Oct. 25, 1999
THE GAME -- The UCLA Bruins (3-5, 1-4) will meet Arizona (5-3, 2-2) in the Rose Bowl in the annual Homecoming game. Kickoff has been set for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be televised live locally by Fox Sports Net West 2. It will also be broadcast live on the Bruin Radio Network (KXTA 1150 AM).
Twelve new members of UCLA's Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted during pre-game ceremonies at Brookside Country Club. The new inductees will also be introduced at halftime of the game. The list includes: Troy Aikman, football, Sam Boghosian, football, Kay Cockerill, golf, Tracy Compton, softball, Denise Corlett, volleyball/basketball, Dave Dalby, football, Gail Devers, track, Bob Horn, water polo, Ernie Johnson, football, Torey Lovullo, baseball, Sharon Shapiro, gymnastics, Kevin Young, track.
LAST WEEK - The Bruins absorbed their worst loss since a 52-0 loss to USC on Sept. 27, 1930, dropping a 55-7 decision at Oregon State. In addition, OSU scored the most points by a Bruin opponent since Washington scored 61 in Seattle on Nov. 14, 1970.
The Bruins trailed 14-0 after one quarter and 21-0 in the second before scoring on a four-yard pass from Cory Paus to Gabe Crecion. However, the Beavers scored the next two times they touched the ball with a 50-yard run and a 47-yard pass and added a third touchdown with 35 seconds remaining in the half following a blocked punt for a 42-7 lead. OSU scored twice in the game's final five minutes for the final margin.
Offensively, UCLA gained more than 30 yards on just two of its 14 possessions (not including one play at the end of the first half), scoring on an 80-yard drive and throwing a third-quarter interception after driving 61 yards. Three Bruin quarterbacks completed 10 of 29 passes for 121 yards with Scott McEwan and Ryan McCann completing the first passes of their young careers. UCLA added 89 net yards on the ground, including 42 by Jermaine Lewis and 32 by Keith Brown.
Defensively, UCLA yielded 559 yards of total offense, 334 in the air and 225 on the ground.
Of the 60 players on the trip, there were 12 seniors, 14 juniors, 16 sophomores, 14 redshirt freshmen and four true freshmen. Eight of the 60 were non-scholarship players.
The Bruins started six seniors -- Brad Melsby, Randy Hakes and Keith Brown on offense and Pete Holland, Ryan Roques and Joey Strycula on defense -- against the Beavers. They also started four juniors, five sophomores, six redshirt freshmen and one true freshman in addition to a redshirt freshman place kicker and a true freshman punter.
NOTING THE WILDCATS - Arizona is coached by Dick Tomey, who is in his 13th season as head man at the school. He enters Saturday's game with a school record of 89-55-4 and a career mark of 152-101-7. Tomey was an assistant coach at UCLA from 1971-76 for Pepper Rodgers (71-73), Dick Vermeil (1974-75) and Terry Donahue (1976).
UCLA leads the series 14-8-2 and owns a 9-1-2 lead in Los Angeles. The Bruins have won the last two meetings, including a 40-27 win in the Rose Bowl in 1997 and a 52-28 win in the desert last season.
The 1998 matchup was a battle between two top 10 teams and an offensive extravaganza with over 900 yards of total offense between the two schools. The Bruins scored the game's final 28 points in a six-minute span in the third and fourth quarters to break open a tight game. In fact, UCLA scored three touchdowns on three consecutive plays with 1:11 running off the clock. Cade McNown's three-yard run began the parade of points and made it 31-28 UCLA just before the end of the third quarter. After a missed Arizona field goal, McNown hit Danny Farmer with a 64-yard scoring pass to make it 38-28. Arizona was forced to punt and UCLA found paydirt on the first play from scrimmage as Keith Brown rumbled 54 yards. After a Bruin interception, Brown scored again, this time on a 20-yard scamper. UCLA totaled 297 yards on the ground for the game and held UA to just 90 on 40 carries.
The Wildcats rank 10th in the nation (third in the Pac-10) in total offense (461.3), 14th in rushing (218.8) and 31st in passing (242.5). Wide receiver Dennis Northcutt ranks second nationally in all-purpose yards (193.3) and punt returns (19.4) and fourth in receiving yardage (120.8) while making 57 receptions for 966 yards and seven touchdowns. Running back Trung Canidate ranks 10th nationally in rushing (121.3) and 20th in all-purpose yards (142.0). Quarterback Keith Smith ranks sixth nationally in passing efficiency (147.7) and fellow quarterback Ortege Jenkins is ranked higher in the Pac-10 with a 148.0 rating (he does not have enough attempts to be listed by the NCAA).
BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO - Now in his fourth season as head coach of the Bruins, Bob Toledo owns a record of 28-15 (20-9 in Pac-10 play). His winning percentage of .651 is the fourth highest in UCLA history among coaches serving at least three years. The 20-game winning streak snapped versus Miami last Dec. 5 was the longest in school history, twice as long as the previous streak (10, set in 1946 and tied in 1954-55).
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 games in back-to-back seasons (Terry Donahue in 1987-88).
Under Toledo, UCLA is 24-5 when it scores at least 30 points and 13-1 when it scores at least 40. It is 4-10 when it scores 29 or fewer points. The Bruins are 23-3 when leading entering the fourth quarter, 2-0 when tied entering the final quarter and have won three times when trailing after three periods. UCLA is 20-3 when leading at the half and has won four times after trailing at the half and four when tied at the half.
DID YOU KNOW? - UCLA had won 13 straight regular-season home games at the Rose Bowl -- the final five of 1997, all five in 1998 and the first three in 1999 -- prior to the loss to California on Oct. 16. The Bruins had also won 11 straight Pac-10 home games (the final two in 1996, all four in both 1997 and 1998 and the first one in 1999).
Redshirt freshman cornerback Lovell Houston's 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Stanford, on his first- ever touch of the football as a Bruin, was the first by a Bruin since Jojo Townsell's 100-yard scoring effort vs. California in 1980.
Arizona State (21-7 in conference games) and UCLA (20-9) own the best total records of any teams in Pac-10 play over the last three-plus seasons.
UCLA is 16-4 in its last 20 Pac-10 contests. It had won 15 straight league games, dating back to the Aug. 30, 1997 opener at Washington State, a three-point loss (37-34), before falling at Stanford on Sept. 25.
UCLA's overall record of 23-9 in the last two-plus years is No 2 in the Pac-10, but its league record of 16-5 ranks No. 1. Arizona is first in overall record (24-9) and second with a league mark of 13-7. Arizona State is also 13-7 during this span.
UCLA has produced two Outland Trophy winners (Jonathan Ogden in 1995 and Kris Farris in 1998) and three first-team All-America tackles (Ogden, Chad Overhauser in 1997 and Farris) in the last four years.
