Oct. 31, 2005
Mon., Oct. 31 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Nov. 1 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Nov. 2 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Nov. 3 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
Sat., Nov. 5 - UCLA at Arizona (3:15 p.m. PT on FSNW2)
GAME 9: UCLA (8-0, 5-0, ranked No. 5 by the BCS; No. 7 by AP and USA Today/Coaches; No. 6 on Harris Poll) travels to Arizona (2-6, 1-4). Game time is 4:22 p.m. MT/3:22 p.m. PT and the contest will be televised in the Los Angeles area by Fox Sports Net West2 (Channel 653 on Direct TV) with Bill Macdonald and Mike Sherrard in the booth.
XTRA Sports 570 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all of the Bruin games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines. The Bruins' No. 7 ranking by AP is its highest since the 2001 season, when the Bruins were ranked No. 4 after starting the year 6-0.
2005 IN-SEASON AWARD LISTS
Spencer Havner, LB - One of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker; One of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman Drew Olson, QB - One of seven finalists for the Unitas Award as nation's top senior quarterback.
UCLA leads the series with Arizona, which dates back to 1927, by a 18-9-2 count. UCLA has won the last four meetings played in the series -- 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004. The Bruins have also won the last four series meetings played in Tucson -- 2003, 2002, 2000, 1998.
The Bruins jumped out to a 23-3 halftime advantage and won last year's matchup in the Rose Bowl, 37-17, to record their fourth straight win of the season at the time. Drew Olson and tight end Marcedes 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.
In the 2003 contest at Tucson, UCLA rallied from a 21-10 halftime deficit to record a 24-21 win. UCLA marched 80 yards on the opening drive of the second half to narrow the gap to four points. Neither team scored again until defensive tackle Rodney Leisle intercepted a shovel pass and returned it 55 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 13:41 to play. NOTING ARIZONA-- The Wildcats are coming off a 29-27 win at Oregon State. They rank fourth in the Pac-10 in total defense (413.8 yards) and scoring defense (26.9). They are allowing 228.8 yards in the air (third in the Pac-10) and 185.0 on the ground (ninth).
Offensively, Arizona is averaging 330.8 yards (ninth in the Pac- 10), 233.8 in the air (seventh) and 97.0 on the ground (10th). It is averaging 20.8 points (10th). Senior running back Mike Bell is eighth in the league in rushing (80.6). Freshman Mike Thomas leads the receivers with 43 catches for 622 yards and four touchdowns.
INDIVIDUAL UCLA NOTES
Maurice Drew's 299 all-purpose yards against California are the second-most in an NCAA game this season.
Maurice Drew is the only player in school history to score five touchdowns in a game and he has now done it twice (2004 at Washington and 2005 versus California).
Maurice Drew already holds the UCLA career record for all purpose yards with 4,299. He passed former No. 1 Gaston Green, 1984-87, (4,283 yards) on a 10-yard fourth-quarter punt return at Stanford.
Maurice Drew already ranks No. 9 in UCLA career scoring with 222 points and No. 10 in career rushing with 2,276 yards. Drew Olson (currently with 23) needs one more touchdown passe this season to move into a tie for second (Cade McNown/Troy Aikman) on the all-time school season list. He will move into a tie for first (Cade McNown) with two more scoring passes.
Marcedes Lewis (currently with 17) will move into a tie for second (Craig Bragg/Danny Farmer) on the all-time UCLA TD reception list with three more scoring grabs.
Marcedes Lewis (currently with 105) will tie for 10th on the alltime school list for receptions with three more catches. Justin Medlock (currently with 39) needs three more field goals to move up to a tie for No. 4 (Chris Griffith) on the all-time made field goals list at UCLA.
Spencer Havner (currently with 373) needs two more tackles to pass Kenny Easley and move into third on the all-time career tackles list at UCLA.
Quarterback Drew Olson has been named one of seven finalists for the Unitas Award (top senior quarterback) with the winner to be announced on Nov. 30. Spencer Havner has been named one of the 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award (four finalists announced on Nov. 15, award presented Dec. 7) and one of 10 semifinalists (three finalists announced on Nov. 10, award presented Dec. 10) for the Butkus Award. Havner is also one of 15 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy (semifinalists announced Nov. 11, trophy presented Dec. 11).