Nov. 19, 2007
GAME #11 - UCLA (5-5, 4-3 in Pac-10 play) welcomes Oregon (8-2, 5-2 in Pac-10 play) to the Rose Bowl on Saturday, November 24. The Ducks are ranked No. 9 by AP and No. 12 by ESPN/USA Today. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised by ABC with Dan Fouts, Tim Brant and Todd Harris 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 nationally (Channel 123).
SERIES WITH OREGON - The Bruins lead the series with the Ducks, which dates back to 1928, by a 38-22 count. The teams have split the last two meetings, both played in Eugene. In fact, this will be Oregon's first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 2003 season. The Ducks have won six of the eleven previous meetings played in the Rose Bowl.
In last year's contest, the Ducks stormed out to a 20-3 lead after the first quarter of play, two coming on touchdown passes thrown by Dennis Dixon. The Bruins narrowed the margin to 20-6 at the half. Brady Leaf threw a third scoring pass as the Ducks ended the third quarter with a 27-6 advantage. UCLA sandwiched a pair of one-yard scoring runs by Kahlil Bell around a Duck field goal to make the final score 30-20. In his first career starting assignment, Patrick Cowan completed 16 of 31 passes for 112 yards and one interception. Chris Markey ran for 97 yards.
UCLA won the previous meeting, a 2004 game at Eugene, by a 34-26 score. Chris Markey, starting in place of an injured Maurice Drew, ran for 131 yards in the contest. Craig Bragg, Tab Perry and Marcedes Lewis each saw limited action in the contest, but did not record a catch on the afternoon. After Oregon opened the scoring, Trey Brown picked off a Kellen Clemens pass and returned it for a touchdown to even the score at seven. UCLA took the lead for good on a three-yard scoring run by Manuel White just before the end of the first quarter. Justin Medlock booted two long second-half field goals (52, 50) around an 83-yard scoring run-and-catch by Junior Taylor to hold off the Ducks.
HONORARY CAPTAINS - Bruce Davis Sr. and Theotis Brown ... Teammates in college, Bruce Davis Sr. and Theotis Brown are present today as UCLA football alumni and fathers. Their sons, Bruce Edward Davis II and Theotis (Trey) Brown III are two of the best defensive players in the college football today. Davis played two positions for the Bruins as a four-year letterman from 1975-78. His first two years he played on the defensive line before switching to offensive line in the Spring of 1977. Following the 1978 season, he received the Captain Don Brown Award for Most Improved Player. He was drafted by the Raiders in 1979 and played 11 years for the Raiders and Oilers. Brown was one of the finest tailbacks in UCLA history, gaining 2,954 yards in three seasons, Twice he led the Bruins in single season rushing, gaining more than 1,000 yards, and in 1978 he ran for 274 yards against Oregon to set a school record that stood for 24 years. Selected in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft, Brown played nine years for the Cardinals, Seahawks and Chiefs.
SENIORS - The following 23 seniors are scheduled to make their final regular-season appearance in the Rose Bowl against Oregon: OL Brian Abraham, WR Brandon Breazell, DT Kevin Brown, CB Trey Brown, WR Joe Cowan, DE Bruce Davis, DE Nikola Dragovic, LB Fred Holmes, S Chris Horton, OL P.J. Irvin, OL Chris Joseph, S Dennis Keyes, RB Chris Markey, RB Chad Moline, RB Michael Pitre, LS Brian Rubinstein, KR/S Matthew Slater, TE William Snead, OL Noah Sutherland, LB Christian Taylor, OL Shannon Tevaga, CB Rodney Van, LB Aaron Whittington.
TEAM NOTES -
UCLA has defeated two of its last three Top 10-ranked opponents. It defeated California (No. 10 AP, T-No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on October 20 and defeated No. 2 USC on December 2, 2006. It lost to Arizona State (No. 9), 24-20, on Nov. 10 of this year.
In fact, UCLA has won four of its last five home games played against AP ranked opponents with wins over Cal (twice, 2005-10th, 2007-10th), USC (2006-2nd) and Oklahoma (2005-21st) and the loss to ASU (2007-9th).
UCLA has outscored its conference opponents in the fourth quarter by an 85-42 margin this season. The Bruins have shut out four of the last five conference opponents (ASU/ 0-0, Arizona/10-0, California/10-0, Oregon State/28-0) in the final quarter.
