Oct. 9, 2005
UCLA tailback Maurice Drew has earned several national honors for his dominating game against the California Golden Bears and Bruin fans can help him earn another.
Drew has already been selected the Walter Camp Football Foundation National 1-A Offensive Player of the Week and The Sporting News National Player of the Week. He was also named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
He has also been nominated for the Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week. He is one of four candidates who are selected by a panel of ABC Sports and ESPN college football analysts.
Who will be this week's winner now rests solely in the hands of college football fans nationwide. Fans have until Wednesday, October 12 at 11:59 p.m. EST to submit their votes via wireless text messaging.* The winner will be announced October 13 in the first half of the ESPN Thursday Night College Football Game between Clemson and N.C. State. Fans can learn more about this week's nominees online at www.abcsportsallamerica.com or at www.cingularallamerica.com.
Here's how fans can register to vote for the Cingular/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week this week and every week throughout the 2005 season:
Text "VOTE" to "87654" on your wireless phone Follow the prompt to vote for your All-America selection Cingular/ABC Sports Player of the Week candidates will be automatically sent out via text messaging each week
Each time fans vote, they are entered into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the Bowl Championship Series game of their choice. Fans can vote as often as they like.
Drew was at his best in the victory over No. 10 (AP) California. He dominated the game with 299 all-purpose yards -162 on punt returns, 65 rushing, 52 receiving and 20 on a kickoff return -- and tied his own school record with five touchdowns -- three rushing, one receiving and one on a punt return. He averaged 14.24 yards on each of his 21 touches against the Golden Bears. His 299 all-purpose yards rank No. 2 in the NCAA this season.
In the first quarter, with UCLA trailing 14-0, he returned a punt 69 yards to give the Bruins a first down on the four-yard line and they scored on the next play. His first touchdown, a 12-yard run, allowed UCLA to tie the score at 14-14. His one-yard run with 21 seconds remaining in the half brought the Bruins to within six points (27-21).
In the third quarter, he gave the Bruins their first lead when he returned a punt 81 yards for his third touchdown of the night. It was the longest punt return of his career and the third longest scoring punt return in school history. It was also his third scoring punt return of the year and fourth of his career, tying UCLA and Pac-10 records in both categories.
In the fourth quarter, he took a swing pass from Drew Olson in the right flat, broke a tackle and raced down the sideline for a 28-yard touchdown to give the Bruins a 41-40 lead with just 1:35 remaining in the contest. Following Trey Brown's interception, Drew scored on a fourth-down run from the two-yard line on the game's final play for the margin of victory.