Sept. 17, 2007
** Bruin have won 8 of last 10 in series **
** The Bruins lead the all-time series 35-29-2 **
** UCLA has not lost at home to the Huskies since 1995 **
GAME #4 - UCLA (2-1, 1-0 and in first place in Pac-10 play) returns home to host the University of Washington (2-1) on Sept. 22 in a Pac-10 conference contest to be played at the Rose Bowl. Kickoff is slated for 7:15 p.m. PDT and the game will be televised by FSN with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Jim Watson calling the action. AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will broadcast all of the Bruin games. Sirius satellite radio will air the game on channel 114.
SERIES WITH WASHINGTON - The Bruins lead the overall series, which dates back to 1932, by a 35-29-2 count. UCLA has won five of the last six series meetings and eight of the last 10. UW snapped a five-game Bruin series winning streak with last season's 29-19 victory in Seattle. The Bruins have captured the past five contests between the teams played in the Rose Bowl. UW last won in the Rose Bowl in the 1995 season. Quarterback Ben Olson made his first career road start as a Bruin in last season's ballgame in Seattle. UCLA had three first quarter scoring drives and led 13-0 after one quarter. A 51-yard field goal made it 16-0 Bruins with 11:48 to play in the second quarter. Washington narrowed the deficit to 16-7 at the half on a scoring pass with 1:05 left in the second quarter. UW received the second half kickoff and drove down the field for another scoring pass with 13:00 remaining in the third quarter which sliced the advantage to 16-14. A Bruin field goal late in the third quarter sent the Bruins into the final quarter with a 19-14 lead. With 7:38 remaining in the contest, Washington took the lead on a third scoring pass and added on a two-point conversion to make the score 22-19. On the next series, Olson had a pass intercepted and returned 33 yards for a touchdown with 6:10 left on the clock. The Bruins were not able to move into Husky territory on its final two possessions of the contest and Washington ran out the clock for a 29-19 win. In the last meeting played in the Rose Bowl (2005), UCLA scored 14 fourth-quarter points on the way to posting a 21-17 win. Washington jumped out to a 10-0 halftime lead. Drew Olson found Marcedes Lewis on a four-yard scoring pass with 11:35 to play in the third quarter to make it 10-7. Washington built its advantage back up to 10 points with 3:18 to go in the quarter on a one-yard run. UCLA answered back on the first play of the fourth quarter on an Olson to Michael Pitre scoring pass. With just over a minute left in the contest, Maurice Drew scored on a one-yard run to complete the Bruin comeback.
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.
HONORARY TEAM CAPTAIN - John Peterson, captain of the undefeated 1954 team that was selected National Champion by United Press International, will serve as the honorary captain and participate in the coin flip.
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).
Notre Dame makes just its second visit ever to the Rose Bowl this season on Oct. 6. 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. The Bruins will battle the Beavers in Corvallis for the first time since a 2002 contest.
LAST GAME -- UCLA lost for the first time this season, dropping a 44-6 decision at Utah. Utah scored first on a 53-yard pass play but the Bruins closed to within 7-6 on Kai Forbath field goals of 45 and 52 yards, the latter the longest ever by a Bruin freshman and tied for fourth on the all-time list. However, Utah scored with just 23 seconds remaining in the second quarter to take a 14-6 halftime lead.
Trailing 17-6 in the third quarter, UCLA appeared ready to make a move. Ben Olson connected with Marcus Everett down the left sideline for what appeared to be a 52-yard touchdown. But Everett, stretching for the end zone, lost control of the ball when hit at the two and it went through the end zone for a touchback. Utah then marched 80 yards to make the score 24-6. Utah's next four possessions began at the UCLA 37 (interception), Utah 41(downs), UCLA 33 (punt) and UCLA 7 (interception) and resulted in two touchdowns and two field goals for the final score.
Offensively, UCLA accounted for 373 net yards, 290 passing and 83 rushing, but turned the ball over five times. Ben Olson completed 20 of 40 passes for 290 yard but had three interceptions. Brandon Breazell made six receptions for 121 yards and Marcus Everett added five for 68 yards. Kahlil Bell led the Bruins in rushing with 59 yards on 12 attempts and Chris Markey added 32 on 10 attempts.
Defensively, UCLA yielded 386 yards, 264 in the air and 122 on the ground. Alterraun Verner led the Bruins with 10 tackles while Chris Horton and Dennis Keyes added nine each. Tom Blake and Christian Taylor made six each.
UCLA PLAYER / COACH NOTES - Redshirt senior Bruce Davis is the nation's leading returning sack specialist, based on his sacks in the 2006 season. Davis ranked fourth (tied) in the NCAA and tied for first in the Pac-10 in sacks (12.5 - 0.96 average) and 18th nationally and second in the Pac-10 in tackles for losses (1.35 average). In 2006, he was named first-team All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com and SI.com. On the year, Davis made 47 tackles, seventh (tied) on the squad. He also ranked tied for first on the team with 12.5 sacks and second on the team behind Justin Hickman with 17.5 tackles for loss.
