Sept. 21, 2000
LOS ANGELES -
UCLA looks to snap Oregon's 16-game home winning streak when they open Pac-10 play at Autzen Stadium on Saturday.
The sixth-ranked Bruins (3-0) didn't win a game on the road last season, but they are a prime candidate to end Oregon's home winning streak.
Playing its first road game of the season, unranked UCLA rose in the polls by beating Alabama, Fresno State and Michigan. The Crimson Tide and Wolverines were ranked third when beaten by the Bruins.
UCLA was the last team to beat the Ducks at Autzen Stadium, winning 39-31 on Oct. 11, 1997.
"To win the championship, you've got to win on the road," UCLA coach Bob Toledo said. "I was up there for six years (as an assistant coach at Oregon). It's a tough place to play."
The Bruins continue to struggle with injuries.
Kenyon Coleman, one of the nation's top defensive linemen, had surgery on his left knee Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks.
Coleman, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound senior, was hurt early in Saturday's 23-20 victory over Michigan.
In addition, the Bruins will be without fullback Matt Stanley for a minimum of four weeks. Stanley dislocated his right shoulder last Satuday.
Coleman will be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore Sean Phillips, while Ed Ieremia-Stansbury, who scored the winning touchdown against Michigan, becomes the first-string fullback.
Ryan McCann passed for 236 yards and two second-half touchdowns, including a 2-yarder to Ieremia-Stansbury with 6:30 remaining, to put the Bruins ahead for the first time.
McCann replaced starting quarterback Cory Paus, who separated his right shoulder in a 35-24 season-opening victory against Alabama. Paus is expected to miss at least two more games.
Bruins halfback DeShaun Foster, who leads the conference with 422 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, is facing a defense that has been vulnerable to the run.
Oregon (2-1) allowed 290 yards on 28 carries to Wisconsin's Michael Bennett in a 27-23 loss on Sept. 9, and has surrendered 139.3 yards per game on the ground. Oregon extended its home winning streak with a 42-13 trouncing of Idaho on Saturday.
Joey Harrington threw four touchdown passes and Maurice Morris ran for two more.
Morris, who has 334 yards rushing, leads the running game for a team that ranks 12th nationally in total offense with 453.3 yards per game.
UCLA leads the all-time series, 37-17.