Sept. 23, 2002
GAME # 4 -
UCLA (2-1) travels to San Diego to play the San Diego State Aztecs (0-4) at Qualcomm Stadium this Saturday, Sept. 28. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. PST. The game will be televised live on a national basis by ESPN2. Pam Ward and Chris Spielman will call the action with Rob Stone on the sidelines.
Fox Sports Radio AM 1150 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all games except when there is a conflict with a Los Angeles Dodger game. Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens will call the action in the booth with John Ireland on the sidelines. The San Diego State contest will be broadcast on KSPN (1110 AM) because of a conflict with the Dodgers.
LAST WEEK -
UCLA suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 31-17 decision to Colorado at the Rose Bowl. Ranked as high as No. 6 in pre-season polls, Colorado did not commit a turnover and accounted for 471 yards, including 325 on the ground, the most rushing yards allowed by the Bruins since the 2000 Washington contest.
UCLA took a 7-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter when wide receiver Jon Dubravac, a Colorado native, tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Craig Bragg on a reverse pass. Colorado tied the game less than a minute and a half later on the first of Chris Brown's three touchdown runs (19 yards) and took the lead with 23 seconds left in the half on a 29-yard field goal. Tab Perry's 35-yard kickoff return and two pass completions put the ball at the Buff 38-yard line with two seconds left but Nate Fikse's 55-yard field goal attempt, the first of his career, to tie the game was wide right.
In the second half, Colorado scored on each of its first four possessions (two touchdowns and two field goals)to take a 31-10 lead with 9:16 remaining in the contest. Brown finished the day with 188 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
UCLA passed for 222 yards but could only net 62 yards rushing on 28 attempts. Cory Paus completed 21 of 35 passes for 189 yards and one score and Craig Bragg made seven receptions for 70 yards and both Bruin touchdowns. Manuel White led the Bruins with 36 yards on the ground.
Defensively, Marcus Reese led the Bruins with a career-high 13 tackles. Matt Ware made a career-high 10 stops, Ben Emanuel made a career-high eight stops, including one for loss, and Spencer Havner added seven tackles.
UCLA IN THE RANKINGS -
Associated Press: Pre-season, NR; Sept. 1, NR; Sept. 8, No. 23; Sept. 15, No. 20.; Sept. 22, NR. USA Today/ESPN: Pre-season, NR; Sept. 1, NR; Sept. 8, NR; Sept. 15, No. 22; Sept. 22, NR.
THE SAN DIEGO STATE SERIES -
This will be the 18th meeting between UCLA and San Diego State and the first since the 1993 season. The Bruins lead the series 16-0-1. UCLA captured the last meeting in the series, which was the fourth game of the 1993 season in San Diego, by a score of 52-13 in a game televised on ESPN. Junior quarterback Wayne Cook teammed up with junior J.J. Stokes for three scoring passes (36, 16 and 50 yards) to key the Bruin attack. UCLA also ran the ball for a total of 269 yards in the game. The Bruin defense held Aztec running back Marshall Faulk to 53 yards on 19 carries while limiting the SDSU team to just 30 yards on 25 carries overall.
Despite an 0-4 start, the Aztecs currently rank 12th in the nation in total offense (459.5 yards), passing for 405.3 yards per game (second nationally) and rushing for 54.3. They are averaging 23.5 points per game. Defensively, SDSU is allowing 389.8 yards and 34.3 points per game, 243.0 yards in the air and 146.8 on the ground.
Quarterback Adam Hall ranks second in the nation in total offense (388.5 yards) and is 26th in passing efficiency (139.9 rating). Wide receiver Greg Tolver leads the nation in receptions per game (11.0) and receiving yards per game (179.3) while Kassim Osgood ranks third nationally in both categories (9.8 catches and 143.0 yards). Tolver also ranks sixth nationally in all-purpose yards (180.0).
BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO -
The Bruin head coach owns a record of 44-28 (28-20 in Pac-10 play) and a winning percentage of .611 during his six-plus years on the job. The 20-game winning streak in 1997-98 was the longest in school history, twice as long as the previous streak (10, set in 1946 and tied in 1954-55). His teams have won two Pac-10 titles (1997, 1998) and have qualified to play in a bowl game in four of the past five seasons.
Toledo is only the second coach in school history to win 10 regular-season games (Bert LaBrucherie in 1946) and only the second coach in school history to win 10 total games in back-to-back seasons (Terry Donahue in 1987-88).
Toledo's 44 wins put him in fourth place on UCLA's career victory list. Under Toledo, UCLA is 34-8 when it scores at least 30 points and 16-1 when it scores at least 40. UCLA is 30-6 when leading at the half and has won 10 times after trailing at the half and four when tied at the half. The Bruins are 3-1 in overtime games. When ranked, the Bruins sport a 31-12 record under Toledo and are 15-5 when ranked in the Top 10.
Under Toledo, UCLA is 16-12 versus ranked teams. It has won nine of the last 14 and is 15-7 in the last 22 games versus Top 25 teams.
DID YOU KNOW? -
Ricky Manning has started in 35 straight games to lead the team. Next is offensive left tackle Bryce Bohlander with 28 straight starts followed by offensive right tackle Mike Saffer and defensive tackle Rodney Leisle with 26 each. Saffer has started 33 times in his career.