UCLA utilized eight players in the game against Arizona State who began 2007 Fall camp as walk-on athletes --- OL Micah Reed, TE Travis Martin, FB Trevor Theriot, RB Craig Sheppard, KOR Chris Meadows, DE Tom Blake, LB Joshua Edwards, KO Jimmy Rotstein.
UCLA has turned the ball over the fewest times of any team in Pac-10 conference games with 10 turnovers. Arizona State is second with 11 turnovers in seven league games.
In 10 games, opponents have converted 47 of 161 (29.2%) third down opportunities and UCLA ranks eighth in the nation and third 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 opportunities. Notre Dame converted three of 17 third-down attempts. California converted seven of 15 opportunities and Washington State was successful on eight of 18 chances. Arizona converted just three of 14 opportunities. ASU converted six of 18 chances. 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 10 opponents to 1,111 net rushing yards on 356 attempts (3.1 average) and ranks 17th in the nation (111.10) 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). WSU ran for a season-high 274 yards on 51 attempts and Arizona had 128 yards on 34 attempts. Arizona State gained 152 yards on 45 attempts. 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), 83,494 (California) and 78,690 (Arizona State) in its five home games. It is the first time since moving to the Rose Bowl that UCLA has opened the home schedule with five straight games of 70,000-plus crowds. The average of 77,167 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 23-7 (.767). 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 18 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 12-24 when it ties or loses the turnover battle, including 1-5 (Utah, Washington, Notre Dame, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State) 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 Cal to 299 net yards. The Golden Bears entered the game averaging 434.7 yards per game.
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.
Against Washington, 18 of UCLA's final 19 offensive plays (all in the fourth quarter) were runs and those plays produced 157 yards, one touchdown and two field goals.
Eight of UCLA's 2007 opponents played in a bowl game following the 2006 season. Only Florida had more regular-season opponents earn bowl berths (10).
UCLA ended USC's streak of 63 straight games of scoring 20 or more points on Dec. 2, 2006 when it held the Trojans to nine points in a 13-9 victory.
UCLA's 31-0 shutout of Stanford on Sept. 30, 2006 was its first since 2004, when it shut out Stanford, 21-0.
UCLA is 6-1 all-time in overtime, including a couple of 2005 wins in extra time --- a 30-27 single overtime win at Stanford and a 44-41 single overtime win at Washington State. Head coach Karl Dorrell is 3-0 in overtime, defeating California in 2003 and Washington State and Stanford in 2005.
In the last seven seasons (2000-2006), UCLA has produced seven consensus All-Americans (2000, WR Freddie Mitchell; 2001, LB Robert Thomas; 2003 DE Dave Ball; 2005 TE Marcedes Lewis and KR Maurice Drew; 2006 DE Justin Hickman and PK Justin Medlock). Only one other school (USC) in the Pac-10 has produced more and UCLA's total is two ahead of third-place California. UCLA has produced 16 consensus All-America selections in the last 15 years (1992-2006), just two fewer than USC and eight more than No. 3 Arizona.
UCLA was one of eight schools to have two or more consensus All-Americans (Justin Hickman and Justin Medlock) in 2006 and the only school not ranked in the final Top 25. The others schools were: Michigan and Ohio State, three each; California, Tennessee, Texas, USC and West Virginia, two each.
UCLA PLAYER / COACH NOTES -
UCLA is playing without numerous starters on both offense and defense.
Offensively, fullback Michael Pitre has missed nine games and played a handful of snaps in one game. Quarterback Ben Olson, (head, knee) has missed five full games, including the last four, and most of a sixth. Quarterback Pat Cowan (hamstring, knee) has played in just four games - both quarterbacks have not been healthy at the same time all year. Starting wide receiver Marcus Everett (ankle) has missed the last four games and six of the last seven (he played a handful of snaps versus Notre Dame) and is out for the year. Guard Shannon Tevaga (knee) missed two games and most of a third but returned to the starting lineup against California. Tailback Chris Markey (turf toe) missed the Notre Dame game and most of the California contest and sprained his foot/ankle early versus Arizona. Tailback Kahlil Bell (knee) was injured in the first quarter at Washington State and is lost for the season. Wide receiver Brandon Breazell (multiple rib contusions) was injured in the second quarter at Washington State but returned versus Arizona.