In 1998, UCLA became only the fourth team in league history to win eight conference games in a season. The others were: USC - 1988, Washington - 1991, Arizona State - 1996. UCLA was also just one of three teams to win 15 Pac-10 games over two seasons (seven in 1997 and eight this year). The others include: USC in 1987 and 1988, UW in 1990 and 1991.
TEAM NOTES - The 85-yard touchdown pass play from Cory Paus to Danny Farmer against Arizona State was the sixth- longest in UCLA history and the longest since Farmer and Cade McNown combined for an 88-yard TD play against Tennessee in 1996.
SPLIT END DANNY FARMER - The pre-season All-American and Biletnikoff Award candidate once again showed why he is perhaps the nation's top wide receiver against Oregon on Oct. 9. He was hampered during the season's first month by a high sprain of his left ankle.
The senior made seven catches for a career-high 196 yards and two touchdowns measuring 11 and 65 yards against the Ducks. His 196 yards rank No. 2 in UCLA history, trailing only J.J. Stokes' 263 yards versus USC in 1992. The seven receptions tied his career high, set last year against Oregon and Wisconsin. His 11-yard catch with just 38 seconds remaining in the first half gave UCLA a 20-10 lead and his 65-yard catch and run boosted the lead to 34-10. He also made a diving 48-yard catch on the first play of the second half to spark another Bruin scoring drive. Overall, four of his seven receptions measured at least 23 yards, and three accounted for at least 31 yards.
Against California, despite suffering a strained groin, he made three catches for 32 yards. Last week at Oregon State, he played just a handful of plays due to his latest injury and did not make a reception.
On Oct. 2 at Arizona State, Farmer made six receptions for 148 yards and one touchdown and became UCLA's all-time leader in receiving yardage. On his first touch of the game, he caught a pass, broke a couple of tackles and raced 85 yards for the sixth-longest touchdown reception in UCLA history to give the Bruins a 14-0 lead. Late in the second quarter, he made back-to-back receptions of 12 and 22 yards to put the ball at the two-yard line and set up Keith Brown's TD with 12 seconds remaining in the half. On the day, five of his six receptions accounted for a touchdown or a first down.
In the month of October, Farmer has made 16 receptions for 376 yards (23.5 average) and three touchdowns despite making just three versus California and playing a few snaps at Oregon State. On the year, he has made 19 catches for 432 yards and three scores. His average of 22.7 yards per reception is the highest on the squad, as are his 432 receiving yards. He ranks second with his 19 catches.
Despite appearing in two games in which he did not catch a pass, he still ranks sixth (tied) in the Pac-10 in average yards per game (72.0) and his average of 22.7 yards per catch is second in the league.
Farmer's career totals are now 149 receptions for 2,879 yards and 19 touchdowns in just 40 games. His 2,879 yards rank No. 1 on UCLA's all-time list, while his 149 receptions rank No. 3 (he passed Sean LaChapelle against Oregon), just five behind No. 2 J.J. Stokes. A big-play performer, he has made 23 receptions of at least 40 yards, including 13 last season and four in 1999. He has accounted for at least 100 yards 11 times in his career, including twice this year.
In addition, he ranks third on the Pac-10's career receiving yardage list behind Stanford's Troy Walters (3,464) and former USC star Johnnie Morton (3,201).
In 1998, Farmer was the team's leading receiver with 58 catches for 1,274 yards (22.0 average) and nine touchdowns. In the Washington game, he became only the fourth player in school history to record over 1,000 receiving yards in a season. His 1,274 yards set a new UCLA record, breaking Kevin Jordan's record of 1,228 yards, set in 1994, and he averaged 106.2 yards per contest. His average (22.0) was the highest in school history among players with at least 36 receptions in a season.
Farmer is a two-sport star who made major contributions to the volleyball squad, which won NCAA titles in 1998 and 1996 with him on the roster. Danny is not the only member of his family to have won a national championship. His father George was a Bruin footballer, as well, and also a member of the 1970 national championship basketball team. Uncle Dave Farmer was on the 1974 USC national championship football team. Both went on to play professional football.
Thus far in 1999, Farmer has missed two full games (Boise State and Fresno State) due to a high sprain of his left ankle and saw limited action in three other contests. Against Ohio State, he tied for the team lead with three receptions for 56 yards. He did not make any receptions at Stanford or at Oregon State.
1999 FARMER Receiving
Game TCB Net Avg. TD LG BSU Did Not Play OSU 3 56 18.7 0 40 FSU Did Not Play STAN* 0 0 0.0 0 0 ASU 6 148 24.7 1 85 ORE* 7 196 28.0 2 65 CAL* 3 32 10.7 0 12 OSU 0 0 0.0 0 0 TOTALS 19 432 22.7 3 85
UCLA CAREER RECEIVING YARDS
Years No. Yds Avg TD Danny Farmer 1996-98 146 2879 19.32 19 Kevin Jordan 1992-95 179 2548 14.23 12 J.J. Stokes 1991-94 154 2469 16.03 28 Jim McElroy 1994-97 101 2029 20.09 14 Sean LaChapelle 1989-92 142 2027 14.27 14
UCLA CAREER RECEPTIONS
Years No. Yds Avg TD Kevin Jordan 1992-95 179 2548 14.23 12 J.J. Stokes 1991-94 154 2469 16.03 28 Danny Farmer 1996-99 149 2879 19.32 19 Sean LaChapelle 1989-92 142 2027 14.27 14 Mike Sherrard 1982-85 128 1965 15.35 10
UCLA SEASON RECEIVING YARDS
Year No. Yds Avg TD Danny Farmer 1998 58 1274 22.0 9 Kevin Jordan 1994 73 1228 16.8 7 J.J. Stokes 1993 82 1181 14.4 17 Sean LaChapelle 1991 73 1056 14.5 11 Jim McElroy 1997 47 988 21.0 10
FARMER's CAREER 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES
No. Yds TD LG 1999 Arizona State 6 148 1 85 Oregon 7 196 2 65 1998 Houston 4 100 0 41 Wash. State 5 100 0 51 Oregon 7 161 2 60 Oregon State 5 113 2 43 Washington 4 134 0 61 Miami 6 135 2 77 Wisconsin 7 142 1 44 1997 none 1996 Tennessee 5 115 1 88 Wash. State 5 121 1 38
CORY PAUS - The redshirt freshman quarterback had the best game of his young career against Oregon but has struggled since that contest. Paus completed 21 of 34 passes for a career-high 332 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He threw the ball well and hit several long passes, including 65 and 48 yards to Danny Farmer and 28 yards to Gabe Crecion.
His first TD pass to Farmer (11 yards) after an Oregon turnover gave the Bruins a 20-10 halftime lead. His second TD pass to Farmer measured 65 yards and gave UCLA a 34-10 lead. He also hit Farmer on a 48-yard strike on the first play of the second half to spark another scoring drive.
