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No. 12 Bruins On The Road At Washington State
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/10/2005

Oct. 10, 2005

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KEY DATES
Mon., Oct. 10 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.) Tues., Oct. 11 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks Wed., Oct. 12 - Last day to interview all other players Thu., Oct. 13 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice Sat., Oct. 15 - UCLA at Washington State (3:30 p.m. on FSN)

GAME 6: UCLA (5-0, 2-0, ranked No. 12 by AP and USA Today/ Coaches) travels to Pullman, WA to play Washington State (3-2, 0-2). Game time is 3:30 and the contest will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net with Barry Tompkins and Petros Papadakis in the booth and Jim Watson on the sidelines. XTRA Sports 570 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all of the Bruin games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines.

The Bruins are ranked for four straight weeks for the first time since late in the 2001 season when they were ranked in the first 10 games of the season.

This is UCLA's 87th season of football. The 2005 season is UCLA's 24th in the Rose Bowl. Since moving to Pasadena for the 1982 season, the Bruins are 97-43-2 on their home field, 12-4 under coach Dorrell.

2005 PRE-SEASON AWARD WATCH LISTS
Maurice Drew, RB - Maxwell Award as nation's outstanding player ... Doak Walker Award as nation's top running back
Spencer Havner, LB - Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker; Walter Camp Player of the Year Award; Lott Trophy as nation's top defensive player; Nagurski Trophy as nation's top defender... Bednarik Award as nation's top defender; Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Justin Hickman, DL - Hendricks Award as nation's top defensive end
Marcedes Lewis, TE - Walter Camp Player of the Year Award ... Mackey Award as nation's top tight end ... Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Justin London, LB - Lott Trophy as nation's top defensive player; Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman; Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker
Mike McCloskey, C - Rimington Trophy as nation's top center; Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Justin Medlock, PK - Groza Award as nation's top place kicker
Kyle Morgan, DL - Hendricks Award as nation's top defensive end
Drew Olson, QB - Unitas Award as nation's top senior quarterback
Jarrad Page, DB - Thorpe Award as nation's top defensive back

SERIES NOTES
UCLA leads the series with Washington State, which dates back to 1928, by a 34-16-1 count. The Bruins have lost the last four meetings with the Cougars and seven of the last nine. UCLA last won in Pullman, WA in the 1993 Rose Bowl season (Wayne Cook, now Bruin radio sideline reporter, was the starting quarterback in that contest).

The Cougars dealt the Bruins a 31-29 setback in the Rose Bowl last season. WSU running back Jerome Harrison rushed for 247 yards on 42 carries in the contest, including a 25-yard dash on the Cougar's first snap of the game. UCLA trailed 21-10 at the half before mounting a late rally. A fouryard Drew Olson to Manuel White scoring pass made the score 31-29 with 42 seconds to play. A two-point conversion pass failed and WSU recovered the Bruin's onside kick attempt and was able to run out the clock. Craig Bragg became UCLA's all-time career receiving leader (180) with a nine-yard catch on the final scoring drive of the day. UCLA played most of the game without both running back Maurice Drew (sprained ankle in first quarter) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (bruised tailbone in second quarter).

In the last game played in the Palouse, UCLA fell behind No. 12 Washington State 28-6 at the half and dropped a 31-13 decision. A fumbled punt and a bad snap on a punt led to two late WSU first half scores which broke open a close game.

NOTING WASHINGTON STATE
The Cougars are averaging 506.0 yards of total offense, eighth in the nation and third in the Pac-10. They are averaging 304.0 in the air (15th in the nation) and 202.0 (24th nationally) on the ground and are scoring 39.0 points per game (13th in NCAA). Defensively, WSU is allowing 24.4 points and 348.2 yards (46th in NCAA) per game -- 110.8 on the ground (29th in NCAA) and 237.4 in the air.

INDIVIDUAL UCLA NOTES
Maurice Drew's 299 all-purpose yards against California are the second-most in an NCAA game this season.

Maurice Drew is the only player in school history to score five touchdowns in a game and he has now done it twice (2004 at Washington and 2005 versus California).

In Drew Olson's last 13 games, he has completed 242 of 393 (.616) passes for 3,099 yards, 26 TDs and 10 interceptions. Drew Olson has now led fourth-quarter comebacks in back-toback games (Washington and California).

