Nov. 10, 2008
GAME 10 - UCLA (3-6, 2-4 in Pac-10 play) travels to Seattle to play at the University of Washington (0-9, 0-6) on Saturday, November 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:26 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by FSN with Barry Tompkins and Petros Papadakis calling the action and Jim Watson on the sidelines. The UCLA/ ISP Sports Radio Network (KLAC 570 AM is the Los Angeles flagship station) will broadcast the contest with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook calling the action. The game also will be carried live on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 127). In addition, ISP produces a Spanish-language broadcast of all UCLA home games which can be heard on the Bruin website at uclabruins.com with Armando Aguayo and Mario Amaya.
SERIES WITH WASHINGTON - The Bruins and the Huskies will meet for the 68th time on Saturday, Nov. 15 in a series which dates back to 1932. The Bruins lead the series by a count of 36-29-2. UCLA has captured six of the last seven meetings. The teams have split the last four contests played in Seattle (UCLA wins in 2004 and 2002; UW wins in 2006 and 2000). UCLA's last win in Seattle came by a score of 37-31 in the 2004 season.
UCLA won the 2007 meeting in the Rose Bowl by a score of 44-31. The Bruins racked up 333 yards of rushing offense in the affair and 537 yards of total offense. UW totaled 340 yards of offense. Chris Markey (193) and Kahlil Bell (109) each hit the 100-yard rushing mark for the Bruins.
The score was knotted at 10-each at halftime, setting the stage for a second half scoreboard explosion. The post-intermission quarters featured four scoring plays of at least 60 yards in length, including a 72-yard run by Chris Markey, an 85-yard kickoff return by Matthew Slater and a 60-yard interception return by Dennis Keyes. A scoring dash by Bell and the interception return sent UCLA into the fourth quarter with a 24-10 lead. The Huskies won the fourth quarter 21-20 but it was not enough. Patrick Cowan filled in for injured Bruin starter Ben Olson at quarterback and threw for 147 yards in the contest, before leaving the game with an injury as well. In the last battle between the teams held in the Northwest, in 2006, the Huskies used a15-0 fourth quarter rally to slide past the Bruins by a score of 29-19. UCLA had jumped out to a 16-0 lead to start the contest. Washington scored with just over a minute left in the first half to make it 16-7 at the break. UW moved to within 16-14 early in the third quarter and trailed 19-14 entering the fourth quarter after a 22-yard Justin Medlock field goal late in the third quarter. Washington took its first lead, at 22-19, on a short scoring pass and a two-point conversion with 7:32 to play. A Ben Olson pass was then intercepted and returned for a Washington touchdown at the 6:02 mark to help cement the Husky win.
Coach Rick Neuheisel owns a 1-0 record versus Washington, with the meeting coming in the 1996 Holiday Bowl (33-21) while he was head coach at the University of Colorado. He also coached at the University of Washington for four seasons (1999-2002), compiling a record of 33-16. His teams were 23-9 (.719) in league play and earned four bowl berths, winning the 2001 Rose Bowl to finish 11-1.
LINEUPS AND STARTS
- Senior defensive tackle Brigham Harwell leads the team with 38 career starts. Linebacker Reggie Carter (29), tight end Logan Paulsen (26), cornerback Alterraun Verner (21) and wide receiver Marcus Everett (20) are the only other Bruins with at least 20 career starts. Linebacker John Hall is the next closest to 20 with 16 starts.
- Junior cornerback Alterraun Verner has the longest starting streak on the team with 18 straight. Senior tight end Logan Paulsen had a 23-game starting streak snapped against BYU when he sat out the game due to a broken foot. Senior center Micah Reed had a string of 10 straight snapped when he did not play versus Arizona (knee) and senior defensive end Tom Blake had a 10-game streak snapped when he did not play at Oregon. Sophomore defensive tackle Brian Price owns the next longest active streak (11).
FIELD POSITION AND TURNOVERS
- UCLA is 25-2 when it wins the turnover battle over the past five-plus seasons, including 5-0 (@Stanford, BYU, Oregon State, California, Oregon) in 2007 and 2-0 (WSU, Stanford) in 2008.
- It is 13-32 when it ties or loses the turnover battle over the last five-plus seasons, including 1-6 (beat Tennessee, lost to @BYU, Arizona, Fresno State, @Oregon, @Cal and Oregon State) in 2008.
