Sept. 13, 2003
UCLA POST-GAME NOTES
This win marks the 500th win in UCLA Football history.
UCLA has won six consecutive home openers since 1998.
UCLA has won 11 of its last 13 non-conference games dating back to 1999.
The series between Illinois and UCLA, dating back to 1947, is now tied at 5-5.
The win also marks the first for first-year Head Coach Karl Dorrell.
Tonight's game marks the first time since 1997 that UCLA has held an opponent without a touchdown (last time: Sept. 13, 1997 vs. 11th-ranked Texas).
The 6-3 final score is the first time both UCLA and its opponent had been held to single digit scoring since November 13, 1993. (9-3 loss to Arizona State)
Tonight's game marked the lowest scoring UCLA game since December 31, 1991, when UCLA defeated Illinois 6-3 in the John Hancock Bowl.
The 6-3 final marks the lowest scoring UCLA home opener since 1959, when it tied 11th-ranked Purdue, 0-0.
Sophomore linebacker Wesley Walker and senior cornerback Keith Short made their first collegiate starts today.
Redshirt freshman Justin Medlock made his first career field goal, a 28-yarder, in the first quarter. His 48-yarder in the second quarter was a career-high and marked his first multiple field goal performance.
Junior Tim Warefield's fumble recovery in the second quarter was the first of his career.
UCLA's 6-0 advantage at halftime marked the first time it has held an opponent scoreless at the half since September 29th, 2001. (17-0 vs. Oregon State)
Sophomore linebacker Justin London recorded his first career interception in the third quarter.
Junior wide receiver Craig Bragg has caught a pass in 25 straight games and at least two passes in 20 straight games.
Junior fullback Manuel White Jr. rushed for a career-high 102 yards. His previous career-high was 85 yards. (12/1/01 vs. Arizona State)
Senior linebacker Brandon Chillar recorded a career-high 14 tackles in the win. His previous career-high was 13, set last week at Colorado.
The last time UCLA faced a top-ranked opponent was September 6th, 1986 at Oklahoma. The Bruins were ranked fourth and lost 38-3.
ILLINOIS POST GAME NOTES
Senior safety Marc Jackson recorded his second interception of his career in the third quarter. It was the first of the season for the Illini.
This is the first game since the 1998 season that an Illinois squad has failed to score a touchdown.