Oct. 22, 2007
UCLA (5-2, 4-0) at Washington State (2-5, 0-4) ** Bruins won overtime thriller in last trip to Palouse **
** UCLA has won seven straight Pac-10 contests **
KICKOFF - 3:30 PM PDT
TV - FSN
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
** Bruins won overtime thriller in last trip to Palouse ** ** UCLA has won seven straight Pac-10 contests **
GAME #8 -- UCLA (5-2, 4-0 and tied for first place in Pac-10 play) travels to the Palouse to take on Washington State (2-5, 0-4) on Saturday, October 27 in Pullman, WA. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. PDT. The game will be televised nationally by FSN (FSN West in Los Angeles) with Brian Davis, Mark Rypien and Michael Eaves calling the action. AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) broadcasts all of the Bruin games. Sirius satellite radio will air the game (channel 125) nationally.
SERIES WITH WASHINGTON STATE -- The Bruins lead the series with the Cougars, which dates back to 1928, by a 35-17-1 count. UCLA captured a win in its last trip to Pullman. That victory, a 44-41 overtime thriller during the 2005 season, snapped a four-game Bruin losing streak in games played at Washington State which dated back to the 1993 season.
Last season, the Bruins dropped a 37-15 decision to the Cougars in the Rose Bowl which ended a UCLA 10-game home winning streak. UCLA went to the half with a 15-14 lead after quarterback Patrick Cowan connected with Junior Taylor on a 36-yard scoring play with 1:26 remaining in the second quarter. There was no scoring for over 10 minutes in the third quarter when the Cougars found paydirt on a 17-yard pass play at the 4:25 mark to go ahead 20-15. After adding a field goal late in the quarter, the Cougars took a 23-15 advantage into the final period. WSU scored two fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns to make the final margin 37-15. WSU quarterback Alex Brink threw for 405 yards on the day, the seventh-highest mark in Bruin opponent history. The 515 total yards of offense compiled by the Cougars was the most by any 2006 opponent.
In the last matchup played in Pullman, the 2005 Bruins rebounded from an early 21-0 deficit, but trailed 38-21 heading into the fourth quarter. Drew Olson found Marcedes Lewis for a nine-yard scoring pass to get the rally started at the 14:32 mark. A Justin Medlock field goal at the 9:56 mark made it 38-31 with just under 10 minutes to play. After forcing a Cougar punt, the Bruins took over at their four-yard line with 4:52 showing on the clock. With just 44 seconds remaining, Olson found Marcus Everett in the end zone from nine-yards out to square the game at 38 points each. In overtime, the Bruin opted to play defense first and held WSU to a field goal. Maurice Drew went over from one-yard out to cap the comeback for a 44-41 Bruin win. The teams combined for 1,015 yards of total offense on the day. Olson tied the school record, at the time, with five scoring passes. The victory marked the first Bruin win in Pullman since the 1993 season.
LAST GAME -- UCLA outscored California 17-7 in the second half, including 10-0 in the fourth quarter, to defeat the Golden Bears 30-21 at the Rose Bowl. It was UCLA's third straight home victory over California, which entered the game ranked ninth (tied) on the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and 10th on the AP poll.
California led 7-0 after the first quarter, but the Bruins scored the next 10 points. Following the first of three Kai Forbath field goals, UCLA drove 66 yards on two plays -- a 64-yard run by Kahlil Bell and a two-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Cowan to Logan Paulsen, to take a 10-7 lead. The drive featured the longest run of Bell's career and Paulsen's first career touchdown. California moved to a 14-10 advantage with just over nine minutes left in the second quarter and Forbath's second field goal made the score 14-13 at halftime.
UCLA regained the lead, 20-14, on its first possession of the second half when Dominique Johnson made a great catch of a 29-yard pass from fellow wide receiver Brandon Breazell to cap an 80-yard drive. However, Nate Longshore's third TD pass of the game with 2:06 remaining in the third put California ahead 21-20 entering the final quarter.