- Opponents have started 28 drives in UCLA territory this season (during regulation) and have totaled 103 points. Tennessee started one drive (U 26-yard line) in Bruin territory and it led to a UT punt. BYU began six drives (U 37, U 30, U 25, U 48, U 43, U 16-yard lines) in UCLA territory and came away with five touchdowns and a field goal for 38 points. Four of the BYU drives came after UCLA turnovers and a fifth came after a blocked field goal. The sixth came after UCLA turned the ball over on downs. Arizona started four drives (U48, U26, U42, U25) and scored two touchdowns for 14 points. Fresno State started one drive in UCLA territory and it resulted in a Bruin interception. Washington State started two drives in UCLA territory and neither resulted in points, one ending with a punt and one on downs. Oregon started three drives in Bruin territory and two resulted in 10 points (touchdown and field goal). Stanford started three drives in UCLA territory (U46, U29, U46) and they resulted in two touchdowns and one field goal. Cal started three drives in UCLA territory (U41, U40, U47) and scored one field goal. Oregon State started five drives in UCLA territory (U4, U21, U8, U35, U15) and scored three touchdowns.
TAKING THE FOURTH
- UCLA has trailed entering the fourth quarter in eight of the nine games played to date (led against Washington State)
- In five of the nine contests, the Bruins have trailed by just one score entering the final quarter ... Twice, against Tennesee (10-14) and Stanford (13-14), the Bruins have rallied to win the game
- Scores entering the fourth quarter:Tennessee (10-14), BYU (0-59), Arizona (10-17), Fresno State (24-36), Washington State (21-3), Oregon (14-21), Stanford (13-14), California (13-17), Oregon State (6-17)
- UCLA has been outscored in the fourth quarter (overtime) in just three of the nine games (Tennessee 17-10, BYU 0-0, Arizona 0-14, Fresno State 7-0, Washington State 7-0, Oregon 10-10, Stanford 10-6, Cal 7-24, Oregon State 0-17)
- *UCLA has played a total of 22 freshmen this season, 11 true freshmen and 11 redshirt freshmen. They have combined to make 42 starts (S Rahim Moore - 9; TE Cory Harkey - 5; WR Taylor Embree -7 ; OL Jeff Baca - 5; DL Datone Jones - 2; OL Mike Harris - 2; LB Steve Sloan - 7; LB Akeem Ayers - 3; OT/TE Nate Chandler - 2;
- S Tony Dye - 1). Eight started the Oregon State game.
- *UCLA has played a total of 11 true freshmen (seven offense, four defense) so far this season. The Bruins played seven freshmen in the 2008 season-opening game against Tennessee --- LB Sean Westgate; S Rahim Moore; TE Cory Harkey; WR Taylor Embree; S; Tony Dye; WR Antwan Moutra; WR Nelson Rosario. RB Aundre Dean made his debut versus BYU. TB Derrick Coleman, OT Jeff Baca and DE Datone Jones debuted versus Arizona.
- *A school-record 17 true freshmen played for the Bruins in 1977. Thirteen played in 1975, 12 played in 1978, 1980 and 2004 and 10 played in 1979. In recent years, nine played in 2005, eight in 2006 and two in 2007).
- A total of 29 players (17 offensive and 12 defensive) have seen their first action as a Bruin during the 2008 season (11 true freshmen - seven offensive and four defensive players (LB Sean Westgate, S Rahim Moore, TE Cory Harkey, WR Taylor Embree, S Tony Dye, WR Antwan Moutra, WR Nelson Rosario, RB Aundre Dean, RB Derrick Coleman, OL Jeff Baca, DL Datone Jones); 11 redshirt freshmen - five defensive and six offensive players (DB Courtney Viney, LB Steve Sloan, LB Akeem Ayers, DB Glenn Love, OL/TE Nate Chandler, RB Raymond Carter, DL Justin Edison, WR Ryal Jagd, QB Chris Forcier, TE Glenn Rauscher, OT Mike Harris), six redshirt sophomores - three offensive and three defensive players (OL Brandon Bennett, LB Mike Schmitt, DL Reginald Stokes, OL Sonny Tevaga, OL Jake Dean, DB Garrett Rubio), one redshirt junior (QB Kevin Craft).
