NCAA in punting average.
Redshirt freshman Justin Medlock made his debut as the team's place kicker at Colorado. He made both PATs but was wide on a 35-yard field goal attempt. Two of his three kickoffs reached the end zone and the third was returned just 20 yards.
Medlock supplied all the scoring in the win over Illinois, making field goals of 28 and 48 yards, the first two of his career. Two of his three kickoffs reached the goal line (one was out of the end zone) and Illinois returned two kicks for just 43 yards. At Oklahoma, he tied his career long with a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter and accounted for six points.
Against San Diego State, he made kicks of 27 and 24 yards and accounted for eight points. Against Washington, Medlock made a 39-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and accounted for eight points. At Arizona, he made a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter to increase his streak to seven, but missed a 35-yard attempt in the fourth quarter. He converted all three PATs for six points.
Against California, he kicked what proved to be a game-winning 41-yard field goal in the first overtime. He also converted both PATs (a third was unsuccessful because of a fumbled snap) for a total of five points.
Against Arizona State, he made field goals of 41 and 44 yards and added two PATs for eight points. The second field goal, with 8:09 remaining, gave the Bruins a seven point lead. At Stanford, he made both PAT attempts but did not have the opportunity to kick a field goal. At Washington State, he made both field goal attempts (46 and 32 yards) and his one PAT for seven points.
Against Oregon, he made two (35 and 37 yards) of four field goals (he missed from 44 and 32 yards and one of his misses hit the left upright) and finished with seven points. On the year, he is the team's leading scorer with 65 points and his 5.91 average is ninth in the Pac-10. He has made 14 of 18 field goals and all 23 PAT attempts.
#29 RB MANUEL WHITE - A big, tough back who played both fullback and tailback, White is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a fractured right scapula suffered in the first half of the Arizona State contest.
White played a major role in the win over Illinois. He rushed for a career-high 102 yards on 18 carries, including one run of 22 yards. In the fourth quarter, he carried on nine of UCLA's 16 scrimmage plays for 40 yards, including each of the first seven plays of UCLA's final possession (nine plays).
At Oklahoma, White led the Bruins in rushing with 66 yards on 19 carries, including an 11-yard scoring run to give the Bruins a 10-7 lead with 55 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Against San Diego State, he led the Bruins with 48 yards on 16 carries and made one reception for eight yards.
Against Washington, he led the team in rushing for the fourth straight game. Starting at tailback, he rushed for 83 yards and his one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Bruins the lead for good (22-16). His 56-yard run in the latter portion of the fourth quarter was UCLA's longest offensive play from scrimmage on the year. He also caught two passes for 18 yards. At Arizona, he ran for 29 yards on 11 attempts, including a five-yard touchdown on UCLA's first possession of the second half. He also made three receptions for 25 yards. Against California, he started at fullback and rushed for 14 yards on four attempts and did a fine job of blocking on runs to the outside. Against Arizona State, he started at fullback and ran for 37 yards (nine carries) and made one reception for 26 yards before suffering a fractured right scapula prior to the end of the first half.
On the year, White ranks third on the team with 379 yards (3.9 average) despite not carrying the ball in the opener and missing the final four games of the regular season. For his career, White has rushed for 1,050 yards.
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2003 starts /career starts) - Offense - WR: Craig Bragg (10/28), Junior Taylor (1/4), Ryan Smith (9/12); OL: Eyoseph Efseaff (11/34), Shane Lehmann (0/6), Steven Vieira (11/29), Mike McCloskey (5/18), Ed Blanton (11/12), Paul Mociler (9/10), Robert Chai (6/6), Kevin Brown (2/2); TE: Keith Carter (0/4), Marcedes Lewis (6/8), Blane Kezirian (9/9); QB: Drew Olson (7/12), Matt Moore (4/5); RB: Tyler Ebell (7/15), Maurice Drew (1/1), Manuel White (8/15), Pat Norton (2/2), J.D. Groves (2/2), Akil Harris (0/7); PK:Justin Medlock (11/11).