The 131 receiving yards by Marcedes Lewis at San Diego State are the most by a Bruin tight end since 2002, when Mike Seidman had games of 138 against Oregon State and 134 versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yards versus Oregon State in 1975 is the school record for tight ends.

DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

Spencer Havner's four defensive touchdowns are the most ever by a UCLA player (records date back to 1957). Havner has three interception returns for scores and one fumble return. Havner's fumble return for a score against Oklahoma pushed him past Abdul McCullough ('93-96) who had two interception returns and one fumble recovery; Jerry Robinson ('75-78) who had three interception returns; Marcus Turner ('85-88) who had three interception returns and Tommy Bennett ('92-93, 95) who had three fumble returns.

NOTE: (Darryl Henley ('85-88) had three punt returns and one fumble return for touchdown; Maurice Drew has six kick returns for scores, four punts / two kickoffs).

Maurice Drew's 81-yard punt return against California was the 14th time in his career he has scored on a play which measured at least 40 yards. It also tied the UCLA and Pac-10 single-season (three) and career (four) records for punt return touchdowns. He had a 65-yard scoring return against Washington erased by penalty.

By kicking field goals of 52 and 50 yards at Oregon in 2004, Justin Medlock became the first Bruin to kick two field goals of at least 50 yards in a game. He is the only Bruin ever to kick three field goals of 50 or more yards in the same season and is one of just two Bruins (John Lee is the other) to have four career field goals of 50 or more yards.

Medlock connected on three field goals in the season opener against San Diego State and is now fifth on UCLA's career field goal list with 34. His nine PATs against Rice tied a school record.

Running back Maurice Drew's 114 rushing yards in the opener at San Diego State marked the seventh time in his career he has topped to century mark. Drew's total of seven century games ranks tied for 12th on the all-time school list. (142 v. Illinois, 2004; 322 v. Washington, 2004; 161 v. San Diego State, 2004; 105 v. Stanford, 2004; 126 v. Wyoming; 176 v. Arizona State, 2003).

In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, Spencer Havner led the Bruins with 13 tackles, including three for losses (one sack) and moved into the top 10 on the all-time Bruin career tackles list (he is now No. 6). He was named Defensive Pac- 10 Player of the Week. Last season, Havner led the Pac-10 in tackles (11.37/g). He made at least 13 tackles in five games in 2004. His 17 stops at Illinois in 2004 were the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in 2001.

In the opener against San Diego State, Maurice Drew accounted for 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the ground and 80 on punt returns. Against Rice, he accounted for 168 all-purpose yards, including 95 rushing, 66 on punt returns and seven on receiving. He had 100 all-purpose yards in the win over Oklahoma and 101 versus Washington.

Against California, he had 299 all-purpose yards -- 162 on three punt returns, 65 on 15 carries, 52 on two receptions and 20 on one kickoff return. Drew's 81-yard scoring punt return against Cal was his sixth kick return for a touchdown. (91 KOR v. Oklahoma, 2003; 99 KOR v. USC, 2003; 72 PR v. SDSU, 2005, 66 PR v. Rice, 2005; 81 PR v. California, 2005; 68 PR v. Stanford, 2004).

Tight end Marcedes Lewis set a school record for tight ends with seven touchdown catches in 2004. He also holds the career mark with 13, including his four-yard catch to begin the comeback in the win over Washington.

Only three quarterbacks in UCLA history have thrown for more than 20 scores in a season -- 25 Cade McNown-1998; 24- Troy Aikman 1988; 24-Cade McNown-1997; 21-Tom Ramsey - 1982. In 2004, Drew Olson threw 20 scoring passes to rank fifth on that UCLA list.

In the first game of the 2005 season, Maurice Drew scored three touchdowns (averaging 45.6 yards in length) -- all in the first half. On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he raced 64 yards for a score. He also hit paydirt on a one-yard run in the second quarter. Later in the same period, he returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown. Against Rice, he scored on a four-yard run and a 66-yard punt return (35.0- yard average). He had one touchdown (nine yards) versus Oklahoma and one touchdown (one yard) versus Washington. Against California, he scored five touchdowns for the second time in his career -- 12-yard run, one-yard run, 81- yard punt return, 28-yard reception and two-yard run -- an average of 24.8 yards per score.

