Sept. 3, 2001
GAME 2 - UCLA will meet Kansas on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Lawrence, KS. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 p.m CT. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net. The Bruins are currently ranked 14th on the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and 14th on the Associated Press poll.
Fox Sports Radio AM 1150 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all games except when there is a conflict with a Los Angeles Dodger baseball game. The Kansas contest will be broadcast on KLAC 570 AM and the Bruin Radio Network with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and John Ireland on the sidelines.
LAST WEEK - UCLA spotted Alabama a 10-point lead and then rallied to upset the Crimson Tide 20-17 in Tuscaloosa Saturday night. The game was only the 16th night game in the history of Bryant-Denny Stadium and UCLA's win was only the second of the 16 (the first was in 1951). Alabama hadn't lost a season opener in Tuscaloosa since 1893, a string of 43 games. The Bruins did not commit a penalty or a turnover in the game while the Crimson Tide had 15 penalties and turned the ball over twice, both of which were converted into field goals by UCLA. In addition, UCLA allowed just one sack while making three of its own. Alabama built a 10-0 lead thanks to a 78-yard pass play which featured a fumbled snap by the quarterback and a busted assignment by the Bruin secondary and field goal 1:11 into the second quarter. With 8:30 left in the half, fullback Ed Ieremia-Stansbury culminated a 64-yard drive with a 10-yard run to bring the Bruins to within three points and neither team scoreed for the remainder of the half.
UCLA took the lead for good on its second possession of the half when quarterback Cory Paus found flanker Tab Perry down the left sideline for a 53-yard touchdown, the first scoring catch of Perry's career. On Alabama's ensuing possession, cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. intercepted a pass and Chris Griffith kicked a field goal for a 17-10 lead.
On Alabama's next possession, defensive tackle Rodney Leisle stopped a drive at the Bruin 33-yard line. The Crimson Tide attempted a reverse and Leisle stripped the ball carrier and recovered the fumble himself. That mistake was converted into another Griffith field goal. The defense again starred on the next Alabama possession. The Crimson Tide had a fourth-and one at the two-yard line but the defense held and took possession without allowing a first down. Alabama closed to within three points (20-17) with 2:13 remaining on a 71-yard pass to Freddie Milons. UCLA then ran almost two minutes off the clock before Nate Fikse's 46-yard punt pinned the Crimson Tide at its own 10-yard line with 21 seconds left and it couldn't move past its 36-yard line. Heisman Trophy candidate DeShaun Foster led the Bruin ground game with 110 yards on 24 carries, including a key 40-yard run in the fourth quarter. Ed Ieremia-Stansbury scored a 10-yard touchdown and rushed for 31 yards, exceeding his season total of a year ago. Cory Paus completed eight of 22 passes (with several drops) for 123 yards and one touchdown (53 yards) and Tab Perry made five receptions for 113 yards.
Defensively, the Bruins held Alabama to just two touchdowns and a 31% conversion rate on third down. Excluding the two long touchdown passes (149 yards), UCLA allowed 309 yards on 69 plays, had a key goal line stand, caused two turnovers and recorded three sacks. Outside linebacker Ryan Nece was credited with 9.0 tackles (five solos and eight assists), including one for loss while middle linebacker Robert Thomas made 7.0 tackles (four solos and six assists), including one sack and another half-tackle for loss. Strong safety Jason Stephens, making his first start since the 1999 opener, made two solos and seven assists (5.5 total) while free safety Marques Anderson made 6.5 tackles (six solos and one assist).
Other key contributors included Leisle with three solo tackles, four assists, one fumble caused and one fumble recovered, end Kenyon Coleman with two solos and five assists, outside linebacker Marcus Reese with three solos and three assists, and Manning with four solos, including one for loss, an interception and two passes defensed.
