Nov. 22, 1999
THIS SEASON -- The UCLA Bruins concluded the 1999 season with a record of 4-7 overall and 2-6 in Pac-10 play.
LAST GAME - Thirteen seniors have made their final appearance in a UCLA uniform. The 1999 senior class includes: linebacker Ali Abdul Azziz, tailback Keith Brown, flanker Danny Farmer, center/offensive guard James Ghezzi, tight end Randy Hakes, defensive tackle Pete Holland, split end Brad Melsby, offensive guard/center Matt Phelan (injured), fullback Durell Price, cornerback Ryan Roques, safety Joey Strycula, defensive end Travor Turner (injured) and safety Eric Whitfield.
BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO - The Bruin head coach owns a record of 29-17 (21-11 in Pac-10 play) and a winning percentage of .630 during his four years on the job. The 20-game winning streak snapped versus Miami on Dec. 5, 1998 was the longest in school history, twice as long as the previous streak (10, set in 1946 and tied in 1954-55).
Toledo is only the second coach in school history to win 10 regular-season games (Bert LaBrucherie in 1946) and only the second coach in school history to win 10 games in back-to-back seasons (Terry Donahue in 1987-88).
Under Toledo, UCLA is 24-5 when it scores at least 30 points and 13-1 when it scores at least 40. It is 5-12 when it scores 29 or fewer points. The Bruins are 24-3 when leading entering the fourth quarter, 2-0 when tied entering the final quarter and have won three times when trailing after three periods. UCLA is 20-3 when leading at the half and has won five times after trailing at the half and four when tied at the half.
STARTERS - In 1999, 45 different position players -- 26 on defense and 19 on offense -- made at least one start. Three players -- quarterback Ryan McCann, center James Ghezzi and offensive tackle Micah Webb -- made their first starts against USC. For McCann, it was his first career start. Five different players have started at the safety position opposite Joey Strycula. Twenty-seven players, including both kickers, made their first career starts this season.
In the first three games of the 1999 season, 19 position players plus both kickers made their first career starts. In the opener against Boise State, 14 position players - eight on offense and six on defense - made their first starts. Place kicker Chris Griffith (redshirt freshman) and punter Nate Fikse (true freshman) also made their debuts.
At Stanford, Danny Farmer made his first start of the year. At Arizona State, Randy Hakes made his first career start and Keith Brown and Eric Whitfield made their first starts of 1999.
At Oregon State, redshirt freshmen Lovell Houston and Paul Nelson made their first career starts in the secondary. Against Arizona (Oct. 30), senior Ali Abdul Azziz started at outside linebacker, bringing the number of first time starters to 25. Bohlander became No. 26 against Washington and McCann became No. 27 at USC.
Only four players (excluding kickers) started every game in 1999 -- offensive tackle Brian Polak, defensive ends Kenyon Coleman and Rusty Williams and safety Joey Strycula. Polak started nine times at right tackle and twice at right guard. In 1998, 10 players started all 12 games and six more started at least nine times.
FIRST TIME -Nineteen Bruins made their varsity debut against Boise State - 13 redshirt freshmen and six true freshmen (linebackers Asi Faoa and Marcus Reese, cornerback Ricky Manning Jr., offensive tackle Bryce Bohlander, tight end Mike Seidman and punter Nate Fikse).
CAREER STARTS - Offense - WR: Danny Farmer (7/34), Brad Melsby (10/13), Brian Poli-Dixon (0/10) Freddie Mitchell (6/6), OL: Brian Polak (11/23), Matt Phelan (5/6), Troy Danoff (9/9), Blake Worley (10/10), Mike Saffer (7/7), Oscar Cabrera (9/16), James Ghezzi (1/5), Bryce Bohlander (2/2), M. Webb (1/11 (10 at DL)), TE: Gabe Crecion (7/7), Bryan Fletcher (3/3), Randy Hakes (4/4), QB: Cory Paus (7/7), Ryan McCann (1/1), Drew Bennett (3/3), RB: DeShaun Foster (5/5), Jermaine Lewis (0/9), Matt Stanley (1/1), Durell Price (6/16), Keith Brown (6/9), PK: Chris Griffith (10/10).
Defense - DL: Pete Holland (10/27), Kenyon Coleman (11/20), Ken Kocher (9/10), Rusty Williams (11/11), Anthony Fletcher (3/4), Travor Turner (0/3), Stephen Sua (0/1), LB: Ed Stansbury (2/2), Billy Pieper (2/2), Asi Faoa (1/1), Tony White (8/20), Ryan Nece (9/18), Robert Thomas (8/8), Santi Hall (1/12), Ali Abdul-Azziz (1/1), DB: Jason Bell (2/19), Jason Stephens (1/8). Joey Strycula (11/11), Joe Hunter (4/4), Ricky Manning Jr. (9/9), Julius Williams (2/2), Eric Whitfield (3/8), Ryan Roques (9/15), Lovell Houston (3/3), Paul Nelson (1/1), P: Nate Fikse (11/11).
DID YOU KNOW? - UCLA is now 3-0 in overtime, defeating USC in 1996, Oregon in 1998 and Washington in 1999.
The 85-yard touchdown pass play from Cory Paus to Danny Farmer against Arizona State was the sixth- longest in UCLA history and the longest since Farmer and Cade McNown combined for an 88-yard TD play against Tennessee in 1996.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Lovell Houston's 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Stanford, on his first- ever touch of the football as a Bruin, was the first by a Bruin since Jojo Townsell's 100-yard scoring effort vs. California in 1980.
UCLA has produced two Outland Trophy winners (Jonathan Ogden in 1995 and Kris Farris in 1998) and three first-team All-America tackles (Ogden, Chad Overhauser in 1997 and Farris) in the last five years.
In 1998, UCLA became only the fourth team in league history to win eight conference games in a season. The others were: USC - 1988, Washington - 1991, Arizona State - 1996. UCLA was also just one of three teams to win 15 Pac-10 games over two seasons (seven in 1997 and eight last year). The others include: USC in 1987 and 1988, UW in 1990 and 1991.
SPLIT END DANNY FARMER - UCLA's career receiving yardage leader moved into No. 2 on the career reception list against Washington, passing J.J. Stokes. Farmer, when healthy, was one of the nation's top wide receivers, as evidenced by his game against Oregon on Oct. 9. He was hampered during the season's first month by a high sprain of his left ankle.
The senior made seven catches for a career-high 196 yards and two touchdowns measuring 11 and 65 yards against the Ducks. His 196 yards rank No. 2 in UCLA history, trailing only J.J. Stokes' 263 yards versus USC in 1992. The seven receptions tied his career high, set last year against Oregon and Wisconsin. His 11-yard catch with just 38 seconds remaining in the first half gave UCLA a 20-10 lead and his 65-yard catch and run boosted the lead to 34-10. He also made a diving 48-yard catch on the first play of the second half to spark another Bruin scoring drive. Overall, four of his seven receptions measured at least 23 yards, and three accounted for at least 31 yards.
The following week against California, despite suffering a strained groin, he made three catches for 32 yards. On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, he played just three snaps due to his latest injury and did not make a reception. Against Arizona on Oct. 30, he made two receptions for 43 yards.
On Nov.13, Farmer led the Bruins with six receptions against Washington, accounting for 80 yards. He had two receptions of 25 yards each. In the finale against USC, he made two receptions for 18 yards.
