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Oct. 28, 2002

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GAME # 8 - UCLA, 5-3 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 play (tied for fourth place), will face Washington (4-4, 1-3) this Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. PST.

The game will be televised live on a national basis by Turner Sports on Superstation TBS. Rod Thulin and Charles Davis will call the action with Craig Sager and Erin Andrews on the sidelines.

Fox Sports Radio AM 1150 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all games. Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens will call the action in the booth and this week, Wayne Cook will work the sidelines.

LAST WEEK - UCLA rallied from a 15-0 deficit just 4:34 into the game to defeat the Stanford Cardinal, 28-18, at the Rose Bowl. The comeback was UCLA's largest since trailing Arizona State 21-0 in 2000. It was also the fourth time this season that UCLA has trailed at least 10-0 and rallied for the victory.

Stanford scored on a 28-yard drive after recovering a fumbled punt. On the PAT, it converted a bad snap into a pass for two points and an 8-0 lead. On UCLA's first series, a bad snap was recovered by the Cardinal for a touchdown and a 15-0 lead with 10:26 remaining in the first quarter.

True freshman quarterback Matt Moore, starting in the first game of his career, drove the Bruins for a field goal on the ensuing possession. The next time UCLA had the ball, following Ben Emanuel's block of a 36-yard field goal attempt, it drove 80 yards for a touchdown, the final 22 yards coming on Moore's 22-yard strike to Mike Seidman. The teams each scored a field goal later in the second quarter to give Stanford an 18-13 halftime lead.

The Bruins drew to within two points, 18-16, on Nate Fikse's third-quarter field goal and took the lead for good early in the final quarter. Taking over on the Cardinal 40-yard line following a six-yard punt return by Tyler Ebell, UCLA scored on an 18-yard run by Ebell to take a 22-18 lead.

On Stanford's next possession, Ricky Manning made his third interception of the year to give UCLA the ball at the Cardinal 27-yard line. One first down later, Fikse kicked his fourth field goal of the afternoon.

The defense, which played well all day, made another big play on Stanford's next possession. The Cardinal went for a first down on fourth-and-one at its own 29-yard line but Kevin Brant and Ryan Boschetti prevented the conversion, giving UCLA the ball. Fikse added his fifth field goal of the day, from 44 yards, for the final margin.

Stanford mounted one final drive, but on fourth-and-15, Kyle Matter crossed the line of scrimmage before throwing the ball for a loss of down, giving the ball to the Bruins with just 57 seconds remaining.

UCLA's defense played very well, allowing just one touchdown on a 28-yard drive, one field goal and 241 net yards -- 159 in the final three quarters. The 75 passing yards by the Cardinal was the lowest by a Bruin opponent since the 2001 Ohio State contest (45) and UCLA defenders accounted for six quarterback sacks.

Marcus Reese led the way with 12 tackles, one shy of his career high. Brandon Chillar made 11 tackles, including two sacks, and Spencer Havner also made 11 stops, including two for losses. Dave Ball was credited with six tackles, including a sack for the sixth straight week. Steve Morgan, Ryan Boschetti and Matt Ware all made five tackles. Morgan had 1.5 sacks and two other tackles for loss while Boschetti had 0.5 sacks and forced one fumble.

Offensively, Ebell was the story of the game. The redshirt freshman rushed for 160 yards on 39 carries, three attempts shy of the school record. It marked the fourth straight game in which he has broken the 100-yard barrier. He ran for 118 yards on 25 attempts in the second half and carried on 13 of UCLA's 14 fourth-quarter plays (excluding two kneel downs to end the game).

Moore became the first Bruin true freshman to win his first start at quarterback since Tom Ramsey did it against Oregon in 1979. He completed seven of 19 passes for 142 yards, including the 22-yard touchdown to Seidman, and did not throw an interception. He also threw passes of 49 and 38 yards to Tab Perry, who led the team with his 87 receiving yards. Craig Bragg made three receptions (19 yards).