Defensively, tackle Brigham Harwell (knee) has missed the last eight games and is out for the year. End Nikola Dragovic (groin, hip) has played in just one of the last eight games and none of the last five. Tackle Jess Ward, Harwell's replacement, is now out several weeks (knee) and did not play against Washington State, Arizona or Arizona State. Tackle Chase Moline (neck) has missed the last five games. Linebacker Christian Taylor (concussion) did not play at Washington State.
Osaar Rasshan's start at quarterback against Arizona State marked the first time since the 2002 season that UCLA has started three different players in the quarterback position. He will be the first Bruin QB to start consecutive home games this season. In 2002, Cory Paus started games 1-7, Matt Moore started game 8, Drew Olson started games 9-13.
Redshirt senior Bruce Davis now has 26.5 career sacks to rank second (tied) in school history. This season he has 9.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, a fumble caused and a fumble recovery. He ranks second in the Pac-10 and T-eighth in the nation in sacks per game (0.95).
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.).
He has been selected one of 15 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's top defensive player.
With his three sacks at Arizona, Bruce Davis raised his season total to 9.5, which ranks 10th on the UCLA all-time single season list. Added to his total of 12.5 sacks last season, Davis has registered 22 sacks during the last two seasons which is second only to Dave Ball (27.5 in 2002-03) for the most ever by a Bruin in back-to-back campaigns.
After hitting his second field goal of 50 or more yards this season in the game at Arizona, Kai Forbath is tied for third on the all-time list of UCLA kickers with field goals of 50 or more yards ---first are Justin Medlock and John Lee - 4 each; third are Forbath, Frank Corral, Alfredo Velasco and Zenon Andrusyshyn - 2 each. Medlock has the most in one season with three boots of 50 or more yards in the 2004 season, including two in one game at Oregon. He is the only Bruin freshman to have two field goals of at least 50 yards and his 52-yard field goal at Utah is the longest ever by a Bruin freshman and tied for fourth on the all-time list.
With his 89-yard touchdown against Arizona State, kickoff returner MATTHEW SLATER has set a UCLA season and career record with his three touchdowns. He has also tied the Pac-10 record of three, set by USC's Anthony Davis in 1974.
Slater has set UCLA season records for returns (30), yards (928) and touchdowns (three) and his 928 yards rank fifth on UCLA's career yardage list.
Punt returner Terrence Austin, with 24 returns in 2007, is tied for ninth on UCLA's single-season list. He is averaging 10.6 yards on his 24 returns.
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 3,936 yards, 11th in career rushing with 2,476 yards and first among running backs with 65 career receptions. He is also 12th in the Pac-10 in rushing (50.9). Markey needs 20 yards to move into 10th alone on the all-time rushing list.
Redshirt senior safety Chris Horton is second on the squad with 74 stops. He made a career-high 16 tackles at Washington State and ranks 19th in the Pac-10 with his 7.40 average. In the last five contests, Horton has made 43 tackles. He was the Bruins' leading tackler in 2006 with 95 and was second on the team with three interceptions.
Linebacker Kyle Bosworth's 19 tackles at Washington State were the most by a Bruin since Eric Turner made 21 against Oregon on Nov. 11, 1989. That total also ranks eighth (tied) on UCLA's single-game list.
Redshirt senior cornerback Trey Brown is now the player with the most consecutive starts (40). 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 (23), TE Logan Paulsen (19) on offense; on defense: DB Chris Horton (25), DL Bruce Davis (23), DB Dennis Keyes (23), DL Kevin Brown (22).
Cornerback Trey Brown is also the leader with the most career starts among current players (40). Offensive guard Shannon Tevaga has 38 to top the offense. Others with 22 or more career starts include: OL Chris Joseph (28), OL Noah Sutherland (22), DL Kevin Brown (36), S Dennis Keyes (32), S Chris Horton (25).
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.
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 third (tied) on the team with 58 tackles (nine games) and second with 9.0 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 84 tackles and his average of 8.40 is T-8th in the Pac-10. He made a career-high 14 tackles against Arizona State and also led the Bruins with 10 tackles against BYU and California. He has made 40 tackles in the last four games (10.0). 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.
True junior tailback Kahlil Bell is fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 99.38 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.
Karl Dorrell is the first Bruin head coach to lead his team into a bowl game in each of his first four years on the job (2003-Silicon Valley Classic; 2004-Las Vegas Bowl; 2005-Sun Bowl; 2006-Emerald Bowl).
