Oct. 17, 2005
Mon., Oct. 17 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Oct. 18 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Oct. 19 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Oct. 20 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
Sat., Oct. 22 - Oregon State at UCLA (4:00 p.m. on TBS)
GAME 7: UCLA (6-0, 3-0, ranked No. 8 by AP and No. 9 by USA Today/Coaches) welcomes Oregon State (4-2, 2-1) to the Rose Bowl. Game time is 4:00 and the contest will be televised nationally by TBS with Ron Thulin and Charles Davis in the booth and Craig Sager on the sidelines.
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. 8 ranking by AP is its highest since the 2001 season, when the Bruins were ranked No. 4 after starting the year 6-0.
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 97-43-2 on their home field, 12-4 under coach Dorrell.
HONORARY CAPTAIN -- Defensive back Oscar Edwards earned All-America honors and first-team all-conference honors in 1976. He received UCLA's Defensive MVP honors after serving as a team tri-captain. That season, he recorded 90 total tackles, including 14 each against USC and Arizona State, and two interceptions. In 1975, he was voted UCLA's Outstanding Defensive Player against USC after making six tackles, two for losses, in the Bruins' 25- 22 victory. He also played on UCLA's 1976 Rose Bowl team that defeated top-ranked Ohio State. He was a secondteam All-Coast selection in 1975. In his two season's as a Bruin, the team posted a 18-4-2 record.
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 Oregon State, which dates back to 1930, by a 36-13-4 count. The teams have not met since the 2002 season. UCLA has won the last two meetings, both in Corvallis, and the schools have not met in the Rose Bowl since the 2000 season. This will be Karl Dorrell's first game against the Beavers as head coach of the Bruins.
The Bruins dealt the Beavers a 43-35 setback in Corvallis,OR in 2002. The Bruins scored 29 consecutive points to rally from an early 14-0 deficit and went on to best the Beavers. Offensively, UCLA piled up 625 yards, the ninth-best total in school history at the time. Quarterback Cory Paus completed 24-38 passes for 378 yards. Tight end Mike Seidman had eight catches for 138 yards and wide receiver Tab Perry caught seven receptions for 145 yards.
In the last meeting between the teams in the Rose Bowl (2000), Oregon State exploded for 23 consecutive fourth-quarter points to pin a 44-38 loss on the Bruins. UCLA had taken a 31-21 lead into the fourth quarter before OSU ran off five straight scores to make it 44-31 with 1:52 to play in the game. UCLA drove 80 yards to make it 44-38 with 1:18 to play but could get no closer. Bruin quarterback Cory Paus threw for 363 yards, but the Beavers limited UCLA to 72 yards rushing.
NOTING OREGON STATE -- The Beavers are averaging 428.7 yards of total offense, 321.8 passing and 106.8 on the ground. They are allowing 443.8 yards, 331.0 passing and 112.8 on the ground. Oregon State has won two straight, defeating Washington State, 44-33 in Corvallis and California, 23-20 in Berkeley.
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).
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. Against California, he scored five touchdowns for the second time in his career -- 12-yard run, one-yard run, 81-yard punt return, 28- yard reception and two-yard run -- an average of 24.8 yards per score. In the win at WSU, he scored two touchdowns -- a 45-yard reception and a one-yard run -- for an average of 23.0 yards per score.
He is averaging 27.6 yards per touchdown this season. 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.
Maurice Drew's 45-yard scoring reception at Washington State was the 15th time in his career he has scored on a play which measured at least 40 yards.
His 81-yard scoring punt return against California tied the UCLA and Pac-10 single-season (three) and career (four) records for punt return touchdowns. He had a 65-yard scoring return against Washington erased by penalty.
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. He had 100 all-purpose yards in the win over Oklahoma and 101 versus Washington.
Against California, he had 299 all-purpose yards -- 162 on three punt returns, 65 on 15 carries, 52 on two receptions and 20 on one kickoff return. Drew's 81-yard scoring punt return against Cal was his sixth 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; 81 PR v. California, 2005; 68 PR v. Stanford, 2004). He added 187 all-purpose yards in the win at Washington State.
Against Washington State, Drew Olson tied a school record with five touchdown passes. Cade McNown did at Texas in 1997 and at Miami in 1998.
