Nov. 13, 2006
GAME #11 - The UCLA Bruins (5-5, 3-4 in Pac-10) head out on the road for the final time in the 2006 season to play at Arizona State (6-4, 3-4 in Pac-10) on Nov. 18. The game will be televised in southern California by FSN Prime Ticket and nationally by FSN with Barry Tompkins and Petros Papadakos in the booth. Jim Watson reports from the sideline. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. MST/7:15 p.m. PST.
AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin Radio Network is broadcasting all of the Bruin games this season with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines. The AM 570 feed can also be heard nationwide on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 128).
2006 AWARD WATCH LISTS ---
Justin Hickman has been named to the mid-season Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end. He was also on the pre-season Rotary Lombardi Award list (top lineman).
Bruce Davis has been named to the mid-season Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end.
Justin Medlock has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker.
Shannon Tevaga has been named to the pre-season Watch Lists for the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman and was on the Rotary Lombardi Award list for top lineman.
Kevin Brown has been named to the pre-season Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defender and the Rotary Lombardi Award for top lineman.
Ben Olson was named to the pre-season Watch List for the Maxwell Award as the nation's top offensive player.
Chris Markey has been named to the pre-season Watch List for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.
DEFENSIVE ENDS EXTRAORDINAIRE - UCLA's defensive end tandem of senior Justin Hickman and junior Bruce Davis might just be the best duo in the country. Both are on the mid-season Hendricks Defensive End Award list and have established themselves as All-America candidates.
Hickman is second nationally and first in the Pac-10 in sacks (1.15 per game - 10.5 total) and sixth in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (1.75 - 17.5 total).
Davis is second in the Pac-10 and fourth nationally in sacks (1.05 - 10.5 total) and second in the Pac-10 and ninth (tied) nationally in tackles for loss (1.50 - 15.0 overall).
Only eight players in the nation are averaging 1.00 sacks per game and Hickman and Davis are the only pair on the list. Only 11 players in the NCAA are averaging 1.50 tackles for loss and only two schools -- UCLA (Hickman and Davis) and Florida International -- have two players on that list.
The series vs. Arizona State - The Bruins lead the series, which dates back to a 1976 meeting, 14-7-1. The Bruins have won three of the last four games, but they have not won at ASU since the 1994 season.
The Bruins won last year's matchup at the Rose Bowl, 45-35. UCLA scored on its first play from scrimmage, a 91-yard pass and run from Drew Olson to Joe Cowan, and never trailed in the contest. Less than five minutes later Olson found Chris Markey over the middle and he outraced the ASU defense for a 56-yard scoring play and a 14-0 Bruin lead. ASU battled back to tie the game at 28 with a score just before the end of the half.
In the second half, defensive back Marcus Cassel forced two fumbles which led to Bruin touchdowns. ASU stayed within striking distance with a touchdown and trailed 42-35 at the 7:14 mark of the fourth quarter. On its ensuing drive, Olson connected with Marcedes Lewis on a 17-yard reception which made the Bruin quarterback just the second in school history to total over 500 passing yards in a game (510). For the first time in school history, three Bruin receivers (Markey, Lewis and Cowan) totaled over 100 yards in the same contest. UCLA racked up 660 yards in total offense, the fifth-highest mark in school history. The win also marked just the second time in school history that the Bruins had won six regular-season home games in the Rose Bowl (1982).
NOTING ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils rank 40th in total offense (369.10 yards -- 201.50 passing and 167.60 rushing) and are averaging 28.40 points (33rd). They rank 45th (tied) in total defense at 314.00 yards (127.90 rushing and 186.10 passing)and rank 80th in scoring defense. They also rank ninth in kickoff returns (25.24).
Junior running back Ryan Torain ranks fourth in the conference in rushing with an average of 85.30 yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Rudy Carpenter ranks third in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (136.97), fifth in passing yards per game (196.9) and fifth in total offense (204.30). Dirk Koetter is in his sixth season as head coach of the Sun Devils. He was also the head coach at Boise State (1998-2000). He had previously served as the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at the University of Oregon (1996-97).