On Oct. 2 at Arizona State, Farmer made six receptions for 148 yards and one touchdown and became UCLA's all-time leader in receiving yardage. On his first touch of the game, he caught a pass, broke a couple of tackles and raced 85 yards for the sixth-longest touchdown reception in UCLA history to give the Bruins a 14-0 lead. Late in the second quarter, he made back-to-back receptions of 12 and 22 yards to put the ball at the two-yard line and set up Keith Brown's TD with 12 seconds remaining in the half. On the day, five of his six receptions accounted for a touchdown or a first down.
On the year, he made 29 catches for 573 yards and three scores. His average of 19.8 yards per reception is the highest on the squad. He ranked first on the team in receiving yards (573) and second with his 29 catches.
Despite appearing in two games in which he did not catch a pass, he still ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in average yards per game (63.7) and his average of 19.8 yards per catch was second in the league.
Farmer finished his career with 159 receptions for 3,020 yards and 19 touchdowns in just 44 games. His 3,020 yards rank No. 1 on UCLA's all-time list, while his 159 receptions rank No. 2. A big-play performer, he made 23 receptions of at least 40 yards, including 13 last season and four in 1999. He accounted for at least 100 yards 11 times in his career, including twice this year.
In addition, he ranks fourth on the Pac-10's career receiving yardage list behind Stanford's Troy Walters, former USC star Johnnie Morton and Arizona's Dennis Northcutt.
In 1998, Farmer was the team's leading receiver with 58 catches for 1,274 yards (22.0 average) and nine touchdowns. In the Washington game, he became only the fourth player in school history to record over 1,000 receiving yards in a season. His 1,274 yards set a new UCLA record, breaking Kevin Jordan's record of 1,228 yards, set in 1994, and he averaged 106.2 yards per contest. His average (22.0) was the highest in school history among players with at least 36 receptions in a season.
Farmer is a two-sport star who made major contributions to the volleyball squad, which won NCAA titles in 1998 and 1996 with him on the roster. Danny is not the only member of his family to have won a national championship. His father George was a Bruin footballer, as well, and also a member of the 1970 national championship basketball team. Uncle Dave Farmer was on the 1974 USC national championship football team. Both went on to play professional football.
In 1999, Farmer has missed two full games (Boise State and Fresno State) due to a high sprain of his left ankle and saw limited action in three other contests. Against Ohio State, he tied for the team lead with three receptions for 56 yards. He did not make any receptions at Stanford or at Oregon State.
1999 FARMER Receiving
Game TCB Net Avg. TD LG BSU Did Not Play OSU 3 56 18.7 0 40 FSU Did Not Play STAN* 0 0 0.0 0 0 ASU* 6 148 24.7 1 85 ORE* 7 196 28.0 2 65 CAL* 3 32 10.7 0 12 OSU 0 0 0.0 0 0 ARIZ* 2 43 21.5 0 35 WASH* 6 80 13.3 0 25 USC* 2 18 9.0 0 16 TOTALS 29 573 19.8 3 85
UCLA CAREER RECEIVING YARDS
Years No. Yds Avg TD Danny Farmer 1996-98 159 3020 18.99 19 Kevin Jordan 1992-95 179 2548 14.23 12 J.J. Stokes 1991-94 154 2469 16.03 28 Jim McElroy 1994-97 101 2029 20.09 14 Sean LaChapelle 1989-92 142 2027 14.27 14
UCLA CAREER RECEPTIONS
Years No. Yds Avg TD Kevin Jordan 1992-95 179 2548 14.23 12 Danny Farmer 1996-98 159 3020 18.99 19 J.J. Stokes 1991-94 154 2469 16.03 28 Sean LaChapelle 1989-92 142 2027 14.27 14 Mike Sherrard 1982-85 128 1965 15.35 10
UCLA SEASON RECEIVING YARDS
Year No. Yds Avg TD Danny Farmer 1998 58 1274 22.0 9 Kevin Jordan 1994 73 1228 16.8 7 J.J. Stokes 1993 82 1181 14.4 17 Sean LaChapelle 1991 73 1056 14.5 11 Jim McElroy 1997 47 988 21.0 10
FARMER's CAREER 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES
No. Yds TD LG 1999 Arizona State 6 148 1 85 Oregon 7 196 2 65 1998 Houston 4 100 0 41 Wash. State 5 100 0 51 Oregon 7 161 2 60 Oregon State 5 113 2 43 Washington 4 134 0 61 Miami 6 135 2 77 Wisconsin 7 142 1 44 1997 none 1996 Tennessee 5 115 1 88 Wash. State 5 121 1 38
RYAN McCANN - Redshirt freshman Ryan McCann, entered the 1999 season fourth on the depth chart and concluded the year as UCLA's third starting quarterback. He made his debut against Oregon State, playing the final three series of the game and completed one of five passes for three yards. The following week against Arizona, he played UCLA's final series and completed three of six passes for 35 yards. Following that game, he was promoted from No. 3 (he had moved up when Drew Bennett was moved to receiver) to No. 2.
In the Nov. 13th 23-20 victory over Washington, McCann became the Bruins' No. 1 quarterback when Cory Paus suffered a fractured left collarbone on the second play of the second quarter. Despite missing on his first six passes, he finished the game with 12 completions on 23 attempts for 146 yards and showed outstanding arm strength. His 43-yard strike to Freddie Mitchell in the fourth quarter was the longest completion of his career and he also hit Farmer for 25 yards on UCLA's second field goal drive of the third quarter. He also rushed for seven yards and was not sacked. In the second half, he completed 11 of 16 passes for 135 yards, including five for nine on third down.
In the season finale against USC, despite constant pressure from the Trojans, he completed 17 of 29 passes for 204 yards -- all career highs -- and scored UCLA's lone touchdown on a six-yard run. However, he also threw three interceptions (none of which were converted into scores) and was sacked six times.
1999 Ryan McCann Passing
Game PA PC INT YDS TD LG OSU 5 1 0 3 0 3 ARIZ 6 3 0 35 0 21 WASH 23 12 0 146 0 43 USC 29 17 3 204 0 37 Totals 63 33 3 388 0 43
CORY PAUS - The redshirt freshman quarterback started seven games this season. On Nov. 13 against Washington, he suffered a fractured left collarbone on UCLA's second offensive play of the second quarter (a nine-yard run). At the time of his injury, he had completed one of three passes for 25 yards in a 7-7 tie.
Paus had the best game of his young career against Oregon. He completed 21 of 34 passes for a career-high 332 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He threw the ball well and hit several long passes, including 65 and 48 yards to Danny Farmer and 28 yards to Gabe Crecion.
His first TD pass to Farmer (11 yards) after an Oregon turnover gave the Bruins a 20-10 halftime lead. His second TD pass to Farmer measured 65 yards and gave UCLA a 34-10 lead. He also hit Farmer on a 48-yard strike on the first play of the second half to spark another scoring drive.
His 332 passing yards tied Tommy Maddox (1990 vs. Oregon) for the No. 3 effort among Bruin freshmen. Only Maddox (409 vs. USC and 353 at Michigan) ever threw for more yards as a freshman. His 324 yards total offense rank No. 4 on that list, trailing only Maddox's 445 versus USC and 356 vs. Oregon and Cade McNown's 326 at Arizona State in 1995.