Drew Olson's 31 completions against Washington State rank No. 2 in school history, trailing only Troy Aikman's 32 versus USC in 1988.
In Drew Olson's last 14 games, he has completed 273 of 434 (.629) passes for 3,427 yards, 31 TDs and 11 interceptions. Drew Olson has now led fourth-quarter comebacks in three straight games (Washington, 10 points; California, 12 points; Washington State (17 points). In those three games, he has completed 30 of 41 passes (.732) for 333 yards and four touchdowns. 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 six kick returns for scores, four punts / two kickoffs).
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 35. His nine PATs against Rice tied a school record.
Running back Maurice Drew's 109 rushing yards against Washington State marked the eighth time in his career he has topped to century mark. Drew's total of eight 100-yard games ranks tied for 10th on the all-time school list. (114 vs. San Diego State, 2005; 109 v. Washington State, 2005; 142 v. Illinois, 2004; 322 v. Washington, 2004; 161 v. San Diego State, 2004; 105 v. Stanford, 2004; 126 v. Wyoming, 2004; 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. 5). 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.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis set a school record for tight ends with seven touchdown catches in 2004. He also holds the career mark with 15, including his two scoring receptions versus Washington State. He has four this season.
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.
TEAM NOTES -- UCLA has started the season 6-0 in 10 previous seasons. The last time was in 2001 when it started the year with six straight wins. The other six-win starts include 1998 (Rose Bowl), 1988 (Cotton Bowl), 1980, 1969, 1967, 1966, 1954 (National Champs), 1952, 1946 (Rose Bowl). The last time the Bruins started a season with seven straight wins was 1998 (10-0).
UCLA's win over No. 9/10 California was its first over a Top 10 team since UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington, 35-13, in the 2001 season.
UCLA is ranked No. 8 by AP and No. 9 by USA Today/ Coaches. The last time UCLA was ranked higher was October 21, 2001 when the 6-0 Bruins were ranked No. 4 by the polls.
In its last three games, UCLA has outscored its opponents 50-3 in the fourth quarter and 6-3 in overtime. Against Washington, UCLA trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter and outscored the Huskies, 14-0. Against California, UCLA trailed by 12 points in the fourth and outscored the Golden Bears, 19-3 (the last 19 points). At Washington State, UCLA trailed by 17 entering the fourth and outscored the Cougars 17-0 in the fourth quarter and 6- 3 in overtime.
Overall, UCLA has outscored its opponents 88-17 in the fourth quarter with the only touchdowns being scored by San Diego State and Oklahoma.
By overcoming a 21-point second-quarter deficit (21-0 and 28-7) at Washington State to win, 44-41 in overtime, UCLA tied the school record for largest comeback. In 1982, UCLA rallied from 21 points down to win at Michigan (31-27) and in 2000, the Bruins rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeat Arizona State at the Rose Bowl, 38-31. UCLA also matched the school record for overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit, rallying from 17 points down. In 1996, UCLA rallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat USC in double overtime, 48-41 at the Rose Bowl. UCLA's win over Washington on October 1 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 fifth straight week for the first time since 2001 when it took the field for the season's first 10 games as a ranked unit.
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 entering USC week (Nov. 18).
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 six straight wins to open the 2005 campaign marks the first time the Bruins have compiled a six-game winning streak under head coach Karl Dorrell. California entered its game with UCLA having allowed just 53 points in five games (10.6 average). UCLA scored 47 versus the Golden Bears.
UCLA is 5-1 all-time in overtime, including this year's 44- 41 single overtime win at Washington State. Head coach Karl Dorrell is 2-0 in overtime, defeating California in 2003 and Washington State this season.
Opponents have scored just one touchdown on UCLA's four turnovers this season. UCLA has scored 47 points this season off of opponent turnovers.
UCLA scored at least 40 points in each of its first three games and five of its first six.
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. UCLA's 47 points against California was the highest point total by a Bruin team in a Pac-10 game since defeating Arizona State, 52-42 on Dec. 1, 2001.
The win at San Diego State was UCLA's first in an opener since a win over Colorado State began the 2002 season.
UCLA is 11-1 in games in which it has led at the half under coach Dorrell and 8-1 in games in which it has scored first. 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 27 for 28 in the Red Zone (24 touchdowns, three field goals, one end-of-game kneeldown) in 2005. In six games, UCLA has committed just four turnovers while forcing 11 (nine on defense and two on special teams). The Bruins rank 12th nationally and second in the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+1.17).