PRE-SEASON HONORS - Senior tailback DeShaun Foster is on the list of pre-season candidates for the Doak Walker Award. Senior free safety Marques Anderson and junior cornerback Ricky Manning, Jr. are both listed on the pre-season Jim Thorpe Award list. There are six defensive backs from the Pac-10 on the list, including the two Bruins. Placekicker Chris Griffith is a pre-season nominee for the Lou Groza Award. Linebackers Robert Thomas and Ryan Nece are on the Butkus Award pre-season watch list. Defensive lineman Kenyon Coleman joins Thomas on the Rotary Lombardi award list. Wide receiver Brian Poli-Dixon is on the Biletnikoff Award pre-season list.
BRUINS IN THE 2001 POLLS - AP: Pre-season, No. 15, Aug. 27, No. 15, Sept. 2, No. 14. USA Today/ESPN: Pre-season, No. 17, Aug. 27, No. 17, Sept. 2, No. 14.
DID YOU KNOW? - UCLA has won 11 of its last 15 games versus ranked opponents dating back to a 1997 win at #11 Texas and has posted a 19-4 record in regular season games played in the Rose Bowl since that win over the Longhorns. Alabama was ranked No. 25 on the AP poll, giving the Bruins a 1-0 record versus ranked opponents this season.
The last time the Bruins opened the season with two straight games on the road was the 1986 season. UCLA lost the season opener at No.1-ranked Oklahoma and then bested San Diego State in game two.
The Bruins have opened the season with two straight road games eight different times since the 1960 campaign, posting a 10-4-2 record in those games. They won both games in three of the seasons and played in a bowl game to end six of the eight seasons (1961 - '62 Rose Bowl, 1965 - '66 Rose Bowl, 1970 - no bowl, 1974 - no bowl, 1978 - Fiesta Bowl, 1981 - Bluebonnet Bowl, 1985 - '86 Rose Bowl, 1986 - Freedom Bowl).
Four Bruins on the 2001 roster are the sons of former Bruin football players - TE Blane Kezirian (dad, Ed played offensive line in 1972-73 for coach Pepper Rodgers and posted a 17-5 record), DB/ Holder Garrett Lepisto (dad, Vic played defensive end in 1964-66-67 for coaches Bill Barnes and Tommy Prothro), FB Matt Stanley (dad, Steve played fullback in 1965-67 and was a member of the 1966 Rose Bowl team), QB John Sciarra (dad, John played 1972-75 and quarterbacked the Bruins to a win over No. 1 Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl game).
Tailback Bob Toledo will select a fourth captain on a weekly basis.
No Pac-10 team returns more defensive starters than UCLA with eight (Washington State and California also return eight). In addition, the Bruins welcome back Kenyon Coleman, who missed most of the 2000 season due to injury. UCLA will seek to replace lost starters at linebacker (Tony White), safety (Jason Zdenek) and cornerback (Jason Bell).
Cornerback Ricky Manning, Jr. played this past summer for the Minnesota Twins' minor league team at Elizabethton, TN in the Appalachian League (rookie level). Manning, an outfielder, hit .253 in 22 games with a .364 on base percentage and four stolen bases. He played on the same team as the nation's number one selection in this past summer's Major League Baseball draft, Joe Mauer.
UCLA-KANSAS TIES -- Kansas defensive coordinator Tom Hayes was an assistant coach (secondary and co-defensive coordinator) at UCLA from 1980-88 and tutored such Bruin greats as Kenny Easley, James Washington and Eric Turner. Hayes, who was on the same staff as Bob Toledo at Texas A&M in 1989-90, is in his first season at Kansas. Pepper Rodgers left the head coaching job at Kansas following the 1970 season and took the same position at UCLA (1971-73). He brought a young assistant coach, Terry Donahue, with him from Kansas. Donahue, who helped coach the Kansas frosh team in 1967 and then was elevated to the varsity staff in 1968, would go on the succeed Dick Vermeil (1974-75) as Bruin head coach (1976-1995) for the 1976 season. Larry Brown was the head basketball coach at UCLA for two years (1980-81) and at Kansas for five years (1984-88).
SERIES NOTES - UCLA leads the series 4-2. This will be UCLA's first game at Kansas since the 1978 season.
