Oct. 23, 2006
GAME #8 - The UCLA Bruins (4-3, 2-2 in Pac-10) return home to the Rose Bowl and resume Pac-10 play against Washington State (5-3, 3-2 in Pac-10) on Oct. 28. The game will be televised regionally by ABC Sports, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Pacific time. Dan Fouts and Tim Brant will be in the booth and Jack Arute will report from the sidelines.
AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin Radio Network is broadcasting all of the Bruin games this season with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines. The AM 570 feed can also be heard nationwide on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 130).
THE 25TH YEAR - The 2006 season marks the 25th year that the Rose Bowl has served as the home of the Bruins. UCLA moved from the L.A. Coliseum in the summer of 1982 and went 6-0-1 in that first year, capping the season with a victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl game. The season-opening win against Utah was UCLA's 100th at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins own a record of 103-43-2 since moving to Pasadena, including a 3-2 record in Rose Bowl games. UCLA is 18-4 under head coach Karl Dorrell, including a current streak of 10 straight wins.
FAN ZONE - 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 sponsoring the Fan Zone in Area H. The Fan Zone contains the AM 570 stage, where fans can watch and hear the Bruin pre-game radio show. It also includes the Food Zone, which includes the following restaurants: American Pretzel, Carl's Jr., Teri and Yaki, Funnel Cakes Etc, Baja Grill, Now You're Poppin', PSI Drinks, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill, Gourmet Cobbler Factory and Just Chokes. The Alumni Band will also be performing in the Fun Zone.
HONORARY CAPTAIN - Former UCLA running back James McAlister is this afternoon's honorary captain. McAlister lettered two seasons for the Bruins (1972-73), earning All-America honors in 1973 after rushing for 714 yards and eight touchdowns. In 1973, McAlister teamed with backfield mate Kermit Johnson and the pair rushed for 1,843 yards and 24 touchdowns. During his two seasons, the Bruins were 17-5 and set numerous rushing records, including the single season rushing mark of 4,403 (6.3 yards per carry) in 1973. For more than 30 years McAlister has held the school record in the long jump of 27-0 ½. Following his collegiate playing days, he played several years in the NFL for the Raiders, Eagles and Patriots.
2006 PRE-SEASON AWARD WATCH LISTS ---
Shannon Tevaga has been named to the Watch Lists for the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman and was on the Rotary Lombardi Award list for top lineman.
Kevin Brown has been named to the Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defender and the Rotary Lombardi Award for top lineman.
Ben Olson has been named to the Watch List for the Maxwell Award as the nation's top offensive player.
Justin Medlock has been named to the Watch List for the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker.
Justin Hickman has been named to the Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end.
Chris Markey has been named to the Watch List for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.
The series vs. Washington State - The Bruins lead the series, which dates back to a 1928 meeting, 35-16-1. UCLA won a thrilling 44-41 overtime game last season to emerge victorious in Pullman, WA for the first time since the 1993 season. The Bruins have lost the last two matchups with the Cougars played in the Rose Bowl, losing 31-29 in 2004 and 48-27 in 2002. UCLA's last home win over WSU came in the 1998 season, by a score of 49-17.
In last season's game, UCLA engineered a fourth-quarter comeback for the third straight game, sending the game to an overtime period. WSU opened the contest with scoring drives on three of their first four possessions and enjoyed a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. A four-yard scoring pass from Drew Olson to Marcedes Lewis just before the half pulled the Bruins back into the game at 28-14.
UCLA sliced the margin to 28-21 on its first possession of the second half, but the Cougars answered back and took a 38-21 advantage into the fourth quarter. A nine-yard scoring reception by Lewis cut the Cougar lead to 10 at 38-28. A Justin Medlock field goal made the score 38-31 with just under 10 minutes to play. UCLA forced a WSU punt with a little under five minutes remaining in the contest which went out of bounds at the four-yard line. The Bruins marched 96 yards and scored on an Olson to Marcus Everett nine-yard pass. Medlock's extra point tied the score at 38. Washington State got the ball first as the Bruins opted to play defense in overtime. The Cougars settled for a field goal to take a 41-38 lead pending the Bruins' possession. Maurice Drew ran it in from one-yard out for the winning points. The teams combined for 1,015 yards in total offense. Olson threw five scoring passes in the contest to tie (at the time) a school record.
NOTING WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars are 5-3, losing to USC, California and Auburn -- all ranked in the Top 12 this week. They rank fourth nationally in quarterback sacks. Defensive end Mkristo Bruce ranks second to Justin Hickman in the Pac-10 and third nationally with his average of 1.25 sacks per game.
The Cougars rank 22nd nationally in total offense with 401.25 yards -- 244.25 (23rd in NCAA) in the air and 157.00 on the ground. Defensively, WSU allows 342.88 yards per game -- 233.63 in the air and 109.25 on the ground.
Quarterback Alex Brink has completed 149 of 241 passes (61.8%) for 1,740 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. Wide receiver Michael Bumpus leads the Pac-10 in receptions per game (6.5, 52 total) while wideout Jason Hill has made six touchdown receptions.
Bill Doba, a native of South Bend, IN, is in his 18th year on staff at Washington State and his fourth season as head coach of the Cougars. He is 24-19 entering this week's contest after previously serving as a linebacker coach and defensive coordinator.