He made two tackles and recovered a fumble versus Stanford. Against BYU, he had two sacks, including one on which he caused a fumble, and made seven tackles, tying his career high. He had two tackles at Utah. He now has 19.0 career sacks to rank 10th (tied) in school history.
Senior running back Chris Markey ranks eighth in UCLA history in career all-purpose yardage with 3,613 yards and 12th in career rushing with 2,171 yards. In 2006, he became the third Bruin and first since 1962 to lead the team in both rushing (1,107 yards) and receiving (35 receptions). He is just the 11th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (it has been done a total of 18 times).
Against Stanford, he rushed for 71 yards and had one reception for two yards. He added 50 yards and the game-clinching touchdown versus BYU. He ran for 32 yards at Utah.
Redshirt senior safety Chris Horton was the Bruins' leading tackler in 2006 with 95 and was second on the team with three interceptions. He led the team (or tied for the lead) in tackles in four of the last six games, including a career-high 12 stops versus Arizona State (Nov. 18) to earn Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors. He made six stops versus Stanford and added five and a forced fumble against BYU and nine tackles at Utah.
Redshirt freshman Kai Forbath's 52-yard field goal at Utah is the longest ever by a Bruin freshman and tied for fourth on the all-time list.
True junior tailback Kahlil Bell rushed for 195 yards in the opener versus Stanford. That is the highest total by a Bruin in an opener and the most in any game since Chris Markey ran for 208 against Rice in 2006. He added a team-high 79 yards versus BYU and a team best 59 at BYU and is third in the Pac-10 with an average of 111.0
True senior Shannon Tevaga is considered one of the top offensive guards in the West. He has started 34 straight games, the longest streak on the team. Redshirt senior cornerback Trey Brown is the defensive player with the most consecutive starts (33). Others with starting streaks of note include OL Noah Sutherland (18), OL Chris Joseph (16), RB Chris Markey (16), TE Logan Paulsen (12) on offense; on defense: DB Chris Horton (18), DL Bruce Davis (16), DB Dennis Keyes (16), DL Kevin Brown (15), LB Christian Taylor (10).
Redshirt senior wide receiver Joe Cowan is one of just four players to have multiple career touchdown receptions of at least 77 yards. Danny Farmer had three and J.J. Stokes and Freddie Mitchell also had two.
Bruin head coach Karl Dorrell helped guide the Bruin team to the seventh 10-win season in school history in 2005. Dorrell has been a part of three of the seven record-tying seasons. In 1982, he was a freshman wide receiver on a Bruin team that went 10-1-1 and handed Michigan a 24-14 loss in the Rose Bowl. In 1988, Dorrell served as a graduate assistant coach on the Bruin squad that went 10-2 and bested Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.
Karl Dorrell was named co-Coach of the Year in the Pac-10 for the 2005 season. He was the fourth UCLA coach to receive the honor, joining Bob Toledo (1998), Terry Donahue (1993, 1985) and Dick Vermeil (1975).
Redshirt senior linebacker Christian Taylor made a total of 83 tackles to rank second on the team in 2006 and also ranked third with 4.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. He made eight tackles, including two for loss, in the Emerald Bowl. In the 2007 opener versus Stanford, he made six stops, including one for loss. He added six solo stops versus BYU and six tackles at Utah.
Redshirt senior safety Dennis Keyes was third on the team with 79 tackles in 2006 and tied for the team lead in three of the last six games. He made six tackles in the 2007 opener versus Stanford. He led the Bruins with 10 tackles against BYU and had nine at Utah. He leads the team with 25 tackles and his average of 6.67 is seventh in the Pac-10.
The interception return for a touchdown against Utah in the 2006 opener by Alterraun Verner was the first by a UCLA true freshman since 1989, when Carlton Gray returned one 65 yards for a score versus Washington. Verner's 89-yard scoring return versus Arizona made him one of just six Bruins, the only freshman, to have two scoring interception returns in the same season.
Karl Dorrell is the first Bruin head coach to lead his team into a bowl game in each of his first four years on the job (2003-Silicon Valley Classic; 2004-Las Vegas Bowl; 2005-Sun Bowl; 2006-Emerald Bowl).
Patrick Cowan's 78-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Breazell in the 2006 Emerald Bowl was UCLA's longest offensive play from scrimmage and UCLA's longest since the 2005 Arizona State game, when Drew Olson and Joe Cowan combined for a 91-yard touchdown.
Patrick Cowan's 329 passing yards at California rank 23rd on UCLA's single-game list and fourth among sophomores. His 351 yards of total offense rank 19th on that single-game list and third among sophomores. Both totals were 2006 season highs for the Bruins.
TEAM NOTES - The crowd of 72,986 at the BYU game was the highest for a home opener since the 2001 opener versus Ohio State (73,723). It was also UCLA's best non-conference crowd since that Ohio State game.