Fikse made his debut as the team's regular field goal kicker and did an outstanding job. He became the first Bruin since Chris Sailer in 1998 (Washington) to kick five field goals in a game, converting from 36, 22, 19, 23 and 44 yards, tying the Pac-10 record for a conference game. In addition, he averaged 43.8 yards on four punts with three returned for a total of six yards. He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.

SERIES NOTES - UCLA leads the series with Washington, which dates back to 1932, by a count of 31-28-2. No. 7 UCLA won last year's game against No. 10 Washington by a score of 35-13 in the Rose Bowl when DeShaun Foster rushed for a school-record 301 yards. In the last meeting in Seattle (Nov. 11, 2000), No. 7 Washington defeated the Bruins, 35-28.

The last time the two schools met with neither ranked was 1989 (they did not play in 1991 or 1992).

Bob Toledo is 4-2 versus Washington as the Bruin head coach. Rick Neuheisel is 1-2 versus his alma mater as head coach at Washington.

Washington is averaging 436.3 yards (15th in the nation) -- 356.8 in the air (fourth nationally) and 79.5 on the ground -- and 29.8 points on offense and allowing 357.1 yards -- 79.3 on the ground (fifth in the nation) and 277.9 in the air -- and 25.6 points on defense.

Individually, Cody Pickett is fourth nationally and first in the Pac-10 in total offense (338.6 yards) and leads the Pac-10 in passing yards (351.4). He has completed 228 of 361 attempts (63.2%) for 2,811 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Reggie Williams is his favorite target, averaging 6.0 receptions (17th nationally, fourth in Pac-10) and 107.1 yards (12th in NCAA, third in Pac-10). Rich Alexis is the team's leading rusher (64.1 average) and ranks sxith in the Pac-10.

BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO - The Bruin head coach owns a record of 47-30 (30-22 in Pac-10 play) and a winning percentage of .610 during his six-plus years on the job. The 20-game winning streak in 1997-98 was the longest in school history, twice as long as the previous streak (10, set in 1946 and tied in 1954-55). His teams have won two Pac-10 titles (1997, 1998) and have qualified to play in a bowl game in four of the past five seasons.

Toledo is only the second coach in school history to win 10 regular-season games (Bert LaBrucherie in 1946) and only the second coach in school history to win 10 total games in back-to-back seasons (Terry Donahue in 1987-88).

Toledo's 47 wins put him in fourth place on UCLA's career victory list. Under Toledo, UCLA is 36-9 when it scores at least 30 points and 18-1 when it scores at least 40. UCLA is 31-6 when leading at the half and has won 12 times (12- 23) after trailing at the half and four (4-1) when tied at the half. The Bruins are 3-1 in overtime games. When ranked, the Bruins sport a 31-13 record under Toledo and are 15-5 when ranked in the Top 10.

Under Toledo, UCLA is 16-13 versus ranked teams. It has won nine of the last 15 and is 15-8 in the last 23 games versus Top 25 teams.

DID YOU KNOW? - UCLA allowed just 173 yards against California. The last time the defense held an opponent to fewer yards was the 2001 Ohio State game (166). UCLA allowed the Golden Bears just 40 yards on the ground, its best effort since limiting Washington to minus-eight yards rushing in 2001.

The 75 yards passing by Stanford were the fewest by a Bruin opponent since Ohio State's 45 in 2001.

UCLA's defense held Stanford to 159 yards and 11 first downs on 51 plays in the final three quarters after trailing 15-0. On the day, the defense allowed just one touchdown on a 28-yard drive following a fumbled punt by the Bruins.

UCLA is allowing opponents to complete just 47.8% of their passes, the best mark in the Pac-10. It is the only team holding opponents to less than 200 passing yards per game (184.0). Its eight touchdown passes allowed is bettered only by Oregon State (five).

UCLA's defense has allowed just 18 touchdowns, tied for third in the Pac-10. Overall, opponents have scored 22 TDs. This season, UCLA is 4-1 when its opponent scores first and 1-2 when it draws first blood. UCLA has been down by at least 10 points prior to scoring four times (Colorado State 0-10, Oklahoma State 0-10, Oregon State 0-14 and Stanford 0-15) and is 4-0 in those games. In 2001, the Bruins were 3-1 when they scored first and 4-3 when the opponent scored first.