Patrick Cowan's 78-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Breazell in the 2006 Emerald Bowl was UCLA's longest offensive play from scrimmage and UCLA's longest since the 2005 Arizona State game, when Drew Olson and Joe Cowan combined for a 91-yard touchdown.
FRESHMEN - Two true freshman, long snapper Christian Yount and defensive tackle Brian Price, have played thus far in 2007. Eight true freshmen played for the Bruins in the 2006 season. Seven played in the opener against Utah (DB Alterraun Verner, DB Jeremy McGee, WR Terrence Austin, WR Dominique Johnson, DB Christian Ramirez, RB Chane Moline, OL Micah Kia). DL Jerzy Siewierski made his debut against Stanford.
Thirty-six true freshmen have now played for coach Karl Dorrell during his four-plus seasons as head coach. A school-record 12 played for the Bruins in 2004. Nine played in the 2005 season and five saw the field in 2003.
FIRST ACTION - Ten players saw action in their first game in the 2007 season-opener at Stanford (DL Tom Blake, LB Joshua Edwards, PK Kai Forbath, TE Tyler Holland, DB Chris Meadows, WR Osaar Rasshan, LS Christian Yount, DT Darius Savage, DB Matt Culver, QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson). DT Brian Price made his debut versus Washington. TB Craig Sheppard played on special teams versus Notre Dame and made his offensive debut against Arizona. TE Travis Martin played versus California. DT tackle David Carter played at Washington State. LB Tobi Umodu played special teams versus Arizona State.
FIRST STARTS - Place kicker Kai Forbath, offensive tackle Micah Kia and tight end Scott Glicksberg made the first starts of their careers in the 2007 opener at Stanford. Cornerback Alterraun Verner made his first non-nickel back start versus BYU. Fullback Brian Theriot, defensive end Tom Blake, defensive tackle Jess Ward and cornerback Michael Norris all made their first career start at Utah. Offensive guard P.J. Irvin, tailback Kahlil Bell and defensive end Korey Bosworth made their first starts versus Washington. Offensive guard Micah Reed made his first start against Notre Dame. Defensive tackle Brian Price made his first start at Washington State. Wide receiver Dominique Johnson made his first start at Arizona. Quarterback Osaar Rasshan and tailback Chane Moline made their first starts versus Arizona State.
ACADEMICS - Senior center Chris Joseph was a semifinalist for the Draddy Award, presented by the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and was also a candidate for a NFFHOF Scholar-Athlete Award.
Joseph and sophomore cornerback Alterraun Verner have been chosen to the first-team 2007 All-Academic District VIII team and will now have their names placed on the national ballot. It is the third straight season in which Joseph has been named to the District team. He went on to earn national honors last season.
Twenty-three members of the 2007 Bruin football squad were listed on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the Spring '07 quarter. To qualify, student-athletes had to post at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Nine seniors on this year's team are scheduled to graduate following Fall Quarter - Kevin Brown, Trey Brown, Chris Horton, Michael Pitre, Brian Rubenstein, Matthew Slater, William Snead, Noah Sutherland and Aaron Whittington.
Seventy-three of the 80 freshmen in Dorrell's first four classes (this does not include the 2007 class) are still in school and progressing towards a degree -- 68 are still active players and five others are injured-retired but still in school. Fifteen of the 19 members of Karl Dorrell's first recruiting class (2003) are still in school (one is already playing in the NFL) -- 13 are active players and two others are injured retired).
Eight Bruins were selected to the 2006 Pac-10 All-Academic team. Joseph and Lombard were first-team selections for the second straight year, offensive tackle Aleksey Lanis and fullback/special teams performer Dan Nelson were named to the second team and quarterback Ben Olson, wide receiver Andrew Baumgartner and tight ends Logan Paulsen and Ryan Moya earned honorable mention.
The UCLA football program has produced 16 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners, 15 first-team Academic All-Americans (26 overall), eight National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients, one Rhodes Scholar and three members of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
In 2005, Chris Joseph was selected to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District-8 team. Joseph and Kenneth Lombard were named first-team Pac-10 All-Academic. Offensive guard Bob Cleary and defensive back Michael Norris were named to the second team while receiver Andrew Baumgartner and linebacker Dan Nelson earned honorable mention.