UCLA's 624 yards of total offense in the 2007 opener versus Stanford was the 11th highest total in school history. It is the most ever in a Bruin season opener and the most in any game since the 2005 Arizona State game (660 yards).
UCLA's 45 points versus Stanford were the most in a season opener since 1998 when it scored 49 to open the season versus Texas at the Rose Bowl. It is also the most points scored by UCLA in a season opener on the road (UCLA scored 44 at San Diego State in 2005). The last time the Bruins scored more points in a Pac-10 road game was the 1998 Arizona contest (52-28).
UCLA's 338 rushing yards against Stanford were the most by the team since the 2004 Washington contest (424 yards).
UCLA's six touchdown drives vs. Stanford measured 60, 92, 97, 80, 45 and 65 yards. Only one took longer than 2:20. One took 57 second and another just 1:19. The two touchdown drives versus BYU measured 47 (1:41) and 45 (3:40) yards.
Eight of UCLA's 2007 opponents played in a bowl game following the 2006 season. Only Florida had more regular-season opponents earn bowl berths (10).
UCLA ended USC's streak of 63 straight games of scoring 20 or more points on Dec. 2, 2006 when it held the Trojans to nine points in a 13-9 victory.
Stanford converted just four of 18 third-down conversion attempts while BYU was six of 16 and Utah was five of 16. In three games, opponents have converted 15 of 50 (30.0%) third down opportunites -- T-25th in the nation. UCLA ranked fifth nationally in third-down conversion defense (28.4%) in 2006, having allowed 13 opponents to convert 50 of 176 third-down opportunities.
UCLA has held its three opponents to 218 net rushing yards on 88 attempts (2.5 average) and ranks 14th in the nation. The Bruins allowed Stanford 52 net yards rushing on 26 attempts (2.0 average), BYU just 44 net yards on 25 attempts and Utah 122 on 37 attempts. In 13 games in the 2006 season, UCLA allowed 91.1 yards per game (tied for ninth in the NCAA and tied for first in the Pac-10) and just nine touchdowns on the ground.
Under Karl Dorrell, UCLA's home record is 21-5 (.808). The .808 percentage ranks 18th in Football Bowl Subdivision for home record during the last four-plus years (2003-2007). UCLA's 10-game home winning streak in 2005-06 was its longest since 1997-1999, when it won 13 consecutive home games.
UCLA's 31-0 shutout of Stanford on Sept. 30, 2006 was its first since 2004, when it shut out Stanford, 21-0.
UCLA is 20-2 when it wins the turnover battle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 2-0 (Stanford, BYU) in 2007. It is 11-20 when it ties or loses the turnover battle, including 0-1 (Utah) in 2007.
UCLA is 6-1 all-time in overtime, including a couple of 2005 wins in extra time --- a 30-27 single overtime win at Stanford and a 44-41 single overtime win at Washington State. Head coach Karl Dorrell is 3-0 in overtime, defeating California in 2003 and Washington State and Stanford in 2005.
In the last seven seasons (2000-2006), UCLA has produced seven consensus All-Americans (2000, WR Freddie Mitchell; 2001, LB Robert Thomas; 2003 DE Dave Ball; 2005 TE Marcedes Lewis and KR Maurice Drew; 2006 DE Justin Hickman and PK Justin Medlock). 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 15 years (1992-2006), just two fewer than USC and eight more than No. 3 Arizona.
UCLA was one of eight schools to have two or more consensus All-Americans (Justin Hickman and Justin Medlock) in 2006 and the only school not ranked in the final Top 25. The others schools were: Michigan and Ohio State, three each; California, Tennessee, Texas, USC and West Virginia, two each.
FRESHMEN - One true freshman, long snapper Christian Yount, has played thus far in 2007. Eight true freshmen played for the Bruins in the 2006 season. Seven played in the opener against Utah (DB Alterraun Verner, DB Jeremy McGee, WR Terrence Austin, WR Dominique Johnson, DB Christian Ramirez, RB Chane Moline, OL Micah Kia). DL Jerzy Siewierski made his debut against Stanford.
Thirty-five true freshmen have now played for coach Karl Dorrell during his four-plus seasons as head coach. A school-record 12 played for the Bruins in 2004. Nine played in the 2005 season and five saw the field in 2003.
FIRST ACTION - Ten players saw action in their first game in the 2007 season-opener at Stanford (DL Tom Blake, LB Joshua Edwards, PK Kai Forbath, TE Tyler Holland, DB Chris Meadows, WR Osaar Rasshan, LS Christian Yount, DT Darius Savage, DB Matt Culver, QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson).
FIRST STARTS - Place kicker Kai Forbath, offensive tackle Micah Kia and tight end Scott Glicksberg made the first starts of their careers in the 2007 opener at Stanford. Cornerback Alterraun Verner made his first non-nickel back start versus BYU. Defensive end Tom Blake, defensive tackle Jess Ward and cornerback Michael Norris all made their first career start at Utah.