Against California, Paus completed nine of 28 passes for 81 yards with one interception. He also led the team in rushing with 67 net yards on 11 attempts, including runs of 31 and 27 yards. Only Keith Brown and Freddie Mitchell have recorded a longer run this year. At Oregon State, he completed seven of 15 passes for 95 yards, one touchdown and one interception before leaving in the third quarter. He also suffered a subluxation of his left shoulder in the first half but did return to the contest.
On Oct. 30 against Arizona, he completed 13 of 27 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown, a 44-yard toss to Brad Melsby. Under a savage rush all night, he was sacked seven times before leaving the game midway through the fourth quarter.
On the year, Paus, who was named the starting quarterback on Sept. 13, completed 95 of 197 passes (48.2) for 1,336 yards with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. He ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in total offense (145.2 yards) despite starting just seven of his nine games and playing into the second quarter twice due to injury (Fresno State and Washington).
On Oct. 2, Paus returned to action at Arizona State after missing the Stanford game due to bruised ribs suffered against Fresno State. On the afternoon, he completed 15 of 40 passes for 235 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. His TD pass to Danny Farmer measured 85 yards, the sixth-longest in school history, and he had two other completions of at least 22 yards. In the first half, Paus engineered touchdown drives measuring 88, 86 and 63 yards.
Paus made the first start of his career against Fresno State on Sept. 18 and was playing extremely well when he suffered bruised ribs early in the second quarter. At that time, he had completed nine of 12 passes for 113 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown to Brad Melsby. He also led the Bruins to scores on the first two possessions to build a 10-0 first-quarter lead.
Paus saw action in both halves at Ohio State, completing eight of 20 passes for just 97 yards and threw one interception. The previous week, he completed 12 of 18 passes for 128 yards with one touchdown versus Boise State, a five-yard strike to Gabe Crecion to give the Bruins a 24-0 halftime lead, and two interceptions (one was a "Hail Mary" pass at the end of the first half). When he connected with Crecion in the Boise game, Paus became the first Bruin quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in his first game since Bret Johnson did it as a redshirt freshman in the 1989 opener.
1999 PAUS Passing
Game PA PC INT YDS TD LG BSU 18 12 2 128 1 28 Ohio St 20 8 1 97 0 40 Fresno* 12 9 0 113 1 24 Stanford Did Not Play (Bruised ribs) ASU* 40 15 2 235 1 85 Ore* 34 21 2 332 2 65 Cal* 28 9 1 81 0 13 OSU* 15 7 1 95 1 33 ARIZ* 27 13 0 230 1 44 WASH* 3 1 0 25 0 25 USC Did Not Play (Fractured Clavicle) Totals 197 95 (.482) 9 1336 7 85 * indicates game started
THE QUARTERBACKS - On October 4, a decision was reached to switch Bennett, who started three of the first four games at quarterback, to wide receiver because of his athletic ability.
On Sept. 13, Bennett was informed that he would not start against Fresno State after starting the Bruins' first two games. Five days later, he came off the bench because of an injury to Cory Paus and helped rally the Bruins to a 35-21 victory over the Bulldogs. A week later, with Paus still sidelined, Bennett started at Stanford. He completed 19 of 31 passes versus the Cardinal for a career-best 207 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He also rushed 12 times for 20 yards (39 gross) and scored a fourth-quarter touchdown on a four-yard dash as the Bruins cut an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to three (35-32) before losing by 10.
On the final play of the game, he suffered a strained right elbow when hit by a defender and was unable to throw the football throughout Arizona State week. He played just one snap against the Sun Devils, pitching on an option play. Early the following week, he made the switch to receiver. Bennett played two snaps at quarterback against California (Oct. 16), throwing an interception on a trick play, and played a handful of snaps as a receiver against Oregon State (Oct. 23). Against Arizona on Oct. 30, he saw spot duty at quarterback, throwing two incompletions and running the option offense.
Against Fresno State, with UCLA trailing 21-20, Bennett led the Bruins to back-to-back touchdowns on throws to Brad Melsby and Brian Poli-Dixon. On the night, he completed 13 of 24 passes for 176 yards and two TDs and rushed for 36 net yards on eight attempts. He also completed six of eight passes for 120 yards on third down for two touchdowns and four first downs.
On the year, Bennett completed 49 of 89 passes (55.1) for 641 yards and four touchdowns. At Ohio State, he completed nine of 15 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown (67 yards to fullback Matt Stanley). He also led a first-half field goal drive, however, he threw an interception and lost a fumble - both in the third quarter.
Bennett made his first career start on Sept. 4 versus Boise State after spending the last two seasons backing up Cade McNown. He came to UCLA as a walk-on athlete and was awarded a scholarship prior to the start of the 1997 season.
In his debut, Bennett started slowly, completing just two of nine passes for 12 yards in the first half. However, he completed six of seven passes for 108 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown to tight end Randy Hakes, in the third quarter. In that quarter, he directed back-to-back scoring drvies of 84 and 80 yards. He finished the night with eight completions on 16 attempts for 120 yards with one TD and one interception.
Sophomore Scott McEwan saw his first extensive action against Oregon State. He played one series in the second quarter following Paus' shoulder injury and ran the club for three series in the second half. On the day, he completed two of nine passes for 23 yards with one interception. The following week against Arizona, he played one fourth-quarter series and threw four incomplete passes. He played one snap against USC, throwing an incomplete pass.
1999 Drew Bennett Passing
Game PA PC INT YDS TD LG BSU* 16 8 1 120 1 65 OSU* 15 9 1 138 1 67 Fresno 24 13 1 176 2 57 STAN *31 19 0 207 0 25 ASU one play Oregon Did Not Play Cal 1 0 1 0 0 0 OSU 0 0 0 0 0 0 ARIZ 2 0 0 0 0 0 WASH Did Not Play USC 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 89 49 (.551) 4 641 4 67 *indicates game started '98 total 5 3 0 24 1 12 '97 total 6 3 0 52 1 32
1999 Scott McEwan Passing
Game PA PC INT YDS TD LG Boise St. 0 0 0 0 (4 plays) Ohio St 1 0 0 0 (2 plays) Fresno Did Not Play Stanford Did Not Play ASU Did Not Play Oregon Did Not Play Cal 0 0 0 0 (1 play) OSU 9 2 1 23 0 23 ARIZ 4 0 0 0 0 0 WASH Did Not Play USC 1 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 14 2 1 23 0 23 (played three snaps in '98 vs. Wash. St. / no passes)
TAILBACK KEITH BROWN - The senior tailback enjoyed the best afternoon of his career against Arizona State on Oct. 2. The Phoenix native started in place of injured DeShaun Foster and rushed for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns on 24 attempts. Brown opened the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run right through the middle of the line, the second-longest run of his career. It is also UCLA's longest run from scrimmage this season. He also had runs of 38 and 35 yards and scored a two-yard touchdown with 12 seconds remaining in the first half to give UCLA a 21-7 lead.
He started the following week against Oregon and led the Bruins with 69 yards on 27 carries. He also scored on runs of three and 10 yards to give him four touchdowns. On Oct. 16 against California, he started and gained 21 yards on eight attempts. On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, he started for the fourth straight game and gained 32 yards on eight attempts. The following week against Arizona, he had a team-high 20 yards on eight attempts. He has led the team in rushing in four of his eight games.