In 2004, Drew averaged 40.63 yards on each of his eight rushing touchdowns in 2004 (47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 2) for 325 yards. He also had scoring receptions of 27, 43 and three yards and a punt return for 68 yards.

TEAM NOTES
The last time UCLA went this long without playing a game out of the state of California was in the 1993 Rose Bowl season, when the Bruins were not out of state until an October 23 game at Oregon State. UCLA will travel to Washington State this week on October 15.

UCLA has started the season 5-0 in 12 previous seasons. The last time was in 2001 when it started the year with six straight wins. The other five-win starts include 1998 (Rose Bowl), 1988 (Cotton Bowl), 1980, 1969, 1967, 1966, 1954 (National Champs), 1952, 1946 (Rose Bowl), 1932, 1927. UCLA's win over No. 9/10 California was its first over a Top 10 team since UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington, 35-13, in the 2001 season.

UCLA is ranked No. 12 by both AP and USA Today/Coaches. The last time UCLA was ranked higher was October 28, 2001 when the 6-1 Bruins were ranked No. 9 by AP and No. 11 by USA Today/Coaches. The Bruins travelled to No. 16 Washington State that week (WSU won that contest by a 20-14 score).

UCLA's win over Washington on October 1 was its first as a ranked team since defeating California in the sixth game of the 2001 season. UCLA was ranked No. 4 by AP entering that contest.

UCLA is ranked in the Top 25 in a fourth straight week for the first time since 2001 when it took the field for the season's first 10 games as a ranked unit.

When UCLA moved into the Top 25 on Sept. 18, it was the first time since 2002, when it was No. 24 on the USA To3 day/Coaches poll and No. 25 on the AP poll entering USC week (Nov. 18).

UCLA is 11-0 in games in which it has won the turnover battle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 3-0 this season (SDSU, Rice, Oklahoma).

UCLA's fifth straight win to open the 2005 campaign marks the second time the Bruins have compiled a five-game win streak under head coach Karl Dorrell (2003 was the first time). UCLA's 5-0 start is its best since 2001, when it opened the season 6-0.

California entered its game with UCLA having allowed just 53 points in five games (10.6 average). UCLA scored 47 versus the Golden Bears. Cal had outscored its opponents 115-13 in the second-half (UCLA outscored Cal, 26-13), including 77-3 in the fourth quarter (UCLA outscored Cal, 19-3).

The Washington game was UCLA's Pac-10 opener. UCLA is now 3-0 in league openers under Karl Dorrell, having defeated Washington in all three years. The Bruins have won their last five Pac-10 openers, last losing at Oregon in 2000. Opponents have scored just one touchdown on UCLA's three turnovers this season. UCLA has scored 47 points this season off of opponent turnovers.

UCLA scored at least 40 points in each of its first three games and four of its first five.

The Sept. 17 win over Oklahoma (No. 17 USA Today/No. 21 AP) was UCLA's first over a ranked opponent (AP) since a 46-16 win over No. 18 Washington at the Rose Bowl in 2003. UCLA's 47 points against California was the highest point total by a Bruin team in a Pac-10 game since defeating Arizona State, 52-42 on Dec. 1, 2001.

The win at San Diego State was UCLA's first in an opener since a win over Colorado State began the 2002 season.

UCLA is 11-1 in games in which it has led at the half under coach Dorrell and 8-1 in games in which it has scored first. UCLA's 63 points against Rice is its highest total of the Karl Dorrell Era and the most points by a Bruin team since a 66- 10 win over Houston on Oct. 4, 1997. The 578 yards of total offense were also the most by a Dorrell team and the most since the 2002 Oregon State game (625).

UCLA is 22 for 23 in the Red Zone (20 touchdowns, two field goals, one end-of-game kneeldown) in 2005. UCLA finished the 2004 season by turning seven of its last eight red zone possessions into points.

In five games, UCLA has committed just three turnovers while forcing 10 (eight on defense and two on special teams). The Bruins rank eighth nationally and first in the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+1.40).