Three Bruins on the 2002 roster are the sons of former Bruin football players - TE Blane Kezirian (dad, Ed played offensive line in 1972-73 for coach Pepper Rodgers and posted a 17-5 record); WR/H Garrett Lepisto (dad, Vic played defensive end in 1964-66-67 for coaches Bill Barnes and Tommy Prothro); QB John Sciarra (dad, John played 1972-75 and quarterbacked the Bruins to a win over No. 1 Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl game).
UCLA had six players selected in the 2002 NFL Draft, ranking seventh (tied) nationally among all schools in that category. (LB Robert Thomas/Rams, RB DeShaun Foster/Panthers, DB Marques Anderson/Packers, DL Kenyon Coleman/Raiders, TE Bryan Fletcher/Bears, LS Jeff Grau/Redskins).
Offensive left tackle Bryce Bohlander has been nominated for a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship. He will graduate in December with a major in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy and currently owns a 3.27 grade-point average.
RICKY MANNING- True senior corner Ricky Manning Jr., a candidate for All-America honors and the Thorpe Award, earned first-team All-Pac-10 acclaim for the second straight season last year, in the vote of league coaches. He is a 2002 first-team pre-season All-America selection by Football News and a second-team choice by Street & Smith's and Lindy's.
Manning has the opportunity to become only the seventh Bruin since 1964 to earn first-team All-League honors three times. He has started in each of the last 35 games (longest starting streak on the team) after making his first career start against Fresno State in 1999. In the season-opening win over Colorado State, he was credited with five tackles, including four solos. His fourth-quarter tackle on Cecil Sapp after a reception caused a fumble that UCLA recovered at the Ram 16-yard line with a 14-13 lead. UCLA scored on the next play to build a 21-13 lead.
Against Oklahoma State, he tied for the team lead with eight tackles, including one for loss, and spent most of the game defending Rashaun Woods. In the game versus Colorado, he started his 35th consecutive game and was credited with four tackles (three solos), including one for loss, and also had one pass defensed. On the year, he is fourth (tied) on the team with 17 tackles, including two for losses, and one forced fumble.
In 2001, he ranked second on the team with his three interceptions and totaled 36 tackles, including two for losses, to rank sixth (tied) on the team in that category. In 2000, he ranked fifth on the team with 65 tackles. His four interceptions led the team, as did his 14 pass defenses. As a freshman in 1999, he led the Bruins with 10 tackles for loss and ranked fourth on the team with 53 tackles.
RODNEY LEISLE - Redshirt junior tackle Rodney Leisle had an outstanding season last year. A pre-season second-team All-America choice in 2002, he has also been named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists.
In the win over Colorado State, Leisle helped hold the Rams to just 277 yards (3.7 average). He was credited with four tackles. Against Oklahoma State, he was credited with five tackles (four solos) while helping hold OSU to 94 net yards rushing. Against Colorado, he started his 26th straight game and made three tackles. On the year, despite constant double teamming, he has made 12 tackles, most among the defensive linemen.
In 2001, Leisle ranked second among linemen and tied for sixth on the team with 36 stops. Leisle, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection by the league's coaches and a first-team all-conference pick by The Sporting News, ranked fourth on the team with two sacks and tied for sixth with five tackles for losses.
Leisle started all 12 games in 2000 and ranked first among the linemen with 36 tackles. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and was named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.
MARCUS REESE -True senior linebacker Marcus Reese, who has been a major contributor the last two seasons, made his first career start against Colorado State. He was very productive, making nine tackles (seven solos), one shy of his career high (10 vs. Washington in 2000) and one shy of the team high for the game. Against Oklahoma State, he did not play much of the second half as a precaution (ankle) and made two solo tackles. In the game against Colorado, he led the Bruins with a career-high 13 tackles (seven solos) and was also credited with one pass defensed.
After three games, he leads the Bruins with 24 tackles, including 16 solos, four more than Ben Emanuel and Spencer Havner. Despite not starting in 2000 or 2001, he made 68 tackles during those two years.
Also a big contributor on special teams during his career, Reese blocked a pair of punts last season which each produced a touchdown. On the year, he ranked ninth on the squad with 34 tackles, including four for loss.
MATT WARE - A member of the 2002 Thorpe Award Watch List and the only true freshman in the starting lineup a year ago, Ware is playing free safety in 2002 after starting at cornerback in 2001. However, the coaching staff has said it will use him at cornerback in certain situations against tall receivers.
In the opener against Colorado State, he made four solo tackles and had one pass defensed. In the win at Oklahoma State, he made his first interception of the year in the end zone in the final minute of the first half to end a Cowboy scoring opportunity. He also made two tackles but missed most of the second half after spraining his right ankle. In the Colorado game, he ranked second on the squad with a career-high 10 tackles (four solos).
On the year, he has now made 16 tackles (10 solos) and one interception.
In 2001, Ware was named first-team Freshman All-American and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News. He earned first-team Freshman All-American accolades by the Football Writers of America.
Matt became the first UCLA true freshman to start every regular-season game since freshmen became eligible in 1972 (three-time All-America safety Kenny Easley started the final 10 games of his freshman season).
On the year, he made 32 tackles, led the team with five interceptions (tied for third in the Pac-10) and was second on the team with two fumble recoveries. Ware's five interceptions were the most by a Bruin since Larry Atkins made six in 1997.
He also saw action on offense, as a quarterback, in the games against Oregon and USC. He ran four times in the Oregon game for 22 yards and caught one pass for 49 yards. He took two snaps at quarterback versus USC and pitched the ball on both occasions.