On Nov. 13 against Washington, Brown suffered a fractured right shoulder blade and did not play in the USC contest. He had rushed for 45 yards on 10 attempts prior to his injury on UCLA's first series in the third quarter.
The senior tailback finished the season as the team's leading rusher (421 yards), Brown averaged 52.6 yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry to lead the team in both categories. He finished second to DeShaun Foster with five touchdowns. His average of 52.6 yards would have ranked 10th in the Pac-10 (he did not play enough games to qualify). He finished his career with 1,265 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.
After missing the season's first two games, he made a successful debut against Fresno State. He led the team in rushing with 42 yards on 10 attempts and scored his first touchdown of the year on a two-yard run in the second quarter to give the Bruins a 17-7 lead. At Stanford, Brown carried three times for 10 yards and caught one pass for seven more. A year ago, Brown ran for at least 90 yards three times and was the team's third-leading rusher with a career-high 423 yards. He rushed for a career-best (at the time) 101 yards versus Oregon in his second start.
TAILBACK JERMAINE LEWIS - The dependable Lewis gained 216 yards on 63 attempts and scored one touchdown in 1999. Last week at USC, he ran for eight yards on four attempts and made one catch for six yards. On Nov. 13 against Washington, he gained seven yards on three carries. On Oct. 30 against Arizona, he gained 18 yards on four attempts and caught two passes for 14 yards. On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, he led the Bruins with 42 yards on seven carries and also made two receptions for 41 yards. Against California, he was held to minus-four yards on five attempts. Against Oregon, he ran for 36 yards on eight tries and his 13-yard run was UCLA's longest of the night. He also made three receptions for 27 yards.
On Sept. 19 of 1998, Lewis ran into the Houston end zone four times to tie the school record for rushing touchdowns and total TDs in a game. His career high is 113 yards at Texas in 1998. He finished the 1998 season as the team's second-leading rusher with 553 yards. He led the team in rushing five times and with 13 touchdowns, a TD total exceeded only seven times in school history.
TAILBACK DESHAUN FOSTER - True sophomore DeShaun Foster, a first-team Freshman All-American a year ago, led the Bruins in rushing five times in 1999. He carried just five times in the month of October (he did not play against California and Oregon State and carried once versus Oregon and twice at Arizona State and against Arizona) due to a high sprain of his right ankle incurred at Stanford.
On the year, he finished as the team's second-leading rusher with 375 yards and led the squad with six touchdowns. He also placed fourth on the squad with 17 receptions. Foster played in nine of 11 games and started five times (the first four and the last one).
In the season finale against USC, despite playing behind a patchwork offensive line, he led the Bruins in rushing with 59 yards on 17 attempts. He also led the team with six receptions for 30 yards. He did, however, lose a fumble at the USC five-yard line with just over nine minutes remaining in the game.
In the Nov. 13 victory over Washington, he rushed for a team-high 69 yards on 24 attempts and scored UCLA's two touchdowns on runs of eight and three yards.
He enjoyed his best game of the season at Stanford when he romped for 100 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns. He produced seven runs resulting in first downs in addition to the two TDs. Foster also caught three passes for 33 yards. He has scored 16 touchdowns in his career. The 100-yard performance at Stanford was the third of his career (118 at Arizona in 1998, 109 vs. USC in 1998).
On Sept. 11 at Ohio State, he rushed for a team-high 51 yards on 17 carries and scored his second touchdown of the year, a seven-yard run that made the score 21-17 early in the second half. Against Boise State, he led the Bruins with 55 yards on 17 carries and scored UCLA's first touchdown.
In 1998, Foster wrote his name into Bruin lore by scoring all four touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving) in UCLA's 34-17 victory over USC. He became the first true freshman in school history to score four TDs in one game and tied the overall school record.
Foster finished the year with 673 yards, the most ever by a UCLA true freshman. He was the first true freshman to lead the team in rushing since Skip Hicks in 1993 and was also the first true freshman since Hicks to rush for over 100 yards twice in the same season. He ranked second on the team with 12 touchdowns (10 rushing and two receiving), a school record for true freshmen. He played in 11 games in 1998, missing most of the Oregon game and all of the contest at California with a sprained knee.
Top UCLA True Freshman Rushing Totals
Game TCB Net Avg. TD LG DeShaun Foster, 1998 126 673 5.3 10* 65 Shawn Wills, 1988 94 622 6.6 5 50 Skip Hicks, 1993 100 563 5.6 5 43 Gaston Green, 1984 91 516 5.7 5 72 *12 total (two receiving)
FULLBACK DURELL PRICE - A year ago, senior Durell Price did a fine job in his first season as the starting fullback and saved his best for last. In the Rose Bowl contest against Wisconsin, he made three receptions for 102 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown from flanker Freddie Mitchell, all producing first downs. On the year, he contributed 141 yards on the ground and ranked sixth (tied) on the squad with 14 receptions for 222 yards.
On Sept. 25 at Stanford, Price carried four times for 10 yards and caught one pass for seven more. On Oct. 2 at Arizona State, he rushed once for six yards and caught one pass for two yards. On Oct. 9 against Oregon, he rushed for nine yards on four attempts and blocked very well. He carried just once (no gain) versus both California and Oregon State. Against Arizona (Oct. 30), he did not carry the ball but made a 34-yard reception on the first play of the game. In the win over Washington, he carried three times for 14 yards, including a two-yard run which proceeded Chris Griffith's game-winning field goal. In the finale against USC, he caught two passes for 36 yards (31 and five yards) and ran once for six yards.
WIDE RECEIVERS - Senior Brad Melsby enjoyed a productive senior year. He started 10 of 11 contests and ranked third on the squad with a career-high 21 receptions for 279 yards and three touchdowns (tied for first on the team). In his final game, he made a 26-yard reception. He did not catch a pass against Washington (Nov. 13). On Oct. 30 against Arizona, he made three receptions for a team-high 69 yards and scored UCLA's only TD, catching a pass at the 20 and racing up the right sideline to complete a 44-yard scoring play. On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, he did not make a catch. On Oct. 16 versus California, he tied for the team lead with three catches (31 yards). Against Oregon, he was hampered by the flu and did not start for the first time in 1999. He caught one pass for 12 yards. At ASU, he made two catches for 14 yards. On Sept. 25 at Stanford, he grabbed three balls for 50 yards. On Sept. 18 against Fresno State, he made touchdown receptions of 24 and four yards to help defeat the Bulldogs.
In 1998, he made 16 receptions (tied for third on the squad) and averaged 20.7 yards per catch. On Nov. 7 at Oregon State, he made perhaps the catch of the year. With just 21 seconds remaining in the game and the score tied 34-34, Melsby broke free on the right sideline, caught a pass from Cade McNown and raced to the end zone (61-yard TD).
Sophomore Freddie Mitchell, recovered from his fractured right femur (hurt last season at Houston during kickoff return), but bothered by a cartilage problem in his knee throughout 1999, was UCLA's leading receiver.
On the year, Mitchell made 38 receptions for 533 yards (14.0 average). Twenty-three of his 38 receptions, including three of four versus USC and all four against Washington, resulted in a Bruin first down. Mitchell was at his best in the 35-21 victory over Fresno State. He made nine catches for 149 yards to set career highs in both categories. His nine catches are tied for seventh on UCLA's single-game list, while the 149 yards are tied for 16th on that list. His 57-yard catch-and-run set up UCLA's final touchdown of the night. Seven of his nine receptions produced a new set of downs for UCLA. At Stanford, Mitchell caught three passes for 23 yards. Against Oregon, he made four receptions (three first downs) for 54 yards. Against California, he added two catches for 19 yards.