In the final five games of 2004, UCLA's defense allowed a total of 11 touchdowns (six rushing and five passing), after allowing 25 TDs in the first seven games. The Bruins allowed just six rushing touchdowns in the last six games and five passing touchdowns in the final five.

In 2005, UCLA has produced 42 plays of at least 20 yards -- 10 versus San Diego State (three passes, two punt returns, two runs, two kickoff returns and one interception return), 11 versus Rice (six passes, three runs, one kickoff return and one punt return), five against Oklahoma (three passes and two runs), five versus Washington (three passes, two kickoff returns) and 11 versus California (five passes, three kickoff returns, two punt returns and one run). Seven have resulted in touchdowns.

Maurice Drew has 12 plays of at least 20 yards (four runs, four punt returns, three receptions and one kickoff return) and five have resulted in touchdowns.

In 2004, UCLA had 100 plays of at least 20 yards (44 passes, 22 runs, 23 kickoff returns and seven punt returns, four interception returns), including 21 for touchdowns.

In the 2005 opener, UCLA had five plays of 40 or more yards (two punt returns, one kickoff return, one run and one pass) and two of those resulted in touchdowns. Against Rice, UCLA had four plays of 40 or more yards (two runs, one pass and one punt return), one resulting in a touchdown. UCLA's longest play against Oklahoma was 38 yards and its longest play versus Washington was 39 yards. UCLA had two punt returns over 40 yards versus California with one resulting in a touchdown.

In 2004, UCLA had 24 plays of at least 40 yards (10 passes, seven runs, three interception returns, two punt returns and two kickoff returns) and 15 of those were for touchdowns. UCLA averaged 5.97 yards per offensive play in 2004, its best since 1998 (6.81). Its average of 410.0 yards per game was its highest since 1998 (487.25). It's scoring average of 30.1 was also its best since 1998 (39.7).

In five games this year, UCLA is averaging 6.5 yards per play, 414.2 yards of total offense and 43.2 points. The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl in seven of the last eight seasons. UCLA has played in 17 bowl games in the last 24 years. UCLA is 10-6 in its last 16 bowl game appearances. UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last 23 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only Florida State, Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama, Miami and Michigan have won more bowl games in that span. UCLA has more bowl wins (10) in the last 23 years than any other school in the Pac-10 conference. In fact, only eight schools (Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Auburn, Alabama, Penn State) have won more bowl games than the Bruins in that span.

LAST GAME
UCLA twice rallied from double-digit deficits to defeat the No. 9 (Coaches)/No. 10 (AP) California Golden Bears, 47-40 before 84,811 fans at the Rose Bowl. It was UCLA's largest non-USC crowd since 88,804 attended the game against Michigan on Sept. 16, 2000. It was also UCLA's first win over a Top 10 team since defeating No. 10 Washington in October of 2001.

The Bruins found themselves trailing 14-0 just 2:32 into the game but made some big plays to jump start the comeback. Fol4 lowing the defense's first stop of the Golden Bears, Maurice Drew returned a punt 69 yards to the four-yard line and on the next play, Drew Olson and Joe Cowan hooked up for UCLA's first touchdown. On its next possession, UCLA drove 77 yards, culminating with Drew's 12-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter to knot the score at 14-14. California countered with a touchdown sandwiched around two field goals but UCLA drove 66 yards at the end of the half. Drew's one-yard run with 21 seconds remaining made the score 27-21 at halftime.

UCLA took its first lead with 7:33 remaining in the third quarter when Drew caught a punt at his own 19-yard line, made a move to his right, cut left and raced 81 yards for his third punt return touchdown of the year. However, California scored the next 13 points, taking a 40-28 lead with 12:55 remaining in the contest.

But, UCLA was not done, rallying in the fourth quarter for the second straight week. On the Bruins' first possession, they faced a fourth-and-two at their own 42-yard line. In punt formation, the ball was snapped to Michael Pitre, who handed it to Jarrad Page, who broke a tackle and raced 38 yards. With a personal foul against California added to the play, UCLA was at the 10-yard line and Olson scored from the one on third down.