UCLA is 3-1 on the road and 2-2 at home.

Ten of UCLA's touchdowns have measured at least 30 yards -- nine on offense plus a 33-yard interception return. The offensive scores have covered 71, 64, 55, 53, 46, 41, 37 and 33 in the air and 49 yards on the ground.

In eight games, UCLA's offense has produced 21 scrimmage plays of at least 30 yards -- 15 passes and six runs. The Bruins had five plays of 30+ yards at Oregon State, four each versus Oregon and Oklahoma State and three at San Diego State. The longest run is 73 yards by Tyler Ebell at Oregon State and the longest pass is 71 yards from Cory Paus to Craig Bragg for a touchdown against Oregon. All four touchdowns against the Ducks measured at least 46 yards (71, 55, 53 and 46 yards).

In the same span, the Bruin offense has produced 40 scrimmage plays of at least 20 yards, including 10 versus Oklahoma State and Oregon State and six versus Oregon.

Tyler Ebell is the first freshman (true or redshirt) in UCLA history to rush for at least 100 yards in four consecutive games and the first player of any class to do it since Skip Hicks ran for 100 in five straight games in 1997.

In the Oregon State game, Tab Perry (145) and Mike Seidman (138) became the first Bruin 100-yard pass receiving duo since Freddie Mitchell (125) and Brian Poli Dixon (107) versus Arizona State (9/30/00). Against Oregon, Craig Bragg (230) and Tab Perry (126) had more than 100 receiving yards, giving UCLA back-to-back games with a pair of 100- yard receivers for the first time since the final two games of the 1998 season (Miami and Wisconsin).

Craig Bragg's 71-yard touchdown reception from Cory Paus was UCLA's longest pass play since the 2000 USC game, when Paus and Freddie Mitchell connected for 74 yards. During Bob Toledo six-plus seasons as head coach, UCLA is 29-7 when it wins the turnover battle, 9-19 when it loses the turnover battle and 9-4 when the turnovers are even.

Tyler Ebell's 53-yard punt return against San Diego State was UCLA's longest since the 1998 season, when Ryan Roques returned one 77 yards for a touchdown at Washington. Jason Harrison's 46-yard kickoff return against Stanford was UCLA's longest since the 1999 season, when Lovell Houston returned one 93 yards for a touchdown at Stanford. UCLA has scored three touchdowns on blocked punts in the last two years and Jibril Raymo has scored two of them. Marcus Reese blocked both last year and Matt Clark did the honors against San Diego State. Overall, UCLA has blocked five punts in the last two years, three against Cal. It has blocked three punts this year, two at Berkeley, and blocked a field goal against Stanford.

Against San Diego State (43) and Oregon State (43), UCLA scored 40 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1998, when it scored at least 40 points in each of the first five games.

UCLA has fumbled the ball 18 times this year and has lost six, four on offense. Eleven are on offense (four lost), three are on kickoff returns, two are on interceptions (one lost) and two are on punt returns (one lost).

UCLA has won 15 of its last 23 games versus ranked opponents dating back to a 1997 win at #11 Texas and has posted a 24-7 record in regular-season games played in the Rose Bowl since that win over the Longhorns.

UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 non-conference regular-season games dating back to 1999 (following a loss at Ohio State, the Bruins have defeated Fresno State in 1999, Alabama, Fresno State and Michigan in 2000, Alabama, Kansas and Ohio State in 2001 and Colorado State, Oklahoma State and San Diego State in 2002).

In eight games this season, 13 Bruins have made their first starts - Paul Mociler, OG; Keith Carter, TE; Marcus Reese, LB; Spencer Havner, LB; Jarrad Page, DB; Jon Dubravac, WR; Mike McCloskey, C; Ed Blanton, OT; Tyler Ebell, TB; Jibril Raymo, FS; Ryan Boschetti, DT; Marcedes Lewis, TE; Matt Moore, QB. In addition, junior Asi Faoa made his first start at defensive end (he had one previous start at LB in 1999 vs. Boise State) and true freshman defensive tackle C.J. Niusulu made his debut versus the Ducks.

