Oct. 7, 2002
GAME # 6 - No. 25 (USA Today/ESPN) UCLA, 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Pac-10 play, welcomes No. 7 (both polls) Oregon (5-0, 1-0) to the Rose Bowl for its Pac-10 Conference home opener this Saturday afternoon, Oct. 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PST.
The game will be televised live on a regional basis by ABC Sports. Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts will call the action with Todd Harris on the sidelines.
Fox Sports Radio AM 1150 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all games. Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens will call the action in the booth with John Ireland on the sidelines.
LAST WEEK - UCLA rallied from an early 14-0 deficit by scoring 29 consecutive points to defeat the Oregon State Beavers, 43-35, at Corvallis, OR. For the third time this season, UCLA trailed by double digits before scoring and bounced back for a victory.
On the first scrimmage play of the game, OSU back Steven Jackson raced 80 yards for a touchdown. UCLA's first drive bogged down at the 10-yard line but the Beavers blocked Chris Griffith's 27-yard field goal attempt and returned it 83 yards for a 14-0 lead just 5:23 into the game.
At that point, the Bruins settled down. For the remainder of the half, UCLA's defense shut out the Beavers, held them to 89 net yards on 23 plays and produced a safety. On offense, Cory Paus completed 15 of 21 passes for 214 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown pass to Mike Seidman, and UCLA trailed just 14-12 at the half. UCLA took the lead for good, 19-14, on the first possession of the second half on a five-yard run by Tyler Ebell. Paus completed all four of his attempts for 65 yards, including one for 41 yards to Tab Perry, and Ebell ran four times for 16 yards, including the score.
On Oregon State's first possession, Ricky Manning made his second interception of the year and returned it 33 yards for his first career touchdown and a 26-14 lead. UCLA added a 38-yard field goal for a 29-14 lead entering the fourth quarter.
OSU scored first when it held UCLA on fourth-and-one at the Beaver 49-yard line. The Bruins actually forced a punt, but an offside call gave OSU a fourth-and-one which it converted and scored four plays later.
Ebell, who rushed for 124 yards in the fourth quarter, gave UCLA some breathing room, thanks to a 73-yard run to the one-yard line. Akil Harris scored on the next play for a 36-21 lead with 10:05 remaining.
OSU went 75 yards on five plays for a touchdown, but UCLA countered with an 80-yard, six play drive, featuring a 34-yard Paus-to-Perry pass and a 31-yard Ebell run, to take a 43-28 lead with 4:39 remaining.
On OSU's next possession, linebacker Spencer Havner made an interception but was stripped of the ball, giving the Beavers another try at the UCLA 21-yard line. The Bruin defense held but on third-and-nine at the Bruin 19, Harris fumbled and the Beavers returned it for a touchdown to draw within eight points, 43-35.
Perry recovered OSU's onside kick attempt, two Ebell runs produced a first down and UCLA ran out the clock for the win.
Offensively, UCLA piled up 625 yards, the ninth best total in school history and the No. 2 effort during Bob Toledo's tenure as head coach. In addition, UCLA did not allow a sack and had just one offensive turnover.
Cory Paus enjoyed the best afternoon of his career, completing 24 of 32 passes for a career-high 378 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. His passing yards rank No. 9 on UCLA's single-game list and his 391 yards of total offense rank No. 7 on that chart. He completed passes to nine different receivers, had 12 completions of at least 15 yards and produced 16 first downs.
Redshirt freshman tailback Tyler Ebell came off the bench, following an injury to Manuel White, and rushed for 203 yards -- the 14th best effort ever at UCLA -- all in the final three quarters. His 203 yards are the second-most ever by a Bruin freshman (Eric Ball had 227 in the 1986 Rose Bowl) and his 73-yard run was the second-longest by a Bruin freshman (Derek Ayers, 83 yards vs. BYU in 1993).
Defensively, UCLA forced two turnovers and converted one into a touchdown. Through three quarters, the defense held the Beavers to no points and just 127 yards on 37 snaps, excluding the 80-yard scoring run on the game's first play. On the day, UCLA allowed 260 yards passing but just 93 net yards rushing (13 yards on 17 attempts excluding the first play of the game).
Linebackers Brandon Chillar (one sack) and Marcus Reese each made two tackles, including two for loss. Reese produced a safety with one of his tackles behind the line. Jarrad Page, Spencer Havner, Matt Ware and Ricky Manning were all credited with three tackles. Manning (33-yard touchdown) and Havner each made their second interception of the season. Chillar, Dave Ball and Asi Faoa were each credited with a quarterback sack.
FOOD ZONE - For all Bruin home games fans should plan on arriving in the Arroyo Seco early to avoid traffic and picnic at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is again sponsoring the Food Zone in Area H, just south of the bowl. Participating restaurants include American Pretzel, Cafe Caboto's, Corn Roast of California, Couple of Nuts, Event Specialists (Dreyers), In-N-Out, Kettle Korn Cafe, Krispy Kreme/Coffee Bean, Me Gusta, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill, Subway, Thai Tiffany and T-N-T Gourmet Sausages Co.
PARKING AT ROSE BOWL - Parking is again available on the Brookside Golf Course for $5. For those who want to avoid the traffic in the Arroyo Seco, parking is available at the Parsons Engineering Building on Fair Oaks and Walnut in Pasadena. Parking at the Parsons Lot is $5 and the shuttle bus to and from the Rose Bowl is free. Shuttle service begins four hours prior to kickoff.
UCLA IN THE RANKINGS - Associated Press: Pre-season, NR; Sept. 1, NR; Sept. 8, No. 23; Sept. 15, No. 20.; Sept. 22, NR; Sept. 29, NR; Oct. 6, NR (27). USA Today/ESPN: Pre-season, NR; Sept. 1, NR; Sept. 8, NR; Sept. 15, No. 22; Sept. 22, NR; Sept. 29, NR; Oct. 6, No. 25.
SERIES NOTES - UCLA leads the series with Oregon, which dates back to 1928, by a count of 37-19. Last year, the Bruins, playing without tailback DeShaun Foster, split end Tab Perry and strong safety Jason Stephens, battled No. 7 Oregon until the final gun, dropping a 21-20 decision at the Rose Bowl when Chris Griffith's 50-yard field goal attempt was just short and wide.
Defensively, UCLA held the Ducks, averaging 37.3 points and 463.0 yards, to their lowest scoring total of the year and their second-lowest yardage total (356). The Bruins recorded three sacks (Oregon had allowed just seven in nine games) and kept the Ducks from converting either of UCLA's turnovers into points. Offensively, quarterback Cory Paus completed 14 of 22 passes for a season-high 321 yards. Split end Brian Poli-Dixon, led the Bruin receivers with six receptions for 149 yards. Tailback Akil Harris, in his second career start, rushed for 79 yards and one touchdown.
In 1999, Paus threw for 332 yards against the Ducks (21 of 34 with two touchdowns. That mark was second only to Tommy Maddox's totals of 409, 353 and 332 for a Bruin freshman. He did not play against Oregon in 2000 due to an injury.
Bob Toledo's is 4-2 versus Oregon as the Bruin head coach. Oregon is averaging 402.4 yards -- 234.0 passing and 168.4 rushing -- and 38.8 points on offense while allowing 300.4 yards (23rd in NCAA) -- 79.4 rushing (No. 5 in NCAA) and 221.0 in the air -- and 14.4 points (No. 8) on defense.
Individually, Onterrio Smith leads the Pac-10 in rushing (122.4 yards) and touchdowns (nine). Jason Fife has completed 74 of 129 passes for 1,124 yards, 10 touchdowns and just one interception and Samie Parker leads the team with 22 receptions for 394 yards and four touchdowns.
BRUIN HEAD COACH BOB TOLEDO - The Bruin head coach owns a record of 46-28 (29-20 in Pac-10 play) and a winning percentage of .622 during his six-plus years on the job. The 20-game winning streak in 1997-98 was the longest in school history, twice as long as the previous streak (10, set in 1946 and tied in 1954-55). His teams have won two Pac-10 titles (1997, 1998) and have qualified to play in a bowl game in four of the past five seasons.
Toledo is only the second coach in school history to win 10 regular-season games (Bert LaBrucherie in 1946) and only the second coach in school history to win 10 total games in back-to-back seasons (Terry Donahue in 1987-88).
