Oct. 3, 2005
Mon., Oct. 3 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Oct. 4 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Oct. 5 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Oct. 6 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
Sat., Oct. 8 - California at UCLA (4:30 p.m. on TBS)
UCLA (4-0, 1-0, ranked No. 16 by USA Today/Coaches and No. 20 by AP) hosts California (5-0, 2-0, ranked No. 9 by USA Today/Coaches and No. 10 by AP) at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 8. Game time is 4:30 and the contest will be televised live nationally by TBS with Ron Thulin and Charles Davis in the booth and Craig Sager on the sidelines.
The Bruins are ranked for three straight weeks for the first time since late in the 2001 season when they were ranked in the first 10 games of the season.
This is UCLA's 87th season of football. The 2005 season is UCLA's 24th in the Rose Bowl. Since moving to Pasadena for the 1982 season, the Bruins are 96-43-2 on their home field, 11-4 under coach Dorrell.
HONORARY TEAM CAPTAIN
Former UCLA defensive standout Carnell Lake (1985-88) will serve as the honorary team captain for the California game. Lake played linebacker and earned All-America honors following the 1988 season and was a semifinalist for both the Butkus and Lombardi awards. In 1987, he led the Pac-10 in sacks with 13. Lake finished his career with 25.5 sacks and a school record (still) 45.5 tackles for loss.
Lake was drafted in the second round of the 1989 NFL draft and went on to earn All-Pro honors. He was a member of the 1996 Pittsburgh Steeler team which played in the Super Bowl. He was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2000.
2005 PRE-SEASON AWARD WATCH LISTS
Maurice Drew, RB - Maxwell Award as nation's outstanding player ... Doak Walker Award as nation's top running back
Spencer Havner, LB - Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker; Walter Camp Player of the Year Award; Lott Trophy as nation's top defensive player; Nagurski Trophy as nation's top defender... Bednarik Award as nation's top defender; Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Justin Hickman, DL - Hendricks Award as nation's top defensive end
Marcedes Lewis, TE - Walter Camp Player of the Year Award ... Mackey Award as nation's top tight end ... Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Justin London, LB - Lott Trophy as nation's top defensive player; Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman; Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker
Mike McCloskey, C - Rimington Trophy as nation's top center; Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Justin Medlock, PK - Groza Award as nation's top place kicker
Kyle Morgan, DL - Hendricks Award as nation's top defensive end
Drew Olson, QB - Unitas Award as nation's top senior quarterback
Jarrad Page, DB - Thorpe Award as nation's top defensive back
UCLA leads the series with California, which dates back to 1933, by a 47-27-1 count. The Bruins have won the last two games played in the Rose Bowl and have split the last eight meetings.
The Golden Bears won last year's contest by a 45-28 score in Berkeley. Drew Olson completed 20 of 36 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns (Marcedes Lewis, Maurice Drew- 2, Joe Cowan). Cal took a 21-14 lead in the game with a scoring pass just before halftime. California had jumped out to 14-0 lead before Olson found Lewis and Drew for second quarter scoring passes. The Golden Bears racked up 305 yards on the ground and 260 in the air during the contest.
In the last meeting in the Rose Bowl (2003), the Bruins recorded a 23-20 win in overtime. UCLA took a 20-12 lead early in the fourth quarter after Spencer Havner blocked a field goal attempt and Brandon Chillar recovered the loose ball and dashed 65 yards for a touchdown. California managed to tie the game on its last possession of the contest, scoring on a 35-yard pass play with 11 seconds remaining.
A two-point pass play knotted the score at 20-all. UCLA scored a field goal on the first possession of overtime. Justin London's tackle on third down that resulted in a nineyard loss forced Cal to attempt a 50-yard field goal to tie the game. The kick hit the upright and bounced away, giving UCLA the win. Chillar led UCLA with 12 tackles and London added 11.
NOTING THE GOLDEN BEARS
Head Coach Jeff Tedford is in his fourth year at California. He inherited a team which had posted a 1-10 record in 2001 and has engineered three straight winning seasons heading into 2005.
The Golden Bears are ranked 19th nationally in total offense with 458.60 yards per game -- 259.40 on the ground (No. 7 in NCAA) and 199.20 in the air. Defensively, they are allowing just 10.60 points (No. 6 in NCAA) and 288.60 yards (No. 20) -- 92.00 on the ground and 196.60 in the air.
In Drew Olson's last 12 games, he has completed 225 of 360 (.625) passes for 2,874 yards, 24 TDs and 10 interceptions.
The 131 receiving yards by Marcedes Lewis at San Diego State are the most by a Bruin tight end since 2002, when Mike Seidman had games of 138 against Oregon State and 134 versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yards versus Oregon State in 1975 is the school record for tight ends.
Spencer Havner's four defensive touchdowns are the most ever by a UCLA player (records date back to 1957). Havner has three interception returns for scores and one fumble return. Havner's fumble return for a score against Oklahoma pushed him past Abdul McCullough ('93-96) who had two interception returns and one fumble recovery; Jerry Robinson ('75-78) who had three interception returns; Marcus Turner ('85-88) who had three interception returns and Tommy Bennett ('92-93, 95) who had three fumble returns.