His 332 passing yards tied Tommy Maddox (1990 vs. Oregon) for the No. 3 effort among Bruin freshmen. Only Maddox (409 vs. USC and 353 at Michigan) ever threw for more yards as a freshman. His 324 yards total offense rank No. 4 on that list, trailing only Maddox's 445 versus USC and 356 vs. Oregon and Cade McNown's 326 at Arizona State in 1995.
Against California, Paus completed nine of 28 passes for 81 yards with one interception. He also led the team in rushing with 67 net yards on 11 attempts, including runs of 31 and 27 yards. Only Keith Brown and Freddie Mitchell have recorded a longer run this year. Last week at Oregon State, he completed seven of 15 passes for 95 yards, one touchdown and one interception before leaving in the third quarter. He also suffered a subluxation of his left shoulder in the first half but did return to the contest.
On the year, Paus, who was named the starting quarterback on Sept. 13, has completed 81 of 167 passes (48.5) for 1,081 yards with six touchdowns and nine interceptions. He ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in total offense (157.3) despite starting just five of his seven games. He ranks 12th in passing efficiency (104.0).
On Oct. 2, Paus returned to action at Arizona State after missing the Stanford game due to bruised ribs suffered against Fresno State. On the afternoon, he completed 15 of 40 passes for 235 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. His TD pass to Danny Farmer measured 85 yards, the sixth-longest in school history, and he had two other completions of at least 22 yards. In the first half, Paus engineered touchdown drives measuring 88, 86 and 63 yards.
Paus made the first start of his career against Fresno State on Sept. 18 and was playing extremely well when he suffered bruised ribs early in the second quarter. At that time, he had completed nine of 12 passes for 113 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown to Brad Melsby. He also led the Bruins to scores on the first two possessions to build a 10-0 first-quarter lead.
Paus saw action in both halves at Ohio State, completing eight of 20 passes for just 97 yards and threw one interception. The previous week, he completed 12 of 18 passes for 128 yards with one touchdown versus Boise State, a five-yard strike to Gabe Crecion to give the Bruins a 24-0 halftime lead, and two interceptions (one was a "Hail Mary" pass at the end of the first half). He completed seven of nine passes for 78 yards in the first half, directing touchdown drives of 68 and 16 yards.
When he connected with Crecion in the Boise game, Paus became the first Bruin quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in his first game since Bret Johnson did it as a redshirt freshman in the 1989 opener.
1999 PAUS Passing
Game PA PC INT YDS TD LG BSU 18 12 2 128 1 28 Ohio St 20 8 1 97 0 40 Fresno* 12 9 0 113 1 24 Stanford Did Not Play (Bruised ribs) ASU* 40 15 2 235 1 85 Oregon* 34 21 2 332 2 65 Cal* 28 9 1 81 0 13 OSU* 15 7 1 95 1 33 Totals 167 81 (.485) 9 1081 6 85 * indicates game started
THE QUARTERBACKS - On October 4, a decision was reached to switch Bennett, who started three of the first four games at quarterback, to wide receiver because of his athletic ability.
On Sept. 13, Bennett was informed that he would not start against Fresno State after starting the Bruins' first two games. Five days later, he came off the bench because of an injury to Cory Paus and helped rally the Bruins to a 35-21 victory over the Bulldogs. A week later, with Paus still sidelined, Bennett started at Stanford. He completed 19 of 31 passes versus the Cardinal for a career-best 207 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He also rushed 12 times for 20 yards (39 gross) and scored a fourth-quarter touchdown on a four-yard dash as the Bruins cut an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to three (35-32) before losing by 10.
On the final play of the game, he suffered a strained right elbow when hit by a defender and was unable to throw the football throughout Arizona State week. He played just one snap against the Sun Devils, pitching on an option play. Early the following week, he made the switch to receiver. Bennett played two snaps at quarterback against California (Oct. 16), throwing an interception on a trick play, and played a handful of snaps as a receiver against Oregon State (Oct. 23).
Against Fresno State, with UCLA trailing 21-20, Bennett led the Bruins to back-to-back touchdowns on throws to Brad Melsby and Brian Poli-Dixon. On the night, he completed 13 of 24 passes for 176 yards and two TDs and rushed for 36 net yards on eight attempts. He also completed six of eight passes for 120 yards on third down for two touchdowns and four first downs.
Bennett has completed 49 of 87 passes (56.3) for 641 yards and four touchdowns. At Ohio State, he completed nine of 15 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown (67 yards to fullback Matt Stanley). He also led a first-half field goal drive, however, he threw an interception and lost a fumble - both in the third quarter.
Bennett made his first career start on Sept. 4 versus Boise State after spending the last two seasons backing up Cade McNown. He came to UCLA as a walk-on athlete and was awarded a scholarship prior to the start of the 1997 season.
In his debut, Bennett started slowly, completing just two of nine passes for 12 yards in the first half. However, he completed six of seven passes for 108 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown to tight end Randy Hakes, in the third quarter. In that quarter, he directed back-to-back scoring drvies of 84 and 80 yards. He finished the night with eight completions on 16 attempts for 120 yards with one TD and one interception.
Sophomore Scott McEwan saw his first extensive action against Oregon State. He played one series in the second quarter following Paus' shoulder injury and ran the club for three series in the second half. On the day, he completed two of nine passes for 23 yards with one interception.
Redshirt freshman Ryan McCann made his debut against Oregon State, playing the final three series of the game. He completed one of five passes for three yards.
1999 Drew Bennett Passing
Game PA PC INT YDS TD LG BSU* 16 8 1 120 1 65 Ohio St* 15 9 1 138 1 67 Fresno 24 13 1 176 2 57 Stanford* 31 19 0 207 0 25 ASU one play Oregon Did Not Play Cal 1 0 1 0 0 0 OSU 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 87 49 (.563) 4 641 4 67 *indicates game started '98 total 5 3 0 24 1 12 '97 total 6 3 0 52 1 32
1999 Scott McEwan Passing
Game PA PC INT YDS TD LG Boise St. (4 plays) Ohio St 1 0 0 0 (2 plays) Fresno Did Not Play Stanford Did Not Play ASU Did Not Play Oregon Did Not Play Cal (1 play) OSU 9 2 1 23 0 23 Totals 10 2 1 23 0 23 (played three snaps in '98 vs. Wash. St. / no passes)
1999 Ryan McCann Passing
Game PA PC INT YDS TD LG OSU 5 1 0 3 0 3
TAILBACK KEITH BROWN - The senior tailback enjoyed the best afternoon of his career against Arizona State on Oct. 2. The Phoenix native started in place of injured DeShaun Foster and rushed for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns on 24 attempts. Brown opened the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run right through the middle of the line, the second-longest run of his career. It is also UCLA's longest run from scrimmage this season. He also had runs of 38 and 35 yards and scored a two-yard touchdown with 12 seconds remaining in the first half to give UCLA a 21-7 lead.