He signed a baseball contract with the Seattle Mariners during the 2001 fall football camp and played in their minor league organization this past summer as an outfielder.
BRANDON CHILLAR - True junior Brandon Chillar is off to a fast start in 2002. In the season-opener against Colorado State, he led the Bruins with a career-high 10 tackles (four solos and six assists) and made the second interception of his career. He also forced a fumble on the Rams' two-point conversion attempt that Ben Emanuel returned for two Bruin points and a 23-19 lead.
Against Oklahoma State, he was again all over the field and made four tackles, including one for loss, but did not return after suffering a leg cramp in the second half. In the Colorado game, he made three solo tackles, including one for loss. On the year, he ranks fourth (tied) on the squad with 17 tackles, including two for losses, and has made one interception.
Chillar started nine games at strongside linebacker a year ago. He ranked fifth on the team, and first among 2002 returnees, with 42 tackles. Chillar was third on the team with five sacks and had eight tackles for loss, both totals ranking No. 1 among returnees. He made his first career start in the second game of the season at Kansas.
DAVE BALL - In the opener against Colorado State, junior right end Dave Ball was credited with three tackles, including one for loss. Against Oklahoma State, he recovered a second-quarter fumble at the Bruin 18-yard line that ended a Cowboy scoring threat and started a Bruin touchdown drive. He also made one tackle. In the Colorado game, he started his 14th straight game and made four tackles (three solos), including one of the Bruins' two sacks. On the year, he has made eight tackles, including one sack and a second for loss.
In 2001, he started all 11 contests and finished with 18 tackles and one sack. Ball was seventh on the team with four tackles for loss. As a redshirt freshman in 2000, he started three games at end and saw action in all 12 contests.
BEN EMANUEL - The talented redshirt freshman strong safety played a key role in the victory over Colorado State. On the night, he was credited with six tackles (four solos) and one pass defense. However, his biggest play came with the Bruins leading 21-19 with 1:32 remaining in the game. On CSU's two-point conversion attempt, Brandon Chillar caused Bradlee Van Pelt to fumble and Emanuel picked up the loose ball and returned it 89 yards for two points to give UCLA a 23-19 lead. It was the first defensive two-point conversion in UCLA history.
In the win at Oklahoma State, he was credited six solo tackles, including one for loss. He also made two interceptions, the second time in his career he has done that (Washington State in 2001). His second, with UCLA holding a 38-24 lead, gave the Bruins possession with 3:41 remaining and they were able to run out the clock. He played most of the second half at free safety in place of injured Matt Ware. In the Colorado game, Emanuel was credited with a career-best eight tackles (six solos), including one for loss. On the year, he ranks second (tied with Spencer Havner) on the squad with 20 tackles, including a team-high (tied) 16 solos, and leads the team with two interceptions.
SPENCER HAVNER - The redshirt freshman played in his first game and made his first start against Colorado State. He made five tackles (three solos), including one for loss, and was also credited with two pass defenses.
In the win over Oklahoma State, he played a key role. He returned his first career interception 23 yards for the touchdown that gave UCLA a lead it would never relinquish, 14-10. He tied for the team lead with eight tackles (seven solos) and forced a fumbled at the Bruin 18-yard line that ended a Cowboy scoring threat and started a Bruin touchdown drive.
In the Colorado game, he made seven tackles, including four solos, and was also credited with one pass defense.
On the year, he has made 20 tackles (14 solos), tied with Ben Emanuel for second on the squad behind Marcus Reese's team-high 24 stops. He leads the team with four pass defenses.
DEFENSIVE LINE -
Senior Rusty Williams had a 22-game starting streak at defensive end stopped at the 2000 Sun Bowl. He missed that contest after undergoing shoulder surgery. He sat out Spring practice a year ago and reported to 2001 Fall camp ready for action. He appeared in all 11 games off the bench last season and had six tackles, one for loss.
Against Colorado State, his first start since the 2000 USC game, Williams played a very important role. In the third quarter, he pressured the Ram quarterback into throwing an interception at the Bruin seven-yard line. In the fourth quarter, with UCLA leading 14-13, his fumble recovery at the Ram 16-yard line with 8:56 remaining set up a Bruin touchdown on the next play. He also handled all the snaps for punts and placements. He also started against both Oklahoma State and Colorado.
Redshirt junior Mat Ball, who switched back to end during Spring drills after playing outside linebacker in 2001, added one tackle during his time on the field against Colorado State. He made two tackles at Oklahoma State and one tackle, a quarterback sack, versus Colorado. A year ago, M. Ball started twice at OLB and made 12 tackles including two for losses.
Two seniors - Steve Morgan and Sean Phillips - have played at the left tackle spot with Morgan earning the starting nod. Against Colorado State, Morgan made four tackles, including one for loss, and Phillips added a solo tackle. At Oklahoma State, Morgan made two tackles and Phillips recorded a 10-yard sack. Against Colorado, Morgan was credited with one assist.
In 2001, Morgan came off the bench to make two tackles, including a five-yard sack, against Alabama, two tackles, including 0.5 sacks, against Kansas, two tackles versus Washington, one against California, one at Stanford and one versus WSU. Phillips, who started three times in 2000, saw action in seven games on defense and totaled six tackles and one sack a year ago.