Defense - DL: Rodney Leisle (8/38), Dave Ball (11/37), Mat Ball (10/16, 2 at LB), Asi Faoa (3/5, 1 at LB), Ryan Boschetti (11/16), David Tautofi (1/1); LB: Brandon Chillar (11/33), Spencer Havner (10/23), Justin London (10/10), Wesley Walker (1/1); Dennis Link (1/1); DB: Matt Ware (7/31), Ben Emanuel (11/26), Jarrad Page (10/20), Matt Clark (10/10), Kevin Brant (1/2), Keith Short (5/5); P: Chris Kluwe (11/11).
RED ZONE - Against Colorado, UCLA converted one of two Red Zone attempts. UCLA scored seven points (touchdown pass). The other trip ended in a missed field goal. Against Illinois, UCLA scored a field goal on its only Red Zone trip. At Oklahoma, UCLA scored two rushing touchdowns (14 points) on three trips. The other concluded with the end of the game. Against San Diego State, UCLA scored on three of its four Red Zone trips (one passing touchdown and two field goals) for 13 points. The fourth possession ended with a fumble lost. Against Washington, UCLA scored on all five Red Zone possessions (four rushing touchdowns, one two-point conversion and one field goal) for 32 points.
At Arizona, UCLA reached the Red Zone six times and scored three times for 17 points (two touchdowns and one field goal) The other possessions ended with an interception, a missed field goal and the conclusion of the game. UCLA did not run a play in the Red Zone against California. Against Arizona State, UCLA scored a field goal on its only Red Zone possession. At Stanford, UCLA scored two rushing touchdowns (14 points) on its three Red Zone opportunites. The other trip ended with a fumble.
At Washington State, UCLA scored one passing touchdown and one field goal (10 points) in six Red Zone trips. The other opportunities ended with two interceptions, one fumble and once on downs. Against Oregon, UCLA scored three times (13 points) -- one passing touchdown and two field goals -- on four Red Zone trips. UCLA missed a field goal on its other trip.
On the year, UCLA is now 23 of 35 for 126 points (10 touchdown runs, four touchdown passes, nine field goals). The other possessions resulted in three missed field goals, two end of games, three fumbles, three interceptions and once on downs.
Colorado converted three Red Zone trips into 13 points (one touchdown run, one touchdown pass). The other possession came at the game's end. Illinois scored a field goal on its only Red Zone trip. Oklahoma scored on all three of its Red Zone opportunities (two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown) for 21 points. San Diego scored on both of its Red Zone trips (one rushing touchdown and one field goal) for 10 points. Washington scored on four of five Red Zone possessions (one passing touchdown and three field goals) for 16 points. Arizona scored on two of four Red Zone trips (two touchdown passes) for 14 points. California scored on two of three Red Zone trips (touchdown run and field goal) for nine points. Arizona State scored field goals on each of its two Red Zone trips. Stanford scored two touchdowns (one run, one pass) for 14 points on its two Red Zone trips. Washington State scored three rushing touchdowns (21 points) and lost one fumble on its four Red Zone attempts.
Oregon threw a touchdown pass (seven points) on its only Red Zone trip. On the year, opponents have converted 24 of 30 attempts for 134 points (nine touchdown runs, seven touchdown passes, eight field goals).
True sophomore quarterbacks Drew Olson (31/40) and Matt Moore (12/15) have been successful on Red Zone opportunities in their careers. In 2003, Olson is 19 of 28 in the Red Zone (nine touchdown runs, three touchdown passes, seven field goals, two field goal misses, two interceptions, one fumble lost, one on downs and two ends of game). Moore is four for seven in the Red Zone (touchdown run, touchdown pass, two field goals, two fumbles, one interception).
TURNOVERS - Thus far in 2003, UCLA has forced 28 turnovers (18 interceptions and 10 fumbles) and has converted them into eight touchdowns and six field goals (74 points). UCLA forced one turnover against Colorado (fumble recovery by Brandon Chillar) and it led to a touchdown (seven points). Against Illinois, UCLA forced four turnovers (interceptions by Chillar, Matt Ware and Justin London and a fumble recovery by Tim Warfield on a punt) and converted them into three points. At Oklahoma, the Bruins forced two turnovers (interceptions by Spencer Havner and Matt Clark) and turned them into seven points.