- In addition to the seven true freshmen listed above, 10 other Bruins saw their first action in the 2008 season-opening win against Tennessee --- redshirt sophomore OL Brandon Bennett; redshirt sophomore LB Mike Schmitt; redshirt sophomore DL Reginald Stokes; redshirt sophomore OL Sonny Tevaga; redshirt freshman DB Courtney Viney; redshirt freshman LB Steve Sloan; redshirt freshman LB Akeem Ayers; redshirt freshman OL Nate Chandler; redshirt freshman RB Raymond Carter; redshirt freshman DB Glenn Love. At Brigham Young, true freshman RB Aundre Dean, redshirt sophomore C Jake Dean, redshirt freshman DL Justin Edison and redshirt sophomore S Garrett Rubio made their Bruin debuts. Against Arizona, true freshman TB Derrick Coleman, true freshman OT Jeff Baca and true freshman DE Datone Jones played for the first time. Redshirt freshman WR Ryal Jagd played on special teams versus Fresno State. Against Washington State, redshirt freshman QB Chris Forcier and redshirt freshman TE Glenn Rauscher made their debuts on offense. Redshirt sophomore FB Tobi Umodu (he played on special teams last season) and redshirt junior OG Jess Ward (he played DT last year) made their offensive debuts versus the Cougars. Redshirt freshman OT Mike Harris made his debut at California.
- Nineteen players (12 on offense and seven on defense) have made their first starts this season. Six players made their first position starts --- S Aaron Ware; S Rahim Moore; OG Sonny Tevaga; OT Nick Ekbatani; QB Kevin Craft; WR Terrence Austin - versus Tennessee. At BYU, OG Darius Savage, TE Cory Harkey and LB Akeem Ayers made their first starts. Versus Arizona, WR Taylor Embree, C Jake Dean and LB Steve Sloan made their first starts. Against Fresno State, TE Nate Chandler and OT Jeff Baca made their first starts. DE Reginald Stokes made his first start at Oregon. TE Jeff Miller made his first start versus Stanford. OT Mike Harris and DE Datone Jones made their first starts at California. S Tony Dye made his first start versus Oregon State in the nickel package.
TEAM NOTES -
- UCLA's defense has allowed opponent offenses to convert just 18 of the last 64 (28.1%) third down conversion attempts in the last five games.
- Oregon's 42 yards passing is the fewest allowed by the Bruin defense since Sept. 4, 2004, when the Bruins held Oklahoma State to 23 yards in the air.
- In a three-game span (Oregon, Stanford, California) UCLA allowed just 246 passing yards (21 completions in 54 attempts), including two games under 100 yards.
- Washington State's 177 yards of total offense was UCLA's best defensive effort since holding Oregon to 148 net yards last season. That was the best effort by a Bruin defense since holding Arkansas to 42 net yards in the 1989 Cotton Bowl.
- * Washington State's 26 net yards rushing was the lowest total by a Bruin opponent since UCLA held Arizona to minus-13 yards rushing in 2006.
- UCLA's 234 rushing yards against Fresno State was its highest total since running for 333 yards against Washington last season (game four).
- Over the last five-plus seasons, UCLA is 21-2 when it scores at least 30 points in a game and 12-1 when it scores 40 or more (11 in a row).
- Over the last five-plus seasons, the Bruins are 21-3 when they hold the opponent under 20 points, and had a 16-game winning streak snapped when they lost the Las Vegas Bowl, 17-16.
- Has held 14 opponents over the last two-plus seasons to less than 100 yards of rushing offense.
- Held six opponents to less than 100 yards on the ground in the 2007 season (52-Stanford, 44-BYU, 46-Notre Dame, 67-Cal, 43-Oregon, 34-BYU/bowl).
- In 13 games in 2007, opponents converted 62 of 214 (29.0%) third down opportunities and UCLA ranked third in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in that category.
- UCLA held its 13 opponents to 1,419 net rushing yards on 472 attempts (3.0 average) and ranked 25th in the nation (109.15) in rushing defense in 2007.
ROSE BOWL ADVANTAGE
- The Bruins have captured wins in 19 of the last 25 games (.760) played at home in the Rose Bowl.
- Over the last six seasons, UCLA's home record is 27-10 (.730).
- UCLA has won 17 of its last 21 (.810) non-conference matchups played in the Rose Bowl (2008: L Fresno State / W Tennessee; 2007: L Notre Dame / W BYU; 2006: W Rice / W Utah; 2005: W Oklahoma / W Rice; 2004: W San Diego State / L Okla. State; 2003: W San Diego State / W Illinois; 2002: L Colorado / W Colorado State; 2001: W Ohio State; 2000: W Michigan, W Fresno State, W Alabama; 1999: W Fresno State / W Boise State; 1998: W Texas).