In 2005, UCLA has produced 49 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), five versus Washington (three passes, two kickoff returns), 11 versus California (five passes, three kickoff returns, two punt returns and one run) and seven versus Washington State (five passes, two kickoff returns). Nine have resulted in touchdowns.
Maurice Drew has 14 plays of at least 20 yards (four runs, four punt returns, five receptions and one kickoff return) and 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), one resulting in a touchdown. UCLA's longest play against Oklahoma was 38 yards and its longest play versus Washington was 39 yards. UCLA had two punt returns over 40 yards versus California with one resulting in a touchdown. UCLA had one pass over 40 yards versus WSU and it resulted in a touchdown.
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 six games this year, UCLA is averaging 6.3 yards per play, 431.2 yards of total offense and 43.3 points.
With the win at Washington State last week, the Bruins qualified to play in a bowl game following the 2005 season. The Bruins have now qualified to play in a bowl game in eight of the last nine seasons. UCLA entered the 2005 season having 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.
LAST GAME -- For the third straight week, UCLA rallied from double-digit deficits to defeat the Washington State Cougars, 44-41, in overtime in Pullman. The victory improved UCLA's record to 6-0, matching its best start since beginning the 2001 season with six straight wins.
By overcoming a 21-point second quarter deficit (21-0 and 28-7), UCLA tied the school record for largest comeback. In 1982, UCLA rallied from 21 points down to win at Michigan (31-27) and in 2000, the Bruins rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeat Arizona State at the Rose Bowl, 38-31. UCLA also matched a school record for overcoming a fourthquarter deficit, rallying from 17 points down. In 1996, UCLA rallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat USC in double overtime, 48-41 at the Rose Bowl.
Trailing 28-7 near the end of the first half, Drew Olson drove the Bruins 80 yards, hitting Marcedes Lewis for a four-yard touchdown with 26 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 14 points at halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, Olson and Maurice Drew connected on a 45-yard pass-and-run touchdown, completing a 73-yard drive to bring the Bruins to within seven points. However, WSU responded with a field goal and after a Bruin fake punt was unsuccessful, the Cougars took advantage of the short field (43 yards) to score their only touchdown of the second half and the Bruins trailed 38-21 entering the fourth quarter.
With 14:32 remaining in the game, Olson and Lewis hooked up for a nine-yard score to complete an 80-yard drive. After the Bruin defense forced a three-and-out, UCLA drove for a field goal to cut the deficit to seven points. UCLA still trailed by seven points with 4:52 remaining when it took over on its four-yard line. Olson drove the Bruins 96 yards for the tying score, finding Marcus Everett in the back corner of the end zone with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. On the final drive, he was six of seven for 78 yards, including the touchdown. Washington State drove to the Bruin 42-yard line but time expired forcing overtime. For the fourth time in five series, the Bruin defense forced WSU into a three-and-out and the Cougars had to settle for a field goal. For the Bruins, Drew gained nine yards on first down and Olson gained one yard for a first down. Drew then rushed for five yards and a facemask penalty gave UCLA a first-and-goal at the five-yard line. Drew gained four yards on his first attempt and scored the gamewinning touchdown on a one-yard plunge.
Offensively, UCLA gained 516 yards, 338 in the air and 178 on the ground. Olson completed 31 of 43 passes for a careerhigh 338 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. His five touchdown passes tied the school record held by Cade McNown (1997 at Texas and 1998 at Miami) and his 31 completions were one shy of Troy Aikman's school record of 32 (USC, 1998). In the final three quarters, he hit on 28 of 34 passes (.824) for 310 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. In the fourth quarter, he connected on 13 of 16 passes for 132 yards and two scores.
Drew accounted for 187 all-purpose yards, including 109 rushing and 78 receiving. He scored two touchdowns, including the game-winning TD for the third straight week. Joe Cowan led the receivers with six catches while Marcedes Lewis (two touchdowns) and Marcus Everett (his first career TD to tie the game) had five receptions each.
Defensively, UCLA yielded 499 yards but tightened up after halftime. The Bruins allowed 362 yards during the first half and just 85 yards in the third quarter, 47 yards and two first downs in the fourth quarter and five yards in overtime.