UCLA regained the lead for good with 3:08 remaining in the contest when Forbath made his third field goal in as many tries, this one from 27 yards. California returned the ensuing kickoff to the Bruin 35-yard line, setting up a potential winning score.
However, on third-and-five at the 30-yard line, sophomore Alterraun Verner stepped in front of a pass to the left sideline and returned it 76 yards to give UCLA a 30-21 lead with just 1:33 remaining. On Cal's final drive, Dennis Keyes intercepted a fourth-down pass to seal the win.
Defensively, UCLA held California to just 299 yards (Cal entered the game at 434.7), including a season-low 67 rushing yards on 30 attempts. Christian Taylor (three for loss) and Dennis Keyes (one for loss plus an interception) led the defense with 10 tackles each. Chris Horton had seven tackles while Trey Brown and Alterraun Verner made six stops each. In addition to his six tackles, Verner also made two interceptions, including one for the 76-yard touchdown, and broke up three passes.
Offensively, UCLA had 373 yards -- 190 in the air and 183 on the ground. Patrick Cowan, playing for the first time since Sept. 22, completed 18 of 27 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown. Joe Cowan made seven receptions while Bradon Breazell made four catches and also threw a 29-yard touchdown. Kahlil Bell led the ground attack with 142 yards on 22 attempts, including a career-long 64-yard run to set up UCLA's first touchdown.
TEAM NOTES --
UCLA has won seven consecutive Pac-10 games (last three in 2006 and first four in 2007). That is the longest active streak among conference schools and UCLA's longest since winning 15 straight in 1997-98.
UCLA has defeated its last two Top 10-ranked opponents. It defeated California (No. 10 AP, T-No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on October 20 and defeated No. 2 USC last December 2.
In seven games, opponents have converted 30 of 112 (26.8%) third down opportunites and UCLA ranks fifth in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in that category. Stanford converted four of 18 third-down conversion attempts while BYU was six of 16 and Utah was five of 16. Washington converted four of 16 attempts. Oregon State was one of 14 on third down opportunites. Notre Dame converted three of 17 third-down attempts. California converted seven of 15 opportunities. UCLA ranked fifth nationally in third-down conversion defense (28.4%) in 2006, having allowed 13 opponents to convert 50 of 176 third-down opportunities.
UCLA has held its seven opponents to 557 net rushing yards on 226 attempts (2.46 average) and ranks eighth in the nation (79.57) in rushing defense. The Bruins allowed Stanford 52 net yards rushing on 26 attempts (2.0 average), BYU just 44 net yards on 25 attempts, Utah 122 on 37 attempts, Washington had 124 on 32 attempts, Oregon State had 102 on 38 attempts, Notre Dame had 46 on 38 attempts and California netted 67 yards on 30 attempts (Cal was averaging 196.2 yards entering the game). In 13 games in the 2006 season, UCLA allowed 91.1 yards per game (tied for ninth in the NCAA and tied for first in the Pac-10) and just nine touchdowns on the ground.
The crowd of 72,986 at the BYU game (Sept. 8) was the highest for a home opener since the 2001 opener versus Ohio State (73,723). It was also UCLA's best non-conference crowd since that Ohio State game.
UCLA has drawn 72,986 (BYU), 72,124 (Washington), 78,543 (Notre Dame) and 83,494 (California) in its first four home games. It is the first time since moving to the Rose Bowl that UCLA has opened the home schedule with four straight games of 70,000-plus crowds. The average of 76,787 is ahead of the school record of 73,709, set in 1998.
The crowd of 83,484 for California was UCLA's largest for a non-USC game since Nov. 12, 2005, when it drew 84,983 for Arizona State.
Under Karl Dorrell, UCLA is 21-1 when it scores at least 30 points (won 16 straight) in a game and 12-1 when it scores 40 or more (11 in a row). The Bruins are 19-2 when they hold the opponent under 20 points, including the last 15 times.