Against San Diego State, the Bruins forced three turnovers (one fumble and interceptions by Havner and Ben Emanuel) and converted them into 10 points. Against Washington, the Bruins forced four turnovers (one fumble and three interceptions) and converted them into 24 points (three touchdowns and one field goal). The defense scored on an interception return by Jarrad Page and a fumble recovery by Rodney Leisle (forced by Dave Ball). The offense converted a Justin London interception into a touchdown and a Leisle interception into a field goal.
At Arizona, Rodney Leisle returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown while Spencer Havner's interception led to a touchdown. The Bruins also had interceptions by Mat Ball and by Justin London. The Bruins did not force a turnover against California. UCLA forced one turnover against Arizona State (fumble recovery by Justin London) but did not convert it into points. The Bruins had one turnover at Stanford (interception by Jarrad Page) but did not convert it into points. The Bruins forced seven turnovers at Washington State (three interceptions by Ben Emanuel, Jarrad Page and Matt Ware and four fumble recoveries by Emanuel (two), Page and Dave Ball) and scored six points on two field goals. Against Oregon, UCLA recovered one fumble (Brandon Chillar) and converted it into a field goal (three points).
On the year, UCLA has commited 27 turnovers (13 interceptions and 14 fumbles) that have been converted into 74 points (nine touchdowns and four field goals). Colorado forced one turnover (fumble by Maurice Drew) but it led to a punt. Illinois forced one fumble (interception by Drew Olson) and converted it into one field goal. Oklahoma forced three turnovers (two Olson interceptions and a Manuel White fumble) and converted them into 17 points. San Diego State forced four fumbles (three by Drew Olson and one by kicker Jason Medlock) and converted them into 10 points. Washington made one interception of a Drew Olson pass but had to punt. Arizona forced three turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble) and converted them into seven points.
California recovered one fumble (at the Bruin five-yard line) and converted it into six points (one rushing touchdown). Arizona State made two interceptions and converted it into three points (field goal). Stanford recovered two fumbles (one at the Bruin eight-yard line) and made one interception, converting them into seven points (one rushing touchdown). Washington State made three interceptions and recovered four fumbles and converted them into 14 points (two touchdowns - one rushing and one passing). Oregon made one interception and returned it for a touchdown (seven points).
NCAA, PAC-10 STATS - UCLA -- turnover margin: 5th in Pac-10 (+0.09); total defense: 16th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (308.73 yards); rush defense: 21st in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (112.82 yards); pass efficiency defense: 26th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (111.21 rating); pass defense: 28th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (195.91); scoring defense: 40th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (21.91 points); kickoff returns: 6th in Pac-10 (20.65 yards); opponent third down conversions: 3rd in Pac-10 (32.9); field goal percentgage: 4th in Pac-10 (.778); turnovers gained: 3rd in Pac-10 (28). Individuals: Craig Bragg -- receptions: 24th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (5.91); all-purpose yards: 5th in Pac-10 (113.91); receiving yards: 25th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (87.64); punt returns: 6th in Pac-10 (8.26); Tyler Ebell -- rushing: 12th in Pac-10 (45.09); Justin Medlock -- field goals: 35th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (1.27); field goal percentgage: 4th in Pac-10 (77.8); scoring: 9th in Pac-10 (5.91); Maurice Drew -- rushing: 13th in Pac-10 (44.55); kickoff returns: 37th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (24.47); Drew Olson -- passing: 8th in Pac-10 (170.5); total offense: 8th in Pac-10 (155.40); passing efficiency: 10th in Pac-10 (115.03 rating); Chris Kluwe -- punting: 117h in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (43.50); Brandon Chillar -- tackles: 1st in Pac-10 (11.0); Ben Emanuel --tackles: 11th in Pac-10 (7.2); Dave Ball -- sacks: 1st in Pac-10 (15.5), tackles for loss: 1st in Pac-10 (19.5), fumbles forced: T-2nd in Pac-10 (4); Jarrad Page -- interceptions: T-9th in Pac-10 (0.30); Spencer Havner -- interceptions: T-11th in Pac-10 (0.27); Justin London --tackles: 8th in Pac-10 (7.5); interceptions: T-11th in Pac-10 (0.27).