In the last meeting, Kansas, ranked No. 11 at the time, bested the Bruins 51-30 in the Aloha Bowl. It marked Terry Donahue's final game as head coach at UCLA. Kansas jumped out to a 17-0 advantage and led 37-7 entering the fourth quarter. Twenty-three UCLA points in the final period made things interesting, but it was too little too late. Karim Abdul-Jabbar led UCLA with 152 rushing yards. Quarterback Cade McNown completed 13 of 34 passes and threw for three touchdowns. Kansas also won the last meeting in Lawrence on September 23, 1978. KU, a 17-point underdog heading into the contest, handed the Bruins a 28-24 defeat. The Jayhawks scored three times in less than three minutes in the second quarter on the way to taking a 28-7 halftime lead. Quarterback Rick Bashore rallied the Bruins, but Kansas was able to hang on. Theotis Brown rushed for 148 yards to pace the Bruin offense.
The last Bruin win in the series came in the 1977 game at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Playing with just four days rest following a Monday night game at Houston, UCLA posted a 17-7 win in its home opener. Halfback James Owens led Bruin rushers with 98 yards on 19 carries. Rick Bashore and Steve Bukich split time at quarterback.
BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO - The Bruin head coach owns a record of 36-23 (24-16 in Pac-10 play) and a winning percentage of .610 during his first five years on the job. Toledo guided the Bruins to a 20-game winning streak (starting on Sept 13, 1997 vs. Texas and snapped at Miami on Dec. 5, 1998) which was the longest in school history and twice the length of the previous streak (10, set in 1946 and tied in 1954-55). His teams have won two Pac-10 titles (1997 and 1998) and played in bowl games in three of the last four seasons.
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 total games in back-to-back seasons (Terry Donahue in 1987-88).
Under Toledo, UCLA is 27-8 when it scores at least 30 points and 13-1 when it scores at least 40. UCLA is 23-6 when leading at the half and has won nine times after trailing at the half and four when tied at the half. The Bruins are 3-1 in overtime games. When ranked, the Bruins sport a 25-7 record under Toledo.
Under Toledo, UCLA is 12-9 versus ranked teams. It has won five of the last seven (in 1999 versus Washington and in 2000 against Alabama, Michigan and Arizona) and is 11-4 in the last 15 games against Top 25 teams. The Bruins were 3-2 last year versus the Top 25, 2-1 versus the Top 10.
NEW COACHES AND ASSIGNMENTS - UCLA has two new coaches on this year's staff and several others have different assignments than a year ago. Phil Snow is in his first season as defensive coordinator and coach of the safeties. He spent the last nine seasons at Arizona State, the last seven as defensive coordinator. R. Todd Littlejohn is in his first season as coach of the cornerbacks after spending the 2000 season at San Jose State and the 1998 and 1999 seasons at Utah State.
Bob Toledo to develop the weekly game plan. John Pearce is in his first season as quarterback coach and third overall, having tutored the defensive ends the past two years. Don Johnson, in his second season on the staff, is now coaching the entire defensive line after working with the interior line this past year.
NEW STARTERS AND DEBUTS -- Four Bruins made their first career starts versus Alabama - LG - Eyoseph Efseaff, RG - Shane Lehmann, WR - Tab Perry and CB - Matt Ware. Eleven Bruins made their varsity debut versus Alabama, including true freshmen Ware, Jibril Raymo and Matt Clark, redshirt freshmen Craig Bragg, Efseaff, Ben Emanuel, Patrick Norton, Steve Vieira, Manuel White, sophomore Blane Kezirian and senior Adam Peters.
KENYON COLEMAN - Senior defensive left end Kenyon Coleman, a Rotary Lombardi Award candidate, was credited with two solo tackles and five assists in the opener versus Alabama, helping hold the Crimson Tide to 159 net rushing yards on 46 attempts.
In 2000, he started the first three games of the season before suffering a knee injury (torn cartilage in his left knee) in the Michigan game and undergoing season-ending surgery.
One of the leaders of the defense, he enjoyed his best season in 1999 when he was one of just four Bruins to start all 11 games. He made 50 tackles, including nine at USC and seven at Stanford. Coleman ranked second on the squad with 3.5 sacks that season and had nine tackles for loss. He also broke up eight passes.