Against Washington and Oregon State, UCLA scored 40 points in back-to-back games (44 vs. Washington, 40 vs. Oregon State) for the first time since the middle of the 2005 season when it scored 40 or more in three straight games.
Under Karl Dorrell, UCLA's home record is 23-6 (.793). The .793 percentage ranks 19th (tied) in Football Bowl Subdivision for home record during the last four-plus years (2003-2007). UCLA's 10-game home winning streak in 2005-06 was its longest since 1997-1999, when it won 13 consecutive home games. The Bruins have captured wins in 15 of the last 17 games played at home in the Rose Bowl.
UCLA is 22-2 when it wins the turnover battle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 4-0 (Stanford, BYU, Oregon State, California) in 2007. It is 12-21 when it ties or loses the turnover battle, including 1-2 (Utah, Washington, Notre Dame) in 2007.
In the final three quarters of the Oregon State game, UCLA allowed just 101 yards and six first downs. The Beavers gained more than seven yards on just three of their final 12 offensive possessions.
Against Oregon State, UCLA finished with 133 net yards rushing against a defense that had allowed just 118 net yards in its first four games.
UCLA held California to just 299 net yards. The Golden Bears entered the game averaging 434.7 yards per game.
In Pac-10 games only, UCLA ranks second in rushing offense (246.8), total offense (471.8) and scoring offense (39.8). Defensively, UCLA is second in total defense (321.2) and rushing defense (86.2), third in scoring defense (20.8) and fourth in passing defense (235.0). UCLA is also second in turnover margin (+1.25).
UCLA's 624 yards of total offense in the 2007 opener versus Stanford was the 11th highest total in school history. It is the most ever in a Bruin season opener and the most in any game since the 2005 Arizona State game (660 yards).
UCLA's 45 points versus Stanford were the most in a season opener since 1998 when it scored 49 to open the season versus Texas at the Rose Bowl. It is also the most points scored by UCLA in a season opener on the road (UCLA scored 44 at San Diego State in 2005). The last time the Bruins scored more points in a Pac-10 road game was the 1998 Arizona contest (52-28).
UCLA's 338 rushing yards against Stanford were the most by the team since the 2004 Washington contest (424 yards).
UCLA's 28 points in the fourth quarter at Oregon State tied the school record for points in a quarter. (since 1958). It had been done 12 other times since 1958, most recently in the second quarter against Rice in 2005.
UCLA IN THE POLLS IN 2007 -- Pre-Season: USA Today 17, AP 14; Sept. 3: USA Today 14, AP 13; Sept. 9: USA Today 11, AP 11; Sept. 16: USA Today 29, AP 30; Sept. 23: USA Today 27, AP 29, Harris 29; Sept. 30: USA Today 25, AP 30, Harris 29; Oct. 7: USA Today NR, AP NR, Harris NR; Oct. 14: USA Today NR, AP NR, Harris NR; Oct. 21: USA Today 31, AP 26, Harris 27. UCLA PLAYER / COACH NOTES --
Redshirt senior Bruce Davis now has 23.5 career sacks to rank fifth (tied) in school history. This season he has 6.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, a fumble caused and a fumble recovery. He ranks T-second in the Pac-10 and T-11th in the nation in sacks per game (0.93).
Davis is the nation's leading returning sack specialist, based on his sacks in the 2006 season. He ranked fourth (tied) in the NCAA and tied for first in the Pac-10 in sacks (12.5 - 0.96 ave.) and 18th nationally and second in the Pac-10 in tackles for losses (1.35 ave.).
Senior running back Chris Markey became just the fifth player in school history to rush for at least 190 yards in a game twice in a career after his 193-yard effort versus Washington. He ranks sixth in UCLA history in career all-purpose yardage with 3,884 yards, 11th in career rushing with 2,426 yards and first among running backs with 65 career receptions. He is also 11th in the Pac-10 in rushing (68.00) despite carry just twice for four yards against California. Markey needs 70 yards to move into 10th on the all-time rushing list.