NOTE: (Darryl Henley ('85-88) had three punt returns and one fumble return for touchdown; Maurice Drew has five kick returns for scores, three punts / two kickoffs).
Maurice Drew's 66-yard punt return against Rice was the 13th time in his career he has scored on a play which measured at least 40 yards. It also tied the UCLA single-season and career records for punt returns in a career. He had a 65-yard scoring return against Washington erased by penalty.
By kicking field goals of 52 and 50 yards at Oregon in 2004, Justin Medlock became the first Bruin to kick two field goals of at least 50 yards in a game. He is the only Bruin ever to kick three field goals of 50 or more yards in the same season and is one of just two Bruins (John Lee is the other) to have four career field goals of 50 or more yards.
Medlock connected on three field goals in the season opener against San Diego State and is now fifth on UCLA's career field goal list with 34. His nine PATs against Rice tied a school record.
Running back Maurice Drew's 114 rushing yards in the opener at San Diego State marked the seventh time in his career he has topped to century mark. Drew's total of seven century games ranks tied for 12th on the all-time school list. (142 v. Illinois, 2004; 322 v. Washington, 2004; 161 v. San Diego State, 2004; 105 v. Stanford, 2004; 126 v. Wyoming; 176 v. Arizona State, 2003)
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, Spencer Havner led the Bruins with 13 tackles, including three for losses (one sack) and moved into the top 10 on the all-time Bruin career tackles list (he is now No. 7). He was named Defensive Pac- 10 Player of the Week. Last season, Havner led the Pac-10 in tackles (11.37/g). He made at least 13 tackles in five games in 2004. His 17 stops at Illinois in 2004 were the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in 2001.
In the opener against San Diego State, Maurice Drew accounted for 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the ground and 80 on punt returns. Against Rice, he accounted for 168 all-purpose yards, including 95 rushing, 66 on punt returns and seven on receiving. Drew's 66-yard scoring punt return against Rice was his fifth kick return for a touchdown. (91 KOR v. Oklahoma, 2003; 99 KOR v. USC, 2003; 72 PR v. SDSU, 2005, 66 PR v. Rice, 2005; 68 PR v. Stanford, 2004). He had 100 all-purpose yards in the win over Oklahoma and 101 versus Washington.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis set a school record for tight ends with seven touchdown catches in 2004. He also holds the career mark with 13, including his four-yard catch to begin the comeback in the win over Washington.
Only three quarterbacks in UCLA history have thrown for more than 20 scores in a season -- 25 Cade McNown-1998; 24- Troy Aikman 1988; 24-Cade McNown-1997; 21-Tom Ramsey - 1982. In 2004, Drew Olson threw 20 scoring passes to rank fifth on that UCLA list.
In the first game of the 2005 season, Maurice Drew scored three touchdowns (averaging 45.6 yards in length) -- all in the first half. On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he raced 64 yards for a score. He also hit paydirt on a one-yard run in the second quarter. Later in the same period, he returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown. Against Rice, he scored on a four-yard run and a 66-yard punt return (35.0- yard average). He had one touchdown (nine yards) versus Oklahoma and one touchdown (one yard) versus Washington.
In 2004, Drew averaged 40.63 yards on each of his eight rushing touchdowns in 2004 (47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 2) for 325 yards. He also had scoring receptions of 27, 43 and three yards and a punt return for 68 yards.
The last time UCLA went this long without playing a game out of the state of California was in the 1993 Rose Bowl season, when the Bruins were not out of state until an October 23 game at Oregon State. UCLA will travel to Washington State on October 15.
UCLA's win over Washington was its first as a ranked team since defeating California in the sixth game of the 2001 season. UCLA was ranked No. 4 by AP entering that contest.
UCLA is ranked in the Top 25 in a third straight week for the first time since 2001 when it took the field for the season's first 10 games as a ranked unit.
UCLA is ranked No. 16 by USA Today/Coaches and the Harris Poll and No. 20 by AP. The last time the Bruins were ranked as high by AP was Week 5 of the 2002 season, when they were ranked No. 20 entering the Colorado game. The last time UCLA was ranked higher than No. 20 by AP was entering the 2001 Oregon game on Nov. 10 (No. 17). When UCLA moved into the Top 25 on Sept. 18, it was the first time since 2002, when it was No. 24 on the USA Today/ Coaches poll and No. 25 on the AP poll (Nov. 18) entering USC week.
UCLA is 11-0 in games in which it has won the turnover battle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 3-0 this season (SDSU, Rice, Oklahoma).
UCLA's fourth straight win to open the 2005 campaign marks the third straight season in which UCLA has compiled at least a four-game win streak under head coach Karl Dorrell. UCLA's 4-0 start is its best since 2001, when it opened the season 6-0.
