Sept. 12, 2005
Watch - UCLA Head Football Coach Karl Dorrell addressed the media Monday afternoon, discussing the Bruins' 63-21 victory over Rice and this weekend's game vs. Oklahoma at the Rose Bowl. Click the following link to view the press conference, which includes video highlights from last weekend's action.
Mon., Sept. 12 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Sept. 13 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Sept. 14 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Sept. 15 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
Sat., Sept. 17 - Oklahoma at UCLA (12:30 p.m./ABC)
GAME 3: UCLA (2-0) welcomes Oklahoma (1-1, No. 21 AP) to the Rose Bowl on Sept. 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m PDT. The contest will be televised by ABC Sports. Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts will call the action. Todd Harris will be 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.
USA Sports Radio will also broadcast the game to a national audience with Larry Kahn and John Robinson in the booth.
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 94-43-2 on their home field, 9-4 under coach Dorrell.
HONORARY TEAM CAPTAIN
Former UCLA assistant coaches Homer Smith and Don Riley will serve as the honorary UCLA team captains for the Oklahoma game.
Smith served three terms as UCLA's offensive coordinator. His third term, from 1990-93, culminated in the 1994 Rose Bowl game. In his second tenure, from1980-86, every quarterback who started a game played in the NFL (Tom Ramsey, Jay Schroeder, Rick Neuheisel, Steve Bono, David Norrie and Matt Stevens). In his first term in Westwood, from 1972- 73, he served as architect of the Wishbone offense under head coach Pepper Rodgers.
Riley was a member of Terry Donahue's original coaching staff and his first tour of duty at UCLA was from 1976-87. He tutored the offensive line and placekickers and helped coach the Bruins in three Rose Bowl games following the 1982, 1983 and 1985 seasons. Many of Riley's players such as kickers Norm Johnson and John Lee; linemen Brent Boyd, Larry Lee, Dan Dufour and Blake Wingle went on to play in the NFL. Riley returned to UCLA for the 1995 season as offensive line coach, working with future pros Jonathan Ogden, Mike Flanagan and Chad Overhauser.
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 again sponsoring the Food Zone in Area H, just south of the bowl. Participating restaurants include American Pretzel, Chandra Thai, Funnel Cakes Etc, In-N-Out, Baja Grill, Now You're Poppin', PSI Drinks, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill and Sepi's Giant Submarines.
THIS WAY TO THE ROSE BOWL
Free shuttle buses are available at the Parsons Engineering parking lot in downtown Pasadena (Walnut and Fair Oaks). There is a $6.00 charge for parking at the Parsons Lot. Shuttle service begins four hours prior to kickoff and runs up to one hour after the game.
The Metro Gold Line will run from downtown Los Angeles (and points further) to downtown Pasadena (approx. one block from the Parsons Lot) on game days. Gold Line patrons are encouraged to use the free shuttle from the Parsons lot to and from the Rose Bowl.
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
Oklahoma leads the series, 3-0. The Sooners were ranked as the nation's number one team in the 2003 and 1986 meetings.
In 2003, UCLA built a 10-7 lead in the first quarter before Oklahoma showed why it was the #1 team in the nation, scoring 21 straight points to end the half and going on to defeat the Bruins 59-24 in Norman, OK. Brandon Chillar led a UCLA defense, which gave up 354 yards on the day, with 14 tackles. The defense allowed just four of the eight Sooner touchdowns. Three Bruin punts and one interception were returned for OU scores. Craig Bragg caught 10 passes in the contest.
In 1990, Oklahoma turned six Bruin turnovers into 20 points on the way to posting a 34-14 season-opening win in the Rose Bowl. Jim Bonds and Tommy Maddox shared the quarterbacking duties that day for the Bruins. Roman Phifer led the Bruin defense, which forced five OU turnovers, with 13 tackles.
The 1986 game was the season opener for the Bruins and pitted them against the pre-season #1 ranked and defending national champion Sooners in Norman, OK. Oklahoma jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead and won the game 38-3. OU ran for 470 yards on the day while limiting the Bruins to 155 total yards of offense. Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens (now UCLA radio broadcaster) completed two passes that day to future UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell for 21 yards. James Washington led UCLA tacklers with 17 stops.
NOTING THE SOONERS
Head Coach Bob Stoops is in his seventh season at Oklahoma.The son of a coach, Stoops was a defensive back at the University of Iowa (1979- 82) and began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1983. He played in the 1982 Rose Bowl game and was a volunteer assistant coach for the Iowa team which lost to UCLA in the 1986 Rose Bowl game.
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. 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.
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 was named Defensive Pac-10 Player of the Week. He had one tackle versus Rice.
Havner led the Pac-10 in tackles last season (11.37 per game). His 17 tackles against Illinois in 2004 were the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in 2001. He made at least 13 tackles in five games in 2004 (16 v. Oklahoma St., 17 at Illinois, 13 at Washington, 14 v. San Diego St., 16 v. Stanford).
Maurice Drew's 66-yard punt return against Rice was the 13th time in his career he has scored on a play which measured at least 40 yards. It also tied the UCLA single-season and career records for punt returns in a career.
Kicker Justin Medlock connected on three field goals in the season opener against San Diego State and is now sixth on UCLA's career field goal list with 32. His nine PATs against Rice tied a school record.
Running back Maurice Drew's 114 rushing yards in the opener at San Diego State marked the seventh time in his career he has topped to century mark. (142 v. Illinois, 2004; 322 v. Washington, 2004; 161 v. San Diego State, 2004; 105 v. Stanford, 2004; 126 v. Wyoming; 176 v. Arizona State, 2003) 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. His 66-yard scoring punt return against Rice was his fifth kick return for a touchdown. (91 KO v. Oklahoma, 2003; 99 KO v. USC, 2003; 72 PR v. SDSU, 2005, 66 PR v. Rice, 2005; 68 PR v. Stanford, 2004). .
In 2004, despite missing almost the entire Washington State and USC games and not playing at Oregon, Drew still ranked 17th in the nation (third in Pac-10) in all-purpose yards (146.0/ g) in 2004. He ranked third in the Pac-10 in rushing (91.5/g). Tight end Marcedes Lewis , with seven touchdown catches in 2004, set a new UCLA record for most career scoring receptions by a tight end (11), breaking Tim Wrightman's mark.
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. Only John Lee has done it more times in his career (four).
In Drew Olson's last 10 games, including the 2005 opener, he has completed 168 of 278 (.604) passes for 2,273 yards, 19 TDs, eight interceptions.
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 early 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-yard average).
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.
Justin Medlock's 52-yard field goal against Oklahoma State was the longest by a Bruin since 1997 and tied for fourthlongest in school history. His four field goals against San Diego State (2004) were the most by a Bruin since Chris Sailer kicked five against Stanford in 2002.
UCLA's 44 points against San Diego State was its highest scoring total in an opener since a 49-31 win over Texas in 1998 at the Rose Bowl.
The win against the Aztecs was UCLA's first in an opener since a win over Colorado State began the 2002 season. UCLA then won at Oklahoma State to go 2-0.
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).
Special teams has been a point of emphasis over the last two years. The Bruins currently rank third nationally in punt returns (32.3) and net punting (43.7) and are averaging 22.0 yards on kickoff returns. Opponents are averaging just 3.0 yards on punt returns and 15.9 yards on kickoff returns.