Redshirt senior safety Chris Horton is second on the squad with 46 stops. He was the Bruins' leading tackler in 2006 with 95 and was second on the team with three interceptions. He had a career-high 12 stops versus Arizona State (Nov. 18) to earn Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors.
MATTHEW SLATER is averaging 26.95 yards on 21 kickoff returns (26th in the NCAA, third in the Pac-10). He also is tied for first in the Pac-10 in fumbles forced (0.29). His 21 returns are tied for eighth on the all-time UCLA single-season list. His average of 26.95 is the highest in school history among players with at least 21 kickoff returns in a season.
Redshirt senior cornerback Trey Brown is now the player with the most consecutive starts (37). Brown earned defensive Player of the Week honors after picking off two Oregon State passes. True senior Shannon Tevaga had his games started streak snapped at 34 straight games when he sat out the Washington game with a knee injury. Others with starting streaks of note include OL Chris Joseph (20), TE Logan Paulsen (16) on offense; on defense: DB Chris Horton (22), DL Bruce Davis (20), DB Dennis Keyes (20), DL Kevin Brown (19), LB Christian Taylor (14).
Cornerback Trey Brown is also the leader with the most career starts among current players (37). Offensive guard Shannon Tevaga has 35 to top the offense. Others with 22 or more career starts include: OL Chris Joseph (25), OL Noah Sutherland (22), DL Kevin Brown (33), S Dennis Keyes (29), S Chris Horton (22).
Redshirt senior wide receiver Joe Cowan is one of just four players to have multiple career touchdown receptions of at least 77 yards. Danny Farmer had three and J.J. Stokes and Freddie Mitchell also had two.
Bruin head coach Karl Dorrell helped guide the Bruin team to the seventh 10-win season in school history in 2005. Dorrell has been a part of three of the seven record-tying seasons. In 1982, he was a freshman wide receiver on a Bruin team that went 10-1-1 and handed Michigan a 24-14 loss in the Rose Bowl. In 1988, Dorrell served as a graduate assistant coach on the Bruin squad that went 10-2 and bested Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.
MATTHEW SLATER's 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown versus Washington was UCLA's first since Brandon Breazell returned two for touchdowns in the 2005 Sun Bowl. In addition, he also had four tackles in the contest and was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week.
Karl Dorrell was named co-Coach of the Year in the Pac-10 for the 2005 season. He was the fourth UCLA coach to receive the honor, joining Bob Toledo (1998), Terry Donahue (1993, 1985) and Dick Vermeil (1975).
Seven of Brandon Breazell's 11 career touchdown receptions have measured at least 23 yards -- 46, 23, 56, 35, 78, 69, 30 -- and he has also scored on kickoff returns of 42 and 45 yards.
Redshirt senior linebacker Christian Taylor ranks fourth on the team with 42 tackles and second with 7.0 tackles for loss. In 2006, he made a total of 83 tackles to rank second on the team in 2006 and also ranked third with 4.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.
Redshirt senior safety Dennis Keyes leads the team with 54 tackles and his average of 7.71 is 13th in the Pac-10. He led the Bruins with 10 tackles against BYU and California and had nine at Utah. Keyes returned an interception 60 yards versus Washington for the first touchdown of his career. In 2006, he was third on the team with 79 tackles.
Redshirt freshman Kai Forbath's 52-yard field goal at Utah is the longest ever by a Bruin freshman and tied for fourth on the all-time list.
True junior tailback Kahlil Bell is fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 104.00 yards per game. He rushed for 195 yards in the opener versus Stanford. That is the highest total by a Bruin in an opener. He also went over the 100 yard mark with 142 against California and 109 yards versus Washington.
When Chris Markey (193) and Kahlil Bell (109) both rushed for over 100 yards against Washington, it was the first time a pair of Bruins broke the century mark since the same duo did it against Rice in the second game of the 2006 season.
MATTHEW SLATER's 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown versus Washington was UCLA's first at the Rose Bowl since moving to the facility in 1982.