Toledo's 46 wins put him in fourth place on UCLA's career victory list. Under Toledo, UCLA is 36-8 when it scores at least 30 points and 18-1 when it scores at least 40. UCLA is 31-6 when leading at the half and has won 11 times after trailing at the half and four when tied at the half. The Bruins are 3-1 in overtime games. When ranked, the Bruins sport a 31-12 record under Toledo and are 15-5 when ranked in the Top 10.
Under Toledo, UCLA is 16-12 versus ranked teams. It has won nine of the last 14 and is 15-7 in the last 22 games versus Top 25 teams.
DID YOU KNOW? - This season, UCLA is 3-0 when its opponent scores first and 1-1 when it draws first blood. In 2001, the Bruins were 3-1 when they scored first and 4-3 when the opponent scored first.
UCLA has scored 40 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1998, when it scored at least 40 points in each of the first five games.
During Bob Toledo's six-plus seasons as head coach, UCLA is 29-7 when it wins the turnover battle, 8-17 when it loses the turnover battle and 9-4 when the turnovers are even.
Tyler Ebell's 53-yard punt return against San Diego State was UCLA's longest since the 1998 season, when
Ryan Roques returned one 77 yards for a touchdown at Washington.
UCLA has now scored three touchdowns on blocked punts in the last two years and Jibril Raymo has scored two of them. Marcus Reese blocked both last year and Matt Clark did the honors against San Diego State.
UCLA has fumbled the ball 10 times this year and has lost two, just one on offense. Four are on offense (one lost), three are on kickoff returns, two are on interceptions (one lost) and one is on a punt return.
UCLA has won 15 of its last 22 games versus ranked opponents dating back to a 1997 win at #11 Texas and has posted a 23-6 record in regular season games played in the Rose Bowl since that win over the Longhorns.
UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 non-conference regular-season games dating back to 1999 (following a loss at Ohio State, the Bruins have defeated Fresno State in 1999, Alabama, Fresno State and Michigan in 2000, Alabama, Kansas and Ohio State in 2001 and Colorado State, Oklahoma State and San Diego State in 2002).
Sixteen Bruins made their varsity debut versus Colorado State, including eight true freshmen J.D. Groves, Marcedes Lewis, Justin London, Glenn Ohaeri, Drew Olson, Jarrad Page, Junior Taylor, Wesley Walker; six redshirt freshmen Tyler Ebell, Jason Harrison, Spencer Havner, Wendell Mathis, Mike McCloskey and James Jessen; and two juniors Ryan Boschetti and David Tautofi. All of those players also saw action against Oklahoma State, all but Olson and Mathis played versus Colorado but they all played vs. SDSU.
Numerous players made their debuts at San Diego State. Redshirt freshman Ed Blaton started at right tackle for injured Mike Saffer in his first career game. Tight end Keith Carter, linebacker Matt Chastain, quarterback John Sciarra, offensive guard Robert Cleary, wide receiver Jacques Lazarus, wide receiver Brett Mitchell, offensive tackle Matt Mosebar, offensive guard Jason Nitz, wide receiver Josh Roenicke all saw the first action of their careers.
Jarrad Page has started the last two games at strong safety. He is the first UCLA true freshman safety to start more than one game in a season since Kenny Easley in 1977.
The eight true freshmen, who saw action against Colorado State and Oklahoma State, are the most to play in a single game since at least 1980. UCLA had eight true freshmen earn letters in 1994.
UCLA's nine bowl wins in the last 20 years rank No. 1 (tied) in the Pac-10. Only six schools (Florida State, Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama, Miami, Michigan) have won more bowl games in that span.
During the last 20 years, UCLA has been ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions. No other school in the Pac-10 has been ranked more than 10 times.
In the last 20 seasons (1982-2001), UCLA has more Top 10 rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, only six schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee) have been ranked in the AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.
The Bruins finished the 2001 season with a 7-4 mark. It was the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Bruins concluded the regular season qualified to play in a bowl game.
Several Bruins are listed on the pre-season watch lists of the major awards - Mike Saffer, OT and Rodney Leisle, DT - Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award; Ricky Manning, Jr., CB and Matt Ware, FS - Jim Thorpe Award; Nate Fikse, P - Ray Guy Award.
Senior cornerback Ricky Manning has a chance this season to become only the seventh Bruin since 1964 to be named a three-time first-team all-conference player. The others - Vaughn Parker, OL 1991-92-93; Terry Tumey, DL 1985-86-87; Kenny Easley, DB 1977-78-79; Manu Tuiasosopo, DL 1976-77-78; Jerry Robinson, LB 1976-77-78; Gary Beban, QB 1965-66-67.
Starting Streaks - Ricky Manning has started in 37 straight games to lead the team. Next is offensive left tackle Bryce Bohlander with 30 straight starts followed by defensive tackle Rodney Leisle with 28. Offensive right tackle Mike Saffer, who has started 34 times in his career, had a streak of 26 consecutive starts ended when he did not play at San Diego State due to a broken rib.
Three Bruins on the 2002 roster are the sons of former Bruin football players - TE Blane Kezirian (dad, Ed played offensive line in 1972-73 for coach Pepper Rodgers and posted a 17-5 record); WR/H Garrett Lepisto (dad, Vic played defensive end in 1964-66-67 for coaches Bill Barnes and Tommy Prothro); QB John Sciarra (dad, John played 1972-75 and quarterbacked the Bruins to a win over No. 1 Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl game).
UCLA had six players selected in the 2002 NFL Draft, ranking seventh (tied) nationally among all schools in that category. (LB Robert Thomas/Rams, RB DeShaun Foster/Panthers, DB Marques Anderson/Packers, DL Kenyon Coleman/Raiders, TE Bryan Fletcher/Bears - now with Tennessee, LS Jeff Grau/Redskins). All six are currently with NFL teams, plus free agent signee LB Ryan Nece with Tampa Bay, giving UCLA seven current NFL rookies.
Offensive left tackle Bryce Bohlander has been nominated for a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship and will be nominated for an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. He will graduate in December with a major in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy and currently owns a 3.27 grade-point average.
Ricky Manning- True senior corner Ricky Manning Jr., a candidate for All-America honors and the Thorpe Award, earned first-team All-Pac-10 acclaim for the second straight season last year, in the vote of league coaches. He is a 2002 first-team pre-season All-America selection by Football News and a second-team choice by Street & Smith's and Lindy's.
Manning has the opportunity to become only the seventh Bruin since 1964 to earn first-team All-League honors three times. He has started in each of the last 37 games (longest starting streak on the team) after making his first career start against Fresno State in 1999.
In the season-opening win over Colorado State, he was credited with five tackles, including four solos. His fourth-quarter tackle on Cecil Sapp after a reception caused a fumble that UCLA recovered at the Ram 16-yard line with a 14-13 lead. UCLA scored on the next play to build a 21-13 lead.
Against Oklahoma State, he tied for the team lead with eight tackles, including one for loss, and spent most of the game defending Rashaun Woods.
In the game versus Colorado, he was credited with four tackles (three solos), including one for loss, and also had one pass defensed.
At San Diego State, he helped hold the nation's No. 2 passing attack to just 208 total yards. Matched up most of the day against J.R. Tolver, Manning held the nation's No. 1-ranked receiver to just three catches for 30 yards. On the afternoon, he made the 10th interception of his career and was credited with two other pass defenses and three tackles.
At Oregon State, he started his 37th consecutive game and scored the first touchdown of his career on a 33-yard interception return to give the Bruins a 26-14 lead 4:55 into the second half. He also made three tackles.
Manning has now made 11 career interceptions, tying him for 12th on that UCLA career list.
On the year, he is fifth on the team with 23 tackles, including two for losses, and one forced fumble. He is tied for the team lead with his two interceptions.
In 2001, he ranked second on the team with his three interceptions and totaled 36 tackles, including two for losses, to rank sixth (tied) on the team in that category.
In 2000, he ranked fifth on the team with 65 tackles. His four interceptions led the team, as did his 14 pass defenses. As a freshman in 1999, he led the Bruins with 10 tackles for loss and ranked fourth on the team with 53 tackles.
Marcus Reese - True senior linebacker Marcus Reese, who has been a major contributor the last two seasons, made his first career start against Colorado State. He was very productive, making nine tackles (seven solos), one shy of his career high (10 vs. Washington in 2000) and one shy of the team high for the game. Against Oklahoma State, he did not play much of the second half as a precaution (ankle) and made two solo tackles. In the game against Colorado, he led the Bruins with a career-high 13 tackles (seven solos) and was also credited with one pass defensed.
In the win at San Diego State, his diving interception at the Aztec six-yard line set up UCLA's first score of the day and the fumble he forced also resulted in a Bruin touchdown drive to make the score 21-0 less than five minutes into the second quarter. On the afternoon, he made six tackles (three solos) to go with his two forced turnovers.
At Oregon State, he tied for the team lead with six tackles. He had two stops behind the line, including one for a safety late in the second quarter.
After five games, his 36 tackles (23 solos) lead the team and his 7.2 average is 11th (tied) in the Pac-10.
Despite not starting in 2000 or 2001, he made 68 tackles during those two years. Also a big contributor on special teams during his career, Reese blocked a pair of punts last season which each produced a touchdown. On the year, he ranked ninth on the squad with 34 tackles, including four for loss.
Matt Ware - A member of the 2002 Thorpe Award Watch List and the only true freshman in the starting lineup a year ago, Ware is playing both cornerback and free safety in 2002 after starting at cornerback in 2001. The coaching staff has said it will use him at cornerback in certain situations against tall receivers and that was the case against San Diego State and Oregon State.
In the opener against Colorado State, he made four solo tackles and had one pass defensed. In the win at Oklahoma State, he made his first interception of the year in the end zone in the final minute of the first half to end a Cowboy scoring opportunity. He also made two tackles but missed most of the second half after spraining his right ankle. In the Colorado game, he ranked second on the squad with a career-high 10 tackles (four solos).
At San Diego State, he played cornerback exclusively and helped limit the nation's No. 2 passing attack to just 208 yards in the air. The Aztecs had just one completion of more than 22 yards and averaged just 5.2 yards per pass attempt. Ware ranked second on the team with seven tackles (four solos), including one sack.
At Oregon State, he again played cornerback and was credited with three tackles, including two solos, and one pass defensed.
On the year, he ranks third (tied) on the squad 26 tackles (16 solos) and has made one interception and one quarterback sack.
In 2001, Ware was named first-team Freshman All-American and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News. He earned first-team Freshman All-American accolades by the Football Writers of America. Matt became the first UCLA true freshman to start every regular-season game since freshmen became eligible in 1972 (three-time All-America safety Kenny Easley started the final 10 games of his freshman season).
On the year, he made 32 tackles, led the team with five interceptions (tied for third in the Pac-10) and was second on the team with two fumble recoveries. Ware's five interceptions were the most by a Bruin since Larry
Atkins made six in 1997.
He also saw action on offense, as a quarterback, in the games against Oregon and USC. He ran four times in the Oregon game for 22 yards and caught one pass for 49 yards. He took two snaps at quarterback versus USC and pitched the ball on both occasions.
He signed a baseball contract with the Seattle Mariners during the 2001 fall football camp and played in their minor league organization this past summer as an outfielder.
Brandon Chillar - True junior Brandon Chillar is off to a fast start in 2002. In the season-opener against Colorado State, he led the Bruins with a career-high 10 tackles (four solos and six assists) and made the second interception of his career. He also forced a fumble on the Rams' two-point conversion attempt that Ben Emanuel returned for two Bruin points and a 23-19 lead. Against Oklahoma State, he was again all over the field and made four tackles, including one for loss, but did not return after suffering a leg cramp in the second half. In the Colorado game, he made three solo tackles, including one for loss.
The San Diego native recorded three tackles (two solos) against San Diego State and also recovered a second-quarter fumble that led to a Bruin touchdown. At Oregon State, he tied for the team lead with six tackles (five solos). He had one sack and a second tackle for loss.
On the year, he ranks third (tied) on the squad with 26 tackles (18 solos), and is tied for the team lead with four tackles for loss. He has also made one interception and one fumble recovery.
Chillar started nine games at strongside linebacker a year ago. He ranked fifth on the team, and first among 2002 returnees, with 42 tackles. Chillar was third on the team with five sacks and had eight tackles for loss, both totals ranking No. 1 among returnees. He made his first career start in the second game of the season at Kansas.
Dave Ball - In the opener against Colorado State, junior right end Dave Ball was credited with three tackles, including one for loss. Against Oklahoma State, he recovered a second-quarter fumble at the Bruin 18-yard line that ended a Cowboy scoring threat and started a Bruin touchdown drive. He also made one tackle. In the Colorado game, he made four tackles (three solos), including one of the Bruins' two sacks. At San Diego State, D. Ball made two tackles, including one of UCLA's five sacks. At Oregon State, he started for the 16th straight game and made two tackles, including a sack for the third consecutive week. On the year, he has made 12 tackles and leads the team with three sacks and is tied tied for the team lead with four tackles for loss.
In 2001, he started all 11 contests and finished with 18 tackles and one sack. Ball was seventh on the team with four tackles for loss. As a redshirt freshman in 2000, he started three games at end and saw action in all 12 contests.
Ben Emanuel - The talented redshirt freshman safety played a key role in the victory over Colorado State. On the night, he was credited with six tackles (four solos) and one pass defense from the strong safety position. However, his biggest play came with the Bruins leading 21-19 with 1:32 remaining in the game. On CSU's two-point conversion attempt, Brandon Chillar caused Bradlee Van Pelt to fumble and Emanuel picked up the loose ball and returned it 89 yards for two points to give UCLA a 23-19 lead. It was the first defensive two-point conversion in UCLA history.
In the win at Oklahoma State, he was credited with six solo tackles, including one for loss. He also made two interceptions, the second time in his career he has done that (Washington State in 2001). His second, with UCLA holding a 38-24 lead, gave the Bruins possession with 3:41 remaining and they were able to run out the clock. He played most of the second half at free safety in place of injured Matt Ware. In the Colorado game, Emanuel was credited with a career-best eight tackles (six solos), including one for loss.
At San Diego State, he started at free safety with Matt Ware's shift to corner and helped coordinate the secondary play that held the Aztecs to just 208 passing yards (SDSU had thrown for over 500 yards in each of its previous two games). He was credited with one tackle. At Oregon State, he again started at free safety and was credited with one pass breakup.
On the year, he ranks sixth on the squad with 21 tackles, including 17 solos and two for losses. He is tied for the team lead with two interceptions.
Spencer Havner - The redshirt freshman played in his first game and made his first start against Colorado State. He made five tackles (three solos), including one for loss, and was also credited with two pass defenses.
In the win over Oklahoma State, he played a key role. He returned his first career interception 23 yards for the touchdown that gave UCLA a lead it would never relinquish, 14-10. He tied for the team lead with eight tackles (seven solos) and forced a fumble at the Bruin 18-yard line that ended a Cowboy scoring threat and started a Bruin touchdown drive. In the Colorado game, he made seven tackles, including four solos, and was also credited with one pass defense.
At San Diego State, Havner was all over the field. He led the Bruins with 10 tackles (nine solos) and sacked the quarterback on two occasions. At Oregon State, he was credited with three tackles, including one for loss, and made his second interception of the season.
On the year, he has made 33 tackles, second on the team in that category, and his average of 6.6 tackles per game ranks 11th in the Pac-10. His 25 solo tackles lead the team and he is tied for the team lead in tackles for loss (four) and interceptions (two).
DEFENSIVE LINE - Senior Rusty Williams had a 22-game starting streak at defensive end stopped at the 2000 Sun Bowl. He missed that contest after undergoing shoulder surgery. He sat out Spring practice a year ago and reported to 2001 Fall camp ready for action. He appeared in all 11 games off the bench last season and had six tackles, one for loss.
Against Colorado State, his first start since the 2000 USC game, Williams played a very important role. In the third quarter, he pressured the Ram quarterback into throwing an interception at the Bruin seven-yard line. In the fourth quarter, with UCLA leading 14-13, his fumble recovery at the Ram 16-yard line with 8:56 remaining set up a Bruin touchdown on the next play. He also handled all the snaps for punts and placements. He has started all four games and made two tackles, including one for loss, at San Diego State. At Oregon State, he made two tackles, including one for loss.
Redshirt junior Mat Ball, who switched back to end during Spring drills after playing outside linebacker in 2001, added one tackle during his time on the field against Colorado State. He made two tackles at Oklahoma State, one tackle, a quarterback sack, versus Colorado, and one tackle at San Diego State. He was not credited with a tackle at Oregon State. A year ago, M. Ball started twice at OLB and made 12 tackles including two for losses.
Two seniors - Steve Morgan and Sean Phillips - have played at the left tackle spot with Morgan earning the starting nod. Against Colorado State, Morgan made four tackles, including one for loss, and Phillips added a solo tackle. At Oklahoma State, Morgan made two tackles and Phillips recorded a 10-yard sack. Against Colorado, Morgan was credited with one assist. At San Diego State, Morgan made two tackles and Phillips added one. At Oregon State, Morgan was credited with one tackle. Morgan has made 10 tackles on the year.
In 2001, Morgan came off the bench to make two tackles, including a five-yard sack, against Alabama, two tackles, including 0.5 sacks, against Kansas, two tackles versus Washington, one against California, one at Stanford and one versus WSU. Phillips, who started three times in 2000, saw action in seven games on defense and totaled six tackles and one sack a year ago.
Junior college transfer Ryan Boschetti also made his debut at defensive tackle against Colorado State and was credited with five tackles, including four solos. At Oklahoma State, he made three tackles, including one for loss, and tipped a pass. In the Colorado game, he was credited with one solo tackle and he had one assist at Oregon State. He has made 10 tackles on the year.
Redshirt junior Asi Faoa has played well as a reserve defensive end. At San Diego State, he made six tackles (four solos), including one sack, and forced one fumble. He added a sack at Oregon State. On the year, his 12 tackles rank second to Rodney Leisle's 15 stops and he has two sacks.
THE BENCH - Due to injury and caution, several key reserves saw extensive action at linebacker and in the secondary against Oklahoma State. Sophomore Tim Warfield played extensively in the second half for Brandon Chillar and made two tackles. Junior Dennis Link filled in well for Marcus Reese, making five tackles. True freshman Jarrad Page (two tackles) and junior Kevin Brant (three tackles) filled in at strong safety with Ben Emanuel switching to free safety in place of Matt Ware.
Against Colorado, strong safety Jibril Raymo made three solo tackles on defense and special teams and Page added two assists in limited action at safety.
At San Diego State, Page started at strong safety and was credited with two tackle assists. Joe Hunter, coming off the bench for the first time this year, made three solo tackles. Several youngsters saw action in the third and fourth quarters.
At Oregon State, Page made his second straight start at strong safety and made three solo tackles and defensed one pass.
Rodney Leisle - Redshirt junior tackle Rodney Leisle had an outstanding season in 2001. A pre-season second-team All-America choice in 2002, he has also been named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists.
In the win over Colorado State, Leisle helped hold the Rams to just 277 yards (3.7 average). He was credited with four tackles. Against Oklahoma State, he was credited with five tackles (four solos) while helping hold OSU to 94 net yards rushing. Against Colorado, he made three tackles. He played only the first half against San Diego State and was credited with one tackle while helping hold the Aztecs to just 157 first-half yards.
At Oregon State, he made his 28th consecutive start but suffered a broken right foot early in the second half after making two tackles (one for loss). He is expected to miss four to six weeks. On the year, despite constant double teaming, he has made 15 tackles, most on the defensive line.
In 2001, Leisle ranked second among linemen and tied for sixth on the team with 36 stops. Leisle, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection by the league's coaches and a first-team all-conference pick by The Sporting News, ranked fourth on the team with two sacks and tied for sixth with five tackles for losses. Leisle started all 12 games in 2000 and ranked first among the linemen with 36 tackles. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and was named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.
Cory Paus - Senior Cory Paus enjoyed an outstanding year in 2000, becoming only the third sophomore in school history to pass for over 2,000 yards in a season. During the 2001 season, he moved into the UCLA career Top 10 lists in passing yardage, completions and touchdown passes. He is one of just two Bruin signalcallers to produce back-to-back 300-yard passing games and only the second to throw for at least 300 yards in a game six times in his career.
This season, he has again elevated his game. In last week's game against Oregon State, he played the best game of his career, rallying the Bruins from a 14-0 deficit just 5:23 into the game to a 43-35 Pac-10 road victory.
Despite the loss of running back Manuel White in the first quarter, Paus kept the offense moving. At the end of the day, UCLA had accumulated 625 yards of total offense, the ninth-highest total in school history and the second-highest of the Bob Toledo's Era.
Paus, completing passes to nine different receivers, passed for a career-high 378 yards, connecting on 24 of 32 passes. He threw one touchdown pass, a 24-yard screen to tight end Mike Seidman, and did not commit a turnover. His 378 passing yards rank No. 9 on that list and his 391 yards of total offense rank No. 7 on that list.
Sixteen of his 24 completions resulted in first downs. Twelve completions accounted for at least 15 yards, including 41, 34 and 25 to Tab Perry, 28 to Manuel White and 32, 24 and 23 to Seidman. He threw consecutive incompletions just once in the game and completed nine of his final 11 attempts to seven different players. On the year, he has completed 82 of 138 passes (59.4%) for 1,202 yards with seven touchdowns, three interceptions and an efficiency rating of 145.0. His seven touchdown passes have measured 41, 27, 25, 5, 37, 64 and 24 yards -- an average of 31.9 yards per scoring toss. He is sixth in the Pac-10 and 25th in the nation in passing efficiency (145.0) and seventh in the league in passing yards (240.4) and total offense (235.4).
With his 378 yards against Oregon State, Paus moved into second place on UCLA's career passing yardage list with 6,432 yards, passing Tom Ramsey (6,168). He also moved into third place with 412 career completions, passing Tommy Maddox (391) and Troy Aikman (406). He is also No. 4 with 39 career touchdown passes, just two behind Aikman for third on that list. He has played in 33 games (30 starts), including two in which he was injured and threw a total of just five passes before leaving the field.
His career average of 15.61 yards per completion is the highest among the quarterbacks in UCLA's career top six.
In the 2002 opener against Colorado State, Paus completed 12 of 23 passes for 142 yards with one interception. He completed nine of his final 13 passes in the contest. In the second quarter, he led an 80-yard touchdown drive, culminated by Junior Taylor's 49-yard touchdown run on a reverse. Paus made a key block to spring Taylor on that play. Later in the second quarter, he led a drive from UCLA's 17 to CSU's24, but it ended with a missed field goal.
In the third quarter, he engineered a drive from the Bruin six-yard line to the Rams'15, but it also resulted in a missed field goal. After sitting out two series so freshman Drew Olson could get some game experience, he returned in the fourth quarter and UCLA's next two possessions yielded touchdowns.
At Oklahoma State, Paus rallied the Bruins from a 10-0 deficit to a 38-24 victory. He threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth score and three of the four touchdown drives measured at least 80 yards (80, 82 and 80)
On the night, he completed 13 of 27 passes for 277 yards, three touchdowns and one interception (on his first pass of the game when his receiver slipped). After OSU took a 10-0 lead, he calmly drove the Bruins 80 yards, capping the drive with a 41-yard strike to Craig Bragg. In the second quarter, he converted a fumble recovery into an 82-yard drive, hitting Mike Seidman for a 27-yard score on third-and-11. On UCLA's first possession of the second half, he hit Ryan Smith with a 25-yard scoring pass and after a Cowboy score, he engineered an 80-yard scoring drive, taking it in from the three-yard line for the fifth touchdown of his career. Overall, he completed passes to seven different receivers and had eight completions of at least 20 yards.
In the Colorado game, he completed 21 of 35 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception. On the night, he completed passes to 10 different receivers, including five wide receivers, three running backs and two tight ends.
At San Diego State, Paus played very well, completing 12 of 21 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He had three completions of at least 29 yards and his scoring passes measured 64 yards to Mike Seidman and 37 to Craig Bragg. He completed four key third-down passes, including a 29-yard play to Seidman on third-and-seven and the touchdown to Bragg on third-and-28.
In 2001, Paus ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (132.8). He completed a pass for at least 44 yards in seven of 10 games. His streak of passes without an interception ended at 198 in the second quarter at Stanford.
Paus, who did not play in the season finale versus Arizona State as part of his penalty for an off-field problem, completed 14 of 22 passes against Oregon for a season-high 321 yards. He enjoyed an outstanding game against California, passing for 273 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 13 of 16 passes overall, including 11 straight from late in the first quarter through the middle of the third quarter. His efficiency rating of 286.45 versus California was the second-highest single-game rating in Division IA last year.
Despite missing three full games, and virtually all of a fourth during the 2000 season, Paus passed for 2,154 yards and 17 touchdowns (fifth on the all-time single-season school list). His regular season pass efficiency rating of 145.8 would have led the Pac-10 if he had appeared in enough games, as would his 250.9 passing yards per game figure.
Paus started seven games in 1999 after beginning the season as the No. 2 signal caller. He made the first start of his career against Fresno State on Sept. 18.
His 332 passing yards versus Oregon 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 ranked No. 4 on that list at the time.
Against Washington, his season came to an end when he suffered a fractured left collarbone on UCLA's second offensive play of the second quarter.
Mike Seidman - The senior has developed into the top tight end in the Pac-10 and one of the best in the nation.
On the year, Seidman leads the Bruins with 21 receptions and 365 yards and is second with three receiving touchdowns. His average of 17.4 yards per catch is second only to wide receiver Tab Perry's 18.4 average. His 21 catches are more than his career total entering this season (20) and he is averaging 17.6 yards on his 41 career receptions.
Seidman ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with his average of 73.0 receiving yards. In the opener against Colorado State, Seidman made three catches for 40 yards in the opener. His 23-yard second-quarter reception on third-and-two immediately preceeded Junior Taylor's 49-yard touchdown run. He also recovered an onside kick.
Against Oklahoma State, he made one reception but it was a big one. On third-and-11, he hooked up with Cory Paus on a 27-yard touchdown to give the Bruins a 24-10 lead with 2:28 remaining in the first half. It was the third score of his career. In the Colorado game, he made three catches for 26 yards.
At San Diego State, he enjoyed the best game of his career, making a team-high six receptions for 134 yards -- both career highs -- and one touchdown. He was wide open down the middle on his 64-yard catch-and-run touchdown and he broke at least three tackles on a key 29-yard, third-down reception. On the day, four of his six catches yielded a first down, including the TD catch.
At Oregon State, he set new career highs for the second consecutive week, making a team-high eight receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown, a 24-yard catch-and-run on a tight end screen. Seven of his eight receptions produced a first down, including his scoring catch and a leaping reception between two defenders at the 10-yard line for a 32-yard gain.
His eight receptions are the second-most in school history by a tight end, topped only by Byron Nelson's 10 versus Washington in 1963. Overall, he tied the 15th-best performance in school history with his eight catches.
In his last two games, he has made 14 receptions for 272 yards (19.4 average), two touchdowns and 11 first downs.
The UCLA season record for receptions by a tight end is 44, set by Paul Bergmann in 1983.
A year ago, he finished with 12 catches (fifth on the team) for 250 yards and a 20.8 average (best of any of the Bruin receivers) and one touchdown. He made his first career start last season against Washington and blocked well as the Bruins rushed for 325 yards on the ground.
At Stanford, Seidman made three receptions for 52 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. At WSU, he made two catches for 60 yards, including one for 47 yards.
OFFENSIVE LINE - Senior pre-season All-America tackle Mike Saffer has been named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists. He has started 34 games overall, but his streak of 26 straight at right tackle stretching back to the 2000 opener (he started seven times at right guard in 1999) was snapped when he missed the San Diego State game with a broken rib. He returned to action at Oregon State, started and played every snap, helping UCLA gain 625 yards of offense. Saffer led the team with a 94% grade in the Oklahoma State game and tied for team-high honors with 14 KO blocks.
Saffer started all 11 games a year ago and earned second-team All-Pac-10 conference honors. On the year, he made 46 KO blocks and compiled a grade of 88% or higher in eight of 11 contests. He played at least 60 offensive plays in eight contests. He led the team with a 97% grade in the Washington game in which DeShaun Foster broke the school single game rushing record with 301 yards. On the year, he recorded five or more KO blocks six times.
Senior Bryce Bohlander, also an honors candidate who has been nominated for a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship, has started 30 straight contests at left tackle, including the final two games of 1999, 12 in 2001 and all 11 last year. He has played virtually every snap this season and helped the Bruins gain 625 yards of offense at Oregon State. He has earned grades of 90% or better in three of four games, topped by 93% at San Diego State. Last season, he made 47 KO blocks on the year. Bohlander made six KO blocks in the game at Alabama. He earned a 95% grade in the game against Washington and had a 90% grade with six KOs in the game against California. He was on the field for at least 60 plays in nine games.
Third-year sophomore Eyoseph Efseaff has established himself as a star in the making at left guard and has started 15 of his 16 career games. He led the team with a grade of 95% and 11 KO blocks at San Diego State and was second vs. Oklahoma State with a 93% grade.
Last year, he started all 11 games at left guard and was named second team Freshman All-America and first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 by The Sporting News. On the year, he was credited with a team-high 73 KO blocks. Against Arizona State, he made nine KO blocks and graded 90%. On the year, he saw the field for at least 60 plays in nine games.
Third-year sophomore Steven Vieira has started 10 of his last 11 games, including all five this year and five of the final six in 2001. In each of the first two games of the 2002 season, he was credited with 14 KO blocks. He led the team with 11 KO blocks against Colorado and had six (tied for third) at San Diego State.
The only line position without a returning starter was at center, where redshirt freshman Mike McCloskey has played all but one series in his first five games as a Bruin.
In the opener against Colorado State, Saffer and Vieira earned grades of 92% while Bohlander graded at 90%. Vieira was credited with 14 KO blocks and Efseaff added seven. Bohlander, McCloskey, Vieira and Saffer each played all 63 snaps while Efseaff played 60.At Oklahoma State, Saffer led the team with a 94% grade. Both Saffer and Vieira totaled 14 KO blocks in the contest.
Against Colorado, Bohlander graded at 88%, Shane Lehmann was at 87% off the bench and Efseaff and McCloskey were both at 86%. Vieira led the team with 11 KO blocks.
At San Diego State, Efseaff led the starters with a grade of 95% and 11 KO blocks. Bohlander graded at 93%. Ed Blanton, playing for the first time, made nine KO blocks while McCloskey and Vieira each had six. At Oregon State, the line did not allow a sack while helping the offense produce 625 yards, ninth-most in school history and the No. 2 effort of the Bob Toledo's Era.
JUST FOR KICKS -
Nate Fikse - A true senior, Fikse is one of the best punters in the collegiate game and also handles the kickoff duties. A member of the Ray Guy Award watch list, he is a first-team pre-season All-American (Street & Smith's).
In the 2002 opener versus Colorado State, he averaged 46.75 yards on four kicks. His longest was 53 yards and he had one downed inside the 20-yard line.
Against Oklahoma State, he averaged 45.2 yards on five kicks, with a long of 55, and twice forced the Cowboys to start inside their 30-yard line. Only one of his five punts was returned (25 yards). In the Colorado game, he averaged 46.2 yards (277 yards) on his six punts and had just one returned for eight yards. He had one downed inside the 20-yard line and his longest kick of the day was 63 yards. In addition, he also attempted the first field goal of his career but was wide on the 55-yard attempt at the end of the first half.
At San Diego State, he averaged 36.7 yards on six kicks but sacrificed average to pin the Aztecs inside their 20-yard line on three of his six kicks.
At Oregon State, he averaged 50.3 yards on three kicks -- all in the first half -- including one for 56 yards and another for 47 yards that went out of bounds at the Beaver 17-yard line.
On the year, he is averaging 44.2 yards with six inside the 20-yard line and seven touchbacks. Only four of his last 17 punts have been returned and only two of those have measured more than eight yards (25 at Oklahoma State and 14 at San Diego State).
He currently ranks 16th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 with his 44.2 average.
Fikse's career average of 43.21 ranks No. 2 on the all-time school list, trailing only Kirk Wilson's record of 44.60 and ahead of No. 3 Zenon Andrusyshyn (42.63). With career totals of 220 punts and 9,506 yards, he has a chance to break Chris Sailer's school records of 241 punts and 10,120 yards.
In 2001, he earned first-team All-Pacific 10 conference honors after leading the league in punting for the second straight season. His season average of 44.2 yards per kick a year ago placed him eighth nationally.
In 2000, he earned second-team all-conference honors and his regular-season average of 43.3 ranked first in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation.
Chris Griffith - The redshirt senior, a former walk-on, was chosen to the 2001 first team all-conference squad by collegefootballnews.com and was an honorable mention pick by the league coaches. He has handled the place kicking chores since 1999 and earned a scholarship for the 2000 season.
In the opener against Colorado State, Griffith made all four of his PATs. However, he did miss field goal attempts of 41 yards in the second quarter and 32 yards in the third quarter. At Oklahoma State, he made all five PATs and added his first field goal of the year (33 yards). However, he was wide on a 48-yard attempt. In the Colorado game, he made a 30-yard field goal and both PATs.
At San Diego State, Griffith made field goals of 33 and 46 yards and added five PATs for 11 points. The 46-yard field goal was his longest of the year.
He also scored 11 points at Oregon State, making field goals of 42 and 38 yards and adding five PATs. However, he had a first quarter field goal blocked and returned 83 yards for a score to give the Beavers an early 14-0 lead.
On the season, he leads the Bruins with 39 points (21 of 21 on PATs, six of 10 on field goals, including five of his last six). He ranks sixth on UCLA's career scoring list with 251 points (40 of 55 on field goals, 131 of 133 on PATs), 15 behind No. 5 DeShaun Foster (266).
Last year Griffith ranked second on the team with 71 points, making 10 of 13 field goals and all 41 PATs. He was third in the Pac-10 in scoring (7.10) and fourth (tied) in field goals (1.00).
An honorable mention All-Pac-10 team selection in 2001, Griffith ranks third in school history behind John Lee and Alfredo Velasco with his career field goal percentage of 72.7.
WIDE RECEIVER - True junior Tab Perry, redshirt junior Ryan Smith and redshirt sophomore Craig Bragg are the top weapons in the receiver rotation. Senior Jon Dubravac, true freshman Junior Taylor and junior Garrett Lepisto are also expected to contribute this season.
Perry made his first career start last season at Alabama and led the team with 416 receiving yards and was second with 21 receptions. He caught two touchdown passes and his average of 19.8 yards per catch was second on the team among the receivers. In 2000, he made six catches for 58 yards and excelled as a kickoff returner, setting school records with 29 returns for 598 yards.
In the 2002 opener, he made two receptions for 43 yards, including one for 28 yards. His 15-yard reception in the fourth quarter gave the Bruins a first down at the Ram five-yard line to set up the touchdown that gave the Bruins the lead for good, 14-13. Both of his catches produced first downs. Perry also returned one kickoff for 17 yards.
Against Oklahoma State, he tied for the team lead with three receptions, good for 77 yards. His 45-yard catch-and-run was UCLA's longest play from scrimmage and he produced first downs with all three receptions. He made a 23-yard reception on UCLA's first touchdown drive and had receptions of nine yards (on fourth-and-eight) and 45 yards on UCLA's final scoring drive of the first half. He also returned a kickoff 34 yards.
In the Colorado game, Perry made three receptions for 23 yards. He also averaged 29.7 yards (89) on three kickoff returns and his 35-yard return was UCLA's longest of 2002. At San Diego State, he made two receptions for 25 yards (one first down) and had one kickoff return for 16 yards.
He enjoyed the best game of his career at Oregon State, making a career-high seven receptions for a career-high and team-high 145 yards and five first downs. Three of his catches measured at least 25 yards (25, 41 and 34) and the two longest both helped sustain touchdown drives.
In addition, he also recovered Oregon State's onside kick with 2:03 remaining to seal the victory and returned three kickoffs 51 yards.
On the year, he leads the team with his average of 18.4 yards per reception. He is third on the squad with his 17 catches and second with his 313 receiving yards and has produced 13 first downs. In addition, he is averaging 23.0 yards on nine kickoff returns, good enough for second in the Pac-10 and 14th (tied) in the NCAA. He now ranks fifth (tied with Ron Carver) on UCLA's career kickoff return list with 40 and needs just three to move into a tie for third place (Jojo Townsell is fourth at 41 and Wally Henry third at 42).
Against Colorado State, Bragg tied for the team lead with four receptions, good for 49 yards and three first downs. At Oklahoma State, he led the team with 89 yards on his team-high (tied) three receptions. He scored his first touchdown of the year on a 41-yard strike up the right sideline with UCLA trailing 10-0. He also made a 22-yard catch to set up the Bruins' first touchdown of the second half and he also made a 26-yard grab. He also gained 35 yards on two reverses, including a 24-yard run on third-and-two on UCLA's final possession of the game.
In the Colorado game, Bragg tied his career high and led the team with seven receptions for a team-high 70 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown reception, a twisting catch and lunge into the end zone on Jon Dubravac's 33-yard reverse pass, gave the Bruins a 7-0 lead. His other score measured five yards.
At San Diego State, he made four receptions for 60 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown on third-and-28 when he ran right by the cornerback. He also produced a first down with one of his other three receptions. At Oregon State, he made two receptions for 22 yards and one first down.
On the year, Bragg ranks first on the team with four touchdowns, second with 20 receptions and third with 290 receiving yards. He has produced 12 first downs receiving. He has also carried the ball twice for 35 yards. Bragg made his first career start last season at Oregon State. He caught the first two touchdown passes of his career in the season finale versus Arizona State. For the game, he caught seven passes for 138 yards. On the year, he led the team with 29 catches, averaging 14.1 yards per catch, and was the team's No. 4 rusher with 100 yards (12.5 average) and two touchdowns. He also averaged 8.4 yards on 14 punt returns and 18.6 yards on 10 kickoff returns.
Smith did not make a reception in the opener against CSU but made two receptions for 39 yards at Oklahoma State, including a 25-yard touchdown to give UCLA a 31-10 lead early in the second half. Against Colorado, he made one catch for 11 yards but did not have a reception at San Diego State. At Oregon State, he had two catches for 23 yards.
A year ago, Smith had a breakout game versus Ohio State. He tied for the team lead with four receptions for 49 yards and scored the only UCLA touchdown of the game on a 24-yard strike. In the win over California, he made a team-high four catches for 69 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown, in his first start in place of injured Brian Poli-Dixon. At Stanford, he led the team with career highs in receptions (six) and yards (91). He finished the season as the team's No. 4 receiver with 18 receptions, good for 272 yards (15.1 average) and two touchdowns.
Taylor gave the team an important spark in the Colorado State game. With the Bruins trailing 10-0 in the second quarter, he touched the football for the first time in his career. He took a handoff on a reverse, turned the corner on the right side, cut back across the field, made a few moves and scored UCLA's first touchdown of the game on a 49-yard run. It marked the first offensive touchdown by a UCLA true freshman since DeShaun Foster scored four against USC in the 10th game of the 1998 season (safety Jibril Raymo recovered a blocked punt and returned it for a touchdown last year). He did not make a catch at Oklahoma State. Against Colorado, he made the first two receptions of his career for 29 yards and added a 10-yard run on a reverse. He added a 16-yard reception at San Diego State.
Lepisto, a former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship prior to the start of 2002 Fall camp, made four receptions in the last four games of the 2001 season. He is once again serving as the holder on all place kicks, a job he had last year, while participating in the rotation. He made two receptions for 21 yards against Colorado.
Dubravac sat out last season as a medical redshirt after making 14 receptions in the 2000 season. In the Colorado contest, he attempted the first pass of his career on a reverse pass and completed it to Craig Bragg for a 33-yard touchdown.
RUNNING BACK - Junior Akil Harris and redshirt sophomore Manuel White have both played key roles in UCLA's offensive success.Last week, Tyler Ebell played a major role in the victory at Oregon State. Against Colorado State, Harris led the Bruins with 94 yards on 13 carries. His one-yard touchdown run with 9:52 remaining in the game, coupled with Chris Griffith's PAT, gave the Bruins the lead for good, 14-13. With 1:32 remaining and the Bruins leading 23-19, he broke a 35-yard run to set up the Bruins' final touchdown of the night.
At Oklahoma State, he again led the Bruins with 83 yards on 17 attempts. On UCLA's final touchdown drive of the night, he had a 34-yard run that gave the Bruins a first-and-goal at the six-yard line. Against Colorado, he gained 31 yards on 15 attempts and had just seven net yards on five attempts at San Diego State. At Oregon State, he came off the bench to gain 25 yards on 12 carries but did score touchdowns of one and five yards in the second half. He also had a fumble, UCLA's first lost on offense in five games, that was returned for a touchdown.
In five games, Harris has run for 240 yards, second on the squad, and three touchdowns. Last season, he rushed for 79 yards on a career-high 29 carries, including a one-yard touchdown, in his second career start versus Oregon. In the season-finale against Arizona State, he ran for a career-high 138 yards. He finished the season as the team's second-leading rusher with 375 yards (4.9 average) and three touchdowns on 76 attempts.
In 2000, Harris ran for 100 yards versus Arizona State. On just the second carry of his career, he went around right end for a 23-yard touchdown.
White, a big, tough back with speed, is playing both fullback and tailback for the Bruins and is very valuable, especially in one-back formations. Against Colorado State, he scored twice in the fourth quarter on 16-yard runs to clinch the Bruin victory. On the night, he rushed for 52 yards and two scores on 11 carries and also tied for the team lead with four receptions (27 yards).
At Oklahoma State, he ran for 67 yards on 17 carries and also made two receptions for 40 yards. In the Colorado game, he led the Bruins with 36 yards on six attempts and also made one reception for 11 yards. At San Diego State, he gained 76 yards on 14 attempts and his 30-yard run was the longest of his career.
At Oregon State, he started in UCLA's one-back formation and gained seven yards on five attempts before suffering a strained left hamstring midway through the first quarter. He also made one catch for 28 yards prior to his injury.
On the year, he ranks third on the team with 238 yards on 53 attempts (4.5 average) and is fourth on the squad with eight receptions (106 yards).
In 2001, White ranked third on the team in rushing with 290 yards on 63 attempts after making his debut against Alabama. Against Oregon, he carried seven times for 29 yards, including his first career touchdown, a one-yard run. At USC, he made the first start of his career.
At Oregon State, Ebell, a redshirt freshman tailback came off the bench to enjoy one of the greatest days in UCLA history. On the afternoon, he rushed for 203 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries. His 203 yards rank 14th on UCLA's single-game list and make him the only back other than Bob Toledo's tenure as head coach (Karim Abdul-Jabbar did it three times in 1995, Toledo's second as offensive coordinator). In addition, he now ranks second on UCLA's freshman rushing list, trailing only Eric Ball's 227 yards against Iowa in the 1986 Rose Bowl. He also caught one pass for 10 yards, returned one punt for six yards and tried a pass on a trick play (it was broken up in the end zone).
Ebell ran for 45 yards on 12 attempts in the second quarter, 34 yards on eight carries in the third quarter and 124 yards on nine attempts in the fourth quarter. His 73-yard run to the one-yard line in the fourth quarter was the second longest ever by a Bruin freshman (83 by Derek Ayers vs. BYU in 1993) and UCLA scored on the next play. He also had a 31-yard run later in the final quarter and UCLA scored two plays later. On UCLA's final possession, runs of six and four yards produced the first down that allowed the Bruins to run out the clock.
In addition, his 203 yards vs. Oregon State is the second-highest total in the Pac-10 this season. Against Colorado State, Ebell rushed twice for nine yards and returned two punts for seven yards. At Oklahoma State, Ebell had two 16-yard punt returns. Against Colorado, he averaged 10.5 yards on two punt returns and carried twice (minus-five yards). At San Diego State, Ebell was the team's second-leading rusher with 44 yards, including one touchdown, on nine attempts. He also returned a punt 53 yards, UCLA's longest in four years (77 by Ryan Roques at Washington)and averaged 18.6 yards on five returns.
Ebell now leads the Bruins with 251 yards on 42 attempts and is averaging 6.0 yards per carry. In addition, he is averaging 13.2 yards on punt returns. He ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in rushing (50.2 yards per game) and third in punt returns (13.2 yards per return).
MORE RUNNING BACKS - In addition to Ebell, two other redshirt freshmen tailbacks and one true freshman fullback have made contributions this season. Against Colorado State, Wendell Mathis carried on three of the first four plays on UCLA's go-ahead scoring drive, gaining five, seven and three yards. He finished with 15 yards on four carries. Jason Harrison and fullback J.D. Groves also played on offense although they did not carry the ball.
At Oklahoma State, Harrison carried once and made one reception, Mathis carried twice for seven yards and Groves saw action at fullback. All also played on special teams.
In the Colorado game, Harrison caught one pass for 17 yards and carried once for five yards. Groves also played at fullback. Sophomore Pat Norton also made his season debut at fullback.
At San Diego State, Harrison gained 25 yards on five attempts, Mathis had 22 yards on eight carries and Groves had the first carry of his career (six yards). At Oregon State, Harrison had an eight-yard reception and a 17-yard kickoff return, Mathis carried once for one yard and Groves saw extensive action at fullback.
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2002 starts/career starts) - Offense - WR: Tab Perry (4/12), Ryan Smith (0/2), Craig Bragg (5/10), Jon Dubravac (1/1); OL: Mike Saffer (4/34), Bryce Bohlander (5/30), Eyoseph Efseaff (4/15), Shane Lehmann (0/6), Steve Vieira (5/10), Mike McCloskey (5/5), Ed Blanton (1/1), Paul Mociler (1/1); TE: Mike Seidman (5/6), Keith Carter (1/1); QB: Cory Paus (5/30); RB: Manuel White (5/6), Akil Harris (4/7); PK: Chris Griffith (5/37). Defense - DL: Rodney Leisle (5/28), Rusty Williams (5/27), Sean Phillips (0/3), Dave Ball (5/19), Mat Ball (0/6, 2 at LB), Steve Morgan (5/6), Asi Faoa (0/1 at LB); LB: Brandon Chillar (5/14), Marcus Reese (5/5), Spencer Havner (5/5); DB: Ricky Manning Jr. (5/37), Matt Ware (5/16), Ben Emanuel (5/8), Joe Hunter (3/7), Kevin Brant (0/1); Jarrad Page (2/2); P: Nate Fikse (5/39).
RED ZONE - In the opener against Colorado State, UCLA entered the Red Zone five times and scored three rushing touchdowns for 21 points. The other two possessions ended with a missed field goal and the end of the game (UCLA kneeled on the final play).
Against Oklahoma State, UCLA entered the Red Zone three times and scored 10 points (one rushing touchdown and one field goal). The other possession ended with UCLA on OSU's 15-yard line at game's end.
Against Colorado, UCLA scored one passing touchdown and one field goal on its two trips into the Red Zone. At San Diego State, the Bruins scored 24 points with three touchdowns (two running, one passing) and one field goal on five trips into the Red Zone. The other opportunity ended with UCLA at the Aztec 17-yard line at game's end.
At Oregon State, UCLA reached the Red Zone six times and scored four times for 24 points (three rushing touchdowns and one field goal). The other trips ended with a blocked field goal and on downs. In five games, UCLA has scored 15 times (nine rushing touchdowns, two passing touchdowns and four field goals) in 21 Red Zone trips (89 points). Three other possessions ended at the final gun, two with missed field goals and one on downs.
Colorado State reached the Red Zone five times and produced four scores -- two touchdowns (one running, one passing) and two field goals for 19 points. The other possession ended with a Bruin interception. Oklahoma State reached the Red Zone six times and scored on four occasions (two rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown and one field goal) for 24 points. The other trips ended with a fumble and an interception. Colorado entered the Red Zone six times and tallied 28 points on five scores (three touchdown runs, (one two-point conversion) and two field goals).
San Diego State entered the Red Zone just once and scored seven points (one passing touchdown). Oregon State scored two passing touchdowns (14 points) on three Red Zone trips (the other ended on downs). In five games, UCLA's opponents have scored 16 times (11 touchdowns, one two-point conversion and five field goals) on 21 Red Zone trips (92 points). The other possessions ended with two interceptions, one fumble, one missed field goal and on downs.
In 2001, UCLA scored 26 times (19 touchdowns -- 17 rushing and two passing -- and seven field goals) for 154 points on 35 tries. Opponents scored 20 times (14 touchdowns -- seven rushing and seven passing -- and six field goals) for 116 points on 31 tries.
TURNOVERS - In the opener against Colorado State, UCLA forced two turnovers (one interception and one fumble) and converted them into seven points (one touchdown). UCLA committed just one turnover (interception) and it resulted in three points (one field goal).
Against Oklahoma State, UCLA forced five turnovers (four interceptions and one fumble) and converted two into touchdowns, including Spencer Havner's score with an interception, for 14 points. UCLA committed just one turnover (interception) and it was converted into a touchdown (seven points).
In the Colorado game, UCLA did not force any turnovers. The Bruins committed one turnover (interception) and it was converted into a touchdown (eight points).
At San Diego State, UCLA forced five turnovers (three fumbles and two interceptions) and converted them into 14 points (two touchdowns). Two other turnovers came just before halftime and game's end. UCLA did not commit a turnover.
At Oregon State, UCLA forced two turnovers (interceptions) and returned one for a touchdown (seven points). The other resulted in a fumble lost. UCLA lost two fumbles -- one on offense -- and it was returned for a touchdown (seven points).
In five games, UCLA has forced 14 turnovers (nine interceptions and five fumbles) and has converted six into touchdowns (42 points).
UCLA has committed just five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles - one on offense) and they have been converted into 25 points (three touchdowns and one field goal). UCLA has fumbled 10 times but has lost just two -- one on offense and one on defense.
Last season, UCLA committed 29 turnovers in 11 games but has just five after five games in 2002.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10, NCAA STATS -- Tyler Ebell: Rushing - 9th in Pac-10 (50.2); Cory Paus: Passing Yards - 7th in Pac-10 (240.4), Passing Efficiency - 6th in Pac-10, 25th in NCAA (145.0), Total Offense - 7th in Pac-10 (235.4); Nate Fikse: Punting - 1st in Pac-10, 9th in NCAA (44.2); Mike Seidman: Receiving Yardage - 6th in Pac-10 (73.0 yards); Tyler Ebell: Punt Returns - 3rd in Pac-10, 31st in NCAA (13.2); Tab Perry: Kickoff Returns - 4th in Pac-10 (23.0), All-Purpose Yards - 10th in Pac-10 (105.0); Chris Griffith: Scoring - 9th in Pac-10 (7.8), Kick-scoring - 5th in Pac-10 (7.8), Field Goals - 5th in Pac-10, 33rd in NCAA (1.2); Ben Emanuel: Interceptions: T-9th in Pac-10 (0.4); Spencer Havner: Interceptions: T-9th in Pac-10 (0.4), Tackles - 15th in Pac-10 (6.7); Ricky Manning: Interceptions: T-9th in Pac-10 (0.4); Marcus Reese: Tackles: 13th in Pac-10 (7.2). Team: Total defense - 7th in Pac-10 (363.2); scoring defense - 7th in Pac-10 (23.2); rushing defense - 9th in Pac-10 (150.8); passing defense - 4th in Pac-10 (212.4); pass efficiency defense - 2nd in Pac-10, 13th in NCAA (95.4 rating); rushing offense - 1st in Pac-10 (173.2); passing offense - 8th in Pac-10, 35th in NCAA (256.2); passing efficiency offense - 5th in Pac-10 (145.3 rating); total offense - 3rd in Pac-10, 21st in NCAA (429.4); scoring offense - 6th in Pac-10, 27th in NCAA (34.2); turnover margin - 2nd in Pac-10, T-7th in NCAA (1.8); kickoff returns - 7th in Pac-10 (18.3); punt returns - 1st in Pac-10, 22nd in NCAA (13.6); net punting - 1st in Pac-10, 11th in NCAA (39.2); fumbles lost - 1st in Pac-10 (two).
NCAA GRADUATION RATES - In the 2002 NCAA Graduation Rate Report, released On Sept.26, UCLA has a 75% graduation rate from the freshman class of 1995 (12 of 16). That rate ranked third in the Pac-10. In the 2000 NCAA Graduation Report, which analyzed the freshman class of 1993, 10 of 14 Bruin freshmen earned their degrees - 71.4%. In addition, three other freshmen who entered in the Winter or Spring quarters of 1993-94 also earned their degrees, raising the percentage to 76.5% (13 of 17).
BRUINS NO. 1 - UCLA was ranked the No. 1 overall college in the nation, according to data taken from the recently released "The Unofficial, Unbiased Insider's Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges" published by Kaplan. The survey rated institutions on Best Academic Facilities, Best Freshman Housing, Hot & Trendy Campus, Best Career Services, Highest Academic Standards and Best Value.
FRESHMEN KEEP IT ALL IN THE FAMILY - Several of the Bruin incoming freshmen have relatives who attended UCLA - Robert Chai's uncle, Ben; Kevin Harbour's dad, Kevin; Justin London's aunt, Rita; Idris Moss' dad, Ricky, Sr.; Drew Olson's dad, David; Jarrad Page's brother, John, Jr.; Alex Potasi's relative, Frank Manumaleuna; Wesley Walker's uncle Fred McNeill.
BRUINS IN THE NFL - Twenty-seven former Bruins are currently listed on the rosters of National Football League teams - Baltimore - Jonathan Ogden; Carolina - DeShaun Foster; Cincinnati - Danny Farmer; Cleveland - Jamir Miller (IR); Dallas - Jeff Grau; Detroit - Travis Kirschke; Green Bay - Marques Anderson, Mike Flanagan, Tod McBride, Kris Farris; Houston - Jason Bell, Chad Overhauser (PS); Kansas City - Larry Atkins, Marvcus Patton; New England - Roman Phifer; New York Giants - Shaun Williams; Philadelphia - Freddie Mitchell; Oakland - Kenyon Coleman; Pittsburgh.- Tommy Maddox; St. Louis - Robert Thomas; San Diego - Donnie Edwards, Vaughn Parker; San Francisco - Cade McNown (IR), J.J. Stokes; Tampa Bay - Ryan Nece; Tennessee.- Drew Bennett, Bryan Fletcher.
UCLA ON THE RADIO - The 2002 season is UCLA's sixth on Fox Sports Radio AM 1150. The Los Angeles all-sports station broadcasts the Bruins' games, including a two-hour pre-game show and a one-hour post-game show.
Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 11th season as the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens is in his sixth year on the broadcast team and his second as the analyst in the booth. John Ireland, who is a sportscaster for KCAL-TV, is in his second season as the sideline reporter.
Stevens, Ireland and former Bruin quarterback Wayne Cook host the two-hour local pre-game show. Roberts, Stevens and Ireland host the one-half hour network pre-game show and the network post-game show. Fox Radio reporter Jeff Biggs and Cook host a one hour "Bruin Talk" show following the network broadcast.
Stations on the Bruin radio network include: KPOP 1360AM (San Diego); KDEF 1150 AM (Albuquerque, NM); KDFO 800AM (Bakersfield); KCBL 1340AM (Fresno); KKOM 1280AM (Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo); KAVL 610AM (Lancaster); KSHP 1400AM (Las Vegas, NV); KAOI 1110AM (Maui); KPTT 630AM (Reno, NV); KEWS 1350AM (Riverside); KBET 850AM (Thousand Oaks); KIXW 960AM (Victorville); KVBL 1400AM (Visalia).
Fox Sports Radio provides ancillary programming during the week, including Bob Toledo's interviews during the week of the games.
In addition, Fox Sports Radio airs the one-hour Bruin Roundtable show every Tuesday afternoon. The show airs at 6:00 p.m.
UCLA games are also available via the internet at www.uclabruins.com, sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/teams/uua/ and www.foxsports1150.com. Fans can also hear the game for as little as 10 cents per minute by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929) to listen to the broadcast on the telephone.
UCLA ON THE TELEVISION - Entering the Oregon game, 104 of UCLA's last 110 games have been televised live, including all five thus far in 2002 (two by ABC, one by ESPN2 and two by Fox Sports Net). This week's game will be televised regionally on ABC Sports with Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts in the booth and Todd Harris on the sidelines. The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox Sports Net West, is expected to air every Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m on Fox Sports Net West 2. It also airs every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
UCLA ON THE WEB - UCLA releases, player information and results can be found on the school's official website - www.uclabruins.com.
TOLEDO PRESS CONFERENCE - Bruin head coach Bob Toledo's holds a weekly press conference every Monday. It is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Morgan Center Press Room adjacent to the Hall of Fame. The opposing coach will usually be available on speaker phone just prior to or following the news conference.
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCES - The Pac-10 holds a weekly teleconference with all 10 head coaches every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Each coach has a 10-minute window. Bob Toledo's is on the call at 10:30 a.m. Please call the Pac-10 office or a Pac-10 SID to obtain the telephone number.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED - The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed containing interviews with coaches and players and game highlight footage. The weekly half-hour feed airs every Wedensday at 11:30 a.m. PT, through Nov. 20. The final feed will be on Tues., Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m. The coordinates are: GE 2, Transponder 11 (C-Band).
WEEKLY INTERVIEW NOTES - Players/coaches expect post-practice interview sessions to last no longer than five minutes. Players are available after practice Mon.-Wed. The quarterbacks are available only after practice on Monday and Tuesday.
Television crews may shoot isolation footage of players to be interviewed but not wide-angle formations only during the first 25 minutes of any practice.
SCHEDULE UPDATE - UCLA's football game at California on Oct. 19 will be televised by Turner Sports on Superstation TBS. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. This is Turner's first season of carrying Pac-10 and Big 12 games.