ROBERT THOMAS - Robert, a Butkus and Lombardi Award candidate, is the anchor of the defensive unit at middle linebacker. He was all over the field in the victory at Alabama, finishing second on the squad and was involved in 10 tackles -- four solos and six assists for a total of 7.0. He also recorded one sack and another half-tackle for loss and deflected a pass.
One of three season tri-captains for 2001, Thomas was a semi-finalist for the Butkus Award which honors the nation's top linebacker in 2000. A starter the previous two seasons, he is known for his quick strike ability and sideline-to-sideline coverage. On the year, he led the team with 88 tackles despite being hampered by a stress reaction in his left foot. He was tied for second on the squad with nine tackles for loss and led the Bruins and the Pac-10 with six fumbles forced. His regular-season average of 7.3 tackles per game ranked 11th in the Pac-10.
Thomas moved into the starting lineup in 1999 at middle linebacker. He made a team-high 14 tackles that year against Fresno State, the most by a Bruin since Brian Willmer made 15 versus Arizona on Nov. 16, 1996. For the season, Thomas ranked second on the squad with 68 tackles (he missed three games-the season's first two and the Arizona contest). He also had four tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks.
RYAN NECE - Ryan, now a senior, was added to the Butkus Award pre-season candidate list on August 30, his third straight year with that honor. Healthy after surgery on both shoulders during the off-season, he was involved in a team-high 13 plays in the win over Alabama -- five solos and eight assists for a total of 9.0 tackles, including one for loss. It was his 22nd consecutive start, tied for best on the team.
In 2000, he ranked second on the team last season with 78 tackles. He started all 12 games at weak side linebacker and has a team-high 30 career starts entering the season, including a streak of 21 straight (tied for team-high). Nece played with an injured shoulder for most of the season and missed Spring practice following surgery. He was a 1998 first-team Freshman All-American and was credited with 85 tackles and six sacks that season. He ranked third on the team in tackles in 1999 with 65.
MARQUES ANDERSON - A candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, senior free safety Marques Anderson is one of the nation's top big-play defenders. In the victory over Alabama, he was involved in seven tackles for a total of 6.5 (six solos and 1 assist). He was also credited with one pass defensed.
In his 10 regular-season games a year ago, he was involved in seven turnovers to tie for No. 1 in the nation with a 0.7 turnovers per-game average. On the year, Anderson finished third on the team in tackles with 73 and led the squad with 11 tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries. He shifted to free safety in the Spring after starting at strong safety last season.
RICKY MANNING - True junior corner Ricky Manning Jr., one of two Bruins on the Jim Thorpe Award pre-season candidate list, earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors last season in the vote of league coaches. He has started in each of the last 22 games (tied for longest starting streak on the team) after making his first career start against Fresno State in 1999.
Manning was at his best in the 20-17 victory at Alabama. He made four solo tackles, including one for loss. He forced Ahmaad Galloway out of bounds at the two-yard line, helping the Bruins complete a fourth quarter goal line stand. He also intercepted a pass that the Bruins turned into a Chris Griffith field goal and defensed two other passes.
Last season, he ranked fifth on the team with 65 tackles. His four interceptions led the team, as did his 14 pass defenses. As a freshman in 1999, he led the Bruins with 10 tackles for loss and ranked fourth on the team with 53 tackles. He has also served as a punt returner the past two seasons and is expected to do so again this season.
LINEBACKERS - True junior linebacker Marcus Reese, who has been a major contributor the last two seasons, will contend for playing time on the weak side and in the middle. In the win over Alabama, be played well off the bench and was credited with 4.5 tackles (three solos and three assists). In 2000, he came off the bench to appear in all 12 games and finished with 34 tackles, ninth on the team.
Redshirt freshman Mat Ball, who started four games at defensive end a year ago, was switched to strongside linebacker during Fall camp. He started versus Alabama and made one tackle at his new position. In 2000, he made 14 tackles and had one interception. True sophomore Brandon Chillar will battle with Ball for playing time on the strongside. He made one tackle versus Alabama. In 2000 as a true freshman, Chillar saw action as a backup linebacker and special teams performer. He appeared in a total of seven games.