He started the following week against Oregon and led the Bruins with 69 yards on 27 carries. He also scored on runs of three and 10 yards to give him four touchdowns. On Oct. 16 against California, he started and gained 21 yards on eight attempts. Last week at Oregon State, he started for the fourth straight game and gained 32 yards on eight attempts. He has led the team in rushing in three of his six games, including two of the last four.
The team's leading rusher (356 yards), Brown is averaging 59.3 yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry to lead the team in both categories. He also leads the squad with five touchdowns. His average of 59.3 yards ranks ninth in the Pac-10. He has now rushed for 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns during his career.
After missing the season's first two games, he made a successful debut against Fresno State. He led the team in rushing with 42 yards on 10 attempts and scored his first touchdown of the year on a two-yard run in the second quarter to give the Bruins a 17-7 lead. At Stanford, Brown carried three times for 10 yards and caught one pass for seven more. A year ago, Brown ran for at least 90 yards three times and was the team's third-leading rusher with a career-high 423 yards. He rushed for a career-best (at the time) 101 yards versus Oregon in his second start.
TAILBACK JERMAINE LEWIS - The dependable Lewis has gained 183 yards on 52 attempts and has scored one touchdown. Last week at Oregon State, he led the Bruins with 42 yards on seven carries and also made two receptions for 41 yards. Against California, he was held to minus-four yards on five attempts. Against Oregon, he ran for 36 yards on eight tries and his 13-yard run was UCLA's longest of the night. He also made three receptions for 27 yards.
On Sept. 19 of 1998, Lewis ran into the Houston end zone four times to tie the school record for rushing touchdowns and total TDs in a game. His career high is 113 yards at Texas in 1998. He finished the 1998 season as the team's second-leading rusher with 553 yards. He led the team in rushing five times and with 13 touchdowns, a TD total exceeded only seven times in school history.
TAILBACK DESHAUN FOSTER - True sophomore DeShaun Foster, a first-team Freshman All-American a year ago, led the Bruins in rushing in three of the first four games of the year. He has carried just three times in the month of October (he did not play against California and Oregon State after carrying once versus Oregon and twice at Arizona State) due to a high sprain of his right ankle incurred at Stanford.
He enjoyed his best game of the season at Stanford when he romped for 100 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns. He produced seven runs resulting in first downs in addition to the two TDs. Foster also caught three passes for 33 yards. He has now scored 16 touchdowns in 15 career games. The 100-yard performance was the third of his career (118 at Arizona in 1998, 109 vs. USC in 1998).
On the year, he is the team's second-leading rusher with 247 yards and four touchdowns. He is also tied for fifth on the squad with nine receptions.
On Sept. 11 at Ohio State, he rushed for a team-high 51 yards on 17 carries and scored his second touchdown of the year, a seven-yard run that made the score 21-17 early in the second half. Against Boise State, he led the Bruins with 55 yards on 17 carries and scored UCLA's first touchdown.
In 1998, Foster wrote his name into Bruin lore by scoring all four touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving) in UCLA's 34-17 victory over USC. He became the first true freshman in school history to score four TDs in one game and tied the overall school record.
Foster finished the year with 673 yards, the most ever by a UCLA true freshman. He was the first true freshman to lead the team in rushing since Skip Hicks in 1993 and was also the first true freshman since Hicks to rush for over 100 yards twice in the same season. He ranked second on the team with 12 touchdowns (10 rushing and two receiving), a school record for true freshmen. He played in 11 games in 1998, missing most of the Oregon game and all of the contest at California with a sprained knee.
Top UCLA True Freshman Rushing Totals
Game TCB Net Avg. TD LG DeShaun Foster, 1998 126 673 5.3 10* 65 Shawn Wills, 1988 94 622 6.6 5 50 Skip Hicks, 1993 100 563 5.6 5 43 Gaston Green, 1984 91 516 5.7 5 72 *12 total (two receiving)
FULLBACK DURELL PRICE - A year ago, senior Durell Price did a fine job in his first season as the starting fullback and saved his best for last. In the Rose Bowl contest against Wisconsin, he made three receptions for 102 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown from flanker Freddie Mitchell, all producing first downs. On the year, he contributed 141 yards on the ground and ranked sixth (tied) on the squad with 14 receptions for 222 yards.
On Sept. 25 at Stanford, Price carried four times for 10 yards and caught one pass for seven more. On Oct. 2 at Arizona State, he rushed once for six yards and caught one pass for two yards. On Oct. 9 against Oregon, he rushed for nine yards on four attempts and blocked very well. He carried just once (no gain) versus both California and Oregon State.
WIDE RECEIVERS - Senior Brad Melsby is enjoying a productive senior year. He has started seven of eight contests and ranks third on the squad with a career-high 18 receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns. He has accounted for two touchdowns and 10 first downs with those 18 catches. Last week at Oregon State, he did not make a catch. On Oct. 16 versus California, he tied for the team lead with three catches (31 yards). Against Oregon, he was hampered by the flu and did not start for the first time in 1999. He caught one pass for 12 yards. At ASU, he made two catches for 14 yards. On Sept. 25 at Stanford, he grabbed three balls for 50 yards. On Sept. 18 against Fresno State, he made touchdown receptions of 24 and four yards to help defeat the Bulldogs.
In 1998, he made 16 receptions (tied for third on the squad) and averaged 20.7 yards per catch. On Nov. 7 at Oregon State, he made perhaps the catch of the year. With just 21 seconds remaining in the game and the score tied 34-34, Melsby broke free on the right sideline, caught a pass from Cade McNown and raced to the end zone (61-yard TD).
Sophomore Freddie Mitchell, fully recovered from his fractured right femur (hurt last season at Houston during kickoff return), is UCLA's leading receiver. On the year, he has made 25 receptions for 321 yards, and his average of 12.8 yards per catch is the third-highest among players with at least six receptions. Fifteen of his 25 receptions have resulted in a Bruin first down. Mitchell was at his best in the 35-21 victory over Fresno State. He made nine catches for 149 yards to set career highs in both categories. His nine catches are tied for seventh on UCLA's single-game list, while the 149 yards are tied for 16th on that list. His 57-yard catch-and-run set up UCLA's final touchdown of the night. Seven of his nine receptions produced a new set of downs for UCLA. At Stanford, Mitchell caught three passes for 23 yards. Against Oregon, he made four receptions (three first downs) for 54 yards. Against California, he added two catches for 19 yards.
Last week at Oregon State, he led the team with five catches for 58 yards. He once again made the highlight reels with his one-handed reception he made while laying on his back on the artificial turf and shimmying himself into position to make the catch.
In his debut a year ago against Texas, Mitchell made four receptions for 108 yards (79-yard TD), threw a 34-yard touchdown pass, gained 30 yards on a reverse and returned three kickoffs for 78 yards. He returned to action in the Rose Bowl and tossed a 61-yard touchdown to Durell Price off a fake reverse.
