Oct. 1, 2007
No. 25 UCLA (4-1, 3-0) vs. Notre Dame (0-5)
KICKOFF - 5:00 PM PDT
TV - ABC
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
** Bruins look for first win in series **
** The Bruins trail in the all-time series 0-3 **
** ND's first trip to Rose Bowl since 1925 **
GAME #6 - UCLA (4-1, 3-0 and in first place in Pac-10 play and ranked No. 25 on the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll) returns home this week to host Notre Dame (0-5) in the final nonconference tilt of the season. Kickoff is slated for 5:00 p.m. PDT and the game will be televised by ABC with Dan Fouts, Tim Brant and Todd Harris calling the action. AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) broadcasts all of the Bruin games. Sirius satellite radio will air the game on channel 126.
SERIES WITH NOTRE DAME - The Bruins are 0-3 in the all-time series with the Irish, which dates back to 1963, with all three previous meetings taking place in South Bend. Notre Dame is making just its second visit ever to the Rose Bowl. The Irish last played in Pasadena in the Jan. 1, 1925 Rose Bowl game. Notre Dame's victory over Stanford that day earned the Irish and coach Knute Rockne the school's first-ever national championship.
A year ago the Irish used some late minute heroics to post a 20-17 win. Notre Dame moved 80 yards in three plays on its game winning drive, scoring on a 45-yard pass from Brady Quinn to Jeff Samardzija with 27 seconds left to play. The Bruins led 14-10 at the half thanks to a pair of Patrick Cowan scoring passes. The first covered 54 yards to Marcus Everett and the second was a 36-yard play to William Snead. The Bruin entered the fourth quarter with a 14-13 lead and went up 17-13 on a Justin Medlock field goal with 7:19 to play. Cowan completed 16 of 30 passes on the day for 217 yards and one interception.
The Irish won 27-12 in 1963 and 24-0 in 1964, both games being played in South Bend. In the 1963 contest, Notre Dame outgained the Bruins 282 to 72 on the ground. The Irish led 14-6 at the half and went on to post a 27-12 win. UCLA's Mel Profit caught seven passes on the day for 104 yards and also played well at end on defense. Quarterbacks Larry Zeno and Mike Haffner each threw a scoring pass for the Bruins.
In the Oct. 17, 1964 clash, Notre Dame's California connection of quarterback John Huarte (Anaheim) and receiver Jack Snow (Long Beach) helped blank the Bruins 24-0. Huarte threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns for the then fourth-ranked Irish. Snow caught six passes for 124 yards and a score. Both players would go on to finish in the top five of the voting for the 1964 Heisman Trophy, which was won by Huarte. UCLA, which totaled 66 yards on the ground, managed to pass midfield only twice in the game, once in each half, but was unable to score. Quarterback Larry Zeno threw for 168 yards.
UCLA IN THE POLLS IN 2007 - Pre-Season: USA Today 17, AP 14; Sept. 3: USA Today 14, AP 13; Sept. 10: USA Today 11, AP 11; Sept. 17: USA Today 29, AP 30; Sept. 24: USA Today 27, AP 29, Harris 29; Oct. 1: USA Today 25, AP 30, Harris 29.
HONORARY CAPTAIN - Kenny Easley, who played free safety for the Bruins from 1977-80, is serving as this week's honorary captain. Easley was the first player in Pac-10 history to be named a first-team all-conference selection in four straight seasons. He was UCLA's second three-time consensus All-American. Easley remains UCLA's all-time interception leader, with 19, and is fourth on the career tackle list (374). He finished ninth in the 1980 voting for the Heisman Trophy. Easley was a first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in the 1981 NFL draft. He has been inducted into the National Football Foundation and UCLA Hall of Fames.