DEFENSIVE LINE - Junior Rusty Williams had a 22-game starting streak at defensive end stopped at the Sun Bowl. He missed that contest after undergoing shoulder surgery. He sat out Spring practice and reported to Fall camp ready for action and played at defensive right end versus Alabama. Sophomore Dave Ball started at right end against Alabama and did a good job on his assignments, just missing a quarterback sack late in the game. A year ago as a redshirt freshman, he started three games at end and saw action in all 12 contests.
Redshirt sophomore tackle Rodney Leisle played very well in the opener at Alabama. He was involved in seven plays and finished with 5.0 tackles (three solos and four assists). Late in the third quarter with the Bruins leading 17-10, the Crimson Tide drove to the Bruin 33-yard line. Alabama then tried a reverse, but Leisle stripped the ball carrier and recovered the football to halt the drive. UCLA then converted the turnover into a field goal.
At the other tackle position, senior Anthony Fletcher came off the bench and made two tackles against the Crimson Tide. He played much of the game in place of senior Ken Kocher, who injured his right shoulder in the first quarter. Leisle started all 12 games in 2000 and ranked first among the linemen with 36 tackles. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and was named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News. Fletcher ranked second among the linemen with 28 tackles and was a starter in seven games. Kocher battled through nagging injuries to see action in nine games. In addition, junior Steve Morgan came off the bench to make two tackles, including a five-yard sack and junior Sean Phillips also made a sack off the bench, giving the defensive line two in the game.
DESHAUN FOSTER - The Heisman and Doak Walker candidate enjoyed a fine season opener against Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Foster carried the ball 24 times for 110 net yards, including a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter and a 21-yard run in the first quarter. With his 110-yard effort against the Crimson Tide, Foster has now rushed for at least 100 yards eight times in his career, including five times in his last 12 games. He now ranks 10th on UCLA's career rushing list with 2,195 yards and needs just 21 to move past Kevin Williams into ninth place.
In 1998, Poli-Dixon was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, after being the team's second-leading receiver. His 10 touchdowns tied for the conference lead. He started the final 10 games of the season. Only J.J. Stokes ever gained more yards as a Bruin sophomore, and only two other players ever caught more balls in a sophomore season. His 1999 season ended in the season's third game, when he suffered a fractured wrist in the game against Fresno State.
EXPERIENCE AT FULLBACK and TIGHT ENDS - Senior fullbacks Ed Ieremia-Stansbury (6) and Matt Stanley (2) shared the starting assignment last season. Ieremia-Stansbury caught 10 passes for three touchdowns. Stanley, who started the Alabama and Michgan games, saw limited action after dislocating his shoulder against the Wolverines.
Ieremia-Stansbury is one of the unsung stars of the team. An outstanding blocker, he started against Alabama and scored the Bruins' first touchdown of 2001 on a tackle-breaking 10-yard run. On the afternoon, he carried five times for 31 yards. In 2000, he carried five times for 24 yards for the entire season. He also recovered Alabama's onside kick attempt with 2:13 remaining in the game with UCLA leading by three.
Senior Bryan Fletcher and junior Mike Seidman provide a one-two punch at tight end capable of rivaling any school in the country. Fletcher made 10 catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns last season. Seidman caught six passes and scored one touchdown. Each player saw action in all 12 games. Seidman underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair cartilage damage on August 10th. He returned to practice on August 24 and played in the opener at Alabama.
OFFENSIVE LINE - Three veterans, each set to begin his third season as a starter, return to the unit. Senior Troy Danoff (22 starts over last two-plus seasons) started the first nine games of 1999 at center and all 12 games there last season. Junior Bryce Bohlander (15 straight starts), who started the final two games of 1999, started all 12 at left tackle last season. Junior Mike Saffer (20 career starts) started all 12 games at right tackle after starting seven times at right guard in 1999. Redshirt sophomore Shane Lehmann won the starting job at right guard while redshirt freshman Eyoseff Efseaff emerged from Fall camp as the No. 1 left guard and they both made their first starts at Alabama. Three redshirt freshmen -- left tackle/guard Paul Mociler, right tackle/guard Steven Vieira and center John Ream -- are the top reserves. In the opener against Alabama, the line enabled the Bruins to average 4.4 yards on 38 rushing attempts (168 total) after averaging 2.6 yards in 2000. The unit also protected Cory Paus extremely well, allowing just one sack.