BRUIN TD CATCHES - Boise State - Randy Hakes 65 yd. from Bennett, Gabe Crecion 5 yd. from Paus
Ohio State - Matt Stanley 67 yd. from Bennett
Fresno State - Brad Melsby 4 yd. fom Paus, 4 yd. from Bennett, Poli-Dixon 15 yd. from Bennett
Stanford - none
Arizona State - Danny Farmer 85 yd. from Paus
Oregon - Danny Farmer 11 yd. from Paus, Farmer 65 yd. from Paus
California - none
Oregon State - Gabe Crecion 4 yd. from Paus
TIGHT ENDS - UCLA's tight end quartet played a key role in the team's 38-7 victory over Boise State, making five catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Junior starter Gabe Crecion made the first touchdown catch of his career, a five-yarder in the second quarter to give the Bruins a 24-0 lead. Sophomore Bryan Fletcher, who also started against the Broncos, made two catches for 34 yards, including a diving grab for 28 yards at the four-yard line to set up UCLA's first score. Senior Randy Hakes came off the bench to make two receptions for a team-high 66 yards, including a 65-yard catch-and-run for the second touchdown of his career (the first was a 12-yard pass from Drew Bennett last season against Washington State). Freshman Mike Seidman also participated in the victory.
Against Ohio State, the tight ends caught five passes for 50 yards. Crecion, coming off the bench, made two catches for 31 yards. Fletcher, who started, added two for 11 yards, and Seidman chipped in with an eight-yard reception, the first of his career.
Crecion, who started, and Fletcher each made one catch against Fresno State. Crecion made a diving 19-yard reception on UCLA's second-quarter touchdown drive.
At Stanford, Crecion led the group with four catches for 20 yards. Fletcher (19 yards) and Hakes (18 yards) each produced a first down with their one catch. At Arizona State, Crecion accounted for 39 yards with his one reception. Against Oregon, Fletcher made three receptions for 22 yards, and Crecion made a nice grab for 28 yards. At Oregon State, Crecion made two receptions for 22 yards, including the second touchdown of his career (four yards).
Crecion is fourth on the squad with his 12 catches, and his average of 13.7 yards is No. 2 among players with at least six receptions. Fletcher is tied for fifth on the team with his nine receptions.
DEFENSIVE END KENYON COLEMAN - Junior defensive left end Kenyon Coleman, one of the leaders of the defensive line, enjoyed a successful training camp and has played well thus far in 1999.
Last week at Oregon State, he made four solo tackles. On Oct. 16 against California, he made four tackles, including one-half sack. On Oct. 9 versus Oregon, he made one tackle, broke up two passes and forced a fumble. On Oct. 2 at Arizona State, Coleman made four tackles, including his third sack of the year and another tackle for loss. He also recovered a fumble. At Stanford, he had his most active game of the season with seven tackles, including one sack and a second stop behind the line. Against Fresno State, he made three tackles, including one for loss. On the year, he has made 30 tackles. He leads the team with 3.5 sacks and is tied for the team lead with eight tackles for loss. He has also broken up seven passes with his leaping ability at the line.
A year ago, he earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention, making 23 tackles despite missing two full games (Washington State and Arizona) and most of a third (Houston) after suffering a sprained knee at Houston. He ranked third on the team with 4.5 sacks and was credited with seven tackles for loss.
DEFENSIVE END PETE HOLLAND - Senior right tackle Pete Holland, UCLA's defensive captain, was credited with three tackles at Oregon State after making two stops against California. On Oct. 9, he made three tackles against Oregon. He has started seven of eight games (did not play against Fresno State due to back problems). He returned to the starting lineup at Stanford and was credited with one tackle. On Sept. 11 at Ohio State, he made two tackles and also broke up two passes in the opener against Boise State. Last year, he started 10 games (two at left end and eight on the right side), missing only against Washington State (nickel package) and Wisconsin (elbow injury). He made 18 tackles, including four each against Oregon and Oregon State.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE KEN KOCHER - The true sophomore, who made his first career start in the 1999 Rose Bowl, leads the defensive linemen with 39 tackles, including five for loss, and ranks third on the squad overall. Last week at Oregon State, he was credited with three tackles. On Oct. 16 against California, he made four stops. On Oct. 9 versus Oregon, he made three tackles and broke up two passes. At Arizona State, Kocher made seven tackles, including one for loss. The previous week at Stanford, he added four tackles. Against Fresno State, he was credited with six tackles, including one for loss, and broke up one pass. Against the Buckeyes, he was credited with eight tackles (four primaries), including two for losses. He also recovered a fumble to end an OSU drive in the third quarter. In the opener against Boise State, he contributed four tackles.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE ANTHONY FLETCHER -The true sophomore made the second start of his career against Fresno State in place of injured Pete Holland and made the most of his opportunity. Fletcher made seven tackles to lead the defensive linemen. At Stanford, he had two stops, including one sack. The following week, he made three stops at Arizona State. He played sparingly the following week against Oregon due to an injured foot but rebounded the following week against California, making four tackles. Last week, he was credited with two stops. Against Ohio State, he came off the bench to make six tackles, including two for loss, after making three versus Boise State.
On the year he has made 27 stops, including four behind the line of scrimmage.
LINEBACKER ROBERT THOMAS - The true sophomore was one of the nation's top recruits as a prep senior and after a season as a reserve, Thomas has moved into the starting lineup. Making his 1999 debut as the starting middle linebacker, he made a team-high 14 tackles against Fresno State, the most by a Bruin since Brian Willmer made 15 versus Arizona on Nov. 16, 1996. At Stanford, he added nine tackles, including one for loss. On Oct. 2 at Arizona State, he again tied for the team lead with nine stops, including 1.5 sacks and a third behind the line of scrimmage. On Oct. 9 against Oregon, Thomas made five tackles, one shy of the team lead. On Oct. 16 against California, he was credited with 10 tackles. Last week at Oregon State, he suffered a concussion in the first half and did not return, finishing with a season-low three tackles.
Thomas ranks second on the squad with his 50 tackles despite missing the first two games of the year. His average of 8.3 tackles per game is No. 1 on the team and ranks No. 8 in the Pac-10.
LINEBACKER RYAN NECE - The sophomore linebacker, a 1998 first-team Freshman All-American and an All-Pac-10 honorable mention choice, was on the Butkus Award pre-season 'Watch List.' Nece made his 1999 debut against Fresno State. Starting on the outside, he made 10 tackles, second on the squad, and broke up one pass. At Stanford, he was credited with four tackle assists. On Oct. 2 at Arizona State, he made the first interception of his career, leading to UCLA's third-quarter field goal. He was also credited with four tackles. On Oct. 9 against Oregon, he made two tackles, broke up one pass and blocked a punt with one hand. On Oct. 16 versus California, he was credited with six tackles. Last week at Oregon State, he led the Bruins with 10 tackles, including his first sack of the season. In his six games, he has made 36 tackles and is tied for fourth on the squad. He is averaging 6.0 stops per game, third highest on the team.
