Sept. 25, 2000
GAME FIVE -The UCLA Bruins, 3-1 on the season, play their first Pac-10 conference home game when they meet the Arizona State Sun Devils (3-0) on Saturday, September 30. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
UCLA is ranked No. 15 by Associated Press and No. 17 by USA Today/ESPN.
The game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net. Steve Physioc and former UCLA All-America quarterback Tom Ramsey will call the action with Lisa Malosky on the sidelines.
XTRA Sports 1150 and the Bruin Radio Network will broadcast the game throughout Southern California and parts of three other states with Chris Roberts and Billy Ray Smith in the booth and Matt Stevens on the sidelines.
Last week, the Bruins played their first road game of the year at Oregon and were defeated, 29-10. Arizona State improved to 3-0 with a 44-20 victory over Utah State in Tempe.
LAST WEEK -- UCLA went on the road for the first time this season and after rallying in the third quarter to tie the game at 10-10, lost to Oregon at Autzen Stadium, 29-10.
In the first half, the Bruins committed several penalties, dropped a touchdown pass, gained just 22 yards on the ground and yielded over 200 yards, yet trailed just 10-0.
In the third quarter, they tied the game at 10-10 on a 46-yard field goal by Chris Griffith and a 54-yard touchdown pass from Drew Bennett to Freddie Mitchell. On the field goal drive, they also missed a chance for a score when Mitchell was ruled out of bounds in the end zone on a 30-yard pass from Ryan McCann.
Following UCLA's game-tying touchdown, Oregon drove from its 37-yard line to the Bruin eight, converting a fourth-and-10 from the UCLA 34-yard line, and kicked a 24-yard field goal to take a 13-10 lead. UCLA went three-and-out on offense and Oregon drove for another field goal to make the score 16-10. The Bruin offense again did not make a first down and the Ducks drove 53 yards for a touchdown to make the score 22-10 with 6:40 remaining in the game.
Offensively, the Bruins gained just 197 yards on the afternoon -- 206 in the air and minus-nine on the ground. McCann completed 13 of 33 passes for 152 yards and one interception while Bennett completed his only attempt for a 54-yard touchdown. Freddie Mitchell made six receptions for 158 yards and the Bruins' only touchdown and Brian Poli-Dixon made five catches. Tailback DeShaun Foster rushed for 49 net yards on 19 attempts.
Defensively, UCLA yielded 361 yards but was on the field for 81 snaps (4.2 average). The Bruins held the Ducks to 153 yards in the air on 15 completions in 34 attempts but gave up 208 net yards rushing. Outside linebackers Tony White (three losses) and Ryan Nece each made 13 tackles on the afternoon. Free safety Jason Zdenek was credited with nine tackles and one fumble forced while strong safety Marques Anderson added eight stops, including one sack and a second for loss. Middle linebacker Robert Thomas and tackle Anthony Fletcher each made seven tackles, including two for losses (Thomas also forced a fumble) and cornerbacks Ricky Manning, Jr. and Jason Bell combined for 11 tackles, one for loss, and five pass defenses.
BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO -- The Bruin head coach owns a record of 32-18 (21-12 in Pac-10 play) and a winning percentage of .640 during his four-plus years on the job. The 20-game winning streak snapped versus Miami on Dec. 5, 1998 was the longest in school history, twice as long as the previous streak (10, set in 1946 and tied in 1954-55).
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 games in back-to-back seasons (Terry Donahue in 1987-88).
Under Toledo, UCLA is 25-5 when it scores at least 30 points and 13-1 when it scores at least 40. It is 7-13 when it scores 29 or fewer points. The Bruins are 26-3 when leading entering the fourth quarter, 2-0 when tied entering the final quarter and have won four times when trailing after three periods. UCLA is 22-3 when leading at the half and has won six times after trailing at the half and four when tied at the half. The Bruins are 3-0 in overtime contests.
Under Toledo, UCLA is 10-7 versus ranked teams. It has won three straight (last year versus Washington and this year against Alabama and Michigan) and is 9-2 in the last 11 games against Top 25 teams. Toledo is 0-2 versus Arizona State as the Bruin head coach.
PRE-SEASON HONORS -- Senior defensive end Kenyon Coleman is on the `Watch List' for the Bronco Nagurski Award, presented to the top defensive player in the nation. Junior wide receivers Freddie Mitchell and Brian Poli-Dixon are both on the pre-season list for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation's top wide receiver. Linebackers Ryan Nece and Robert Thomas were named to the watch list for the Butkus Award which is given annually to the top collegiate linebacker in the nation.