Oct. 2, 2006
GAME #5 - The UCLA Bruins (3-1, 1-1) will host the Arizona Wildcats (2-3, 0-2) in a Pac-10 matchup on Oct. 7. The game will be televised locally by FSN Prime Ticket, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Bill Macdonald, former Bruin great Mike Sherrard and Dale Hellestrae will be in the booth.
AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin Radio Network will broadcast all of the Bruin games this season with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines. The AM 570 feed can also be heard nationwide on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 107).
UCLA IN THE POLLS IN 2006 - Week 1: USA Today 33, AP NR; Week 2: USA Today 27, AP 28; Week 3: USA Today 29, AP T-29; Week 4: USA Today 28, AP 29; Week 5: USA Today T-41, AP T-38; Week 6: USA Today 39, AP33.
THE 25TH YEAR - The 2006 season marks the 25th year that the Rose Bowl has served as the home of the Bruins. UCLA moved from the L.A. Coliseum in the summer of 1982 and went 6-0-1 in that first year, capping the season with a victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl game. The season-opening win against Utah was UCLA's 100th at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins own a record of 102-43-2 since moving to Pasadena, including a 3-2 record in Rose Bowl games. UCLA is 17-4 under head coach Karl Dorrell, including a current streak of nine straight wins.
FAN ZONE - For all Bruin home games fans should plan on arriving in the Arroyo Seco early to avoid traffic and picnic at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is sponsoring the Fan Zone in Area H. The Fan Zone contains the AM 570 stage, where fans can watch and hear the Bruin pre-game radio show. It also includes the Food Zone, which includes the following restaurants: American Pretzel, Carl's Jr., Teri and Yaki, Funnel Cakes Etc, Baja Grill, Now You're Poppin', PSI Drinks, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill, Gourmet Cobbler Factory and Just Chokes. The Alumni Band will also be performing in the Fun Zone.
2006 PRE-SEASON AWARD WATCH LISTS ---
Shannon Tevaga has been named to the Watch Lists for the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman and the Rotary Lombardi Award for top lineman.
Kevin Brown has been named to the Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defender and the Rotary Lombardi Award for top lineman.
Ben Olson has been named to the Watch List for the Maxwell Award as the nation's top offensive player.
Justin Medlock has been named to the Watch List for the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker.
Justin Hickman has been named to the Watch List for the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman.
Chris Markey has been named to the Watch List for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.
Vs. ARIZONA - UCLA leads the series with the Wildcats 18-10-2 with the first meeting between the two schools taking place in 1927.
Arizona snapped a Bruin four-game series win streak with a 52-14 win in the desert last year. The loss also broke UCLA's season-opening eight-game winning streak. The Bruins had entered the game with an 8-0 record and No. 7 national ranking, but saw the Wildcats score the first four times they touched the ball to race out to a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter. During the game, quarterback Drew Olson tied the school record for touchdown passes in a season with his 25th scoring toss and Marcedes Lewis set a record for season receptions by a Bruin tight end after hauling in 11 passes during the contest, the second-highest single-game total in school history. In the last meeting at the Rose Bowl (2004), the Bruins jumped out to a 23-3 halftime advantage and won, 37-17, to record their fourth straight win of the season at the time. Drew Olson and Lewis hooked up on three scoring passes, a couple of the spectacular variety, during the contest. Olson also threw a fourth scoring pass on the day to fullback Michael Pitre. It was a career high total of scoring passes at the time for Olson. Lewis finished with then career-best totals of six catches for 99 yards.
HALL OF FAME WEEKEND - Outland trophy winner Jonathan Ogden, one of the top left tackles in collegiate history, heads a class of eight Bruins being inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in ceremonies planned around the game on Oct. 7 against Arizona. Also in the class are Carol Bower (rowing), Herb Flam (tennis), Monte Nitzkowski (swimming/water polo), Annette Salmeen (swimming), Dennis Storer (soccer/rugby), John Vallely (basketball) and Elaine Youngs (volleyball). The new class will be inducted during an on-campus dinner on Friday night (Oct. 6) and will be introduced at halftime of the Arizona game.
HONORARY CAPTAIN - Several members of the 1946 UCLA football team are here this afternoon celebrating the 60th anniversary of UCLA's first Rose Bowl team. Burr Baldwin, Skip Rowland, Ernie Johnson, Cal Rossi, Jack "Moose" Myers, Al Hoisch and Les Steiner were key members of the UCLA team that went 10-0 in the regular season and won the Pacific Coast Conference. Baldwin led the Bruins in receiving that season with 18 catches for 374 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in a 13-6 victory against USC. Rowland led the team in rushing with 540 yards and averaged 6.3 yards per carry, and Johnson, the left halfback, was the Bruins' leading scorer with 42 points. Rossi was drafted twice to play professionally but never did, Myers enjoyed a pro career with Philadelphia and Los Angeles and Hoisch returned a kickoff in the Rose Bowl 103 yards for a touchdown, an unbreakable UCLA record.
NOTING ARIZONA - The Wildcats are averaging 253.4 yards on offense (109th in the nation) -- 185.00 in the air and 68.40 on the ground. Defensively, Arizona is averaging 359.60 yards allowed (86th nationally) -- 139.40 on the ground and 220.20 in the air. In their last two games, they have held USC to 20 points and Washington to 21.
Quarterback Willie Tuitama, who gave the Bruins fits a year ago, has completed 71 of 129 passes (55.0%) for 775 yards and three touchdowns with five interceptions. The Wildcats' leading rusher is Chris Jennings with 303 yards (60.6). Syndric Steptoe is the team's leading receiver -- 22 for 291 yards and one touchdown -- and he is averaging 113.2 all-purpose yards, including 24.1 yards per kickoff return.
Mike Stoops is in his third season as head coach of the Wildcats and owns a record of 8-19, 1-1 vs. UCLA.