The Washington game was UCLA's Pac-10 opener. UCLA is now 3-0 in league openers under Karl Dorrell, having defeated Washington in all three years. The Bruins have won their last five Pac-10 openers, last losing at Oregon in 2000. UCLA scored at least 40 points in each of its first three games. The last time UCLA opened the year in that fashion was 1998, when it scored more than 40 points in the first five games. The Sept. 17 win over Oklahoma (No. 17 USA Today/No. 21 AP) was UCLA's first over a ranked opponent (AP) since a 46-16 win over No. 18 Washington at the Rose Bowl in 2003. The Bruins are 2-1 after a bye week (s) with Karl Dorrell as head coach. UCLA defeated San Diego State and lost to USC in the 2004 season following a bye.
The last time two Top 20 Pac-10 teams played in the Rose Bowl was No. 17 UCLA v. No. 7 Oregon in the 2001 season. The last time that two ranked Pac-10 unbeatens met in the Rose Bowl, No. 7 UCLA (4-0) took on No. 10 Washington (4- 0) in the 2001 season.
UCLA's 44 points against San Diego State was its highest scoring total in an opener since a 49-31 win over Texas in 1998 at the Rose Bowl.
The win at San Diego State was UCLA's first in an opener since a win over Colorado State began the 2002 season.
UCLA's 63 points against Rice is its highest total of the Karl Dorrell Era and the most points by a Bruin team since a 66- 10 win over Houston on Oct. 4, 1997. The 578 yards of total offense were also the most by a Dorrell team and the most since the 2002 Oregon State game (625).
UCLA is 17 for 18 in the Red Zone (15 touchdowns, two field goals, one end-of-game kneeldown) in 2005. UCLA finished the 2004 season by turning seven of its last eight red zone possessions into points.
In four games, UCLA has committed just two turnovers while forcing nine (seven on defense and two on special teams). The Bruins rank fifth (tied) nationally in turnover margin.
In the final five games of 2004, UCLA's defense allowed a total of 11 touchdowns (six rushing and five passing), after allowing 25 TDs in the first seven games. The Bruins allowed just six rushing touchdowns in the last six games and five passing touchdowns in the final five.
In 2005, UCLA has produced 31 plays of at least 20 yards -- 10 versus San Diego State (three passes, two punt returns, two runs, two kickoff returns and one interception return), 11 versus Rice (six passes, three runs, one kickoff return and one punt return), five against Oklahoma (three passes and two runs) and five versus Washington (three passes, two kickoff returns). Five have resulted in touchdowns. In 2004, UCLA had 100 plays of at least 20 yards (44 passes, 22 runs, 23 kickoff returns and seven punt returns, four interception returns), including 21 for touchdowns.
In the 2005 opener, UCLA had five plays of 40 or more yards (two punt returns, one kickoff return, one run and one pass) and two of those resulted in touchdowns. Against Rice, UCLA had four plays of 40 or more yards (two runs, one pass and one punt return). UCLA's longest play against Oklahoma was 38 yards and its longest play versus Washington was 39 yards.
In 2004, UCLA had 24 plays of at least 40 yards (10 passes, seven runs, three interception returns, two punt returns and two kickoff returns) and 15 of those were for touchdowns. UCLA averaged 5.97 yards per offensive play in 2004, its best since 1998 (6.81). Its average of 410.0 yards per game was its highest since 1998 (487.25). It's scoring average of 30.1 was also its best since 1998 (39.7).
In four games this year, UCLA is averaging 6.5 yards per play, 419.0 yards of total offense and 42.2 points.
The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl in seven of the last eight seasons. UCLA has played in 17 bowl games in the last 24 years. UCLA is 10-6 in its last 16 bowl game appearances.
UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last 23 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only Florida State, Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama, Miami and Michigan have won more bowl games in that span.
UCLA has more bowl wins (10) in the last 23 years than any other school in the Pac-10 conference. In fact, only eight schools (Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Auburn, Alabama, Penn State) have won more bowl games than the Bruins in that span.
UCLA rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Washington Huskies, 21-17, and improve its record to 4-0 for the first time since 2001.
Early in the third quarter, UCLA created its first break when Rodney Van recovered a fumbled punt at the Husky 28-yard line. Three plays later, Drew Olson and Marcedes Lewis connected on a four-yard touchdown to make the score 10-7.
After Washington made the score 17-7, the Bruins responded with an 80-yard drive. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Olson and Michael Pitre hooked up on a one-yard pass play to make the score 17-14.
That was the score when UCLA took possession on its own 27- yard line with 3:39 remaining in the contest. Olson drove the Bruins 73 yards for the winning score, converting a key fourthand- one from the Bruin 36-yard line with a five-yard pass to Andrew Baumgartner. On the next play, Marcus Everett turned a short pass into a 39-yard gain to the 20-yard line. Three plays later, Maurice Drew scored from the one-yard line with 1:08 remaining in the game to make the score 21-17 in UCLA's favor.
UCLA's defense then made one final stand. On Washington's first play from its own 20-yard line, Bruce Davis recorded a nine-yard quarterback sack and the Huskies eventually lost the ball on downs without gaining a first down.
Offensively, UCLA gained 352 yards -- 287 in the air. Drew Olson completed 29 of 44 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns and had his first two interceptions of the season.
In the second-half comeback, he connected on 20 of 26 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. In the fourth quarter, he connected on 11 of 15 passes for 99 yards and one score, including his last six attempts for 72 yards on the winning drive.