In 1998, Nece had a career-high and team-best 12 tackles at Miami and enjoyed an outstanding day versus WSU with eight stops and two tackles for loss, including a sack. He was the team's No. 2 tackler behind All-American Larry Atkins with 85 and ranked second with six sacks and 10 tackles for losses. He also recovered two fumbles and forced one while defensing five passes. Nece started the final nine games of the year, moving into the lineup against Arizona.
LINEBACKER TONY WHITE - The true junior, who did not play in the team's first two games, is now starting at one of the outside spots after playing inside a year ago. Last week at Oregon State, he came off the bench (the Bruins started two linebackers and five defensive backs) to make eight tackles. On Oct. 16 against California, he made seven tackles, including 1.5 quarterback sacks and a third stop behind the line of scrimmage. On Oct. 9 versus Oregon, he made two stops. At Arizona State, he played despite being ill most of the week and was credited with five tackle assists. At Stanford, he had five tackles, including one for loss. Against Fresno State, he made seven tackles and recovered a fumble to set up UCLA's go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter. On the year, he has made 34 stops in his six games (5.7 average), including four for losses (1.5 sacks).
In 1998, White started all 12 games and was the team's third-leading tackler with 69 stops and ranked third on the squad with two interceptions. At California, he recorded a career-best 10 tackles to lead the squad. At Miami, he matched his career high with 10 tackles.
BRUIN INTERCEPTIONS (14) -
Eric Whitfield (3) vs. Cal, Oregon, Arizona State
Ryan Roques (2) vs. Stanford, Cal
Joey Strycula (2) vs. Boise State, Ohio State
Joe Hunter (2) vs. Boise State, Cal
Ricky Manning (2) vs. Fresno State, OSU
Julius Williams vs. Boise State
Ryan Nece vs. Arizona State
Marcus Reese vs. Oregon
DEFENSIVE BACK RYAN ROQUES - One of the few seniors on the defensive unit, Roques did not play in the Bruins' first two games this season. In his debut against Fresno State, he returned three kickoffs for 71 yards, including one for 38 yards on the first play of the game. At Stanford, he made six tackles, recovered a fumble after stripping the receiver of the ball and also made the fifth interception of his career. At Arizona State, he made five tackles, including one for loss, and broke up one pass. He also returned seven punts for 32 yards with a long of 15 yards. Against Oregon, Roques made five tackles, only shy of the team lead, and broke up two passes. He also returned two punts for 10 yards. Against California, he led the team with 11 tackles and made his second interception of the year. Last week at Oregon State, he made three tackles and returned one punt for 13 yards. He has now made 31 tackles in his six games (5.2 average).
In 1998, he started six of the final 10 games and was tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with his four interceptions. On the year, he made 59 tackles, fifth on the squad, and defensed nine passes. He made a career-high 13 tackles at Oregon State, the most by a Bruin that year.
Roques became an outstanding special teams weapon and earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention in that area. During the regular season, he averaged 12.5 yards (14th nationally) on 19 punt returns and 27.9 yards on 12 kickoff returns. His punt return average was the highest by a Bruin since 1995, when Paul Guidry averaged 15.1 yards on 25 returns. His kickoff return average was the highest by a Bruin with six or more returns since 1969, when Ron Carver averaged 31.9 yards on eight attempts. His 81-yard kickoff return at Washington was UCLA's longest since 1980 (Jojo Townsell, 100 yards vs. California) while his 77-yard punt return for a touchdown was UCLA's first TD of that kind since 1995 (Paul Guidry vs. Arizona State). He had 211 total return yards against the Huskies -- 120 on three kickoffs and 91 on three punts.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS - In the secondary, senior walk-on safety Joey Strycula has remained in the starting lineup because of his solid play. After eight games, he is the Bruins' leading tackler with 58 stops and is also tied for second on the team with two interceptions. In the opener against Boise State, he led the team with nine tackles and an interception in his first career start. He led the team again at Stanford with 11 tackles and added eight at Arizona State. Against Oregon, he made four tackles and defensed four passes. Against California, he made five tackles and forced a fumble. Last week at Oregon State, he was credited with six tackles.
True freshman corner Ricky Manning Jr. made his first career start against Fresno State and continues to make things happen. At Stanford, he had six stops, including one for loss, and added two at Arizona State, four (one for loss) against Oregon and two versus California. Last week at Oregon State, he made three tackles and his second interception of the season. He ranks fourth (tied) on the squad with 36 tackles and is tied for the team lead with eight stops behind the line of scrimmage. Near the end of the first half against Fresno State, he returned an interception 83 yards to UCLA's 11-yard line with 12 seconds remaining to set up a Bruin field goal. Against Ohio State, Manning made a career-high eight tackles, including two for losses, and also broke up two passes.
True freshman outside linebacker Marcus Reese, who is the lone linebacker in UCLA's dime package, came off the bench to lead the Bruins with nine tackles against Ohio State, including three behind the line of scrimmage. On Oct. 9 against Oregon, he tied for the team lead with six tackles and made the first interception of his career to set up UCLA's final touchdown of the first half. Against California, he made four tackles and added three at Oregon State. He ranks sixth on the squad with 35 tackles, including four for losses. He had two tackles versus Fresno State and two at Stanford, including a big stop of a Stanford fourth-down attempt in the fourth quarter to set-up UCLA's final touchdown drive. At Arizona State, he accounted for five tackles, including one for loss.
Senior Eric Whitfield has appeared in six of eight games this year and leads the squad with three interceptions. He has also been credited with 31 tackles, all in the last five games. He has made at least six stops in four of those five contests.
Redshirt freshman Lovell Houston made his first career start at Oregon State. Although he is learning on the job, he did enough things right to make nine tackles, one behind team leader Ryan Nece. Prior to his start, he had played just 11 defensive snaps, including six at Ohio State and just five in the last five games.
JUST FOR KICKS - UCLA's new kickers have enjoyed success in the year's first eight games. Redshirt freshman place kicker Chris Griffith made his first five field goal attempts of the season (26 and 28 yards versus Fresno State, 35 and 33 yards against Ohio State and 37 yards against Boise State) before missing (partial block) from 49 yards at Stanford. He came back to boot a 32-yarder later in the game. Against Arizona State, he connected from 20 and 46 yards. In the Oregon game, he converted attempts of 47 and 48 yards but had two attempts blocked (36 and 32 yards). He did not get on the field against California and had just one PAT opportunity at Oregon State. Griffith has made 10 of 13 field goals and all 21 of his PATs. He is the team's leading scorer with 51 points but has scored just one point in the last two games.