- UCLA's 10-game home winning streak in 2005-06 was its longest since 1997-1999, when it won 13 consecutive home games.
UCLA AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
- UCLA has won six of its last eight home games played against AP ranked opponents with wins over Tennessee (2008-18th), Oregon (2007-9th), Cal (twice, 2005-10th, 2007-10th), USC (2006-2nd) and Oklahoma (2005-21st) and the losses to ASU (2007-9th) and Fresno State 2008-25th).
- UCLA has defeated three of the last five Top 10-ranked opponents it has faced.
- Won against Oregon (No. 9 AP, No. 10 USA Today/ESPN) on Nov. 24, 2007
- Beat California (No. 10 AP, T-No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on October 20, 2007
- Defeated No. 2 USC on December 2, 2006.
- Lost to Arizona State (No. 9), 24-20, on Nov. 10, 2007
- Lost to USC (No. 8 AP, No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on Dec. 1, 2007.
- UCLA's last road victory over a ranked team (AP) came on Sept. 29, 2001 at #19 Oregon State (38-7).
The following players have changed their numbers from last season's media guide for the 2008 season: #21 RB Craig Sheppard was #25;#25 PK Kai Forbath was #15;#41 LB Mike Schmitt was #48;#66 OL Scott Glicksberg was #65;#74 DL Nathaniel Skaggs was #51;#77 OL Darius Savage was #97;#92 DL Brian Price was #95. In addition, this fall's changes include: #12 RB Johnathan Franklin was #8; #89 TE Adam Heater was #53; #28 DB Garrett Rubio was #31; #47 DE Chinonso Anyanwu was #17.
The following players have changed positions this fall: #89 TE Adam Heater was an offensive lineman; #98 TE Jeff Miller was a defensive lineman; #47 DE Chinonso Anyanwu was a linebacker.
- The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl game in 10 of the last 11 seasons (not in 1999). UCLA played in the Las Vegas Bowl in 2007 which marked its sixth straight bowl appearance (only USC among the Pac-10 schools has a streak as long).
- UCLA is 7-1 all-time in overtime, including a 27-24 win over Tennessee in the 2008 season opener.
LETTERWINNERS LOST FROM 2007 (29, including Patrick Cowan)
- 11 offensive players who combined to start a total of 86 games, including 49 on the offensive line (Chris Joseph-13, Brian Abraham-12, Shannon Tevaga-10, Aleksey Lanis-6, Noah Sutherland-6, P.J. Irvin-2) have been lost.
- Nine defensive players who combined to start 91 games, including five players who started all 13 games last season (DT Kevin Brown, CB Trey Brown, DE Bruce Davis, S Chris Horton, S Dennis Keyes) have been lost.
ROSE BOWL CROWDS
- *In 2007, the Bruins drew at least 70,000 for each game of its home schedule, the first time since UCLA moved to the Rose Bowl. The average of 76, 378 was a new record, breaking the old mark of 73,709, set in 1998. That average is also the sixth-highest in Pac-10 history.
- UCLA has drawn at least 70,000 fans in nine of its last 13 games and has drawn at least 60,000 fans in 14 consecutive home contests.
- The crowd of 83,484 for the 2007 California game was UCLA's largest for a non-USC game since Nov. 12, 2005, when it drew 84,983 for Arizona State.
2008 SCHEDULE NOTES
- Schedule features eight teams that played in bowl games in 2007 with a combined record of 7-1
- (Tennessee defeated Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl; BYU defeated UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl; Fresno State defeated Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl; Oregon bested South Florida in the Sun Bowl; Cal topped Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl; Oregon State beat Maryland in the Emerald Bowl; Arizona State lost to Texas in the Holiday Bowl; USC outscored Illinois in the Rose Bowl).
- UCLA's non-conference opponents -Fresno State (9-4), Tennessee (10-4) and BYU (11-2) each won bowl games and finished with a combined record of 30-10 (.750)
2008 OPPONENT NOTES
- Overall, the 2007 record of UCLA's 2008 opponents was 94-60 (.610)
- Seven of those schools (USC 11-2, BYU 11-2, Arizona St. 10-3, Tennessee 10-4, Oregon 9-4, Oregon St. 9-4 and Fresno St. 9-4) won at least nine games
- Home opponents posted a 53-36 (.596) record in 2007, while the road opponents were 41-24 (.631)
- Six teams were in the USA Today pre-season Top 25 - No. 2 USC, No. 16 Arizona St., No. 17 BYU, No. 18 Tennessee. No. 20 Oregon and No. 25 Fresno St. UCLA is the only school in the country with six opponents in the pre-season Top 25 (several have five Top 25 opponents).