On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, he led the team with five catches for 58 yards. He once again made the highlight reels with his one-handed reception he made while laying on his back on the artificial turf and shimmying himself into position to make the catch. The following week against Arizona, he again led the Bruins with four receptions for 42 yards.
On Nov. 13 against Washington, he led the Bruins with 82 receiving yards on four catches. All four receptions produced first downs and he made three catches in the fourth quarter. In the finale against USC, he made five catches for a team-high 88 yards, including two 37-yard receptions. One of those proceeded Ryan McCann's touchdown.
In his debut a year ago against Texas, Mitchell made four receptions for 108 yards (79-yard TD), threw a 34-yard touchdown pass, gained 30 yards on a reverse and returned three kickoffs for 78 yards. He returned to action in the Rose Bowl and tossed a 61-yard touchdown to Durell Price off a fake reverse.
BRUIN TD CATCHES -
Boise State - Randy Hakes 65 yd. from Bennett, Gabe Crecion 5 yd. from Paus
Ohio State - Matt Stanley 67 yd. from Bennett
Fresno State - Brad Melsby 4 yd. from Paus, 4 yd. from Bennett, Poli-Dixon 15 yd. from Bennett
Stanford - none
Arizona State - Danny Farmer 85 yd. from Paus
Oregon - Danny Farmer 11 yd. from Paus, Farmer 65 yd. from Paus
California - none
Oregon State - Gabe Crecion 4 yd. from Paus
Arizona - Brad Melsby 44 yd. from Paus
Washington - none
USC - none
OFFENSIVE LINE - In the victory over the Huskies, the Bruins reshuffled the offensive line due to bye-week injuries to Mike Saffer and Troy Danoff. Only left guard Oscar Cabrera started in his normal position. Matt Phelan, who had started four games at guard, made his first start at center. Brian Polak, who had started all nine games at right tackle, opened at right guard. Blake Worley, who had started all nine games at left tackle, shifted over to right tackle. True freshman Bryce Bohlander made his first career start at left tackle.
In the first quarter, Phelan (fractured right collarbone) and Worley (sprained knee) had to leave the game but James Ghezzi and Micah Webb replaced Phelan and Worley, respectively and did a fine job. The Bruins did not allow a sack, protected quarterback Ryan McCann well and helped the Bruins rush for 149 yards.
TIGHT ENDS - UCLA's tight end quartet played a key role in the team's 38-7 victory over Boise State, making five catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Junior starter Gabe Crecion made the first touchdown catch of his career, a five-yarder in the second quarter to give the Bruins a 24-0 lead. Sophomore Bryan Fletcher, who also started against the Broncos, made two catches for 34 yards, including a diving grab for 28 yards at the four-yard line to set up UCLA's first score. Senior Randy Hakes came off the bench to make two receptions for a team-high 66 yards, including a 65-yard catch-and-run for the second touchdown of his career (the first was a 12-yard pass from Drew Bennett last season against Washington State). Freshman Mike Seidman also participated in the victory.
Against Ohio State, the tight ends caught five passes for 50 yards. Crecion, coming off the bench, made two catches for 31 yards. Fletcher, who started, added two for 11 yards, and Seidman chipped in with an eight-yard reception, the first of his career.
Crecion, who started, and Fletcher each made one catch against Fresno State. Crecion made a diving 19-yard reception on UCLA's second-quarter touchdown drive.
At Stanford, Crecion led the group with four catches for 20 yards. Fletcher (19 yards) and Hakes (18 yards) each produced a first down with their one catch. At Arizona State, Crecion accounted for 39 yards with his one reception. Against Oregon, Fletcher made three receptions for 22 yards, and Crecion made a nice grab for 28 yards. At Oregon State, Crecion made two receptions for 22 yards, including the second touchdown of his career (four yards). Against Arizona, playing without Fletcher for a second straight game, Seidman made a 20-yard reception. Hakes started against Washington (Fletcher again did not play) and the tight ends blocked well throughout the afternoon. Against USC, all four tight ends contributed but did not catch a pass.
Crecion finished fifth on the squad with his 12 catches, and his average of 13.7 yards was No. 3 among players with at least six receptions. Fletcher was seventh on the team with his nine receptions.
DEFENSIVE END KENYON COLEMAN - Junior defensive left end Kenyon Coleman, one of the leaders of the defensive line, enjoyed a successful 1999 season. He was one of just four Bruins to start all 11 games.
In the finale against USC, he made a career-high nine tackles, including one for loss. In the victory over Washington on Nov. 13, Coleman made five tackles. On Oct. 30 against Arizona, he made six tackles, including five primaries. On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, he made four solo tackles. On Oct. 16 against California, he made four tackles, including one-half sack. On Oct. 9 versus Oregon, he made one tackle, broke up two passes and forced a fumble. On Oct. 2 at Arizona State, Coleman made four tackles, including his third sack of the year and another tackle for loss. He also recovered a fumble. At Stanford, he had his most active game of the season with seven tackles, including one sack and a second stop behind the line. Against Fresno State, he made three tackles, including one for loss.
On the year, Coleman made 50 tackles to rank sixth on the squad and most among linemen. He tied for second on the team with 3.5 sacks and ranked second with nine tackles for loss. He also broke up eight passes with his leaping ability at the line.
A year ago, he earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention, making 23 tackles despite missing two full games (Washington State and Arizona) and most of a third (Houston) after suffering a sprained knee at Houston. He ranked third on the team with 4.5 sacks and was credited with seven tackles for loss.
DEFENSIVE END PETE HOLLAND - Senior right tackle Pete Holland, UCLA's defensive captain, made a career-high six tackles in the victory over Washington. In his final game against USC, he added four stops. He was credited with four tackles against Arizona (Oct. 30) after making three tackles at Oregon State and two stops against California. On Oct. 9, he made three tackles against Oregon. He has started nine of 10 games (did not play against Fresno State due to back problems). He returned to the starting lineup at Stanford and was credited with one tackle. On Sept. 11 at Ohio State, he made two tackles and also broke up two passes in the opener against Boise State.
On the year, he made 25 tackles, including 18 primary stops. He started 10 of 11 contests.
Last year, he started 10 games (two at left end and eight on the right side), missing only against Washington State (nickel package) and Wisconsin (elbow injury). He made 18 tackles, including four each against Oregon and Oregon State.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE KEN KOCHER - The true sophomore, who made his first career start in the 1999 Rose Bowl, ranked second among defensive linemen with 43 tackles, including five for loss. He saw limited action against USC (two tackles) after missing the Washington game due to his ankle injury. On Oct. 30 against Arizona, he suffered a sprained left ankle in the first quarter after making two tackles and did not return. On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, he was credited with three tackles. On Oct. 16 against California, he made four stops. On Oct. 9 versus Oregon, he made three tackles and broke up two passes. At Arizona State, Kocher made seven tackles, including one for loss. The previous week at Stanford, he added four tackles. Against Fresno State, he was credited with six tackles, including one for loss, and broke up one pass. Against the Buckeyes, he was credited with eight tackles (four primaries), including two for losses. He also recovered a fumble to end an OSU drive in the third quarter. In the opener against Boise State, he contributed four tackles.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE ANTHONY FLETCHER -The true sophomore made the fourth start of his career against USC and was credited with one tackle after making two in the win over Washington. On Sept. 18, he made the second start of his career against Fresno State in place of injured Pete Holland and made the most of his opportunity. Fletcher made seven tackles to lead the defensive linemen. At Stanford, he had two stops, including one sack. The following week, he made three stops at Arizona State. He played sparingly the following week against Oregon due to an injured foot but rebounded the following week against California, making four tackles. On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, he was credited with two stops and made two the following week against Arizona. Against Ohio State, he came off the bench to make six tackles, including two for loss, after making three versus Boise State.