True freshman punter Nate Fikse had his best day at Stanford, averaging 47.0 yards on three punts. None of his punts were returned and one was downed at the Stanford two-yard line. On Oct. 2 at Arizona State, he averaged 45.1 yards on eight kicks (one for 65 yards) and just three were returned for a total of 27 yards. On Oct. 9 against Oregon, he averaged 42.0 yards on six kicks, including a then-career-long 69-yard punt, and just four were returned for a total of 15 yards. On Oct. 16 versus California, he averaged 44.0 yards on a career-high nine punts and twice pinned the Golden Bears inside the 20-yard line. Last week at Oregon State, he averaged 46.9 yards on eight punts, including a career-best 76 yard kick. However, he also suffered his first block (credited as a team punt) in the fourth quarter. On the year, he is now averaging 42.6 yards per kick, No. 3 in the Pac-10, and has forced opponents to start inside the 20-yard line on eight occasions.
WHO'S MISSING - Several key performers from last year's squad have missed huge chunks of the 1999 season.
Senior wide receiver Danny Farmer, a pre-season All-American and UCLA's single-season and career receiving yardage leader, has missed two full games and most of two others because of a sprained ankle and a strained groin. He has caught passes in just four games and has made more than three receptions in a game just twice.
Sophomore tailback DeShaun Foster, a 1998 Freshman All-American, has carried the ball just three times in October and has not played in the last two games because of a sprained ankle.
Junior wide receiver Brian Poli-Dixon, who caught 10 touchdown passes in 1998, suffered a fractured wrist in the year's third game and is done for the year.
The three offensive players listed above accounted for 31 touchdowns in 1998.
Senior cornerback Jason Bell, a 1998 starter, has not played since the year's second game due to pain in his heel following off-season surgery.
Junior cornerback Marques Anderson, a part-time starter in 1998, has missed the entire season due to off-season problems.
NEW STARTERS - In 1999, 40 different position players -- 22 on defense and 18 on offense -- have made at least one start. Five players have started at the safety position opposite Joey Strycula. Twenty-four players, including both kickers, have made their first career starts this season.
In the first three games of the 1999 season, 19 position players plus both kickers made their first career starts. In the opener against Boise State, 14 position players - eight on offense and six on defense - made their first starts. Place kicker Chris Griffith (redshirt freshman) and punter Nate Fikse (true freshman) also made their debuts.
At Stanford, Danny Farmer made his first start of the year. At Arizona State, Randy Hakes made his first career start and Keith Brown and Eric Whitfield made their first starts of 1999.
Last week at Oregon State, redshirt freshmen Lovell Houston and Paul Nelson made their first career starts in the secondary, bringing the number of first time starters to 24.
Only six players (excluding kickers) have started every game in 1999 -- offensive tackle Blake Worley, center Troy Danoff, defensive ends Kenyon Coleman and Rusty Williams, defensive tackle Ken Kocher and free safety Joey Strycula. In 1998, 10 players started all 12 games and six more started at least nine times.
FIRST TIME - Nineteen Bruins made their varsity debut against Boise State - 13 redshirt freshmen and six true freshmen (linebackers Asi Faoa and Marcus Reese, cornerback Ricky Manning Jr., offensive tackle Bryce Bohlander, tight end Mike Seidman and punter Nate Fikse).
CAREER STARTS - Offense - WR: Danny Farmer (4/31), Brad Melsby (7/10), Brian Poli-Dixon (0/10) Freddie Mitchell (6/6), OL: Brian Polak (8/20), Matt Phelan (4/5), Troy Danoff (8/8), Blake Worley (8/8), Mike Saffer (6/6), Oscar Cabrera (6/13), James Ghezzi (0/4), TE: Gabe Crecion (6/6), Bryan Fletcher (3/3), Randy Hakes (2/2), QB: Cory Paus (5/5), Drew Bennett (3/3), RB: DeShaun Foster (4/4), Jermaine Lewis (0/9), Matt Stanley (1/1), Durell Price (3/13), Keith Brown (4/7), PK: Chris Griffith (7/7).
Defense - DL: Pete Holland (7/24), Kenyon Coleman (8/17), Ken Kocher (8/9), Rusty Williams (8/8), Anthony Fletcher (1/2), Travor Turner (0/3), Stephen Sua (0/1), LB: Ed Stansbury (2/2), Billy Pieper (2/2), Asi Faoa (1/1), Tony White (5/17), Ryan Nece (6/15), Robert Thomas (6/6), Santi Hall (1/12), DB: Jason Bell (2/19), Jason Stephens (1/8). Joey Strycula (8/8), Joe Hunter (4/4), Ricky Manning Jr. (6/6), Julius Williams (1/1), Eric Whitfield (3/8), Ryan Roques (6/12), Lovell Houston (1/1), Paul Nelson (1/1), P: Nate Fikse (8/8).
BRUINS IN 1999 PAC-10/NCAA RANKINGS -
Chris Griffith - field goals (T-20th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10, 1.43), scoring (7th in Pac-10, 7.3), kick scoring (2nd in Pac-10, 7.3), field goal percentage (2nd in Pac-10, .769), PAT percentage (T-1st in Pac-10, 1.000, 21 of 21)
Danny Farmer - receiving yards (T-6th in Pac-10, 72.0), average per reception (2nd in Pac-10, 22.74)
Keith Brown - rushing (9th in Pac-10, 59.3)
DeShaun Foster - rushing (11th in Pac-10, 41.2)
Drew Bennett - passing efficiency (9th in Pac-10, 124.2), total offense (13th in Pac-10, 117.7)
Cory Paus - total offense (8th in Pac-10, 157.3), passing efficiency (12th in Pac-10, 104.0),
Eric Whitfield - interceptions (T-20th in NCAA, T-4th in Pac-10, 0.4)
Nate Fikse - punting (23rd in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10, 42.6)
Lovell Houston - kickoff returns (28th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10, 24.6)
Ryan Roques - punt returns (9th in Pac-10, 7.2), interceptions (T-7th in Pac-10, 0.33)
Robert Thomas - tackles (8th in Pac-10, 8.3)
Kickoff Returns - 41st in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10, 21.6
Net Punting - 3rd in Pac-10, 37.5
ACADEMIC AWARD - UCLA is one of 26 football programs to graduate at least 70% of its 1993-94 freshman class, according to results released by the American Football Coaches Association. UCLA's percentage was 82.6%, with 19 of 23 student-athletes earning a degree. UCLA was the only Pac-10 school to earn a spot on the list.