- UCLA will meet four teams that won at least a share of a regular season conference title in 2007 (Tennessee-SEC East; BYU-Mountain West; Arizona St. and USC were Pac-10 co-champions)
Rick Neuheisel - HEAD COACH
- Only third UCLA coach since 1945 to win his debut (Red Sanders and Terry Donahue were the others).
- Entered 2008 season with a head coaching record of 27-7 against the opponents on the UCLA schedule.
- Neuheisel is 28-10 as a head coach against Pac-10 teams, other than UCLA.
- (Neuheisel vs. opponents entering the 2008 season: Ariz. 4-0, ASU 2-2, BYU 0-1, Cal 3-1, Fresno St. 1-0, Ore. 4-1, Ore. St. 3-1, Stan. 3-0, SC 1-1, Tenn. 0-0, Wash. 1-0, Wash. State 5-0).
- Neuheisel's teams have come from behind in the fourth quarter to win on 19 occasions, including twice at UCLA (Tennessee, Stanford).
- Tennessee was Neuheisel's first-ever head coaching match up versus a Southeastern Conference team.
- Neuheisel owns a 2-1 record in overtime games (1-0 at UCLA).
DeWayne Walker - DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
- Walker and his staff have had the Bruin defensive unit ranked among the nation's best in each of his first two seasons.
- In 2007, UCLA ranked 14th in rushing defense (109.2 yds./g) and 29th in total defense (343.23).
- The Bruins also ranked second in tackles for loss per game (8.7), third in third-down conversion defense (29.1%), tied for 15th in sacks per game (3.0) and tied for 17th in fumbles caused (14).
- In 2006, the Bruins ranked tied for ninth in the nation in rushing defense (91.08) and ranked fifth in third-down conversion defense (28.4%).
Norm Chow - OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
- Has worked with several of the NCAA's all-time career pass efficiency leaders and been a part of three national championship staffs.
- Has mentored six quarterbacks selected in the first-round of the NFL draft (Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Philip Rivers, Steve Young, Jim McMahon, Marc Wilson).
- Nov. 8 - UCLA 6, Oregon State 34
Each team scored a field goal in the first quarter and the second quarter was scoreless. OSU's second possession of the second half started on the Bruin 21-yard line due to a short punt from the one-yard line, coupled with an 18-yard return. It took the Beavers just two plays to make the score 10-7. Following a three-and-out by the Bruin offense, OSU drove 61 yards to make the score 17-3. Later in the quarter, UCLA added a field goal to make the score 17-6.
In the fourth quarter, UCLA had driven from its own 11-yard line to the OSU39. Following a five-yard penalty, Kevin Craft threw an interception that was returned to the Bruin eight-yard line. Oregon State scored on two plays to make the score 24-7 and added a field goal with 4:02 remaining and a touchdown with 2:18 left for the final score.
Defensively, UCLA allowed 423 yards, 211 in the first half and 212 in the second half. Reggie Carter led the team with 10 tackles (nine solos), including two for loss. Brigham Harwell (two for loss, including one forced fumble) and John Hale made six tackles each while Alterraun Verner and Bret Lockett added five stops apiece. Rahim Moore was one of several players with four tackles but added an interception and recovered a fumble.
Offensively, Kevin Craft completed 20 of 42 passes for 189 yards with two interceptions. Taylor Embree led the team with five catches, Dominique Johnson made four and Rayn Moya added three. Kahlil Bell led UCLA rushers with 45 yards on 12 carries.
- In the last eight seasons (2000-2007), UCLA has produced seven consensus All-Americans
- Only one other school (USC) in the Pac-10 has produced more and UCLA's total is two ahead of third-place California.
- UCLA has produced 16 consensus All-America selections in the last 16 years (1992-2007), just three fewer than USC and seven more than No. 3 Arizona.
- Alterraun Verner AND Chris Joseph were chosen to the first-team 2007 All-Academic District VIII team. It was the third straight season in which Joseph was named to the District team.
- TE Logan Paulsen is a 2008 semifinalist for the Draddy Award, presented by the National Football Foundation for all-around excellence and academic achievement.
- Nine Bruins were selected to the 2007 Pac-10 All-Academic team.
- The UCLA football program has produced 17 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners, 16 first-team Academic All-Americans (27 overall), eight National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients, one Rhodes Scholar and three members of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.