Junior college transfer Ryan Boschetti also made his debut at defensive tackle against Colorado State and was credited with five tackles, including four solos. At Oklahoma State, he made three tackles, including one for loss, and tipped a pass. In the Colorado game, he was credited with one solo tackle. His nine tackles on the year rank second on the defensive line behind Rodney Leisle's 12 stops.
THE BENCH -
Due to injury and caution, several key reserves saw extensive action at linebacker and in the secondary against Oklahoma State. Sophomore Tim Warfield played extensively in the second half for Brandon Chillar and made two tackles. Junior Dennis Link filled in well for Marcus Reese, making five tackles. True freshman Jarrad Page (two tackles) and junior Kevin Brant (three tackles) filled in at strong safety with Ben Emanuel switching to free safety in place of Matt Ware.
Against Colorado, strong safety Jibril Raymo made three solo tackles on defense and special teams and Page added two assists in limited action at safety.
CORY PAUS - Senior Cory Paus enjoyed an outstanding year in 2000, becoming only the third sophomore in school history to pass for over 2,000 yards in a season. During the 2001 season, he moved into the UCLA career Top 10 lists in passing yardage, completions and touchdown passes. He is one of just two Bruin signalcallers to produce back-to-back 300-yard passing games and only the second to throw for at least 300 yards in a game five times in his career.
In the 2002 opener against Colorado State, Paus completed 12 of 23 passes for 142 yards with one interception. He completed nine of his final 13 passes in the contest. In the second quarter, he led an 80-yard touchdown drive, culminated by Junior Taylor's 49-yard touchdown run on a reverse. Paus made a key block to spring Taylor on that play. Later in the second quarter, he led a drive from UCLA's 17 to CSU's24, but it ended with a missed field goal.
In the third quarter, he engineered a drive from the Bruin six-yard line to the Rams'15, but it also resulted in a missed field goal. After sitting out two series so freshman Drew Olson could get some game experience, he returned in the fourth quarter and UCLA's next two possessions yielded touchdowns.
At Oklahoma State, Paus rallied the Bruins from a 10-0 deficit to a 38-24 victory. He threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth score and three of the four touchdown drives measured at least 80 yards (80, 82 and 80).
On the night, he completed 13 of 27 passes for 277 yards, three touchdowns and one interception (on his first pass of the game when his receiver slipped). After OSU took a 10-0 lead, he calmly drove the Bruins 80 yards, capping the drive with a 41-yard strike to Craig Bragg. In the second quarter, he converted a fumble recovery into an 82-yard drive, hitting Mike Seidman for a 27-yard score on third-and-11. On UCLA's first possession of the second half, he hit Ryan Smith with a 25-yard scoring pass and after a Cowboy score, he engineered an 80-yard scoring drive, taking it in from the three-yard line for the fifth touchdown of his career. Overall, he completed passes to seven different receivers and had eight completions of at least 20 yards.
In the Colorado game, he completed 21 of 35 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His 21 completions tied his second-highest total (21 vs. Oregon in 1999), one shy of his career-high 22 completions at Washington in 2000. On the night, he completed passes to 10 different receivers, including five wide receivers, three running backs and two tight ends.
On the year, he has completed 46 of 85 passes for 608 yards with four touchdowns, three interceptions and an efficiency rating of 122.7. With his 189 yards against Colorado, Paus has settled into third place on UCLA's career passing yardage list with 5,838 yards. He is also No. 5 with 376 career completions, passing Wayne Cook (352) against OSU and No. 4 with 36 career touchdown passes, passing Tommy Maddox (33) and Cook (34) against the Cowboys. He has played in 31 games, including two in which he was injured and threw a total of just five passes before leaving the field.
His career average of 15.53 yards per completion is the highest among the quarterbacks in UCLA's career Top six. In 2001, Paus ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (132.8). He completed a pass for at least 44 yards in seven of 10 games. His streak of passes without an interception ended at 198 in the second quarter at Stanford.
Paus, who did not play in the season finale versus Arizona State as part of his penalty for an off-field problem, completed 14 of 22 passes against Oregon for a season-high 321 yards (third-highest total of his career). He enjoyed an outstanding game against California, passing for 273 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 13 of 16 passes overall, including 11 straight from late in the first quarter through the middle of the third quarter. His efficiency rating of 286.45 versus California was the second-highest single-game rating in Division IA last year.
Despite missing three full games, and virtually all of a fourth during the 2000 season, Paus passed for 2,154 yards and 17 touchdowns (fifth on the all-time single-season school list). His regular season pass efficiency rating of 145.8 would have led the Pac-10 if he had appeared in enough games, as would his 250.9 passing yards per game figure.
Paus started seven games in 1999 after beginning the season as the No. 2 signal caller. He made the first start of his career against Fresno State on Sept. 18. His 332 passing yards versus Oregon tied Tommy Maddox (1990 vs. Oregon) for the No. 3 effort among Bruin freshmen. Only Maddox (409 vs. USC and 353 at Michigan) ever threw for more yards as a freshman. His 324 yards total offense ranked No. 4 on that list at the time. Against Washington, his season came to an end when he suffered a fractured left collarbone on UCLA's second offensive play of the second quarter.
MIKE SEIDMAN - Tight end Mike Seidman made three catches for 40 yards in the opener against Colorado State, in just his second career start. His 23-yard second-quarter reception on third-and-two immediately preceeded Junior Taylor's 49-yard touchdown run. He also recovered an onside kick.
