Nov. 6, 2006
GAME #10 - The UCLA Bruins (4-5, 2-4 in Pac-10) return to the Rose Bowl to face the Oregon State Beavers (6-3, 4-2 in Pac-10) on Nov. 11. The game will be televised in southern California by FSN Prime Ticket with Bill Macdonald and Mike Sherrard in the booth. Bruins Live begins at 2:30 p.m.
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 125).
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 103-44-2 since moving to Pasadena, including a 3-2 record in Rose Bowl games. UCLA is 18-5 under head coach Karl Dorrell.
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 Fan Zone.
VETERANS AND ARMED FORCES APPRECIATION DAY - On Saturday, UCLA Football will be hosting its 10th Annual Veterans and Armed Forces Appreciation Day at the Rose Bowl. All veterans and active military personnel are invited to receive one free general admission ticket or a "buy-one get-one free" offer on reserved tickets. To take advantage of this special savings, veterans and active military personnel must present valid identification or be in uniform at the time of ticket purchase or pick up. Tickets are available in advance by contacting the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN or on game day at the Rose Bowl box office, while supplies last.
HONORARY CAPTAIN - Former UCLA defensive back Milt Davis is this afternoon's honorary captain. Davis lettered two seasons for the Bruins (1952-53) playing for coach Red Sanders on squads which went 16-3 and played in the 1954 Rose Bowl game. He was also a member of the Bruin track team under coach Ducky Drake. Davis has three degrees from UCLA, including a bachelor's and master's in zoology, as well as a doctorate in education.
Davis was selected in the 1954 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. However, he was also drafted into the U.S. Army and spent two years stationed in Germany. He went on to play for the Baltimore Colts and tied for the NFL lead in interceptions in 1957 while earning All-Pro honors. With Davis in the starting lineup, the Colts were the NFL champions in 1958 and 1959, when he again tied for the league lead in interceptions.
Davis went on to become a teacher at a Los Angeles High School and at Los Angeles City College. He has also kept his hand in football while serving as an NFL scout and consultant for several teams in the league.
2006 AWARD WATCH LISTS ---
Justin Hickman has been named to the mid-season Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end. He was also on the pre-season Rotary Lombardi Award list (top lineman).
Bruce Davis has been named to the mid-season Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end.
Justin Medlock has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker.
Shannon Tevaga has been named to the pre-season 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 pre-season Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defender and the Rotary Lombardi Award for top lineman.
Ben Olson was named to the pre-season Watch List for the Maxwell Award as the nation's top offensive player.
Chris Markey has been named to the pre-season Watch List for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.
The series vs. Oregon State - The Bruins lead the series, which dates back to a 1930 meeting, 37-13-4. UCLA has won the last three matchups, including last season's 51-28 win in the Rose Bowl, which was the first game between the two schools since a 2002 Bruin win at Corvallis.
UCLA was ranked eight in the nation going into last season's battle and its 51-28 win was its seventh straight to open the 2005 campaign. Quarterback Drew Olson was the star of the day for the Bruins. The senior set a school record with six touchdown passes. After OSU struck first to take a 7-0 lead, the Bruins outscored the Beavers 31-7 to end the first half. Olson connected with Maurice Drew (twice), Ryan Moya and Marcedes Lewis for four first half scoring plays. Medlock added the first of three field goals on the night to provide the final first half points.
In the second half, Lewis grabbed a second scoring pass from Olson early in the third quarter which put the Bruins in control, 38-14. Brandon Breazell hauled in a 46-yard scoring pass with 9:47 remaining in the game for Olson's school record-setting sixth scoring toss of the day. Maurice Drew added 120 yards on the ground for the Bruins.
NOTING OREGON STATE - The Beavers are listed among the national leaders in sacks ( fourth with 3.56 per game ), punt returns (sixth at 15.88) and third-down conversion percentage allowed (first at 25.0%) and amongst the Pac-10 leaders in turnover margin (second at +0.56), defense (third at 301.11) and rushing defense (third at 95.89).
Junior running back Yvenson Bernard ranks second in the conference in rushing and 17th in the NCAA with an average of 101.50 yards per game. Junior wide receiver Sammie Strougher leads the Pac-10 and is seventh nationally in receiving yards (96.11) and is fourth in the Pac-10 with 5.22 receptions per game and is fourth nationally and second in the Pac-10 with his 23.12 average on punt returns. Quarterback Matt Moore is fourth in the league in passing efficiency (134.74) and safety Sabby Piscitelli is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in interceptions (0.33). Placekicker Alexis Serna, who won the Lou Groza Award last season, is second in the Pac-10 and fifth in the nation in field goals (1.67 per game).
Mike Riley is in the fourth year of his second term as head coach of the Beavers. He was also the head coach in the 1997 and 1998 seasons before leaving to become head coach of the San Diego Chargers (1999-2001). He had previously served as the offensive coordinator at USC (1993-1996).