2007 SEASON SCHEDULE - There are six home games and six road matchups on the 2007 schedule. The Bruins play back-to-back home games on two occasions --- Oct. 6 vs. Notre Dame and (bye week in between) Oct. 20 vs. California (homecoming); and Nov. 10 vs. Arizona State and Nov. 24, following a bye week, vs. Oregon. UCLA will play back-to-back road contests once this season, on Oct. 27 at Washington State and on Nov. 3 at Arizona. The Bruins posted a 6-5 record against teams it played in the 2006 season and will meet again in 2007.
The Bruins will square off against five opponents who won at least 10 games in the 2006 season (BYU 11-2, USC 11-2, Notre Dame 10-3, California 10-3, Oregon State 10-4). Overall, UCLA will meet 10 opponents which won at least six contests last season (above teams, plus Utah 8-5, Arizona State 7-6, Oregon 7-6, Arizona 6-6, Washington State 6-6). Three opponents earned at least a share of a conference title (BYU - Mountain West champion; USC and California were co-champions of the Pac-10).
The combined 2006 records of the teams that UCLA will play this season are 92-61 (.601). The teams UCLA will meet on the road this season posted a record of 42-34 (.553) last year. The combined record of the teams that the Bruins will host in the Rose Bowl this season was 50-27 (.649).
The combined record of the three nonconference opponents UCLA will meet in 2007 was 29-10 (.744) last season (BYU 11-2, Notre Dame 10-3, Utah 8-5).
LAST GAME -- UCLA rallied from a 14-0 first quarter deficit, exploding for 28 fourth-quarter points en route to a 40-14 victory over Oregon State in Corvallis.
UCLA fumbled on its first two offensive plays and Oregon State returned the second for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The Beavers' lone offensive TD of the day with 18 seconds remaining in the first quarter gave them a 14-0 lead and they still led 14-6 at halftime.
UCLA created a break in the third quarter when Reggie Carter forced a fumble and Christian Taylor recovered it at the OSU five-yard line. Kahlil Bell scored on a one-yard run but UCLA still trailed 14-12 when its two-point attempt failed. In the fourth quarter, still trailing 14-12, Ben Olson found Brandon Breazell on an inside screen and the speedy receiver slipped one tackle and sped up the middle for a 69-yard touchdown and UCLA's first lead of the day, 19-14 with 9:12 remaining in the game. OSU fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Matthew Slater recovered it at the 21-yard line and three Bell runs later, the final one from four yards, the Bruins led 26-14.
On the next kickoff, John Hale forced a fumble and Rodney Van recovered it at the 39-yard line. On third and 13 from the 30-yard line, Olson and Breazell hooked up for their second touchdown of the day. Oregon State had a punt blocked by Korey Bosworth on its next possession and five plays later, Chris Markey scored UCLA's fourth touchdown of the fourth quarter.
Defensively, UCLA allowed just 248 yards and one touchdown. In the final three quarters, UCLA allowed just 101 yards and six first downs. The Beavers gained more than seven yards (not more than 20) on just three of their final 12 offensive possessions.
Kyle Bosworth and Trey Brown led the team with eight tackles each. Brown also made two key interceptions and Bosworth had a tackle for loss. Dennis Keyes and Alterraun Verner each had seven tackles and Chris Horton added six stops. Reggie Carter had five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble while Rodney Van and Christian Taylor each had four stops. Van had a sack and a fumble recovery and Taylor also recovered a fumble.
Offensively, UCLA started slow but finished with 353 yards, including 156 and four scores in the fourth quarter. UCLA finished with 133 net yards rushing against a defense that had allowed just 118 net yards in the first four games. Ben Olson completed 14 of 25 passes for 220 yards with two touchdowns (69 and 30 yards) and one interception. Kahlil Bell led the team in rushing (80 yards and two touchdowns) and receiving (four for 49). Joe Cowan made three receptions and Brandon Breazell had two for 99 yards and two touchdowns (69 and 30 yards). Chris Markey added 58 yards on the ground. Kai Forbath made two second-quarter field goals (37 and 28 yards) and converted all four PAT attempts.