Against Oklahoma State, he made one reception but it was a big one. On third-and-11, he hooked up with Cory Paus on a 27-yard touchdown to give the Bruins a 24-10 lead with 2:28 remaining in the first half. It was the third score of his career. In the Colorado game, he made three catches for 26 yards. On the year, Seidman is third (tied) with his seven receptions and is averaging 13.3 yards per catch.
A year ago, he finished with 12 catches (fifth on the team) for 250 yards and a 20.8 average (best of any of the Bruin receivers) and one touchdown. He made his first career start last season against Washington and blocked well as the Bruins rushed for 325 yards on the ground.
At Stanford, Seidman made three receptions for 52 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. At WSU, he made two catches for 60 yards, including one for 47 yards, the longest of his career.
OFFENSIVE LINE -
Senior pre-season All-America tackle Mike Saffer has been named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists. He has now started 33 games overall, including 26 straight at right tackle stretching back to the 2000 opener (he started seven times at right guard in 1999). Saffer led the team with a 94% grade in the Oklahoma State game and tied for team-high honors with 14 KO blocks.
Saffer started all 11 games a year ago and earned second-team All-Pac-10 conference honors. On the year, he made 46 KO blocks and compiled a grade of 88% or higher in eight of 11 contests. He played at least 60 offensive plays in eight contests. He led the team with a 97% grade in the Washington game in which DeShaun Foster broke the school single game rushing record with 301 yards. On the year, he recorded five or more KO blocks six times.
Senior Bryce Bohlander, also an honors candidate who has been nominated for a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship, has started 28 straight contests at left tackle, including the final two games of 1999, 12 in 2001 and all 11 last year. He made 47 KO blocks on the year. Bohlander made six KO blocks in the game at Alabama. He earned a 95% grade in the game against Washington and had a 90% grade with six KOs in the game against California. He was on the field for at least 60 plays in nine games.
Third-year sophomore Eyoseph Efseaff has established himself as a star in the making at left guard and has started 13 of his 14 career games. Last year, he started all 11 games at left guard and was named second team Freshman All-America and first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 by The Sporting News. On the year, he was credited with a team-high 73 KO blocks. Against Arizona State, he made nine KO blocks and graded 90%. On the year, he saw the field for at least 60 plays in nine games.
Third-year sophomore Steven Vieira has started eight of his last nine games, including all three this year and five of the final six in 2001. In each of the first two games of the 2002 season, he was credited with 14 KO blocks.
The only line position without a returning starter was at center, where redshirt freshman Mike McCloskey has played every snap in his first three games as a Bruin. In the opener against Colorado State, Saffer and Vieira earned grades of 92% while Bohlander graded at 90%. Vieira was credited with 14 KO blocks and Efseaff added seven. Bohlander, McCloskey, Vieira and Saffer each played all 63 snaps while Efseaff played 60.At Oklahoma State, Saffer led the team with a 94% grade. Both Saffer and Vieira totaled 14 KO blocks in the contest.
JUST FOR KICKS -
NATE FISKE - A true senior, Fikse is one of the best punters in the collegiate game and also handles the kickoff duties. A member of the Ray Guy Award watch list, he is a first-team pre-season All-American (Street & Smith's). In the 2002 opener versus Colorado State, he averaged 46.75 yards on four kicks. His longest was 53 yards and he had one downed inside the 20-yard line.
Against Oklahoma State, he averaged 45.2 yards on five kicks, with a long of 55, and twice forced the Cowboys to start inside their 30-yard line. Only one of his five punts was returned (25 yards).
In the Colorado game, he averaged 46.2 yards (277 yards) on his six punts and had just one returned for eight yards. He had one downed inside the 20-yard line and his longest kick of the day was 63 yards. In addition, he also attempted the first field goal of his career but was wide on a the 55-attempt at the end of the first half. He currently ranks sixth in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 with his career-high 46.0 average.
Fikse's career average of 43.29 ranks No. 2 on the all-time school list, trailing only Kirk Wilson's record of 44.60 and ahead of No. 3 Zenon Andrusyshyn (42.63). With career totals of 211 punts and 9,135 yards, he has a chance to break Chris Sailer's school records of 241 punts and 10,120 yards. In 2001, he earned first-team All-Pacific 10 conference honors after leading the league in punting for the second straight season. His season average of 44.2 yards per kick a year ago placed him eighth nationally.
In 2000, he earned second-team all-conference honors and his regular-season average of 43.3 ranked first in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation.
CHRIS GRIFFITH - The redshirt senior, a former walk-on, was chosen to the 2001 first team all-conference squad by collegefootballnews.com and was an honorable mention pick by the league coaches. He has handled the place kicking chores since 1999 and earned a scholarship for the 2000 season.
In the opener against Colorado State, Griffith made all four of his PATs. However, he did miss field goal attempts of 41 yards in the second quarter and 32 yards in the third quarter. At Oklahoma State, he made all five PATs and added his first field goal of the year (33 yards). However, he was wide on a 48-yard attempt. In the Colorado game, he made a 30-yard field goal and both PATs.
His 17 points (11 of 11 on PATs, two of five on field goals) are second on the team behind Craig Bragg's 18. He ranks sixth on UCLA's career scoring list with 229 points. Last year Griffith ranked second on the team with 71 points, making 10 of 13 field goals and all 41 PATs. He was third in the Pac-10 in scoring (7.10) and fourth (tied) in field goals (1.00).
