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Bruins Hope to Avoid Letdown Against Jayhawks
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  09/05/2001

Sept. 5, 2001

UCLA has already shown it can beat a good team on the road. Now, the 14th-ranked Bruins must guard against overconfidence Saturday when they visit Kansas.

UCLA (1-0) opened the season last Saturday with a 20-17 victory at then-No. 25 Alabama.

Deshaun Foster, one of the nation's top running backs, carried 24 times for 110 yards, including a key 40-yard run in the fourth quarter. He has rushed for at least 100 yards in five of his last 12 games and ranks 10th on the school's career rushing list with 2,195 yards.

Cory Paus, a 2,000-yard passer last season, had a quiet game as he completed just 8 of 22 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown. Fifth-year senior Brian Poli-Dixon, who led UCLA with 53 receptions last season, was held without a catch for the first time since 1997.

"I've already forgotten about it," said Poli-Dixon. "I'm ready to go out there and show what I can do."

The Bruins, meanwhile, weren't whistled for any significant penalties and didn't turn the ball over.

"We can build on this," UCLA coach Bob Toledo said after beating the Tide. "We came in here as underdogs. You've got to win the close games, and we won the close game. You've got to win on the road, and we won on the road."

Saturday's victory was just the Bruins' second in their last 12 road games.

Kansas (1-0) will attempt to open a season with two wins for the first time since 1997, following a 24-10 victory over Southwest Missouri State last Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Zach Dyer performed well in his starting debut, completing 19 of 29 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown.

Starting tailback Reggie Duncan and quarterback Mario Kinsey will play against UCLA after both were suspended for the season opener. Duncan will start and Kinsey is expected to see time as well.

The Jayhawks have lost 10 straight games against ranked opponents, including all four games last season, since a 33-17 victory over 17th-ranked Colorado on Oct. 24, 1998.

"Watching UCLA's game with Alabama, you had to be impressed with their comeback," Kansas coach Terry Allen said. "They got down 10-0 and came back to win. The most impressive thing about that game, especially to us, is that they did not turn the ball over once and were not penalized."

Allen's team will see their share of national powers this season. Also on the schedule for Kansas this season is Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas and Kansas State-all teams currently in the Top 25.

UCLA leads the all-time series 4-2, but has lost the last two meetings.


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