JUST FOR KICKS - Redshirt junior Chris Griffith, a candidate for the Lou Groza Award and a former walk-on, handled the place kicking chores in 1999 and earned a scholarship for the 2000 season. A second-team All-Pac-10 team selection last year, Griffith ranks among the all-time leaders at UCLA in career field goals. In the 2001 opener against Alabama, he converted field goals of 30 and 45 yards to help build a 20-10 lead and also pinned the Tide at its seven-yard line with a 28-yard punt from field goal formation. His two field goals gave him 26 for his career, moving him into seventh place on UCLA's all-time list.
True junior punter Nate Fikse enjoyed a spectacular night at Alabama. He averaged 44.2 yards on eight punts with a long of 56 yards. Three times, he forced the Crimson Tide to start at their own 10-yard line or deeper, including a 46-yard punt that pinned Alabama at its 10-yard line with 21 seconds remaining in the game.
In 2000, he earned second-team all-conference honors a season ago after averaging 43.3 yards per kick. He had 19 kicks of at least 50 yards and 17 of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line. His regular-season average of 43.3 ranked first in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation and he averaged at least 45.0 yards in five games with a high of 48.1 yards against Michigan. His total of 3,246 yards on his 75 punts set a new school record, breaking the mark of 3,130, set by Matt McFarland in 1978. Fikse's current career average of 42.76 would rank No. 2 on UCLA's all-time list, trailing only Kirk Wilson's record of 44.60 and just ahead of No. 3 Zenon Andrusyshyn (42.63).
WIDE RECEIVER - True sophomore Tab Perry, redshirt sophomores Ryan Smith, redshirt freshman Craig Bragg and seniors Cody Joyce and Devon Reese emerged from Fall camp with the best chances to compete for time in the receiver rotation with senior Brian Poli-Dixon.
Perry made his first start a very successful one. The true sophomore made five receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown, catching a long strike along the left sideline and finishing the play for a 53-yard score, the first of his career. A year ago, he made six catches for 58 yards and excelled as a kickoff returner, setting school records with 29 returns for 598 yards. Bragg saw the first action of his career last week in the Alabama game and made his presence felt. He had a 27-yard kickoff return, a 21-yard punt return and two runs for 23 yards, including one for 22 yards. Smith was one of just three players to catch a pass versus Alabama (four yards).
RUNNING BACK - Sophomore Akil Harris and redshirt freshman Manuel White each demonstrated during Spring practice that they are capable performers. Last season, Harris ran for 100 yards versus Arizona State after Foster went down with an injury. On just the second carry of his career, he went around right end for a 23-yard touchdown. At Alabama, he carried once for eight yards on UCLA's first touchdown drive, setting up Ed Ieremia-Stanley's scoring run. White, a big, tough back with speed, made his debut against Alabama, carrying four times for no yards.
QUARTERBACK - Senior Scott McEwan and junior Ryan McCann will compete for playing time behind Paus. McEwan appeared in two games last season and did a solid job against both Fresno State and Wisconsin. McCann came off the bench to rally the Bruins to a win over Alabama. He started the wins over Fresno State and Michigan and the loss at Oregon. Once Paus returned to the lineup, he did not see further action and underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder prior to the end of the year.