NCAA GRADUATION RATES - In the 2003 NCAA Graduation Rate Report, UCLA had a 61% graduation rate for the freshman class of 1996. The four-year class average (1993-1996) was 63% In the 2002 NCAA Graduation Rate Report, UCLA had a 75% graduation rate from the freshman class of 1995.
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).
UCLA ON THE RADIO - The 2003 season is UCLA's seventh on XTRA Sports AM 1150/690. The Superstation, broadcasting on 1150 in Los Angeles and 690 in San Diego, covers all of southern California. XTRA broadcasts all of 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 12th season as the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens is in his seventh year on the broadcast team and his third as the analyst in the booth. Former Bruin quarterback Wayne Cook is in his second season as sideline reporter and KCAL-TV sportscaster John Ireland, who is in his third season with the crew, will host on the pre- and post-game shows this season.
Stevens, Ireland and Cook will host the two-hour local pre-game show. Roberts, Stevens and Cook will host the one-half hour network pre-game show and the network post-game show. Ireland will host a one hour "Bruin Talk" show following the network broadcast. Stations on the Bruin radio network include: KDFO 800AM (Bakersfield); KAVL 610AM (Lancaster/Palmdale); KBET 850AM (Thousand Oaks); KIXW 960AM (Victorville); and KNEWS 970/1140 (Palm Springs).
XTRA Sports 690/1150 provides ancillary programming during the week, including Karl Dorrell interviews during the week of the games. In addition, XTRA Sports 690/1150 airs the one-hour 'Bruin Talk' show on a weekly basis during the season. It will generally run on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.. UCLA games are also available via the internet at www.uclabruins.com (with a subscription to UCLA College Sports Pass). Fans can also hear the game for as little as 10 cents per minute by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929) to listen to the broadcast on the telephone.
BRUINS IN THE NFL - As of opening day, the following 22 former Bruins were listed on the rosters of National Football League teams. Here is the current list of 22 Bruins on NFL rosters: Atlanta - Tod McBride; Baltimore - Jonathan Ogden; Buffalo - Ryan Neufeld; Carolina - DeShaun Foster; Mike Seidman, Ricky Manning; Dallas - Kenyon Coleman; Green Bay - Marques Anderson, Mike Flanagan; Houston - Jason Bell; Miami - Brendon Ayenbadejo; New England - Roman Phifer; New York Giants - Shaun Williams; Philadelphia - Freddie Mitchell; Pittsburgh - Tommy Maddox; St. Louis - Robert Thomas; San Diego - Donnie Edwards, Vaughn Parker; San Francisco - Travis Kirschke; Tampa Bay - Ryan Nece; Tennessee - Drew Bennett. UCLA's opening day total ranks 18th (tied) among all schools and third (tied) among Pac-10 schools.
UCLA ON THE TELEVISION - Entering USC week, 122 of UCLA's last 129 games have been televised live. Ten of this season's game have been televised live, including five by ABC (Colorado, Illinois, Oklahoma, California, Washington State), four by Fox Sports Net (Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford) and one by Fox Sports Net West 2 (San Diego State). The USC game will also be televised by ABC. The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox Sports Net West 2, airs weekly during the season.
UCLA ON THE WEB - UCLA releases, player information and results can be found on the school's official website - www.uclabruins.com.
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCES - The Pac-10 holds a weekly teleconference with all 10 head coaches every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Each coach has a 10-minute window. Karl Dorrell is on the call at 10:30 a.m. Please call the Pac-10 office or a Pac-10 SID to obtain the telephone number.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED - The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed containing interviews with coaches and players and game highlight footage. The weekly half-hour feed airs every Wedensday at 11:30 a.m. PT, beginning on Sept. 3 and running through Nov. 26. The coordinates are: Telstar 6C, Transponder 24 (C-Band).
UCLA-USC CONNECTIONS - UCLA assistant coach Gary Bernardi was on the coaching staff at USC. USC assistant coach Kennedy Pola is a former UCLA assistant. Trojan head athletic trainer Russ Romano is a former UCLA assistant and Wayne Johnson, USC's academic adviser, is a former UCLA counselor. There are numerous other connections, most notably in basketball. UCLA women's head coach Kathy Olivier is a former USC assistant and Trojan men's head coach Henry Bibby won three NCAA titles as a guard for the Bruins.