An honorable mention All-Pac-10 team selection in 2001, Griffith ranks third in school history behind John Lee and Alfredo Velasco with his career field goal percentage of 72.0.
WIDE RECEIVER -
True junior Tab Perry, redshirt junior Ryan Smith and redshirt sophomore Craig Bragg are the top weapons in the receiver rotation. Senior Jon Dubravac, true freshman Junior Taylor and junior Garrett Lepisto are also expected to contribute this season.
Perry made his first career start last season at Alabama and led the team with 416 receiving yards and was second with 21 receptions. He caught two touchdown passes and his average of 19.8 yards per catch was second on the team among the receivers. In 2000, he made six catches for 58 yards and excelled as a kickoff returner, setting school records with 29 returns for 598 yards.
In the 2002 opener, he made two receptions for 43 yards, including one for 28 yards. His 15-yard reception in the fourth quarter gave the Bruins a first down at the Ram five-yard line to set up the touchdown that gave the Bruins the lead for good, 14-13. Both of his catches produced first downs. Perry also returned one kickoff for 17 yards.
Against Oklahoma State, he tied for the team lead with three receptions, good for 77 yards. His 45-yard catch-and-run was UCLA's longest play from scrimmage and he produced first downs with all three receptions. He made a 23-yard reception on UCLA's first touchdown drive and had receptions of nine yards (on fourth-and-eight) and 45 yards on UCLA's final scoring drive of the first half. He also returned a kickoff 34 yards.
In the Colorado game, Perry made three receptions for 23 yards. He also averaged 29.7 yards (89) on three kickoff returns and his 35-yard return was UCLA's longest of 2002. On the year, he is averaging a team-high 17.9 yards on his eight receptions (second on the squad). In addition, he is averaging 28.0 yards on five kickoff returns, good enough for second in the Pac-10 and 14th (tied) in the NCAA. He now ranks seventh on UCLA's career kickoff return list with 36 and needs just six to move into a tie for third place (Shawn Wills is sixth at 39, Ron Carver fifth at 40, Jojo Townsell fourth at 41 and Wally Henry third at 42).
Against Colorado State, Bragg tied for the team lead with four receptions, good for 49 yards and three first downs. At Oklahoma State, he led the team with 89 yards on his team-high (tied) three receptions. He scored his first touchdown of the year on a 41-yard strike up the right sideline with UCLA trailing 10-0. He also made a 22-yard catch to set up the Bruins' first touchdown of the second half and he also made a 26-yard grab. He also gained 35 yards on two reverses, including a 24-yard run on third-and-two on UCLA's final possession of the game.
In the Colorado game, Bragg tied his career high and led the team with seven receptions for a team-high 70 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown reception, a twisting catch and lunge into the end zone on Jon Dubravac's 33-yard reverse pass, gave the Bruins a 7-0 lead. His other score measured five yards.
On the year, he leads the team with 14 receptions, 208 yards and three touchdowns while his 14.9 average ranks second to Perry. He has also carried the ball twice for 35 yards. Including the final contest of 2001, he has made 21 receptions for 346 yards and five touchdowns in his last four games. He ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in both catches per game (4.7) and receiving yardage per game (69.3).
Bragg made his first career start last season at Oregon State. He caught the first two touchdown passes of his career in the season finale versus Arizona State. For the game, he caught seven passes for 138 yards. On the year, he led the team with 29 catches, averaging 14.1 yards per catch, and was the team's No. 4 rusher with 100 yards (12.5 average) and two touchdowns. He also averaged 8.4 yards on 14 punt returns and 18.6 yards on 10 kickoff returns. Smith did not make a reception in the opener against CSU but made two receptions for 39 yards at Oklahoma State, including a 25-yard touchdown to give UCLA a 31-10 lead early in the second half. Against Colorado, he made one catch for 11 yards.
A year ago, Smith had a breakout game versus Ohio State. He tied for the team lead with four receptions for 49 yards and scored the only UCLA touchdown of the game on a 24-yard strike. In the win over California, he made a team-high four catches for 69 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown, in his first start in place of injured Brian Poli-Dixon. At Stanford, he led the team with career highs in receptions (six) and yards (91). He finished the season as the team's No. 4 receiver with 18 receptions, good for 272 yards (15.1 average) and two touchdowns. Junior Taylor gave the team an important spark in the Colorado State game. With the Bruins trailing 10-0 in the second quarter, he touched the football for the first time in his career. He took a handoff on a reverse, turned the corner on the right side, cut back across the field, made a few moves and scored UCLA's first touchdown of the game on a 49-yard run. It marked the first offensive touchdown by a UCLA true freshman since DeShaun Foster scored four against USC in the 10th game of the 1998 season (safety Jibril Raymo recovered a blocked punt and returned it for a touchdown last year). He did not make a catch at Oklahoma State. Against Colorado, he made the first two receptions of his career for 29 yards and added a 10-yard run on a reverse.
Lepisto, a former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship prior to the start of 2002 Fall camp, made four receptions in the last four games of the 2001 season. He is once again serving as the holder on all place kicks, a job he had last year, while participating in the rotation. He made two receptions for 21 yards against Colorado.
Dubravac sat out last season as a medical redshirt after making 14 receptions in the 2000 season. In the Colorado contest, he attempted the first pass of his career on a reverse pass and completed it to Craig Bragg for a 33-yard touchdown.