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2001 starts / career starts) - Offense - WR: Brian Poli-Dixon (1/21), Tab Perry (1/1), OL: Troy Danoff (1/22), Mike Saffer (1/20), Bryce Bohlander (1/15) Eyoseff Efseaff (1/1), Shane Lehmann (1/1), TE: Bryan Fletcher (1/5), QB: Cory Paus (1/17), Ryan McCann (/4), RB: DeShaun Foster (1/16), Akil Harris (1/2), Ed Ieremia-Stansbury (1/9, two at LB), Matt Stanley (/3), PK: Chris Griffith (1/23). Defense - DL: Kenyon Coleman (1/24), Ken Kocher (1/12), Rusty Williams (0/22), Anthony Fletcher (0/11), Stephen Sua (0/1), Rodney Leisle (1/13), Sean Phillips (0/3), Dave Ball (1/4), Steve Morgan (0/1), Asi Faoa (0/1 at LB), LB: Ryan Nece (1/31), Robert Thomas (1/21), Mat Ball (1/5, 4 at DE), Audie Attar (0/1 at DB), DB: Jason Stephens (1/9), Joe Hunter (0/4), Ricky Manning Jr. (1/22), Marques Anderson (1/23), Matt Ware (1/1), P: Nate Fikse (1/24).
RED ZONE - UCLA entered the Red Zone twice against Alabama and scored twice (one rushing touchdown, one field goal) for 10 points. Alabama was in the Red Zone twice and settled for one field goal for 10 points. The other possessions ended on downs at the two-yard line. Last year, UCLA was in the Red Zone 47 times and scored 38 times (16 rushing touchdowns, 13 passing touchdowns and nine field goals) for 227 points. The other possessions resulted in two fumbles, three interceptions, one missed field goal, two on downs and one with the game ending. Bruin opponents entered the Red Zone 45 times and scored on 38 occasions (13 passing touchdowns, 17 rushing touchdowns and eight field goals) for 232 points. The other possessions ended on a fumble, an interception, three missed field goals and twice on downs.
TURNOVERS - In the season opener, UCLA recovered two turnovers (an interception by Ricky Manning Jr. and a fumble recovery by Rodney Leisle) and scored six points (two field goals). UCLA did not have a turnover. Last year, UCLA recovered 30 turnovers (17 fumbles, 13 interceptions) and scored 69 points (nine touchdowns and two field goals). The Bruins turned the ball over 23 times (11 fumbles and 12 interceptions) and they were converted into 59 points (eight touchdowns, including three on interception returns, and one field goal).
THIS AND THAT - Offensive lineman Mike Saffer's dad, Don, played on the 1967 UCLA national championship basketball team for coach John Wooden ... Tight end Bryan Fletcher's brother, Terrell, plays for the San Diego Chargers ... Several Bruins have fathers who played in the NFL - Ryan Nece's dad, Ronnie Lott, was one of the top safeties in NFL history with the 49ers, Jibril Raymo's dad, Halim Muhammad, played with the Raiders, John Sciarra's dad, John, played for the Eagles ... Some have dads who played at colleges other than UCLA - Kevin Brant's dad, Tim, played at Maryland, Ryan McCann's dad, John, played at Arizona, Ryan Nece's dad, Ronnie Lott, played at USC, Ryan Wikert's dad, James, played at Northern Arizona ... Robert Thomas' dad, Stan, played major league baseball ... Defensive lineman Rodney Leisle's high school team went 0-10 his senior season ... UCLA is home to the only three-time consensus All-Americans in Pac-10 history - linebacker Jerry Robinson (1976-78) and safety Kenny Easley (1978-80) ... UCLA is the school that produced the only player to participate in six Super Bowls (Mike Lodish), the only quarterback to win three Super Bowls in four years (Troy Aikman) and the only man to play on three straight Super Bowl champions (Ken Norton) ... After winning four NCAA titles during the past school year, UCLA still ranks No. 1 with a total of 86 NCAA team championships... UCLA will begin its 20th season of playing home games in the Rose Bowl with the contest on Sept. 15 against Arizona State.
UCLA In the Magazines
National Rankings: No. 6 by Collegefootballnews.com, No. 8 by Lindy's, No. 9 by Blue Ribbon, No. 10 by Athlon, No. 14 by Phil Steele, No. 15 by USA Today/ESPN and Preview Sports, No. 16 by FOXSports.com, No. 17 by Football News, No. 18 by Street and Smith's, No. 19 by the Football Writers Assn. of America, No. 23 by Sports Illustrated, No. 32 by The Sporting News. Player Honors: At least one pre-season publication has tabbed the following players for first-team All-Pac-10 honors - RB DeShaun Foster, LB Robert Thomas, FS Marques Anderson, WR Brian Poli-Dixon, DL Kenyon Coleman, DB Ricky Manning, Jr., P Nate Fikse, OL Mike Saffer, OL Bryce Bohlander.
