Oct. 15, 2007
UCLA (4-2, 3-0) vs No. 9/10 California (5-1, 2-1)
KICKOFF - 12:30 PM PDT
TV - ABC
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
** Bruins have won last three series games at Rose Bowl **
** UCLA has won 12 of last 14 home games **
GAME #7 - UCLA (4-2, 3-0 in Pac-10 play, one-half game behind Arizona State for first place) returns to the Rose Bowl this Saturday afternoon when it hosts California (5-1, 2-1) in the Rose Bowl. Cal is ranked ninth (tied) on the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and No. 10 by AP. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. PDT and 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 (channel 114) nationally, as will Sports USA Radio with Tom Dillon, John Robinson and Mike Martinez.
SERIES WITH CALIFORNIA - The Bruins lead the series with the Golden Bears, which dates back to 1933, by a 48-28-1 count. UCLA has won the last three meetings in the series played in the Rose Bowl as the teams have split the last six meetings overall with the home team emerging victorious.
Last season, the Bruins dropped a 38-24 decision at Berkeley despite a career-best 329 passing yards by quarterback Patrick Cowan and 136 yards rushing by Chris Markey. The Bruins outgained the 10th-ranked Bears 516 to 433 in total offense. On special teams, the Bruins missed a pair of field goals and allowed a punt return for a touchdown. That return gave Cal a 28-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Cal extended its advantage to 35-10 early in the fourth quarter and two fourth quarter Bruin touchdown drives were not enough to overcome the deficit.
In the last matchup played in the Rose Bowl, the 2005 Bruins rallied for a 47-40 win over the 10th-ranked Golden Bears. Tailback Maurice Drew tied his own school record with five touchdowns. The last two came in the final 1:35 of the contest and lifted the Bruins to the victory. After Drew returned his third punt of the season for a score to make it 28-27 Bruins with 7:33 to play in the third quarter, Cal answered with 16 straight points and led 40-28 early in the fourth quarter. UCLA then rattled off three straight touchdown drives in the final 7:30 of the ball game to secure the win.
HONORARY CAPTAIN - Former Bruin standout running back Kevin Nelson (1980-83) will serve as the honorary captain for the California game. Nelson led UCLA in rushing in the 1981(883 yards) and 1983 (898 yards) seasons. He had a career-best 186 yards, the most ever by a true freshman Bruin running back, in a 1980 win over Arizona State. Nelson totaled nine career 100-yard rushing games (tied for eighth on the all-time list) in all. He still ranks eighth on the school career rushing list with a total of 2,583 yards. Nelson played in a pair of Rose Bowl games, rushing for 48 yards in a 1983 win over Michigan and for 69 yards in a 1984 victory over Illinois. He was selected first-team All-Pac-10 following the 1983 season.
2007 SEASON SCHEDULE - There are six home games and six road matchups on the 2007 schedule. The Bruins play back-to-back home games on two occasions --- Oct. 6 vs. Notre Dame and (bye week in between) Oct. 20 vs. California (homecoming); and Nov. 10 vs. Arizona State and Nov. 24, following a bye week, vs. Oregon. UCLA will play back-to-back road contests once this season, on Oct. 27 at Washington State and on Nov. 3 at Arizona. The Bruins posted a 6-5 record against teams it played in the 2006 season and will meet again in 2007.
The Bruins will square off against five opponents who won at least 10 games in the 2006 season (BYU 11-2, USC 11-2, Notre Dame 10-3, California 10-3, Oregon State 10-4). Overall, UCLA will meet 10 opponents which won at least six contests last season (above teams, plus Utah 8-5, Arizona State 7-6, Oregon 7-6, Arizona 6-6, Washington State 6-6). Three opponents earned at least a share of a conference title (BYU - Mountain West champion; USC and California were co-champions of the Pac-10).
The combined 2006 records of the teams that UCLA will play this season are 92-61 (.601). The teams UCLA will meet on the road this season posted a record of 42-34 (.553) last year. The combined record of the teams that the Bruins will host in the Rose Bowl this season was 50-27 (.649).
The combined record of the three nonconference opponents UCLA will meet in 2007 was 29-10 (.744) last season (BYU 11-2, Notre Dame 10-3, Utah 8-5).
UCLA PLAYER / COACH NOTES
Redshirt senior Bruce 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 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 second in the Pac-10 and eighth in the nation in sacks per game (1.08).
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 3,882 yards, 11th in career rushing with 2,422 yards and first among running backs with 65 career receptions. He is also sixth in the Pac-10 in rushing (80.80).
Redshirt senior safety Chris Horton 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. This season he is second on the squad with 39 stops.
MATTHEW SLATER is averaging 25.85 yards on 20 kickoff returns (37th in the NCAA, third in the Pac-10). He also is tied for second in the Pac-10 in fumbles forced (0.33). His 20 returns are tied for ninth on the all-time UCLA single-season list.
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 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 109 yards versus Washington. Bell is fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 97.7 yards per game.
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 pair 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.
Redshirt senior cornerback Trey Brown is now the player with the most consecutive starts (36). 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 Noah Sutherland (21), OL Chris Joseph (19), TE Logan Paulsen (15) on offense; on defense: DB Chris Horton (21), DL Bruce Davis (19), DB Dennis Keyes (19), DL Kevin Brown (18), LB Christian Taylor (13).
Cornerback Trey Brown is also the leader with the most career starts among current players (36). Offensive guard Shannon Tevaga has 34 to top the offense. Others with 20 or more career starts include: OL Chris Joseph (24), OL Noah Sutherland (22), DL Kevin Brown (32), S Dennis Keyes (28), S Chris Horton (21).
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).
Redshirt senior linebacker Christian Taylor ranks fifth on the team with 32 tackles. 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 44 tackles and his average of 7.33 is T-17th in the Pac-10. He led the Bruins with 10 tackles against BYU 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.
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.
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.