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Chris Sailer and
the Bruins open
Pac-10 play against
Washington State.

 
Football Opens Pac-10 Season

Bruins host Washington State at the Rose Bowl.

September 28, 1998

PAC-10 HOME OPENER - Saturday, October 3 vs. Washington State at the Rose Bowl, 12:30 p.m. The UCLA Bruins, 2-0, are ranked No. 4 by both Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN. Washington State is 3-1, 0-1 in Pac-10 play. The game will be televised regionally by ABC (Channel 7 in Los Angeles) and radio broadcast on XTRA 1150 AM and the Bruin Radio Network.

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES - Members of the 1998 UCLA Hall of Fame class will be inducted in ceremonies prior to the game at the Brookside Clubhouse. The members of the class in attendance at the game will also be introduced at halftime.

The 1998 inductees include: Glenn Bassett, tennis coach; Sheila Cornell, softball; Randy Cross, football; Gaston Green, football; the late Florence Griffith-Joyner, track and field; Tom Jager, swimming; Eric Karros, baseball; Reggie Miller, basketball; Ken Norton Jr., football; Tom Ramsey, football; Art Reichle, baseball coach; and Cy Young, track and field.

LAST WEEK - For the first time in school history, UCLA had a football game cancelled because of weather conditions. The UCLA-Miami game scheduled for Sat., Sept. 26, was cancelled due to concern about Hurricane Georges.

LAST GAME - UCLA 42 , Houston 24. UCLA won its 12th straight game, extending the school record total It also won its first season road opener since a 1995 23-9 win over BYUQuarterback Cade McNown followed up a 339-yard, three-touchdown effort versus Texas with a 315-yard, one-TD game at Houston. He is now the first player in school history to have back-to-back 300-yard passing games. It was his seventh career 300 yards-plus performance and the 17th straight game in which he has thrown for at least 200 yards. The Bruins are 14-3 in those 17 contests McNown's career touchdown pass total has reached 47 and he now needs three more to tie Tom Ramsey (1979-82) for the school recordRunning back Jermaine Lewis rushed for a career-best 113 yards and two scores in his first career start versus Texas and added a school-record tying four scores and 63 more yards at HoustonTwo big plays in the Houston game brought the Bruins alive after a sluggish start saw them fall behind 6-0 at the end of one quarter. McNown hit a wide open Brian Poli-Dixon on a 61-yard pass and run for UCLA's first score. A second touchdown was set up by senior Tod McBride's second blocked punt of his career. The block gave the Bruins possession on the UH 12 yard line and Lewis scored five plays later for a 14-6 advantageRedshirt freshman wide receiver Freddie Mitchell who had 233 all-purpose yards in his first college game versus Texas - featuring a 30-yard rushing gain on a reverse, four catches for 108 yards and three kickoff returns for 78 yards - fractured his left femur on his only play of the day at Houston, a 47-yard kickoff return, and will be out for the seasonA young Bruin defense has given up yardage in its first two game, but has been tough on third down, holding its first two opponents to just seven of 31 on third down conversions (22%) - Houston 3-18 (18%) and Texas 4-13 (31%)Defensive captain Larry Atkins was all over the field at Houston. He had a team-high 10 tackles (eight solo stops) and two tackles for loss. Junior defensive end Travor Turner had his best game as a Bruin with seven tackles, including three for loss. Nickel back Ryan Roques intercepted his first pass at Houston and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown.

THE WSU SERIES - UCLA leads the all-time series 33-12-1, but Washington State has won three of the last four. The Bruins won the last meeting at the Rose Bowl, 38-14, on Nov. 9, 1996 thanks to a three-touchdown performance by tail back Skip Hicks, who became the first back to rush for over 100 yards against the Cougars in 1996 (116). The Bruin defense limited Cougar quarterback Ryan Leaf to just 195 passing yards on the day.

Last season, the Cougars defeated the Bruins, 37-34 in Pullman in the opener for both schools. Cade McNown completed 19 of 34 passes for 257 yards and one touchdown and Skip Hicks rushed for a career-high 190 yards and four touchdowns. The Bruins rallied from a 30-14 halftime deficit but fell short when Jermaine Lewis was stopped on a fourth-and-one play at the goal line with just over three minutes remaining in the game.

IN THE POLLS - UCLA is ranked No. 4 by both Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN. The Bruins were ranked No. 3 by AP last week. The rankings are UCLA's highest since Oct. 23, 1988, when it was ranked No. 1 for a second consecutive week prior to losing to Washington State. 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.

AP: Pre-season: No. 7, 9/6: No. 6; 9/13, No. 4; 9/20: No. 3; 9/27: No. 4. USA Today/ESPN: Pre-season: No. 7; 9/6: No. 6; 9/13: No. 5; 9/20: No. 5; 9/27: No. 4.

NOTING THE COUGARS - Mike Price is now in his 10th season as head coach at Washington State and owns a record of 56-50. His overall record in 17-plus years is 102-94. WSU ranks first in the Pac-10 and 20th nationally in total defense (284.3 yards), first in the Pac-10 and fourth nationally in pass efficiency defense (79.4 rating) and second in the Pac-10 and 22nd in the NCAA in rushing defense (105.5 yards). The Cougar defense has allowed just four touchdowns (one in the air) and has intercepted nine passes. In last week's loss at California, the Cougar defense did not allow a touchdown but the offense yielded three (one on a fumble return and two on interceptions). Offensively, WSU is averaging 363.3 yards - 239.3 in the air and 124.0 on the ground.

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.

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 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.

DID YOU KNOW?

UCLA's 584 yards total offense in the Texas game was its best effort since the Arizona State game of November of 1994 when it set a school record with 679 yards.

UCLA scoring average of 45.5 would surpass the school record of 42.7 set in 1973.

UCLA has allowed opponents to convert just 18% of third-down attempts (seven of 31).

UCLA has won its last four games against ranked opponents.

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 was the 12th highest in NCAA history.

UCLA has produced a 1,000-yard rusher in each of Bob Toledo's first 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 first two years as head coach, Skip Hicks rushed for 1,034 yards in 1996 and 1,282 in 1997. In 48 games in those four-plus years, UCLA produced a 100-yard rusher 29 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).

BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO - Bob Toledo, who was recently named one of the most influencial people in the L.A. sports world by Los Angeles Magazine, owns a record of 17-8 as the Bruin head coach. The team's current 12-game winning streak is the longest in school history, breaking the record of 10, set in 1946 and tied in 1954-55.

Under Toledo, UCLA is 15-2 when it scores at least 30 points and 9-0 when it scores at least 40. The Bruins are 15-1 when leading entering the fourth quarter and have won twice after trailing after three periods. UCLA is 11-2 when leading at the half and has won four times after tailing at the half and twice when tied at the half.

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.

WINNING STREAK - UCLA has won a school-record 12 straight games. 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.

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 every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. PT. 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.

Cade McNown, perhaps the leading contender for the Heisman Trophy, is off to a fine start in 1998. In two games, McNown has completed 37 of 62 passes (59.7 percent) for 654 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions while leading the Bruins to victories over Texas and Houston. His efficiency rating of 163.1 is similar to last year's nation-leading 168.6 and he is averaging 10.55 yards per pass attempt and 17.68 yards per completion. He has 23 completions of at least 10 yards and seven of at least 35 yards.

McNown leads the Pac-10 in total offense (326.5 yards) and is third in passing efficiency (163.1). He ranks seventh nationally in total offense and 12th in passing efficiency.

McNown is now the only player in school history to pass for over 300 yards in back-to-back games. On Sept. 19 at Houston, he passed for 315 yards and one touchdown as UCLA overcame a 6-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter to win, 42-24. McNown's touchdown pass, a 61-yard strike to Brian Poli-Dixon, gave the Bruins the lead early in the second quarter. On the afternoon, McNown had four completions of at least 40 yards and completed passes to eight different receivers. The victory was UCLA's 12th straight, extending the current school record

In the opener against No. 22 (at the time) Texas, McNown completed 20 of 30 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns with just one interception. He led UCLA to touchdowns on five of its first six possessions and six of its first eight and averaged 11.3 yards per pass attempt and 17.0 yards per completions. In the first 30 minutes, he completed 13 of 17 attempts for 222 yards, two touchdowns and nine first downs (including the two scores).

In two games, McNown is 16 for 22 for 187 yards and two scores on first down, 13 of 23 for 251 yards and one score on second down and eight of 17 for 216 yards and one touchdown on third down. All eight of his third-down completions have resulted in first downs. Ten of his completions measured at least 20 yards, seven at least 35 yards.

McNown's 79-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Mitchell against Texas was the second-longest completion of his career and ranks eighth (tied) on UCLA's all-time list. He threw an 88-yard touchdown to Danny Farmer in the 1996 opener at Tennessee.

His 339 yards passing versus Texas rank 11th on UCLA's single-game list and he now owns four of the top 11 passing days in school history. His 342 yards of total offense versus rank 13th on the all-time school list and fifth on McNown's chart. His 315 yards passing against Houston marked the seventh time in his career he has passed for at least 300 yards, another school record.

McNown has now thrown for at least 200 yards in a school-record 17 consecutive games, stretching back to the final three games of his sophomore season.

Last year, the Bruin quarterback was one of three finalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. 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.

In the 1998 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 in 1997 (168.6, Pac-10 record and 12th highest rating in NCAA history)
  • Eighth in Heisman Trophy balloting in 1997
  • Third-team All-American in 1997
  • Set a UCLA record with 3,116 passing yards in 1997
  • Now 17 straight games of at least 200 passing yards
  • Seven games of at least 300 passing yards
  • Set school record with five touchdown passes against Texas in 1997
  • Set personal best with 400 passing yards versus Tennessee in 1997, No. 2 in UCLA history
  • First in UCLA career completions (524)
  • First in UCLA career passing yards (7,892)
  • First in UCLA career total offense (8,286)
  • Sixth in Pac-10 career total offense (8,286)
  • Thirty-three consecutive starts, the most by a Bruin T-formation quarterback
  • In his last 12 games - all victories - he has completed 180 of 297 passes (60.6%) for 3,113 yards, 26 touchdowns and six interceptions.

His 47 career touchdown passes place him second in UCLA history, trailing only Ramsey's 50. He has started 34 games, including 33 straight, and has played in 37 contests. His 33 consecutive starts are a school record for a T-formation quarterback, breaking the mark of 24 held by Ramsey and Aikman.

His 8,286 yards of total offense rank sixth on the Pac-10 career list while his 7,892 passing yards rank 10th. A duplication of 1997's stats would place him No. 1 in career total offense and No. 2 in career passing.

1998 McNOWN Passing    
Game   PA   PC  Int   Yds   TD
TEX*   30   20    1   339    3
HOU*   32   17    1   315    1
1998   62   37    2   654    4
1997  312  189    6  3116*  24*
1996  336  176   16  2424   12
1995  245  122    8  1698    7 
CAR   955  524*  32  7892*  47
* school  record

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 Total 312 189 6 3116* 24* **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: 524, FIRST; #2 Tom Ramsey 441
Career Passing Yards: 7892, FIRST, #2 Ramsey 6168
Career Total Offense: 8286, FIRST; #2 Ramsey 6255
Career TD Passes: 47, SECOND; #1 Ramsey 50
He has started 34 games, including 33 straight, and has played in 37 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 1995-98 955 524 7892 .549 47 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 1995-98 1200 394 7892 8286 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

CAREER STARTS

Offense - WR: Danny Farmer (2/18), Brad Melsby (2/2); OL: Kris Farris (2/25), Shawn Stuart (2/25), Andy Meyers (2/24), Matt Phelan (1/1); Oscar Cabrera (1/1), Brian Polak (2/2); TE: Mike Grieb (2/22); QB: Cade McNown (2/34); RB: Craig Walendy (0/12), Jermaine Lewis (2/2), Durell Price (2/2); P/PK: Chris Sailer (2/37).

Defense - DL: Pete Holland (2/9), Kenyon Coleman (2/2), Micah Webb (2/2); LB: Brendon Ayanbadejo (2/14), Tony White (2/2), Ramogi Huma (2/2), Michael Wiley(1/1), Cheyane Caldwell (0/9 at fullback) Santi Hall (1/1); DB: Larry Atkins (2/16), Eric Whitfield (2/4), Marques Anderson (2/7), Jason Bell (2/7), Tod McBride (0/1 at WR).

First Starts - No less than 10 players made their first career starts in the season-opener versus Texas five on offense: SE-Brad Melsby; LG-Oscar Carbrera; RT-Brian Polak; FB-Durell Price; TB-Jermaine Lewis; -- and five on defense: DE-Kenyon Coleman; NG-Micah Webb; OLB-Michael Wiley; ILB-Ramogi Huma; ILB-Tony White. Two more players, Matt Phelan at OG and Santi Hall at LB each made their first career starts at Houston.

James Ghezzi (left guard), Travor Turner (defensive end) and Ryan Roques (left cornerback) are scheduled to make their first starts versus Washington State and Tod McBride (strong safety) will make his first start on defense (he started once at receiver).

LARRY ATKINS - The pre-season first-team All-American is listed on the Thorpe Award "Watch List". In 1997, he was one of six semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back. He leads the Bruins with 16 tackles after two games, including three for loss. In the season opener against Texas, he was credited with six solo tackles, including one for loss. Versus Houston, he had a team-best 10 stops, including two for loss.

In 12 games last year, 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.

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 1998, he is the team's leading receiver with eight catches for 181 yards and one touchdown. In the season opener versus Texas, he made four receptions for 81 yards (20.3), including a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cade McNown. He also had a 36-yard reception in the first half. At Houston, he had four catches for 100 yards, including catches of 41 and 40 yards. He ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game (90.5) and his average of 22.6 yards per catch is third behind only teammates Freddie Mitchell and Mike Grieb.

His career totals are 80 receptions for 1,354 yards and eight touchdowns. He ranks 13th on UCLA's career receiving yardage list (Kurt Altenberg, 1963-65, is 12th 1,446) and 14th (13th is Paul Bergmann, 1979-83, 85) on the career receiving list.

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 PLAYS - In 12 games in 1997, UCLA gained at least 20 yards from scrimmage 77 times and scored on 21 of them - 54 passes (16 TDs) and 23 runs (five).

In 1998, UCLA's offense has produced 30 plays of at least 10 yards - 23 passes and seven rushes. Thirteen plays have produced at least 20 yards - nine versus Texas and four at Houston. All four at Houston were passes of at least 40 yards.

Of the six touchdowns UCLA has allowed in 1998, only two are longer than seven yards and only one is more than 20 yards.

BRUIN FIRSTS - Seventeen Bruins saw their first career action in the opener versus Texas, including five true freshmen: TE-Randy Hakes; LB-Ed Stansbury; LS-Jeff Grau; S-Jason Stephens; LB-Robert Thomas; LB-Ryan Nece; LB-Santi Hall; DL-Ken Kocher; DE-Stephen Sua; WR-Freddie Mitchell; C-Troy Danoff; WR-Cody Joyce; RB-DeShaun Foster; TE-Bryan Fletcher; OL-Jim Ghezzi; OL-David Wilford; WR-Jon Dubravac. In the Houston game, six more saw their first career action, including two more true freshmen: OL-Ed Anderson; DL-Anthony Fletcher; LB- Jeff Moore; RB-Devon Reese; RB-Mike Vanis; DB-Julius Williams.

RED ZONE - UCLA is nine for nine in 1998 with nine touchdowns - five for five (five TDs) versus Texas and four for four (four TDs) at Houston. Opponents have scored five touchdowns and three field goals on eight trips into the red zone.

TURNOVERS - In 1997, UCLA forced 40 turnovers (18 fumbles and 22 interceptions) and converted them into 130 points (16 touchdowns, six field goals, 16 PATs).

In 1998, the Bruins have forced four turnovers (three interceptions and one fumble) and converted them into 21 points (three touchdowns and three PATs). Conversely, opponents have converted three UCLA turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble) into just seven points (one TD and one PAT).

CHRIS SAILER - The senior was one of three 1997 finalists for the Groza National Place Kicker Award, presented annually to the nation's top place kicker. He began the 1998 campaign in fine fashion by booming seven of his eight kickoffs for touchbacks, converted all seven extra points attempts and averaged 42.0 yards on his punt. At Houston, Sailer reached the end zone on five of his seven kickoffs, with three touchbacks. He also punted seven times for a 44.9 yard average.

In two games, he is averaging 43.8 yards per punt. Seven of his 11 kicks have forced opponents to begin drives inside their own 20-yard line.

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. 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 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
1998      11    482   43.8    7   54
Tot      195   8266   42.4   64   81

TAILBACKS - Sophomore Jermaine Lewis ran into the Houston end zone four times to tie the school record for rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns in a game. Both records are held by several athletes. The last Bruin to score four TDs was Skip Hicks (last year vs. Washington). He is also the last Bruin to rush for four touchdowns (last year against Arizona). In two games, he has scored six touchdowns and ranks second in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.0).

Lewis totaled a career-best 113 yards on 22 carries and a pair of scores in the Texas game. He is currently second in the Pac-10 with an 88.0 average and ninth in all-purpose yards (106.5). Last season, he was the team's second-leading rusher with 282 yards and a 5.0 average. He rushed for a then career-high 75 yards on 10 carries against Oregon in relief of an injured Skip Hicks. 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 in 1997. He rushed for a career-high 88 yards on 14 carries at Oregon, splitting time with Lewis. He also came off the bench to rush for 79 yards and one touchdown at Texas.

Freshman DeShaun Foster ran seven times for 44 yards versus Texas and six times for 30 at Houston. Against Texas, he had a three-yard scoring run late in the third quarter of his debut. Two of his runs were over 10 yards.

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. He was recognized as the No. 3 offensive guard in the nation by one pre-season magazine. Farris has started all 25 games of his career and made tremendous progress in 1997. He has been selected pre-season first-team All-America by several publications in 1998 and is on the Outland Award Watch List.

In the opener versus Texas, the offensive line helped UCLA compiled 584 yards of total offense, including 211 on the ground, and did not allow a sack. In the Houston game, the Bruins rushed for four touchdowns.

BRIAN POLI-DIXON - Brian Poli-Dixon enjoyed a huge game in the 1998 season opener with five catches for 78 yards and a pair of touchdowns measuring 34 and 20 yards. Four of the catches produced first downs. Against Houston, he scored on a 61-yard pass from Cade McNown and produced a first down with both of his catches. He currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (9.0) and ninth in receiving yards (75.5) and is averaging 21.6 yards on his seven receptions. In his career, he has now scored five touchdowns on 16 receptions.

Last season, he became 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).

MIKE GRIEB - A pre-season second-team All-American, senior Mike 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. In 1996 and 1997, Grieb made 39 receptions, including a career-high five in the 1996 opener at Tennessee, and scored six times.

Thus far, in 1998, he is averaging 23.6 yards on five catches, including a career long 51-yarder at Houston. His average is the highest in the Pac-10 besides injured Freddie Mitchell. All five catches have produced first downs.

LINEBACKERS - Senior outside linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is on the Butkus Award "Watch List." He opened 1998 with five tackles, including two sacks (-25 yards). He also forced one fumble and recovered one. At Houston, he added four more stops. A year ago, his first as a starter, he led the team with his 15 tackles for losses, including 4.5 sacks.

Junior inside linebacker Ramogi Huma led the Bruins with eight stops versus Texas, including one for loss. Huma added three more at Houston, one for loss. Junior Michael Wiley made three stops versus Texas before sitting out the Houston game with a sore back. True sophomore Tony White had five tackles versus Houston and his first career interception. All three players made the first starts of their careers versus the Longhorns. Redshirt freshman linebacker Santi Hall made his first career start at Houston and had three stops, including one for loss, and an interception. At Texas, he came off the bench to make three stops, including a sack.

PAC-10/NCAA RANK
Jermaine Lewis - scoring (1st in Pac-10; 2nd NCAA, 18.0); rushing (2nd in Pac-10, 88.0); all-purpose (9th in Pac-10, 106.5).
Cade McNown - efficiency (3rd in Pac-10; 12th in NCAA, 163.1); total offense (1st in Pac-10; 7th in NCAA, 326.5).
Brian Poli-Dixon - scoring (4th in Pac-10, 9.0); receiving yards (9th in Pac-10, 75.5).
Chris Sailer - punting (2nd in Pac-10; 19th in NCAA, 43.8); scoring (10th in Pac-10, 6.5).
Freddie Mitchell - KO returns (3rd in Pac-10; 14th in NCAA, 31.25); all-purpose yards (4th in Pac-10, 140.0).
Danny Farmer - Receiving yards (4th in Pac-10, 90.5).
Pass Offense - 1st in Pac-10, 6th in NCAA, 347.0
Total Offense - 2nd in Pac-10, 10th in NCAA, 497.0
KO Returns - 4th in Pac-10, 20th in NCAA, 26.1
Scoring Offense - 2nd in Pac-10, 5th in NCAA, 45.5
Rushing Offense - 5th in Pac-10, 150.0
Net Punting - 4th in Pac-10, 37.3
Turnover Margin - T-4th in Pac-10, +0.5

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.

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.

BRUINS IN THE NFL - There are 24 Bruins listed on 1998 National Football League rosters (23 on opening day), plus one player on injured reserve. Only 13 schools had more players on opening day rosters. 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.

OFFENSIVE NOTES - UCLA has scored eight touchdowns on drives of less than 3:00 this season, including two of less than 1:00. In 1997, it scored 12 offensive touchdowns on drives of less than 30 seconds in 1997 and 16 on drives of less than one minute.

UCLA's current scoring average of 45.5 (fifth in the nation) is on school-record pace. The regular-season average of 40.7 points in 1997 was third in the nation and 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.

During Bob Toledo's 25 games as head coach, UCLA has scored at least 40 points on nine occasions. The Bruins are 9-0 in those games. UCLA is 15-2 in the 17 games in which it has scored at least 30 points.

RADIO - The 1998 season is UCLA's second on XTRA 1150 Sports. The all-sports station, broadcasts all of 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 (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" airs every Sunday night at 8 p.m. on XTRA 1150 with Matt Stevens and Jan Prestella as hosts.

TELEVISION - Saturday's game will be televised to a regional audience by ABC Sports (Channel 7 in Los Angeles) with Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson in the booth. This is UCLA's third straight game on live television (Texas was on ABC and Houston was on FX). Including this Saturday's contest, 58 of UCLA's last 62 games have appeared on live television.

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 Washington State game will be replayed on Sun., Oct. 4 at 10:00 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.

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' 1998 home games at the Rose Bowl are on sale at the UCLA Central Ticket Office-310/UCLA WIN.

Reserved single-game tickets are priced at $42 for the USC game (Nov. 21), $25 for the Stanford game (Oct. 31) and $22 for Washington State (Oct. 3) and Oregon (Oct. 17). General admission tickets are priced at $12 for adults and $4 for youths (12 and under) for the Stanford game and $10 for adults and $4 for youths for the WSU and Oregon games.

PASADENA PARKING SHUTTLE - UCLA is again 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. The shuttle busses receive priority from Pasadena Police and have an unobstructed route to and from the stadium at all times.

Service from the supervised lot, located at Fair Oaks and Walnut, to the Rose Bowl, 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 or until everyone has returned.

1998 UCLA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 12  Texas (ABC)              49-31
Sept. 19  @ Houston (FX cable tv)  42-24
Sept. 26  @ Miami (CBS)            Cancelled
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


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