Oct. 15, 2001
Senior tailback DeShaun Foster (Tustin, CA/Tustin HS) was selected the UCLABruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 8-14.
Against a defense that hadn't allowed a rushing touchdown all year, Foster ran for a school-record 301 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries (9.7 average) to lead the Bruins to the 35-13 victory. The four touchdowns also tied a school record for rushing touchdowns and touchdowns of any type (he is co-holder of the latter mark, having scored three on the ground and one through the air as a freshman versus USC).
On his first touchdown, Foster ran through a couple of would-be tacklers for a five-yard score. On his second TD, from 21 yards, he bounced off the pile to the outside and broke three tackles to reach the end zone. His one-yard score was set up by his 64-yard run on UCLA's first offensive play of the second half. Foster's final touchdown came when he turned the right corner and ran by several Huskies for a 92-yard touchdown, the second-longest run from scrimmage in school history.
His 301 yards shattered the school record of 274, set by Theotis Brown versus Oregon in 1978. He also became only the third player in Pacific-10 Conference history to rush for over 300 yards in a game. Foster rushed for 65 yards (10 carries) and two scores in the first quarter, 38 yards (five carries) in the second quarter, 78 yards (10 carries) and one touchdown in the third quarter and 120 yards (six carries) and one touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Sixteen of Foster's 31 runs produced at least five yards, including eight straight in the first half. Seven of those runs gained at least double digits. His 64-yard run on UCLA's first play of the second half was the second-longest of his career (he had a 65-yard run in 1998) until the fourth quarter, when he raced 92 yards for a score.
With his 301-yard effort against the Huskies, Foster has rushed for at least 100 yards 11 times in his career, including four of five games this season and eight times in his last 16 games. In his last two games, he has recorded 448 yards and seven touchdowns on 62 attempts (7.2 average).
Foster currently leads the nation in rushing (162.6) and ranks ninth in all-purpose yardage (171.8). He leads the Pac-10 in rushing by almost 45 yards per game and is first in all-purpose yards and third in scoring (9.6).
His school-record tying four touchdowns gave him 39 in his career, putting him just one behind Gaston Green (40) for second place on UCLA's all-time list. Skip Hicks holds the record with 55. He also ranks sixth in career scoring with 236 points.Foster also moved into seventh place on UCLA's career rushing list with 2,898 yards and trails No. 6 Theotis Brown by just 16 yards.
This week's honor is Foster's second Student-Athlete of the Week honor this year and the third of his Bruin career.
Also nominated: Alejandra Barrientos (Women's Cross Country), Albert Garcia (Men's Water Polo), Bryan Green (Men's Cross Country), Melissa Martin (Women's Golf), Tim Pierce (Men's Soccer), Kristee Porter (Women's Volleyball), Stephanie Rigamat (Women's Soccer).