Sept. 5, 2005
Mon., Sept. 5 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Sept. 6 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Sept. 7 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Sept. 8 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
Sat., Sept. 10 - Rice at UCLA (7:00 p.m./Fox Sports Net West2)
GAME 2: HOME OPENER
UCLA welcomes Rice University (Houston, TX) to the Rose Bowl for the 2005 home opener on Sept. 10. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m PDT. The contest will be televised by Fox Sports Net West 2. Bill Macdonald and Mike Sherrard (former Bruin receiver, '82-85) will call the action. Lindsay Soto 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. This is UCLA's 87th season of football. Oklahoma State defeated the Bruins, 31-20, in the Rose Bowl in last season's opener.
The 2005 season will be UCLA's 24th in the Rose Bowl. Since moving to Pasadena for the 1982 season, the Bruins are 93- 43-2 on their home field, 8-4 under coach Dorrell.
BRUINS FOR RELIEF
UCLA announced that "Bruins For Relief," a fund raising effort for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, will take place at next Saturday's (Sept. 10) homeopening football game against Rice University at the Rose Bowl.
The University has partnered with the Rose Bowl, the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the American Red Cross and XTRA Sports 570 in this endeavor.
UCLA student-athletes, athletic department staff and families and University faculty and staff will volunteer to assist in collecting donations at the Rose Bowl. The Red Cross will set up and staff donation areas at the entrance gates at the Rose Bowl. XTRA Sports will promote the fundraising efforts on its various radio shows throughout the week and will also have a collection area at its pre-game party in Area H.
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to help in the relief efforts at our game next week," said UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. "We appreciate the cooperation of the Rose Bowl, the American Red Cross, XTRA Sports 570 and the entire UCLA community in this worthy cause."
All of the funds donated at the game will go directly to the Red Cross to aid people impacted by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Cash donations are preferred and checks should be made out to "American Red Cross - Hurricane Katrina."
Every fan who makes a donation at the Rice game will receive a coupon good for admission for two to a regularseason UCLA Olympic Sport event.
HONORARY TEAM CAPTAIN
Former UCLA and NFL great Billy Kilmer will serve as the honorary UCLA team captain for the Rice game. Kilmer played single-wing halfback in 1958, 1959 and 1960 at UCLA. The Azusa, CA native was selected an All-American following the 1960 season and finished fifth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. Following that 1960 season, Kilmer was listed among the nation's best in total offense (1st), passing (30th), punting (5th), scoring (30th) and rushing (7th). He went on to a highly successful career as an NFL quarterback with the 49ers, Saints and Redskins. Kilmer played in the 1973 Super Bowl with the Washington and was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in December of 1999.
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 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 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 Jarrad Page, DB - Thorpe Award as nation's top defensive back
DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
UCLA leads the series with Rice, 2-0. The Bruins won the first meeting in the series, 20-0, in 1952 at the Coliseum. The 11th-ranked Bruins posted their second of three shutouts during the 1952 season. Red Sanders' team went 8-1 that year and completed the schedule ranked sixth by AP.
The second meeting came in the 1966 season and then No. 2-ranked UCLA posted a 27-24 decision over the Owls in Rice Stadium (home of Super VIII) in Houston. Kurt Zimmerman's 17-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining, which capped a Bruin fourth quarter rally, gave UCLA the victory. It was coach Tommy Prothro's second season as Bruin head coach. Quarterback Gary Beban completed 17 of 35 passes for 238 yards and one touchdown. He added 66 yards rushing and two more touchdowns. Mel Farr ran for 52 yards and caught four passes for 65 yards. UCLA finished with a 9-1 record that year, losing only at Washington. The Bruins were ranked fifth by AP at the end of the 1966 season.
NOTING THE OWLS
Head Coach Ken Hatfield is in his 12th season at Rice University. When he arrived at Rice in 1993, Hatfield was one of three active coaches to lead three different programs to top-20 seasons and was the only active Division IA coach to post 10-win seasons at three different schools. His teams made 10 straight bowl appearances from 1982 to 1991 (1982-83 Air Force; 1984-1989 Arkansas; 1990-1991 Clemson), including a Cotton Bowl matchup with UCLA following the 1988 schedule. Each of his last 18 teams has finished in the nation's top-20 nationally in rushing. His 2002 and 2003 Owl teams finished second in the nation.
Hatfield earned his first head collegiate coaching assignment after then-head coach Bill Parcells left the Air Force Academy for the NFL in 1979. As a player at Arkansas, Hatfield led the nation in punt returns in both 1963 and 1964.
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. In 2004, despite missing almost the entire Washington State and USC games and not playing at Oregon, Maurice Drew still ranked 17th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in allpurpose yards (146.0/g) in 2004. He ranked third in the Pac- 10 in rushing (91.5/g).
In the opener against San Diego State, he accounted for 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the ground and 80 on punt returns. Spencer Havner's 17 tackles against Illinois in 2004 were the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in 2001. Havner made 125 tackles in 11 games in 2004, including at least 13 in five games (16 vs. Oklahoma State, 17 at Illinois, 13 at Washington, 14 vs. San Diego State, 16 vs. Stanford) and led the Pac-10 (11.36 per game). In this year's opener at San Diego State, he led the Bruins with 13 tackles, including three for losses (one sack). 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. Maurice Drew , with 1,007 yards in 2004, became the 10th Bruin to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season. It was the 17th time in Bruin history that a back has had a 1,000-yard season. 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 nine games, including the 2005 opener, he has completed 150 of 253 (.593) passes for 1,977 yards, 16 TDs, eight interceptions.