The Bruin defense then held Cal to two first downs, forcing a punt to Drew, who returned it 12 yards to the Bruin 25-yard line with 2:30 remaining. After an incomplete pass, Olson connected down the middle with Marcus Everett, who made an acrobatic catch for a 38-yard gain. After an Olson-Everett pass netted nine yards and an incomplete, Olson found Drew in the right flat. The tailback broke a tackle and sped down the right sideline for a 28-yard touchdown and a 41-40 lead with 1:35 to play (UCLA's two-point attempt was not successful). On its ensuing possession, California faced a first-and-20 at its own 10-yard line. Trey Brown picked on the pass and returned it 16 yards to the Bear seven-yard line with 1:01 remaining. UCLA ran four times to use the remaining time and Drew scored from the two-yard line on the game's final play. Drew dominated the game with 299 all-purpose yards - 162 on punt returns, 65 rushing, 52 receiving and 20 on a kickoff return -- and tied his own school record with five touchdowns -- three rushing, one receiving and one on a punt return. Olson completed 17 of 33 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Marcus Everett led the receivers with six catches for 95 yards.

Defensively, the Bruins yielded 545 yards but made the key stops when it counted. Four times, they held Cal to field goals in the Red Zone. Dennis Keyes recorded a career-high 11 tackles, including three for losses. Spencer Havner added nine tackles, including one sack and two others for losses, Justin London made eight tackles (one for loss) and William Snead, making his first career start, added seven tackles. DID YOU KNOW? -- The football team had 29 players listed on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the Spring `05 quarter. To qualify, student-athletes had to post at least a 3.0 grade point average. Sixteen of the 19 members of Karl Dorrell's first recruiting class (2003) are still in the program and on track to graduate.

The UCLA football program has produced 16 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners, 14 first-team Academic All-Americans, eight National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients, one Rhodes Scholar and three members of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.

Two Bruins on the 2005 roster are the sons of former Bruin standouts -- DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, played running back from 1976-78 and rushed for 2,914 yards to rank No. 7 all-time at the school); LB Bruce Davis (dad, Bruce, played offensive line from 1975-78 and went on to a long NFL career, winning two Super Bowl titles).

UCLA is the only school to produce five quarterbacks -- Troy Aikman, Steve Bono, Billy Kilmer, Tom Ramsey, Jay Schroeder -- to have played on a Super Bowl team. According to the NFL, the Bruins were tied for first among Pac- 10 schools with 25 active players on 2004 opening day National Football League kickoff rosters.

During the last 23 years, UCLA has been ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions, tied with USC for the most among Pac-10 schools.

In the last 23 seasons (1982-2004), UCLA has more Top 10 rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, only eight schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Miami, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Auburn) have been ranked in the AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.

2005 FIRSTS
Five Bruins made their first career starts against San Diego State -- offensive linemen Chris Joseph and Brian Abraham, defensive linemen Nathaniel Skaggs and Nikola Dragovic and safety Dennis Keyes. In addition, punter Aaron Perez and holder Brian Callahan started at their respective spots for the first time.

Against Rice, tight end J.J. Hair and defensive tackle Chase Moline made their first career starts.

Against Oklahoma, true freshmen tight end Ryan Moya and linebacker John Hale made the first starts of their careers. In the win over California, redshirt sophomore defensive end William Snead and redshirt junior wide receiver Andrew Baumgartner made the first starts of their careers. X Nine true freshmen played in the opener against San Diego State -- RB Kahlil Bell, LB Kyle Bosworth, LB John Hale, WR Gavin Ketchum, S Robert Kibble, S Bret Lockett, DL Chase Moline, TE Ryan Moya and TE Logan Paulsen. Thirty-six true freshmen have now played for the Bruins during the last four seasons (2002-2005). A school-record 12 true freshmen played for the Bruins in 2004.

Twenty-one Bruins played in a game for the first time against SDSU. In addition to the nine true freshmen, others who made their debut included LB Christian Taylor, S Charlie Schuh, CB Byron Velega, DT Nathaniel Skaggs, QB/H Brian Callahan, WR Matt Willis, WR Andrew Baumgartner, C Aaron Meyer, OL Scott Glicksberg, DT Brian Ruziecki, DT Scott Kearney and P Aaron Perez. In addition, Noah Sutherland, who played defensive tackle a year ago, made his debut at offensive tackle. QB Pat Cowan made his debut against Rice.


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