RED ZONE - In eight games, UCLA has reached the Red Zone on 26 occasions and has scored 21 times -- 15 touchdowns (10 rushing, five passing) and six field goals. The other drives have ended with two blocked field goal attempts, two interceptions and red downs. UCLA scored a passing TD on its only red zone trip at Oregon State. Against California, the Bruins reached the red zone once and the drive ended on downs. Against Oregon, UCLA was just three-of-six (three touchdowns), with one interception and two blocked field goals. At ASU, UCLA was two-for two (one touchdown). Against Stanford, UCLA was four-for-four in the zone with three rushing touchdowns and a field goal. UCLA's opponents have been in the Red Zone 28 times and have scored 23 times (11 rushing touchdowns, 10 passing touchdowns and two field goals).
TURNOVERS - In eight games, UCLA has created 21 turnovers (14 interceptions and seven fumbles) and has converted them into 45 points (five TDs, a two-point conversion, two field goals and four conversions). The Bruins accounted for only 12 interceptions in 12 games a year ago.
UCLA has turned the ball over 24 times (14 interceptions and 10 fumbles) and opponents have converted them into 49 points (seven touchdowns, four PATs and one field goal).
Only six of UCLA's 10 fumbles have been on offense. The others have been on special teams (three) and defense (one after an interception). Of the six offensive fumbles, only four have come in the last six games. UCLA turned the ball over three times against OSU and two were converted into touchdowns.
PAC-10 STANDINGS - 1997-99 (Two-plus Years)
Team Pac-10 Overall UCLA 16-5 23-9 Arizona 13-7 24-9 Arizona State 13-7 18-12 Washington 12-8 18-13 Oregon 10-10 19-12 USC 10-10 17-14 Stanford 10-11 13-16 Wash. State 8-12 15-15 California 6-14 11-18 Oregon State 3-17 12-17
PAC-10 STANDINGS - 1996-99 (Three-plus Years)
Team Pac-10 Overall Arizona State 21-7 29-13 UCLA 20-9 28-15 Washington 19-9 27-16 Arizona 16-12 29-15 Stanford 15-14 20-21 Oregon 13-15 25-17 USC 13-15 23-20 Wash. State 11-17 20-21 California 9-19 17-24 Oregon State 4-24 14-26
BRUINS IN THE NFL - As of Oct. 23, 30 former Bruins were listed on 1999 NFL rosters, including three on injured reserve and two on practice squads.
NCAA GRADUATION RATES - In the 1998 NCAA Graduation Report, UCLA earned the following rankings among schools in the 1998 Final USA Today Top 25 poll: first (tied) in grade-point average for the incoming freshman classes of 1994-97 (3.15), second in SAT scores for the incoming freshman classes of 1994-97 (990), seventh in graduation rate for the 1991 freshman class (65%) and 11th in graduation rate for the 1988-91 freshman classes (57%).
CLASSROOM STANDOUTS - In 1998, center Shawn Stuart was selected first-team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American. Punter/place kicker Chris Sailer and offensive guard Andy Meyers were selected to the 1998 GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District-8 team.
Twenty members of the 1999 team earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll (3.0 or higher GPA) during the 1998-99 school year. Ten of them earned a spot during two or more of the three quarters.
UCLA's football program has produced 15 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners (50 in all sports, including three in 1997-98 and two -- center Shawn Stuart and kicker Chris Sailer, in 1998-99), 16 Academic All-Americans (13 first-team selections), four NCAA Today's Top Six honorees, one NACDA/Disney Scholar-Athlete and two Academic All-America Hall of Fame inductees.
RADIO - The 1999 season is UCLA's third on XTRA 1150 Sports. The Los Angeles all-sports station broadcasts the Bruins' games, including a two-hour pre-game show and a post-game show. In addition, XTRA 1150 provides ancillary programming during the week, including Bob Toledo shows.
Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his eighth season as the voice of the Bruins. The on-air team also includes former Arkansas All-American and San Diego Charger standout Billy Ray Smith as analyst and former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens as sideline reporter / pre-game host. Stations on the Bruin network include: KNZR 1560AM (Bakersfield, CA), KMET 1490AM (Banning, CA), KCBL 1340AM (Fresno, CA), KAVL 610AM (Lancaster/Palmdale, CA), KBAD/KENO 920/1460AM (Las Vegas, NV), KAOI 1110AM (Maui, HI), KCKC 1350AM (Riverside/San Bernardino, CA), KXXT 1340AM (Santa Barbara, CA), KBET 1220AM (Santa Clarita, CA), KRKO 1380AM (Seattle/Tacoma, WA), KLYF 850AM (Thousand Oaks, CA), KVEN 1450AM (Ventura/Oxnard, CA), KVBL 1400AM (Visalia, CA).
UCLA games are also available via the internet at (www.uclabruins.com), (www.xtrasports1150.com) and (www.broadcast.com) or by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929) to listen to the broadcast on the telephone.
TELEVISION - This week's game against Arizona will be televised live on a local basis by Fox Sports Net West 2 with Bill Macdonald and Mike Sherrard in the booth. 74 of UCLA's last 79 games have appeared on live television, including seven of eight this season (three on ABC, one on Fox Sports Net, one on Fox's Pac-10 syndicated package and two on Fox Sports Net West 2).
The UCLA Sports Magazine show, featuring highlights and interviews, airs on Fox Sports Net West 2 several times each week during the season, beginning on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
UCLA IN THE POLLS - 1999 rankings: USA Today/ESPN: Pre-season: No. 15, Sept. 5: No. 13, Sept. 12: No. 21, Sept. 19: No. 18, Sept. 26, No. 30, Oct. 3: NR, Oct. 10: NR, Oct. 17: NR, Oct. 24: NR, Associated Press: Pre-season: No. 16, Aug. 29: No. 17, Sept. 6: No. 14, Sept. 12: No. 21, Sept. 19: No. 18, Sept. 26: No. 32, Oct. 3: NR, Oct. 10: NR, Oct. 17: NR, Oct. 24: NR.
TOLEDO CONFERENCES - The weekly Bob Toledo media conferences are held every Monday of a game week. The conferences begin at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Morgan Center Press Room.
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCES - The Pac-10 is having a Football Coaches Teleconference every other week through Nov. 9 and the next call is scheduled for Oct. 26. The call begins at 9:30 a.m. Bob Toledo is scheduled for a 10-minute segment at 10:55 a.m. Please call the Pac-10 Office or UCLA Media Relations for the telephone number.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED - The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed - interviews with coaches and players regarding upcoming games and highlight footage. The one-half hour feed airs every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. PDT/MST (2:00 p.m. EDT) starting Sep. 8 and running through Nov. 24. Coordinates for the feed are GE2, Transponder 6 (C-Band).
PASADENA PARKING SHUTTLE - UCLA is operating a free shuttle service from the Parsons Engineering Building in Pasadena to the Rose Bowl. However, there is a $4 charge for parking at the Parsons lot. Service from the supervised lot, located at Fair Oaks and Walnut, begins four hours prior to kickoff. Return service begins at the start of the third quarter and continues for up to one hour after the game.
1999 UCLA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE