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Cade McNown and company
host the Longhorns.

 
Football Opens Season Hosting Texas

Bruins are ranked No. 6 and looking for school record 11th straight win.

September 7, 1998

THE OPENER - Saturday, September 12 vs. Texas at the Rose Bowl, 12:30 p.m. The UCLA Bruins, ranked No. 6 by USA Today/ESPN and No. 7 by Associated Press (pre-season), begin the 1998 season with a home game against Texas (1-0). UCLA has won a school-record-tying 10 consecutive victories. The game will be televised by ABC and broadcast on XTRA 1150 AM and Bruin Radio Network. The game will also be broadcast nationally by Westwood One.

AT HOME IN THE ROSE BOWL - This begins the 17th season for the Bruins to call the Rose Bowl home. UCLA has posted a 65-29-2 mark in games played in the Bowl since the initial 1982 season. UCLA has won its last five games in the Bowl and seven of the last eight. The Bruins are 5-3 in home openers and 18-10 vs. non-conference opponents in the 1990s.

THE TEXAS SERIES - This is the fourth meeting between Texas and UCLA with the Longhorns owning a 2-1 advantage. In each contest, at least one of the teams has been ranked in the Top 10 at game time. The Bruins captured their first win in the series last season, 66-3, in Austin. Quarterback Cade McNown set a school record by throwing for five touchdowns in the game, all in the first half of action, and UCLA converted eight turnovers into scores.

Only one previous game was held in Los Angeles. In 1971, the Darrell Royal-coached Longhorns bested the Bruins 28-10 in the Coliseum. The UT wishbone rushed for 428 yards in that game, including 142 on 20 carries by quarterback Eddie Phillips and 124 on 23 carries by halfback Jim Bertelson. Three interceptions by Ron Carver helped keep Pepper Rodgers' Bruins close against the nation's third-ranked team.

The only other time the Bruins and Longhorns met was on October 3, 1970 in Austin. The defending national champion Longhorns needed a last-second pass play to defeat Coach Tommy Prothro's 21-point underdog Bruins, 20-17. UT quarterback Eddie Phillips hit Cotton Speyrer with a 45-yard aerial on third-and-19 with 12 seconds remaining in the game to offset a then school-record 340 yards passing display by UCLA's Dennis Dummit.

IN THE POLLS - UCLA is ranked No. 6 by USA Today/ESPN and 7th by AP (pre-season). The Longhorns are ranked No. 22 by USA Today/ESPN. The last time the Bruins opened the regular season this high in the polls was in the 1989 campaign (sixth on AP). The Bruins were ranked seventh on both pre-season polls.

UCLA concluded the 1997 season ranked No. 5 on both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll. This was UCLA's highest final ranking since 1982, when it also placed fifth on both polls. The last time UCLA was ranked higher on the AP poll was Oct. 23, 1988, when it was ranked No. 1 for a second consecutive week prior to losing to Washington State.

NOTING THE HORNS - Mack Brown became the 28th coach in UT history on December 5, 1997. He is entering his 15th season as a head coach. Most recently, he was head man at North Carolina where his teams won 20 of their last 23 games and appeared in six consecutive bowl games. Running back Ricky Williams entered the 1998 season as the defending NCAA rushing (172.1 avg. / 1,893 yds.) and scoring (152 pts. / 13.8 avg.) champion. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy balloting last season. Texas' streak of scoring in 202 straight games is the second-longest active streak in the nation.

UCLA ON THE WEB - UCLA releases and results can be found on the school's official website - www.uclabruins.com. Updated information on Heisman Trophy candidate Cade McNown may be found at www.uclabruins.com/mcnown.

UCLA ON INFOCONNECTION - UCLA releases and results for all sports may be acquired by using the Pac-10's InfoConnection system. If you have a PIN number, call 800/300-2050 from the handset of a fax machine. If you do not have a PIN number, please call 770/399-0096 to acquire one. The Pac-10 code number is 72210. UCLA's football codes are: release: 3101; notes/depth chart: 3102; stats: 3103; latest game stats: 3104; latest game book: 3105; roster: 3108.

TOLEDO CONFERENCES - The weekly Bob Toledo media conferences will be held every Monday of a game week, beginning on Sept. 7. The conferences begin at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Press Room of the J.D. Morgan Center. The opposing coach is usually interviewed on speaker phone at either 1:15 p.m. or 2:30 p.m., depending upon his schedule.

TEXAS GAME INFORMATION
Attendance
A crowd well in excess of 70,000 is expected for the Sept. 12 game versus Texas. Fans should plan on arriving in the Arroyo Seco early to avoid traffic and picnic at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is again sponsoring the Faire Catch Food Zone in Area H, just south of the bowl. Participating restaurants include Subway, Gourmet Sausage Company, In and Out Burger, American Pretzel, El Pollo Loco, Kettle Corn Cafe, Event Specialists, Lynn's Old World Roasted Almonds and Dreyers Ice Cream. Cold beverages will be sold by Service America.

In an effort to increase student attendance, UCLA is offering free busing to the Rose Bowl for students with tickets to the games. Students must pick up a bus ticket by the close of business on Thursday. Busses will leave from the dormitory area and from Parking Lot 32.

Parking is again available on the Brookside Golf Course for $5. For those who want to avoid the traffic in the Arroyo Seco, parking will again be available at the Ralph Parsons Engineering Building on Fair Oaks and Walnut in Pasadena. Parking at the Parsons Lot is $4 and the shuttle bus to and from the Rose Bowl is free. Shuttle service begins four hours prior to kickoff.

Fan Comfort
Eight "Cool Zones" (mister fans with sprayed water under canopies) will be set up around the concourse of the Rose Bowl.

Promotional Giveaways
The first 10,000 fans entering through selected tunnels on the east side of the Rose Bowl will receive a sample bag which includes a bottle of water, courtesy of Sparkletts, a visor sponsored by Gatorade and a container of sun tan lotion.

10,000 posters of Cade McNown will also be distributed at all gates.

DID YOU KNOW? Cade McNown set a Pac-10 record for passing efficiency (168.6), breaking the mark of 164.5, set by Cal's Dave Barr in 1993. His rating is also the 12th highest in NCAA history.

UCLA has produced a 1,000-yard rusher in each of Bob Toledo's four years on the UCLA staff. In his two years as offensive coordinator, Karim Abdul-Jabbar rushed for 1,227 yards in 1994 and a school-record 1,571 in 1995. In Toledo's two years as head coach, Skip Hicks rushed for 1,034 yards in 1996 and 1,282 in 1997. In 46 games in those four years, UCLA has produced a 100-yard rusher 28 times.

UCLA has produced two first-team All-America tailbacks in the last three years (Abdul-Jabbar in 1995 and Hicks in 1997), two first-team All-America offensive tackles in the last three years (Jonathan Ogden in 1995 and Chad Overhauser in 1997) and two All-America place kickers in the last five years (Bjorn Merten in 1993 and Chris Sailer in 1997).

POST-SEASON HONORS FOR 1998 BRUINS
Quarterback Cade McNown was one of three finalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. He was selected third-team All-America by Associated Press and The Sporting News and was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the 1998 Cotton Bowl.

Place kicker Chris Sailer was selected first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Assn. and the Walter Camp Foundation and second team by Associated Press, Football News and College & Pro Football Newsweekly. He was also selected first-team All-America as a punter by the Football Writers Assn. of America. He was one of three finalists for the Lou Groza National Placekicker Award.

Strong safety Larry Atkins was selected second-team All-America by Football News and third-team All-America by Associated Press. He was one of six semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the nation's top defensive back.

Sailer and center Shawn Stuart were elected to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America second team while offensive guard Andy Meyers was selected to the All-District-8 team.

BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO
Bob Toledo owns a record of 15-8 as the Bruin head coach. The team's current 10-game winning streak is tied for the longest in school history. In 1997, quarterback Cade McNown set a Pac-10 and UCLA record for passing efficiency and tailback Skip Hicks set Pac-10 and UCLA season and career records for touchdowns and season records for points. UCLA ranked second in the nation in turnover margin and third in scoring with the second-highest average (40.7 in the regular season) in school history.

Toledo's first year concluded with the 48-41 double-overtime victory over USC. Hicks set school records for touchdowns and points while rushing for over 1,000 yards. McNown passed for over 2,400 yards and the Bruins' scoring average of 30.0 points was its second highest since 1988.

CAREER STARTS
Offense - WR: Danny Farmer (12/16); OL: Kris Farris (12/23), Shawn Stuart (12/23), Andy Meyers (12/22); TE: Mike Grieb (12/20); QB: Cade McNown (12/32); RB: Craig Walendy (7/12); P/PK: Chris Sailer (12/35).

Defense - DL: Pete Holland (7/7); LB: Brendon Ayanbadejo (12/12), Cheyane Caldwell (3/9 at fullback); DB: Larry Atkins (12/14), Eric Whitfield (2/2), Marques Anderson (5/5), Jason Bell (5/5), Tod McBride (0/1).

First Starts - According to the Bruin depth chart, the following 11 players will make their first career starts on Saturday versus Texas (5 on offense) SE-Brad Melsby; LG-Oscar Carbrera; RT-Brian Polak; FB-Durell Price; TB-Jermaine Lewis; (6 on defense) DE-Kenyon Coleman; NG-Micah Webb; OLB-Michael Wiley; ILB-Ramogi Huma; ILB-Tony White; FS - Jason Stephens

BRUIN NOTES
UCLA is 50-24-5 in 79 openers, including 4-4 in the 1990s. In season openers at the Rose Bowl, the Bruins have won two straight and four of the last five.

UCLA has won 10 straight games only three times in school history. In 1946, UCLA won all 10 regular-season games but lost in the Rose Bowl. The Bruins also won 10 in a row in 1954-55. In 1954, UCLA won all nine of its games, capturing a share of the National Championship, and then won its opener in 1955.

The 1997 Pac-10 championship was UCLA's sixth in the last 16 years. No other school has won more Pac-10 titles in that span.

Since the end of last season, UCLA has added two new assistant football coaches. Nick Aliotti is the new defensive coordinator and is coaching the secondary (Marc Dove has moved to inside linebackers) and Kelly Skipper is the new running backs coach.

LARRY ATKINS - The pre-season first-team All-American, listed on the Butkus Award "Watch List," figures to contend for defensive Player of the Year honors in 1998. In 1997, he was one of six semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive back. Atkins was selected second-team All-America by Football News and third-team All-America by Associated Press.

In 12 games, Atkins was responsible for nine turnovers. In addition to leading the team with six interceptions, he also recovered three fumbles - two against Arizona. His nine turnovers were converted into two touchdowns and two field goals by the Bruin offense. He finished the season with 44 tackles, sixth on the squad and most among 1998 returnees. His six thefts led the team and he also tied for the lead with three fumble recoveries and was fourth with four sacks. Atkins started all 12 games in his first year as a starter and played at least 58 snaps 11 times.

In the Cotton Bowl win, his interception with 13 seconds remaining clinched the 29-23 victory.

DANNY FARMER - In 1996, this junior went from a former walk-on to the first freshman ever to lead UCLA in receiving. He earned a scholarship prior to the season and concluded it with a team-leading 31 catches and four touchdown receptions.

In 1997, he ranked second on the squad with 41 receptions for 649 yards and three scores. In the regular-season finale against USC, he led the squad with four receptions for 74 yards. His acrobatic 36-yard catch on third-and-17 from the Bruin 18-yard line was a key play on the go-ahead touchdown drive in the third quarter. He started all 11 games and played at least 45 snaps five times.

His career totals are 72 receptions for 1,173 yards and seven touchdowns. He will enter his junior season ranked 13th on UCLA's career receiving yardage list and 16th on the career receiving list. In his first varsity game at Tennessee in 1996, he started the contest as the slot receiver and made five receptions for a career-high 115 yards, including an 88-yard play which made the score 28-20 with 9:41 remaining and was the fifth-longest pass play in UCLA history. Farmer is a two-sport star who also makes major contributions to the volleyball squad, which has won NCAA titles in two of the last three years (1998 and 1996). 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 a member of the 1970 national championship basketball team. Uncle Dave Farmer was a member of the 1974 USC national championship football team.

BIG PLAY OFFENSE
In 12 games, UCLA gained at least 20 yards from scrimmage 77 times and scored on 21 of them - 54 passes (16 TDs) and 23 runs (five). The Bruins had nine big plays against Texas A&M, Washington and Houston, eight versus Oregon, seven against Tennessee, six versus Texas, Arizona and USC and five each versus Oregon State and California. They scored four 'big play' touchdowns against Washington and Houston and three against Texas A&M and California.

BIG PLAY DEFENSE
In 12 games, the UCLA defense allowed 51 plays (34 passing and 17 rushing) of at least 20 yards but just 36 (22 passing and 14 rushing) during the 10-game winning streak. Opponents scored 17 times (10 passing and seven rushing) but just 12 times (five passing and seven rushing) in the last 10 games.

Only three players rushed for 100 yards against the Bruins in 1997 - Oregon's Salladin McCullough (133), Arizona's Trung Canidate (129) and WSU's Michael Black (102).

UCLA held three teams under 100 yards on the ground - Stanford, -34 (a school record); Oregon State, 32; and Texas, 33. NCAA rushing champion Ricky Williams of Texas netted just 36 yards on 13 carries and the Stanford backs netted just 19 yards on the ground.

QUARTERBACK CADE McNOWN
HEISMAN TROPHY CANDIDATE

MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Updated information Cade McNown may be found on UCLA's website at www.uclabruins.com/mcnown.

During game weeks, McNown will be available in person on Mondays at approx. 1:00 p.m. prior to head coach Bob Toledo's weekly Monday news conference. He will also be available following practice on Mondays and Tuesdays and by appointment.

McNown will be available to out-of-area media via conference call. The call is scheduled for Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. PT, beginning Sept. 8. Please call UCLA Media Relations for the telephone number.

No interviews with McNown will be scheduled on Wednesday through Friday during game weeks. UCLA as a team policy does not conduct interview sessions on Sundays.

Video highlights of McNown will be included in the weekly Pacific-10 Satellite Feed - Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PT on Telstar 4, Transponder 20.

The Bruin quarterback, one of three finalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, enters his senior season as perhaps the No. 1 contender for the Heisman Trophy. In 1997, he led the country in passing efficiency, finished eighth in the Heisman race and was named a third-team All-American by Associated Press and The Sporting News. McNown finished the regular season with a quarterback rating of 168.6, the 12th-highest in NCAA history. He was the first Bruin since Tom Ramsey in 1982 to lead the nation. He also broke the Pac-10 record of 164.5, set by Cal's Dave Barr in 1993.

McNown finished the season with a school-record string of 15 straight games with at least 200 yards passing, including all 12 in 1997. The previous record was seven, set by Ramsey in 1982.

In the Cotton Bowl, McNown engineered the second-largest comeback in the bowl's history, rallying UCLA from a 16-0 deficit in the 29-23 victory over Texas A&M. Only Notre Dame's Joe Montana led a bigger comeback (22 points). McNown's 22-yard touchdown pass to Jim McElroy with two seconds remaining in the first half started the rally and his 41-yard scoring pass to Skip Hicks got the Bruins close. Late in the third quarter, his 20-yard run, which included a 360-spin to elude tacklers, made the score 23-21. In the fourth quarter, he engineered the winning drive, which culminated in a five-yard tight end reverse by Ryan Neufeld following a perfect fake to Hicks. McNown's two-point conversion on a quarterback draw provided the final margin. He also added a 76-yard punt on a quick kick.

On the afternoon, he completed 16 of 29 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns. The TD pass to Hicks was his 24th of the year, tying the school record held by Troy Aikman. He also became the first 3,000-yard passer in school history, finishing with 3,116 yards.

CADE McNOWN SNAPSHOT
* First nationally in pass efficiency (168.6, Pac-10 record and 12th highest rating in NCAA history)
* Eighth in Heisman Trophy balloting
* Third-team All-American
* 18th nationally in total offense (263.8)
* Set a UCLA record with 3,116 passing yards
* 15 straight games of at least 200 passing yards
* Set school record with five touchdown passes against Texas
* Set personal best with 400 passing yards versus Tennessee, the second-highest total in UCLA history
* First in career completions (487)
* First in career passing yards (7,238)
* First in career total offense (7,633)
* Thirty-one consecutive starts, the most by a Bruin T-formation quarterback
* In his last 10 games, completed 143 of 235 passes (60.9%) for 2,459 yards, 22 touchdowns and four interceptions and UCLA was 10-0 in those games.

His 43 career touchdown passes place him second, trailing only Ramsey's 50. He has started 32 games, including 31 straight, and has played in 35 contests. His 31 consecutive starts are a school record for a T-formation quarterback, breaking the mark of 24 held by Ramsey and Aikman.

His 7,633 yards of total offense rank 12th on the Pac-10 career list while his 7,238 passing yards rank 17th. A duplication of 1997's stats would place him No. 1 in career total offense and No. 2 in career passing.

1997 McNOWN  Passing    
Game        PA  PC  Int.    Yds     TD
WSU*        34  19  0       257     1
TENN*       43  27  2       400*    1
TEX*        23  15  0       202     5**
ARIZ*       24  18  0       266     0
HOU*        14  11  0       297     4
ORE*        25  15  1       248     1
OSU*        25  11  1       210     2
CAL*        20  11  0       259     2
STAN*       28  15  1       205     0
WASH*       23  16  0       320     3
USC*        24  15  0       213     3
TEXAS A&M*  29  16  1       239     2
1997        312 189 6       3116**  24**
1996        336 176 16      2424    12
1995        245 122 8       1698    7 
CAR         893 487**30     7238**  43
*career high, #2 all-time at UCLA (Tommy Maddox 409 vs. USC in 1990)
** school  record

1996 McNOWN Passing Game PA PC Int. Yds TD TENN* 24 16 0 230 1 NELouisiana*20 13 0 164 0 MICH* 27 8 3 39 0 ORE* 24 13 2 158 1 ASU* 41 22 1 395 3 WASH* 31 17 1 218 0 CAL* 28 16 2 273 1 STAN* 34 14 3 156 1 WSU* 32 16 2 230 3 ARIZ* 28 12 1 205 1 USC* 47 29 1 356 1 Total 336 176 16 2424 12

1995 McNOWN Passing Game PA PC Int. Yds TD MIAMI 2 2 0 15 0 BYU 18 9 0 91 0 ORE* 24 12 1 183 0 WSU 17 9 0 114 1 Fresno St.* 22 18 0 306 1 ARIZ* 18 3 1 80 0 STAN* 27 15 1 150 1 CAL* 24 13 0 157 1 ASU* 23 13 0 289 0 WASH* 19 7 3 61 0 USC* 17 8 2 131 0 KANSAS* 34 13 0 121 3 Total 245 122 8 1698 7

CHARTING McNOWN Career Completions: 487, FIRST; #2 Tom Ramsey 441 Career Passing Yards: 7238, FIRST, #2 Ramsey 6168 Career Total Offense: 7633, FIRST; #2 Ramsey 6255 Career TD Passes: 43, SECOND; #1 Ramsey 50 He has started 32 games, including 31 straight, and has played in 35 contests overall.

UCLA SEASON PASSING LEADERS (YARDS) Years PA PC Yds Pct. TD Cade McNown 1997 312 189 3116 .606 24 Tom Ramsey 1982 336 209 2986 .622 21 Troy Aikman 1988 354 228 2771 .644 24 Tommy Maddox 1990 327 182 2682 .557 17 Tommy Maddox 1991 343 209 2681 .609 16

UCLA SEASON TOTAL OFFENSE LEADERS Year Plays Rush Pass Yds Cade McNown 1997 391 26 3116 3142 Tom Ramsey 1982 470 138 2986 3124 Troy Aikman 1988 432 83 2771 2854 Tommy Maddox 1990 417 148 2682 2830 Tommy Maddox 1991 420 -29 2681 2652

UCLA CAREER PASSING LEADERS (YARDS) Years PA PC Yds Pct. TD Cade McNown 1995-97 893 487 7238 .545 43 Tom Ramsey 1979-82 751 441 6168 .587 50 Troy Aikman 1987-88 627 406 5298 .648 41 Tommy Maddox 1990-91 670 391 5363 .584 33 Wayne Cook 1991-94 612 352 4723 .575 34

UCLA CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE LEADERS Years Plays Rush Pass Yds Cade McNown 1995-97 1131 395 7238 7633 Tom Ramsey 1979-82 1055 87 6168 6255 Tommy Maddox 1990-91 837 119 5363 5482 Gary Beban 1965-67 937 1271 4087 5358 Troy Aikman 1987-88 784 -4 5298 5294

CHRIS SAILER
The senior was one of three 1997 finalists for the Lou Groza National Place Kicker Award, presented annually to the nation's top place kicker.

Sailer was selected first-team All-America place kicker by the American Football Coaches' Assn. and the Walter Camp Foundation and first-team All-America punter by the Football Writers Assn. of America. In addition, he was named second-team All-America by Associated Press, Football News College & Pro Football Newsweekly and Academic All-America second team by GTE/CoSIDA. He is an outstanding triple threat, handling the punting, place kicking and kickoffs chores at an all-star level. He is the first Bruin since Frank Corral in 1977 to handle all three jobs.

Last year, Sailer made 15 consecutive field goals to approach the record of 18 straight field goals in one season, set by John Lee in 1984. During the regular season, Sailer was third (tied) in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in field goals per game (1.73) and ranked 14th nationally (third among kickers) and second in the Pac-10 in scoring (9.64) and 19th nationally and second in the Pac-10 in punting (43.65). In addition, 47 of his 75 regular season kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.

Sailer's 19 field goals rank fifth on UCLA's single-season list while his 109 points rank fourth overall and second among kickers.

Sailer's Field Goals
Year        0-19   20-29   30-39   40-49   50+  Lg  PAT     PT
1997        0-0     7-8     5-6     6-9     1-1 56* 52-54   109
*school record-old mark Frank Corral 55 vs. Oregon 1976

Sailer Punting Year No Yds Avg. I20 LG 1995 59 2498 42.3 19 81 1996 66 2743 41.6 22 65 1997 59 2543 43.1 16 60 Tot 184 7784 42.30 57 81

UCLA SEASON FIELD GOALS Year FGA FGM Pct. John Lee 1984 36 32 .889 John Lee 1985 25 22 .880 Bjorn Merten 1993 26 21 .808 Alfredo Velasco 1987 24 20 .833 Chris Sailer 1997 24 19 .792

UCLA SEASON SCORING Year TD PAT FG Pts Skip Hicks 1997 25 0 0 150 Skip Hicks 1996 20 0 0 120 John Lee 1984 0 21 32 117 Chris Sailer 1997 0 52 19 109 Alfredo Velasco 1987 0 48 20 108

UCLA CAREER PUNTING Years No. Yds Avg Kirk Wilson 1956-58 77 3432 44.60 Zenon Andrusyshyn 1967-69 136 5798 42.63 Chris Sailer 1995-97 184 7784 42.30 Harold Barkate 1985-88 128 5392 42.13 Kevin Buenafe 1981-84 232 9766 42.09

THE OFFENSIVE LINE
One of the keys to success in 1997 was UCLA's offensive line. In addition to All-America right tackle Chad Overhauser, now with the Chicago Bears, the line was led by senior right guard Andy Meyers, senior center Shawn Stuart and junior left tackle Kris Farris. All three players excelled both on and off the field in 1997 and are honors candidates in 1998. Stuart earned second-team Academic All-America honors in 1997. He has made the Director's Honor Roll (3.00 or higher GPA) in each of his 14 quarters at UCLA. Meyers, selected Academic All-District-8 in 1997, has made the list in 10 of his 14 quarters. Farris has started all 22 games of his career and made tremendous progress in 1997. He has been selected pre-season first-team All-America in 1998.

Farris played at least 60 snaps at left tackle in 10 of 12 games. Meyers played at least 60 snaps at right guard seven times. Stuart played at least 60 snaps on eight occasions.

OFFENSIVE NOTES
UCLA scored 12 offensive touchdowns on drives of less than 30 seconds in 1997 and 16 on drives of less than one minute. The Bruins scored on a drive of less than 30 seconds in seven of 12 games. In addition, they scored three non-offensive TDs on a single play (two interceptions and a blocked punt).

UCLA's regular-season average of 40.7 points was third in the nation and was second in school history behind the record of 42.7, set in 1973.

UCLA scored 477 points in 12 games to set a new school record. The old mark was 470 points in 11 games in 1973.

UCLA's offense turned the ball over just 14 times (eight fumbles and six interceptions) in 12 games - 10 in the last 10 games and just 11 times in the final 43 quarters.

YOUNG RECEIVERS
Brian Poli-Dixon is only the fourth UCLA true freshman wide receiver since 1973 to catch a touchdown pass and the second to catch two in the same game (Houston). The others are Bryan Adams in 1990, Jim McElroy in 1994 and Brad Melsby (two vs. Kansas in the Aloha Bowl) in 1995 (tailback Keith Brown caught a scoring pass in 1996). On the year, he made 10 receptions for 149 yards and the two scores. He appeared in 10 of 12 games, making his debut against Tennessee.

MIKE GRIEB
The player who reintroduced the tight end position to the UCLA offense, he figures to be one of the nation's best players at his position in 1998. A pre-season second-team All-American, Grieb had an outstanding junior year for the Bruins, ranking fourth on the squad with 20 receptions. His five touchdown catches were the most by a UCLA tight end since 1988 when Corwin Anthony also caught five TDs. He was at his best in the finale against USC, scoring touchdowns of nine and 38 yards. The latter catch, on which he broke at least five tackles, gave UCLA the lead for good in the third quarter. Mike made a season-high three receptions three times - Tennessee (32 yards), Arizona (20 yards) and Oregon State (57 yards and a touchdown).

In the last two seasons, Grieb has made 39 receptions, including a career-high five in the 1996 opener at Tennessee, and scored six times.

TIGHT ENDS
Senior Ryan Neufeld, in his first year at tight end, averaged a position-best 15.0 yards on his four receptions. He scored the game-winning touchdown on a five-yard tight end reverse in the Cotton Bowl. His second-quarter 35-yard catch-and-run against USC was the third-longest by a Bruin tight end all year. He appeared in the final 10 games of the year after recovering from a hamstring injury.

TAILBACKS
Sophomore Jermaine Lewis was the team's second-leading rusher in 1997 with 282 yards and a 5.0 average. He rushed for a career-high 75 yards on 10 carries against Oregon, splitting time with Keith Brown in the second half due to Skip Hicks' knee injury. He also ran for 45 yards on six tries against Washington and led the team with 41 yards and one touchdown against Houston. He appeared in 10 of 12 games on offense, playing at least 10 snaps six times. He also led the team with 14 kickoff returns for 294 yards (21.0) and averaged 9.3 yards on four receptions.

Junior tailback Keith Brown was the team's No. 3 rusher with 272 yards and a 4.1 average despite missing the Cotton Bowl with a sprained knee. He rushed for a career-high 88 yards on 14 carries at Oregon, splitting time with Lewis in the second half due to Skip Hicks' knee injury. He also came off the bench to rush for 79 yards and one touchdown at Texas and added 32 yards and a score versus Oregon State. He led the squad with his 25.7 average on three kickoff returns and his 35-yard effort was the team's longest of the year. He played on offense in 10 of 12.

BRENDON AYANBADEJO
The senior outside linebacker has demonstrated the strength, speed and skill to be an impact player and should contend for post-season honors in 1998. He is on the Butkus Award "Watch List."

A year ago, his first as a starter, he made 41 tackles, third among returnees, and led the team with his 15 tackles for losses, including 4.5 sacks. He started all 12 games and played at least 43 snaps in all 12.

In his debut as a starter at Washington State he made eight tackles, including four behind the line of scrimmage. Against Texas A&M, he made five tackles, including two behind the line to give him a team-leading total of 15.

THE DEFENSIVE LINE
UCLA's defensive line performed solidly throughout most of the year. The Bruins allowed 3.3 yards per carry and yielded just 13 touchdowns on the ground in 12 games. Junior Pete Holland started seven times, including five of the final six games, and finished the season with 16 tackles, including three for loss. True sophomore Kenyon (pronouned Ken-YON) Coleman, recovered a fumble, made two tackles and helped pressure Peyton Manning in the second half of the Tennessee game and made his second fumble recovery against Texas. On the year, he made 15 stops, including two for loss, and recovered three fumbles. He played in every game and had at least 25 snaps six times. He made a career-best four stops against California.

THE SECONDARY
Three youngsters enter Fall camp contending for the two starting cornerback positions. True sophomore Marques Anderson concluded the regular season with 42 tackles, second to Larry Atkins among 1998 returnees. He also ranked second to Atkins with three interceptions and earned first-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News. In his first career start at Texas, he responded with five solo tackles and an interception. He played in 11 of 12 games, starting five. Junior Jason Bell started the final five regular-season games at cornerback and finished the year with 18 tackles. He made a career-high five stops against Oregon State. He appeared in 11 of 12 games on defense and played at least 40 snaps on six occasions. Sophomore cornerback Damian Allen finished the season with 19 tackles while contributing on several of the special team units. Against Houston, he played a career-high 30 defensive snaps and made eight tackles, another career high.

RED ZONE
In 12 games, UCLA moved inside the 20-yard line 57 times and scored 50 times - 39 touchdowns (30 rushing and nine passing) and 11 field goals. The other possessions ended with three missed field goals, two interceptions, on downs inside the one-yard line and at the end of the game. Defensively, UCLA has allowed 20 scores - 11 touchdowns (six rushing and five passing) and nine field goals on 28 possessions. The other possessions ended with three interceptions, four missed field goals and the end of the game.

TURNOVERS
UCLA forced 40 turnovers (18 fumbles and 22 interceptions) and converted them into 130 points (16 touchdowns, six field goals, 16 PATS). UCLA committed 20 turnovers (14 fumbles and six interceptions) - 14 on offense (eight fumbles and six interceptions) - and opponents converted them into 49 points (seven touchdowns, seven PATs). Three of those touchdowns were scored by opposing defenses (two interception returns and one fumble return). UCLA's defense allowed just four touchdowns (a 19-yard drive by Washington State, a 17-yard drive by Arizona, a 28-yard drive by California and a 24-yard drive by USC) following the other 17 turnovers.