Sixteen Bruins made their varsity debut versus Colorado State, including eight true freshmen J.D. Groves, Marcedes Lewis, Justin London, Glenn Ohaeri, Drew Olson, Jarrad Page, Junior Taylor, Wesley Walker; six redshirt freshmen Tyler Ebell, Jason Harrison, Spencer Havner, Wendell Mathis, Mike McCloskey and James Jessen; and two juniors Ryan Boschetti and David Tautofi.

Numerous players made their debuts at San Diego State. Redshirt freshman Ed Blaton started at right tackle for in- jured Mike Saffer in his first career game. Tight end Keith Carter, linebacker Matt Chastain, quarterback John Sciarra, offensive guard Robert Cleary, wide receiver Jacques Lazarus, wide receiver Brett Mitchell, offensive tackle Matt Mosebar, offensive guard Jason Nitz, wide receiver Josh Roenicke all saw the first action of their careers. UCLA has now played 10 true freshmen this season, the most since freshmen became eligibile for varsity play in 1972. At least nine have played in the same game (Stanford). UCLA had eight true freshmen earn letters in 1994. UCLA's nine bowl wins in the last 20 years rank No. 1 (tied) in the Pac-10. Only six schools (Florida State, Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama, Miami, Michigan) have won more bowl games in that span.

During the last 20 years, UCLA has been ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions. No other school in the Pac-10 has been ranked more than 10 times. In the last 20 seasons (1982-2001), UCLA has more Top 10 rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, only six schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee) have been ranked in the AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.

The Bruins finished the 2001 season with a 7-4 mark. It was the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Bruins concluded the regular season qualified to play in a bowl game. Several Bruins were listed on the pre-season watch lists of the major awards - Mike Saffer, OT and Rodney Leisle, DT -Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award; Ricky Manning, Jr., CB and Matt Ware, FS - Jim Thorpe Award; Nate Fikse, P -Ray Guy Award.

Senior cornerback Ricky Manning has a chance this season to become only the seventh Bruin since 1964 to be named a three-time first-team all-conference player. The others - Vaughn Parker, OL 1991-92-93; Terry Tumey, DL 1985-86- 87; Kenny Easley, DB 1977-78-79; Manu Tuiasosopo, DL 1976-77-78; Jerry Robinson, LB 1976-77-78; Gary Beban, QB 1965-66-67.

Starting Streaks - Ricky Manning has started in 40 straight games to lead the team. Next is offensive left tackle Bryce Bohlander with 33 straight starts. Offensive right tackle Mike Saffer, who has started 37 times in his career, had a streak of 26 consecutive starts ended when he did not play at San Diego State due to a broken rib. Defensive tackle Rodney Leisle had a 28-game streak stopped when he did not suit up for the Oregon game due to a broken foot.

Three Bruins on the 2002 roster are the sons of former Bruin football players - TE Blane Kezirian (dad, Ed played offensive line in 1972-73 for coach Pepper Rodgers and posted a 17-5 record); WR/H Garrett Lepisto (dad, Vic played defensive end in 1964-66-67 for coaches Bill Barnes and Tommy Prothro); QB John Sciarra (dad, John played 1972- 75 and quarterbacked the Bruins to a win over No. 1 Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl game).

UCLA had six players selected in the 2002 NFL Draft, ranking seventh (tied) nationally among all schools in that category. (LB Robert Thomas/Rams, RB DeShaun Foster/Pan-thers, DB Marques Anderson/Packers, DL Kenyon Coleman/ Raiders, TE Bryan Fletcher/Bears - now with Tennessee, LS Jeff Grau/Redskins). All six are currently with NFL teams, plus free agent signee LB Ryan Nece with Tampa Bay, giving UCLA seven current NFL rookies.

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