NCAA GRADUATION RATES - In the 2000 NCAA Graduation Report, which analyzed the freshman class of 1993, 10 of 14 Bruin freshmen earned their degrees - 71.4%. In addition, three other freshmen who entered in the Winter or Spring quarters of 1993-94 also earned their degrees, raising the mark to 76.5%. In the 2000 NCAA Division I Graduation Rates report, which analyzed the freshman class of 1993, 10 of 14 Bruin freshmen earned degrees - 71.4%. In addition, three other freshmen who entered in the Winter or Spring quarters of 1993-94 also earned their degrees, raising the percentage to 76.5% (13 of 17).
UCLA ON THE RADIO - The 2001 season is UCLA fifth on Fox Sports Radio AM 1150. The Los Angeles all-sports station broadcasts the Bruins' games, including a two-hour pre-game show and a one-hour post-game show. Due to a conflict with Dodger games, the Kansas game will be aired on KLAC 570 AM.
Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 10th season as the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens is in his fifth year on the broadcast team and his first as the analyst in the booth. John Ireland, who is a sportscaster for KCAL-TV, is in his first season as the sideline reporter.
Stations on the Bruin radio network include: KDFO 800AM (Bakersfield), KCBL 1340AM (Fresno), KAVL 610AM (Lancaster), KSDO 1130AM (San Diego, CA), KSHP 1400AM (Las Vegas, NV), KAOI 1110AM (Maui), KPTT 630AM (Reno, NV), KBET 850AM (Thousand Oaks), KVEN 1450AM (Ventura), KIXW 960AM (Victorville), KVBL 1400AM (Visalia), KDEF 1150 AM (Albuquerque, NM), KEWS 1350 AM (Riverside). In addition, Fox Sports Radio provides ancillary programming during the week, including Bob Toledo interviews during the week of the games.
UCLA games are also available via the internet at www.uclabruins.com and www.foxsports1150.com. Fans can also hear the game for as little as 10 cents per minute by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929) to listen to the broadcast on the telephone.
TELEVISION - In 2000, 11 of UCLA's 12 games were televised live (four ABC-TV, three on Fox Sports Net West 2, two on the Pac-10's Fox Sports Net package, one on the Pac-10's Fox Syndicated package and one on CBS-TV). Seven of UCLA's 11 games this season have already been selected for live television. The Alabama game was broadcast nationally by ESPN. ABC will televise the Ohio State, Stanford and Oregon games. Fox Sports Net will televise the Kansas, Arizona State and California games. Entering the Kansas game, 89 of UCLA's last 95 games have been televised live. The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox Sports Net West 2, airs every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m during the season.
UCLA ON THE WEB - UCLA releases, player information and results can be found on the school's official website - www.uclabruins.com. For more detailed information on Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Award candidate DeShaun Foster, click on the logo on the right side of the front page.
TOLEDO PRESS CONFERENCE - Bruin head coach Bob Toledo hosts a weekly press conference every Monday, including Labor Day (Sept. 3). It is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Morgan Center Press Room adjacent to the new Hall of Fame. The opposing coach is usually be available by speaker phone at either 1:15 or 2:30 p.m. A few players are usually available prior to 1:15 p.m.
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCES - The Pac-10 will hold a weekly teleconference with all 10 head coaches every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., beginning on Sept. 11. Each coach will have a 10-minute window. Bob Toledo will be on the call at 11:30 a.m. Please call the Pac-10 office or a Pac-10 SID to obtain the telephone number.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED - The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed containing interviews with coaches and players and game highlight footage. The half-hour feed airs every Wedensday at 11:30 a.m. PT, beginning on Sept. 5. Coordinates for the feed are Telstar 6, Transponder 9 (C-Band).