1998 BRUINS IN NCAA, PAC-10 RANKINGS
Cade McNown: passing efficiency - 1st NCAA (168.6), 1st Pac-10; total offense - 18th NCAA (263.8), 2nd Pac-10; Chris Sailer: field goals - T-3rd NCAA (1.73), 1st Pac-10; scoring - 14th NCAA (9.6, 3rd among kickers), 2nd Pac-10; punting - 19th NCAA (43.65), 2nd Pac-10); Larry Atkins: interceptions - T-22nd NCAA (.45), 1st Pac-10 Team: rushing offense - 44th NCAA (166.7), 3rd Pac-10 (155.3); passing offense - 18th NCAA (266.3), 2nd Pac-10; total offense - 13th NCAA (433.0), 2nd Pac-10; scoring - 3rd NCAA (40.7), 2nd Pac-10; rushing defense -15th NCAA (108.3), 3rd Pac-10; passing efficiency defense - 15th NCAA (103.8), 1st Pac-10; total defense - 55th NCAA (361.3), 6th Pac-10; scoring defense - 33rd NCAA (20.4), 2nd Pac-10; net punting - 16th NCAA (39.2), 2nd Pac-10; turnover margin - 2nd NCAA (+1.82), 1st Pac-10.

CLASSROOM STANDOUTS
Punter/placker kicker Chris Sailer and center Shawn Stuart were elected to the 1997 GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America second team. Sailer, Stuart and offensive guard Andy Meyers were selected to the 1997 GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District-8 team.

Thirty-nine members of the 1998 team earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll (3.0 or higher GPA) during the 1997-98 school year. Seventeen players made the list more than once. Six players - Ramogi Huma, Jeff Moore, Mark Reynosa, Kevin Stromsborg, Shawn Stuart and Ryan Wilkins -earned a spot in all three quarters.

Stuart has been a member of the Director's Honor Roll in all 14 of his quarters while Meyers has made the list in 10 of 14 quarters. Stuart will compete this season as a graduate student.

UCLA's football program has produced 13 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners (48 in all sports, including three in 1997-98), 16 Academic All-Americans (13 first-team selections), four NCAA Today's Top Six honorees, one NACDA/Disney Scholar-Athlete and one Academic All-America Hall of Fame inductee.

RADIO
The 1998 season is UCLA's second on XTRA 1150 Sports. The Los Angeles all-sports station, broadcasts all of the Bruins' games live, 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 (6:40 p.m. Wednesday and 8:05 a.m. Thursday) as well as a "Bruin Hour" (2 p.m. on Thursday) featuring coaches and athletes from other sports.

Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his seventh season as the voice of the Bruins. Other members of the on-air team included former Arkansas All-American and San Diego Charger standout Billy Ray Smith as analyst and former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens as sideline reporter and pre-game host.

Fans can also listen to the game on the Bruin network: KLYF 850AM (Thousand Oaks,CA), KNZR 1560AM (Bakersfield,CA), KAVL 610AM (Lancaster/Palmdale, CA), KDWN 720AM (Las Vegas, NV), KDIF 1440AM (Riverside/San Bernardino,CA), KCBQ 1170AM (San Diego,CA), KXXT 1340AM (Santa Barbara,CA), KVEN 1450AM (Ventura/Oxnard,CA), KRKO 1380 AM (Everett/Seattle,WA).

UCLA games are also available via the internet at (www.xtra1150.com), (www.uclabruins.com) and (www.broadcast.com). Fans can also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929). A one-hour program, titled "Bruin Blue and Gold" will air every Sunday night at 8 p.m. on XTRA 1150 with Matt Stevens and Jan Prestella as hosts.

TELEVISION
Each of the first four games of the 1998 season have been selected for live television broadcasts.

All UCLA games will be televised on a live or delayed basis by Fox SportsWest 2 with Bill Macdonald and Mike Sherrard in the booth. It is also available on Direct TV (Channel 332). The opener versus Texas will be replayed on Sun., Sept. 13 at 5:00 p.m.

The UCLA Sports Magazine show, featuring highlights and interviews, airs three times per week during the season on Fox Sports West2: Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Fri., TBD; Sat., TBD.

BRUINS IN THE NFL
There are 23 Bruins listed on 1998 National Football League opening day rosters, plus one player on injured reserve. Last year, opening day rosters listed 28 former Bruins. Including Shaun Williams this past April, UCLA has had six first-round selections in the last eight years and 15 in the last 20 years. In 1993, UCLA led the nation with former players on opening day rosters. Twelve former Bruins on active NFL rosters have played in 23 Super Bowls, including five-time performer Mike Lodish, Marvcus Patton with four appearances and Troy Aikman and Ken Norton with three each.

PAC-10 VIDEO FEED - The Pacific-10 Conference has a weekly satellite feed featuring game highlights and interviews with Pac-10 football coaches and top players. The feed is on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PT on Telstar 4, Transponder 20.

TICKETS - UCLA football season and single-game tickets for the Bruins' five 1998 home games at the Rose Bowl are on sale at the UCLA Central Ticket Office-310/UCLA WIN.