RUNNING BACK -
Junior Akil Harris and redshirt sophomore Manuel White have both played key roles in UCLA's offensive success.
Against Colorado State, Harris led the Bruins with 94 yards on 13 carries. His one-yard touchdown run with 9:52 remaining in the game, coupled with Chris Griffith's PAT, gave the Bruins the lead for good, 14-13. With 1:32 remaining and the Bruins leading 23-19, he broke a 35-yard run to set up the Bruins' final touchdown of the night.
At Oklahoma State, he again led the Bruins with 83 yards on 17 attempts. On UCLA's final touchdown drive of the night, he had a 34-yard run that gave the Bruins a first-and-goal at the six-yard line. Against Colorado, he gained 31 yards on 15 attempts.
In three games, Harris has run for a team-high 208 yards and is averaging 4.6 yards per carry. His average of 69.3 yards per game ranks seventh in the Pac-10.
Last season, he rushed for 79 yards on a career-high 29 carries, including a one-yard touchdown, in his second career start at Oregon State. In the season-finale against Arizona State, he ran for a career-high 138 yards. He finished the season as the team's second-leading rusher with 375 yards (4.9 average) and three touchdowns on 76 attempts.
In 2000, Harris ran for 100 yards versus Arizona State. On just the second carry of his career, he went around right end for a 23-yard touchdown.
White, a big, tough back with speed, is playing both fullback and tailback for the Bruins and is very valuable, especially in one-back formations. Against Colorado State, he scored twice in the fourth quarter on 16-yard runs to clinch the Bruin victory. On the night, he rushed for 52 yards and two scores on 11 carries and also tied for the team lead with four receptions (27 yards).
At Oklahoma State, he ran for 67 yards on 17 carries and also made two receptions for 40 yards. In the Colorado game, he led the Bruins with 36 yards on six attempts and also made one reception for 11 yards.
On the year, he has rushed for 155 yards on 34 attempts (4.9 average) and is also tied for third on the squad with seven receptions (78 yards). He is averaging 51.7 yards per contest on the ground.
In 2001, White ranked third on the team in rushing with 290 yards on 63 attempts after making his debut against Alabama. Against Oregon, he carried seven times for 29 yards, including his first career touchdown, a one-yard run. At USC, he made the first start of his career. In addition, three redshirt freshmen tailbacks and one true freshman fullback also saw action in the backfield and on special teams against Colorado State. Tyler Ebell rushed twice for nine yards and returned two punts for seven yards. Wendell Mathis carried on three of the first four plays on UCLA's go-ahead scoring drive, gaining five, seven and three yards. He finished with 15 yards on four carries. Jason Harrison and fullback J.D. Groves also played on offense although they did not carry the ball.
At Oklahoma State, all four again saw action. Harrison carried once and made one reception, Mathis carried twice for seven yards and Groves saw action at fullback. All four also played on special teams including Ebell, who had two 16-yard punt returns.
In the Colorado game, Ebell averaged 10.5 yards on two punt returns and carried twice (minus-five yards) while Harrison caught one pass for 17 yards and carried once for five yards. Groves and Mathis also played.
RED ZONE -
In the opener against Colorado State, UCLA entered the Red Zone five times and scored three rushing touchdowns for 21 points. The other two possessions ended with a missed field goal and the end of the game (UCLA kneeled on the final play). Against Oklahoma State, UCLA entered the Red Zone three times and scored 10 points (one rushing touchdown and one field goal). The other possession ended with UCLA on OSU's 15-yard line at game's end. Against Colorado, UCLA scored one passing touchdown and one field goal on its two trips into the red zone.
In three games, UCLA has scored seven times (four rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown and two field goals) in 10 Red Zone trips (41 points). Two other possessions ended at the final gun and the other with a missed field goal.
Colorado State reached the Red Zone five times and produced four scores -- two touchdowns (one running, one passing) and two field goals for 19 points. The other possession ended with a Bruin interception. Oklahoma State reached the Red Zone six times and scored on four occasions (two rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown and one field goal) for 24 points. The other trips ended with a fumble and an interception.
Colorado entered the Red Zone six times and tallied 28 points on five scores (three touchdown runs (one two-point conversion) and two field goals).
In three games, UCLA's opponents have scored 13 times (eight touchdowns, one two-point conversion and five field goals) on 17 Red Zone trips (71 points). The other possessions ended with two interceptions, one fumble and one missed field goal.
In 2001, UCLA scored 26 times (19 touchdowns -- 17 rushing and two passing -- and seven field goals) for 154 points on 35 tries. Opponents scored 20 times (14 touchdowns -- seven rushing and seven passing -- and six field goals) for 116 points on 31 tries.
In the opener against Colorado State, UCLA forced two turnovers (one interception and one fumble) and converted them into seven points (one touchdown). UCLA committed just one turnover (interception) and it resulted in three points (one field goal). Against Oklahoma State, UCLA forced five turnovers (four interceptions and one fumble) and converted two into touchdowns, including Spencer Havner's score with an interception, for 14 points. UCLA committed just one turnover (interception) and it was converted into a touchdown (seven points).
In the Colorado game, UCLA did not force any turnovers. The Bruins committed one turnover (interception) and it was converted into a touchdown (eight points).
In three games, UCLA has forced seven turnovers (five interceptions and two fumbles) and has converted three into touchdowns (21 points). UCLA has committed just three turnovers (all interceptions) and they have been converted into 18 points (two touchdowns and one field goal).
NCAA GRADUATION RATES -
In the 2002 NCAA Graduation Rate Report, due to be released this fall, UCLA has a 75% graduation rate from the freshman class of 1995 (12 of 16). In the 2000 NCAA Graduation Report, which analyzed the freshman class of 1993, 10 of 14 Bruin freshmen earned their degrees - 71.4%. In addition, three other freshmen who entered in the Winter or Spring quarters of 1993-94 also earned their degrees, raising the percentage to 76.5% (13 of 17).
FRESHMEN KEEP IT ALL IN THE FAMILY -
Several of the Bruin incoming freshmen have relatives who attended UCLA - Robert Chai's uncle, Ben; Kevin Harbour's dad, Kevin; Justin London's aunt, Rita; Idris Moss' dad, Ricky, Sr.; Drew Olson's dad, David; Jarrad Page's brother, John, Jr.; Alex Potasi's relative, Frank Manumaleuna; Wesley Walker's uncle Fred McNeill.
BRUINS IN THE NFL -
Twenty-eight former Bruins are currently listed on the rosters of National Football League teams - Baltimore - Jonathan Ogden; Carolina - DeShaun Foster; Cincinnati - Danny Farmer; Cleveland - Jamir Miller (IR); Dallas - Jeff Grau; Detroit - Travis Kirschke; Green Bay - Marques Anderson, Mike Flanagan, Tod McBride, Kris Farris; Houston - Jason Bell, Ed Ieremia-Stansbury, Chad Overhauser; Kansas City - Larry Atkins, Marvcus Patton; New England - Roman Phifer; New York Giants - Shaun Williams; Philadelphia - Freddie Mitchell; Oakland - Kenyon Coleman; Pittsburgh.- Tommy Maddox; St. Louis - Robert Thomas; San Diego - Donnie Edwards, Vaughn Parker; San Francisco - Cade McNown (IR), J.J. Stokes; Tampa Bay - Ryan Nece; Tennessee.- Drew Bennett, Bryan Fletcher.
UCLA ON THE RADIO -
The 2002 season is UCLA's sixth on Fox Sports Radio AM 1150. The Los Angeles all-sports station broadcasts the Bruins' games, including a two-hour pre-game show and a one-hour post-game show.
Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 11th season as the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens is in his sixth year on the broadcast team and his second as the analyst in the booth. John Ireland, who is a sportscaster for KCAL-TV, is in his second season as the sideline reporter.
Stevens, Ireland and former Bruin quarterback Wayne Cook will host the two-hour local pre-game show. Roberts, Stevens and Ireland will host the one-half hour network pre-game show and the network post-game show. Fox Radio reporter Jeff Biggs and Cook will host a one hour "Bruin Talk" show following the network broadcast.
Stations on the Bruin radio network include: KPOP 1360AM (San Diego); KDEF 1150 AM (Albuquerque, NM); KDFO 800AM (Bakersfield); KCBL 1340AM (Fresno); KKOM 1280AM (Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo); KAVL 610AM (Lancaster); KSHP 1400AM (Las Vegas, NV); KAOI 1110AM (Maui); KPTT 630AM (Reno, NV); KEWS 1350AM (Riverside); KBET 850AM (Thousand Oaks); KIXW 960AM (Victorville); KVBL 1400AM (Visalia).
Fox Sports Radio provides ancillary programming during the week, including Bob Toledo interviews during the week of the games. In addition, Fox Sports Radio airs the one-hour Bruin Roundtable show every Tuesday afternoon, beginning Sept. 10. The show will air at 6:00 p.m., unless it airs earlier due to L.A. Dodger programming.
UCLA games are also available via the internet at www.uclabruins.com, sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/teams/uua/ and www.foxsports1150.com. 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.
UCLA ON THE TELEVISION -
Entering the San Diego State game, 102 of UCLA's last 108 games have been televised live, including all three thus far in 2002 (on by ABC and two by Fox Sports Net).
This week's game will be televised nationally on ESPN Sports.
The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox Sports Net West, is expected to air every Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m on Fox Sports Net West 2. It will also be shown every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m..
UCLA ON THE WEB -
UCLA releases, player information and results can be found on the school's official website - www.uclabruins.com.
TOLEDO PRESS CONFERENCE -
Bruin head coach Bob Toledo holds a weekly press conference every Monday. It is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Morgan Center Press Room adjacent to the Hall of Fame. The opposing coach will usually be available on speaker phone just prior to or following the news conference.
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCES -
The Pac-10 holds a weekly teleconference with all 10 head coaches every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., beginning on Sept. 17 Each coach has a 10-minute window. Bob Toledo 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 4 through Nov. 20. The final feed will be on Tues., Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m. The coordinates are: GE 2, Transponder 11 (C-Band).
WEEKLY INTERVIEW NOTES -
Players/coaches expect post-practice interview sessions to last no longer than five minutes. If your plans call for a longer interview time, please give the Sports Information staff at least 24 hours notice. Media should plan to have all interviews completed within 20 minutes following the dismissal of players from the field by the coaches. Players are available after practice Mon.-Wed. The quarterbacks are available only after practice on Mon. and Tue.
Television crews may shoot isolation footage of players to be interviewed but not wide-angle formations only during the first 25 minutes of any practice.
SCHEDULE UPDATE -
The October 5 game at Oregon State has been selected by ABC for a regional telecast. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.