Maurice Drew rushed for 322 yards and five touchdowns at Washington on Sept. 18, 2004, setting two UCLA records. Only two players in Pac-10 history (Reuben Mayes of Washington St. and Ricky Bell of USC) ever rushed for more yards in a single game. Drew's 384 all-purpose yards that afternoon was the best mark in the country for the 2004 season. In fact, he owned three of the top efforts in the nation with 384 vs. Washington, 222 vs. San Diego State and 221 vs. Stanford. Drew Olson's eight touchdown passes in two games (vs. Arizona and California last year) tied the UCLA record for most TD passes in a two-game span (Wayne Cook threw four against BYU and four against Washington in 1993). The record for three games is 11 (3 v. San Diego State-4-4) by Cook. Olson had 10 in a three-game span.
Maurice 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.
In the first game of the 2005 season, he scored three touchdowns -- all in the first half. On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, hr raced 64 yards for a score, the second-longest rushing touchdown of his career, and he also scored on a one-yard run early in the second quarter. Later in the same period, he returned a punt for a touchdown (72 yards) for the second time in his career.
Marcedes Lewis' 32 catches in `04 rank among the best by a UCLA tight end since 1980. Only Mike Seidman, 41 in 2002, Charles Arbuckle, 33 in 1989 and Paul Bergmann, 44 in 1983 and 41 in 1982, have caught more balls in a season. Lewis is off to a record-breaking start with a career-high seven receptions for 131 yards against San Diego State. Drew Olson's 30 completions against Arizona State rank second on UCLA's single-game list, trailing only Troy Aikman's 32 completions versus USC in 1988. His 44 attempts are seventh (tied) on that list. His 325 yards passing that day at Arizona State were a career-high total.
Justin Medlock's 52-yard field goal against Oklahoma State was the longest by a Bruin since 1997 and tied for fourth3 longest in school history. His four field goals against San Diego State 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 at Oklahoma State in 2002.
UCLA's 44 points against San Diego State is its second-highest total of the Karl Dorrell Era.
Special teams has been a point of emphasis over the last two years. The Bruins currently lead the nation in punt returns (40.3) and rank seventh in net punting (42.0) and eighth in kickoff returns (32.3). Opponents are averaging just 3.0 yards on punt returns and 13.8 yards on kickoff returns.
In the final five games of 2004, UCLA's defense allowed a total of 11 touchdowns (six rushing and five passing), after allowing 25 TDs in the first seven games. The Bruins allowed just six rushing touchdowns in the last six games and five passing touchdowns in the final five.
UCLA had 100 plays of at least 20 yards in the 2004 season, including 21 for touchdowns. Of the 100 plays, 44 were passes, 22 were runs, 23 were kickoff returns, seven were punt returns and four were interception returns.
In the 2005 opener, the Bruins had eight plays of at least 20 yards, three passes, two punt returns, two runs and one kickoff return.
UCLA had 24 plays of at least 40 yards in 2004 (10 passes, seven runs, three interception returns, two punt returns and two kickoff returns) and 15 of those were 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.
In 2003, UCLA rushed for 1,195 yards (91.9 avg.) and 11 touchdowns in 13 contests. In 2004, the Bruins rushed for 2,219 yards (184.9 avg.) and 18 touchdowns in 12 games.
In the 2005 opener, UCLA rushed for 191 yards and four 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).
UCLA's 21-0 shutout of Stanford on Oct. 30 was its first since defeating Northeast Louisiana 44-0 on Sept. 14, 1996. The last time UCLA had blanked a Pac-10 opponent was in 1987 (49-0 at Stanford on Oct. 3). The last time the Bruins shut out a Pac-10 school at home was in 1985 (Oregon State, 41-0 on Nov. 16).
UCLA's 424 yards rushing at Washington was its best effort since November 17, 1979, when it ran for 446 yards at Oregon in a 35-0 victory.
The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl in seven of the last eight seasons. UCLA has 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.
UCLA scored on its first offensive play of the season and was never caught on its way to a 44-21 victory at San Diego State in the season opener for both schools. Tailback Maurice Drew raced 64 yards for a touchdown after the defense stopped the Aztecs, giving UCLA a lead it never relinquished. SDSU drew within one point, 7-6, but the Bruins posted a 17-0 second quarter, highlighted by Drew's 72- yard punt return for a score, to build a 24-6 halftime lead. In the third quarter, tailback Chris Markey provided the offense with a pari of one-yard touchdown runs. UCLA again scored 17 points to SDSU's seven, giving the Bruins a 41-14 lead entering the final quarter.
Offensively, the Bruins accounted for 349 yards -- 191 on the ground and 158 in the air. Drew rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries, one in the second half, while Markey added 43 yards and two scored on 15 attempts. Quarterback Drew Olson was very efficient, completing 10 of 15 passes for 152 yards. Tight end Marcedes Lewis made seven receptions for 131 yards -- both career highs.
In addition, the Bruins sparkled on special teams. In addition to Drew's punt return for a score, Markey had a kickoff return for 71 yards and a punt return for 41 yards. On the night, UCLA had 121 yards on three punt returns and 97 yards on three kickoff returns. Place kicker Justin Medlock made three of four field goals and redshirt freshman punter Aaron Perez kicked once for 45 yards. UCLA allowed just three yards on punt returns and 55 yards on four kickoff returns.
Defensively, UCLA allowed 184 yards and one touchdown in the first half while building its 24-6 lead. Overall, SDSU finished with 402 yards, 246 in the air and 156 on the ground. The Bruins intercepted two passes (Spencer Havner and Michael Norris) and recorded four sacks. Havner led the Bruins with 13 tackles, including one sack and two others for losses. Dennis Keyes, making his first start at free safety, Bruce Davis (one sack) and Aaron Whittington added seven tackles while Justin Hickman made six stops, including a sack.