1998 UCLA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 12    Texas (ABC)             12:30 pm
Sept. 19    @ Houston (FX cable tv) 2:30 pm CDT
Sept. 26    @ Miami (CBS)           Noon EDT
Oct. 3      Washington State (ABC)  12:30 pm
Oct. 10     @ Arizona               12:30/7:00 pm
Oct. 17     Oregon                  12:30/7:00 pm
Oct. 24     @ California            12:30/3:30 pm
Oct. 31     Stanford                12:30/3:30 pm
Nov. 7      @ Oregon State          1:00/3:30 pm
Nov. 14     @ Washington            12:30 pm
Nov. 21     USC                     12:30/3:30 pm

1998 UCLA Depth Chart - 9/4

Offense

SE 83 Brad Melsby (6-1, 193, Jr.**) 82 Brian Poli-Dixon (6-5, 210, So.) 85 Jon Dubravac (6-3, 205, Fr.) LT 71 Kris Farris (6-9, 315, Jr.**) 76 David Wilford (6-5, 280, Fr.*)

LG 59 Oscar Cabrera (6-4, 290, So.**) 68 Matt Phelan (6-4, 280, Jr.**) C 52 Shawn Stuart (6-3, 295, Sr.**) 50 Troy Danoff (6-4, 297, Fr.**) RG 78 Andy Meyers (6-5, 313, Sr.**) 66 Ed Anderson (6-5, 287, Fr.**)

RT 60 Brian Polak (6-4, 325, So.) 74 James Ghezzi (6-5, 290, Jr.) TE 88 Mike Grieb (6-4, 248, Sr.**) 40 Ryan Neufeld (6-4, 238, Sr.) 92 Randy Hakes (6-3, 244, Jr.) OR 81 Bryan Fletcher (6-5, 225, Fr.**) QB 18 Cade McNown (6-1 1/2, 209, Sr.) 11 Drew Bennett (6-5, 205, So.**) 8 Scott McEwan (6-3, 200, Fr.**) FB 9 Durell Price (6-0, 226, Jr.) 44 Mark Verti (6-1, 232, Jr.) TB 23 Jermaine Lewis (5-7, 180, So.*) 1 Keith Brown (6-0, 214, Jr.) 26 DeShaun Foster (6-1, 205, Fr.) FL 87 Dan Farmer (6-4, 210, Jr.**) 3 Freddie Mitchell II (5-11, 179, Fr.**) 25 Cody Joyce (6-1, 192, Fr.**)

Specialists

P 2 Chris Sailer (5-10, 195, Sr.) PK 2 Chris Sailer (5-10, 195, Sr.) 14 Chris Griffith (6-1, 180, Fr.) KO 2 Chris Sailer (5-10, 195, Sr.) 14 Chris Griffith (6-1, 180, Fr.) LS 40 Ryan Neufeld (6-4, 238, Sr.) OR 58 Jeff Grau (6-3 1/2, 230, Fr.) H 37 Joey Strycula (5-11, 188, Jr.**)

**indicates utilized redshirt year Defense

DE 99 Kenyon Coleman (6-5, 275, So.) 91 Jayson Brown (6-4, 260, Sr.**) NG 77 Micah Webb (6-5, 267, So.**) 57 Kory Lombard (6-1, 280, So.*) 97 Ken Kocher (6-4, 292, Fr.) DE 75 Pete Holland (6-3, 270, Jr.**) 56 Travor Turner (6-5, 247, Jr.**) 90 Vae Tata (6-3, 242, Sr.**) 86 Stephen Sua (6-2, 246, Fr.**) LOLB 54 Michael Wiley (6-2, 234, Jr.**) 95 Santi Hall (6-2, 243, Fr.**) 43 Billy Pieper (6-2, 227, So.**) ILB 36 Ramogi Huma (6-1, 228, Jr.**) 47 Ryan Nece (6-2, 203, Fr.**) 8 Robert Thomas (6-2, 225, Fr.) ILB 51 Tony White (6-1, 220, So..) 49 Cheyane Caldwell (6-1, 232, Sr.) ROLB 50 Brendon Ayanbadejo (6-2, 234, Sr.**) 48 Ali Abdul Azziz (6-2, 224, Jr.**) 15 Ed Stansbury (6-2, 245, Fr.**) LC 7 Marques Anderson (6-0, 182, So.) 20 Damian Allen (5-9, 170, So.**) SS 35 Larry Atkins (6-4, 228, Sr.**) 24 DuVal Hicks (6-1, 207, Sr.**) 27 Tod McBride (6-2, 203, Sr.**) FS 4 Jason Stephens (6-2, 188, Fr.**) OR 6 Eric Whitfield (6-2, 205, Jr.**) RC 12 Jason Bell (6-1, 177, Jr.) 33 Ryan Roques (6-0, 180, Jr.**)

indicates non-scholarship player

Specialists

KOR 23 Jermaine Lewis (5-7, 180, So.*) 3 Freddie Mitchell II (5-11, 179, Fr.**) PR 3 Freddie Mitchell II (5-11, 179, Fr.**) 26 DeShaun Foster (6-1, 205, Fr.)

INJURED/ILL: FB, 39, Craig Walendy (6-1, 240, Sr.)



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