On the year he made 32 stops, including four behind the line of scrimmage.
LINEBACKER ROBERT THOMAS - The true sophomore was one of the nation's top recruits as a prep senior and after a season as a reserve, Thomas has moved into the starting lineup. Making his 1999 debut as the starting middle linebacker, he made a team-high 14 tackles against Fresno State, the most by a Bruin since Brian Willmer made 15 versus Arizona on Nov. 16, 1996. At Stanford, he added nine tackles, including one for loss. On Oct. 2 at Arizona State, he again tied for the team lead with nine stops, including 1.5 sacks and a third behind the line of scrimmage. On Oct. 9 against Oregon, Thomas made five tackles, one shy of the team lead. On Oct. 16 against California, he was credited with 10 tackles. On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, he suffered a concussion in the first half and did not return, finishing with a season-low three tackles. He did not play the following week against Arizona.
Thomas returned to the lineup in the victory over Washington and led the team with 11 tackles and also forced a fumble. In the season finale against USC, he was credited with seven tackles.
On the year, Thomas ranked second on the squad with his 68 tackles despite missing three games (the season's first two and the Arizona contest). His average of 8.5 tackles per game was No. 1 on the team and would have ranked No. 7 (tied) in the Pac-10 (he did not play 75% of UCLA's games). He also had four tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks.
LINEBACKER RYAN NECE - The sophomore linebacker, a 1998 first-team Freshman All-American and an All-Pac-10 honorable mention choice, was on the Butkus Award pre-season 'Watch List.' Nece made his 1999 debut against Fresno State. Starting on the outside, he made 10 tackles, second on the squad, and broke up one pass. At Stanford, he was credited with four tackle assists. On Oct. 2 at Arizona State, he made the first interception of his career, leading to UCLA's third-quarter field goal. He was also credited with four tackles. On Oct. 9 against Oregon, he made two tackles, broke up one pass and blocked a punt with one hand. On Oct. 16 versus California, he was credited with six tackles.
He played very well in the final four games of the year, averaging 9.8 tackles (39 total). On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, he led the Bruins with 10 tackles, including his first sack of the season. The following week against Arizona, he again made 10 tackles, including seven primaries. On Nov. 13 against Washington, he recorded nine tackles and recovered a fumble. In the finale against USC, he led the Bruins with 10 tackles, including two for loss (one sack).
In his nine games, he made 65 tackles and ranked third on the squad. He averaged 7.2 stops per game, the second-highest average on the team.
In 1998, Nece had a career-high and team-best 12 tackles at Miami and enjoyed an outstanding day versus WSU with eight stops and two tackles for loss, including a sack. He was the team's No. 2 tackler behind All-American Larry Atkins with 85 and ranked second with six sacks and 10 tackles for losses. He also recovered two fumbles and forced one while defensing five passes. Nece started the final nine games of the year, moving into the lineup against Arizona.
LINEBACKER TONY WHITE - The true junior, who did not play in the team's first two games, is now starting at one of the outside spots after playing inside a year ago. However, on Oct. 30 against Arizona, he shifted back to the middle because of the absence of Robert Thomas and responded with a team-high 12 tackles, (11 primaries), including two for losses. On Nov. 13 against Washington, he suffered a sprained right knee early in the game and did not record a tackle. The following week against USC, he made seven tackles, including five primaries.
On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, White came off the bench (the Bruins started two linebackers and five defensive backs) to make eight tackles. On Oct. 16 against California, he made seven tackles, including 1.5 quarterback sacks and a third stop behind the line of scrimmage. On Oct. 9 versus Oregon, he made two stops. At Arizona State, he played despite being ill most of the week and was credited with five tackle assists. At Stanford, he had five tackles, including one for loss. Against Fresno State, he made seven tackles and recovered a fumble to set up UCLA's go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter.
On the year, White made 53 stops in his nine games, including six for losses (fourth on the squad). His 53 tackles were fourth on the team and he is averaged 5.9 tackles per contest.
In 1998, White started all 12 games and was the team's third-leading tackler with 69 stops and ranked third on the squad with two interceptions. At California, he recorded a career-best 10 tackles to lead the squad. At Miami, he matched his career high with 10 tackles.
BRUIN INTERCEPTIONS (17) -
Ryan Roques (4) vs. Stanford, Cal, Arizona (2)
Joey Strycula (3) vs. Boise State, Ohio State, Washington
Eric Whitfield (3) vs. Cal, Oregon, Arizona State
Joe Hunter (2) vs. Boise State, Cal
Ricky Manning (2) vs. Fresno State, OSU
Julius Williams vs. Boise State
Ryan Nece vs. Arizona State
Marcus Reese vs. Oregon
DEFENSIVE BACK RYAN ROQUES - One of the few seniors on the defensive unit, Roques did not play in the Bruins' first two games this season. In his debut against Fresno State, he returned three kickoffs for 71 yards, including one for 38 yards on the first play of the game. At Stanford, he made six tackles, recovered a fumble after stripping the receiver of the ball and also made the fifth interception of his career. At Arizona State, he made five tackles, including one for loss, and broke up one pass. He also returned seven punts for 32 yards with a long of 15 yards. Against Oregon, Roques made five tackles, one shy of the team lead, and broke up two passes. He also returned two punts for 10 yards. Against California, he led the team with 11 tackles and made his second interception of the year. On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, he made three tackles and returned one punt for 13 yards.
On Oct. 30 against Arizona, he made two interceptions to bring his team-leading total to four, the first time a Bruin had accomplished that feat since Larry Atkins picked off two passes at Texas in 1997. He also made four tackles and returned one punt for four yards. On Nov. 13 against Washington, he made six tackles and helped hold the Huskies to just 134 passing yards. In his final game, against USC, he was credited with seven tackles.
On the year, Roques made 48 tackles in his nine games (5.3 average) and led the team with his four interceptions.
In 1998, he started six of the final 10 games and was tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with his four interceptions. On the year, he made 59 tackles, fifth on the squad, and defensed nine passes. He made a career-high 13 tackles at Oregon State, the most by a Bruin that year.
Roques became an outstanding special teams weapon and earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention in that area. During the regular season, he averaged 12.5 yards (14th nationally) on 19 punt returns and 27.9 yards on 12 kickoff returns. His punt return average was the highest by a Bruin since 1995, when Paul Guidry averaged 15.1 yards on 25 returns. His kickoff return average was the highest by a Bruin with six or more returns since 1969, when Ron Carver averaged 31.9 yards on eight attempts. His 81-yard kickoff return at Washington was UCLA's longest since 1980 (Jojo Townsell, 100 yards vs. California) while his 77-yard punt return for a touchdown was UCLA's first TD of that kind since 1995 (Paul Guidry vs. Arizona State). He had 211 total return yards against the Huskies -- 120 on three kickoffs and 91 on three punts.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS - In the secondary, senior walk-on safety Joey Strycula remained in the starting lineup because of his solid play and became one of just four Bruins to start all 11 games. On the year, he was the Bruins' leading tackler with 69 stops and also tied for second on the team with three interceptions.
In the opener against Boise State, he led the team with nine tackles and an interception in his first career start. He led the team again at Stanford with 11 tackles and added eight at Arizona State. Against Oregon, he made four tackles and defensed four passes. Against California, he made five tackles and forced a fumble. On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, he was credited with six tackles and added three stops the following week against Arizona.
In the win over Washington, Strycula made four tackles and it was his interception in overtime that halted a possible score and enabled UCLA to win with a field goal. He was also the holder on the winning kick. Against USC, despite missing part of the game with a sprained right foot after his run on a fake field goal, he made four tackles and broke up three passes.
True freshman corner Ricky Manning Jr. made his first career start against Fresno State and continues to make things happen. At Stanford, he had six stops, including one for loss, and added two at Arizona State, four (one for loss) against Oregon and two versus California. At Oregon State, he made three tackles and his second interception of the season. On Oct. 30 against Arizona, he made seven tackles (third on the team).
On Nov. 13 against Washington, Manning made seven solo tackles, including two for losses (one sack), in the win. He also forced a fumble, broke up a pass and returned four punts for 25 yards. In the finale at USC, he made three stops.
Manning ranked fourth (tied) on the squad (second in the secondary) with 53 tackles and led the Bruins with 10 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Near the end of the first half against Fresno State, he returned an interception 83 yards to UCLA's 11-yard line with 12 seconds remaining to set up a Bruin field goal. Against Ohio State, Manning made a career-high eight tackles, including two for losses, and also broke up two passes.
True freshman outside linebacker Marcus Reese, who was the lone linebacker in UCLA's dime package, came off the bench to lead the Bruins with nine tackles against Ohio State, including three behind the line of scrimmage. On Oct. 9 against Oregon, he tied for the team lead with six tackles and made the first interception of his career to set up UCLA's final touchdown of the first half. Against California, he made four tackles and added three at Oregon State and one against Arizona and Washington. He made 37 tackles, including four for losses. He had two tackles versus Fresno State and two at Stanford, including a big stop of a Stanford fourth-down attempt in the fourth quarter to set-up UCLA's final touchdown drive. At Arizona State, he accounted for five tackles, including one for loss.
Senior Eric Whitfield has appeared in nine of 11 games this year and tied for second on the squad with three interceptions. He was also credited with 33 tackles. He made at least six stops in four contests.
Redshirt freshman Lovell Houston made his first career start at Oregon State on Oct. 23. Although he is learning on the job, he did enough things right to make nine tackles, one behind team leader Ryan Nece. Prior to his start, he had played just 11 defensive snaps, including six at Ohio State and just five in the previous five games. On Oct. 30 against Arizona, he added four tackles and broke up two passes. In the Nov. 13 win over Washington, Houston was credited with six tackles but suffered a concussion and did not play the following week versus USC.
JUST FOR KICKS - UCLA's two new kickers enjoyed success their first year of action. Redshirt freshman place kicker Chris Griffith made the biggest kick of his career against Washington, making a 22-yarder in overtime to give the Bruins a 23-20 victory. On the afternoon, he made three of four kicks (35, 28 and 22 yards) and added two PATs.
Griffith made his first five field goal attempts of the season (26 and 28 yards versus Fresno State, 35 and 33 yards against Ohio State and 37 yards against Boise State) before missing (partial block) from 49 yards at Stanford. He came back to boot a 32-yarder later in the game. Against Arizona State, he connected from 20 and 46 yards. In the Oregon game, he converted attempts of 47 and 48 yards but had two attempts blocked (36 and 32 yards). He did not get on the field against California and had just one PAT opportunity at Oregon State. Against Arizona (Oct. 30), he made his only PAT and had a 25-yard field goal attempt blocked. He converted his only PAT attempt against USC in the finale.
On the year, Griffith made 13 of 18 field goals and all 25 of his PATs. He was the team's leading scorer with 64 points, ranking seventh in the Pac-10 with a 6.4 average.
True freshman punter Nate Fikse had his best day in the season finale against USC. He averaged 49.0 yards on six kicks, including a long punt of 58 yards, and UCLA's net average was 43.7 (32 yards in returns.
He was also very productive at Stanford, averaging 47.0 yards on three punts. None of his punts were returned and one was downed at the Stanford two-yard line. On Oct. 2 at Arizona State, he averaged 45.1 yards on eight kicks (one for 65 yards) and just three were returned for a total of 27 yards. On Oct. 9 against Oregon, he averaged 42.0 yards on six kicks, including a then-career-long 69-yard punt, and just four were returned for a total of 15 yards. On Oct. 16 versus California, he averaged 44.0 yards on a career-high nine punts and twice pinned the Golden Bears inside the 20-yard line. On Oct. 23 at Oregon State, he averaged 46.9 yards on eight punts, including a career-best 76 yard kick. However, he also suffered his first block (credited as a team punt) in the fourth quarter. Against Arizona (Oct. 30), he averaged 36.9 yards on nine attempts. Against Washington (Nov. 13), he averaged 37.2 yards on five kicks and only one was returned for two yards.
On the year, Fikse averaged 42.0 yards on his 66 punts, No. 2 in the Pac-10, and forced opponents to start inside the 20-yard line on 11 occasions.
WHO'S MISSING - Several key performers from last year's squad missed huge chunks of the 1999 season.
Senior wide receiver Danny Farmer, a pre-season All-American and UCLA's single-season and career receiving yardage leader, missed two full games and most of two others because of a sprained ankle and a strained groin. He caught a pass in just seven games and made more than three receptions in a game just three times.
Sophomore tailback DeShaun Foster, a 1998 Freshman All-American, carried the ball just five times in October, missing two games, because of a sprained right ankle.
Junior wide receiver Brian Poli-Dixon, who caught 10 touchdown passes in 1998, suffered a fractured wrist in the year's third game and is done for the season.
The three offensive players listed above accounted for 31 touchdowns in 1998.
Senior cornerback Jason Bell, a 1998 starter, has not played since the year's second game due to pain in his heel following off-season surgery.
Junior cornerback Marques Anderson, a part-time starter in 1998, has missed the entire season due to off-season problems.
BRUINS IN 1999 PAC-10/NCAA RANKINGS -
Chris Griffith - field goals (T-24th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10, 1.30), scoring (7th in Pac-10, 6.4), kick scoring (3rd in Pac-10, 6.4), FG percentage (2nd in Pac-10, .722, 13-18), PAT percentage (T-1st in Pac-10, 1.000, 25 of 25)
Danny Farmer - receiving yards (8th in Pac-10, 63.7), average per reception (2nd in Pac-10, 19.8), receptions (16th in Pac-10, 3.2)
DeShaun Foster - rushing (11th in Pac-10, 41.7), scoring (17th in Pac-10, 4.2)
Drew Bennett - passing efficiency (8th in Pac-10, 121.4)
Cory Paus - passing yards (8th in Pac-10, 148.4), total offense (8th in Pac-10, 145.2), passing efficiency (13th in Pac-10, 107.8)
Ryan McCann - passing efficiency (14th in Pac-10, 94.6)
Freddie Mitchell - receptions (15th in Pac-10, 3.5), receiving yards (17th in Pac-10, 48.5)
Nate Fikse - punting (36th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10, 42.1)
Ryan Roques - punt returns (9th in Pac-10, 6.9), interceptions (42nd in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10, 0.44)
Eric Whitfield - interceptions (6th in Pac-10, 0.33)
Joey Strycula - interceptions (T-10th in Pac-10, 0.27)
Robert Thomas - tackles (8th in Pac-10, 8.3)
Rushing Offense - 8th in Pac-10, 108.3
Passing Offense - 8th in Pac-10, 218.7
Total Offense - 9th in Pac-10, 327.0
Scoring Offense - 8th in Pac-10, 20.9
Rushing Defense - 10th in Pac-10, 189.7
Passing Efficiency Defense - 8th in Pac-10, 126.1
Total Defense - 9th in Pac-10, 444.6
Scoring Defense - 7th in Pac-10, 28.3
Kickoff Returns - 40th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10, 21.2
Net Punting - 40th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10, 36.6
Turnover Margin - 6th in Pac-10, +0.27
ACADEMIC AWARD - UCLA is one of 26 football programs to graduate at least 70% of its 1993-94 freshman class, according to results released by the American Football Coaches Association. UCLA's percentage was 82.6%, with 19 of 23 student-athletes earning a degree. UCLA was the only Pac-10 school to earn a spot on the list.
RED ZONE - In 11 games, UCLA reached the Red Zone on 37 occasions and scored 27 times -- 18 touchdowns (13 rushing, five passing) and nine field goals. The other drives ended with four blocked field goal attempts, three interceptions, twice on downs and one interception. Against USC, UCLA scored one touchdowns on three opportunities. UCLA scored two touchdowns and three field goals in six trips against Washington after being blanked in two trips against Arizona. Against Oregon State, UCLA scored a passing TD on its only red zone trip. Against California, the Bruins reached the red zone once and the drive ended on downs. Against Oregon, UCLA was just three-of-six (three touchdowns), with one interception and two blocked field goals. At ASU, UCLA was two-for two (one touchdown). Against Stanford, UCLA was four-for-four in the zone with three rushing touchdowns and a field goal.
UCLA's opponents entered the Red Zone 45 times and scored 32 times (15 rushing touchdowns, 12 passing touchdowns and five field goals).
>TURNOVERS - In 11 games, UCLA created 28 turnovers (17 interceptions and 11 fumbles) and converted them into 55 points (six TDs, a two-point conversion, four field goals and five conversions). One interception ended an overtime possession. The Bruins accounted for only 12 interceptions in 12 games a year ago.
UCLA turned the ball over 31 times (17 interceptions and 14 fumbles) and opponents converted them into 42 points (seven touchdowns, four PATs and two field goals).
PAC-10 STANDINGS - 1997-99 (Three Years)
Team Pac-10 Overall UCLA 17-7 24-11 Washington 15-9 21-14 Arizona 14-9 25-11 Arizona State 14-9 19-14 Oregon 14-10 23-12 USC 12-12 19-16 Stanford 12-12 15-17 Wash. State 8-16 15-19 California 7-17 12-21 Oregon State 6-18 15-18
PAC-10 STANDINGS - 1996-99 (Four Years)
Team Pac-10 Overall Arizona State 22-9 30-15 Washington 22-10 30-17 UCLA 21-11 29-17 Arizona 17-14 30-17 Oregon 17-15 29-17 Stanford 17-15 22-22 USC 15-17 25-22 Wash. State 11-21 20-25 California 10-22 18-27 Oregon State 7-25 17-27
BRUINS IN THE NFL - As of Oct. 23, 30 former Bruins were listed on 1999 NFL rosters, including three on injured reserve and two on practice squads.
NCAA GRADUATION RATES - In the 1998 NCAA Graduation Report, UCLA earned the following rankings among schools in the 1998 Final USA Today Top 25 poll: first (tied) in grade-point average for the incoming freshman classes of 1994-97 (3.15), second in SAT scores for the incoming freshman classes of 1994-97 (990), seventh in graduation rate for the 1991 freshman class (65%) and 11th in graduation rate for the 1988-91 freshman classes (57%).
CLASSROOM STANDOUTS - Senior wide receiver Brad Melsby has been selected to the 1999 GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII second team.
Twenty members of the 1999 team earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll (3.0 or higher GPA) during the 1998-99 school year. Ten of them earned a spot during two or more of the three quarters.
In 1998, center Shawn Stuart was selected first-team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American. Punter/place kicker Chris Sailer and offensive guard Andy Meyers were selected to the 1998 GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII team.
UCLA's football program has produced 15 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners (50 in all sports, including three in 1997-98 and two -- center Shawn Stuart and kicker Chris Sailer, in 1998-99), 16 Academic All-Americans (13 first-team selections), four NCAA Today's Top Six honorees, one NACDA/Disney Scholar-Athlete and two Academic All-America Hall of Fame inductees.
RADIO - The 1999 season was UCLA's third on XTRA 1150 Sports. The Los Angeles all-sports station broadcasts the Bruins' games, including a two-hour pre-game show and a post-game show. In addition, XTRA 1150 provides ancillary programming during the week, including Bob Toledo shows.
TELEVISION - Ten of UCLA's 11 games in 1999 were telecast live (five on ABC, one on Fox Sports Net, one on Fox's Pac-10 syndicated package and three on Fox Sports Net West 2). 77 of UCLA's last 82 games have appeared on live television.
UCLA ON THE WEB - UCLA releases and results can be found on the school's official website - www.uclabruins.com. There is also special information on wide receiver Danny Farmer, including updated statistics and a weekly diary, at www.uclabruins.com/farmer.
UCLA ON INFOCONNECTION - UCLA releases and results for all sports may be acquired by using the Pac-10's InfoConnection system. If you have a PIN number, call 800/300-2050 from the handset of a fax machine. If you do not have a PIN number, please call 770/399-0096 to acquire one. The Pac-10 code number is 72210. UCLA's football codes are: release: 3101, notes/depth chart: 3102, stats: 3103, latest game stats: 3104, latest game book: 3105, roster: 3108.
1999 UCLA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opp. (TV) Outcome Sept. 4 Boise State (FSNW2) W, 38-7 Sept. 11 @ Ohio State (ABC) L, 20-42 Sept. 18 Fresno State (FSNW2) W, 35-21 Sept. 25 @ Stanford (no live tv) L, 32-42 Oct. 2 @ Arizona State (ABC) L, 27-28 Oct. 9 Oregon (Fox Net) W, 34-29 Oct. 16 California (ABC) L, 0-17 Oct. 23 @ Oregon State (Fox Synd.) L, 7-55 Oct. 30 Arizona (FSNW2) L, 7-33 Nov. 13 Washington (ABC) W, 23-20 (ot) Nov. 20 @ USC (ABC) L, 7-17
LOOKING AHEAD - The Bruins will play seven home games in 2000, opening at home against Alabama.
2000 UCLA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opp. Sept. 2 Alabama Sept. 9 Fresno State Sept. 16 Michigan Sept. 23 at Oregon Sept. 30 Arizona State Oct. 14 at California Oct. 21 Oregon State Oct. 28 at Arizona Nov. 4 Stanford Nov. 11 at Washington Nov. 18 USC