Oct. 16, 2006
GAME #7 - The UCLA Bruins (4-2, 2-2) will travel to South Bend, IN to play at the University of Notre Dame (5-1) in a non-conference matchup on Oct. 21. Notre Dame is ranked No. 8 by the BCS and USA Today/Coaches and No. 10 by AP and Harris Interactive. The game will be televised nationally by NBC Sports, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time. Tom Hammond and Pat Haden will be in the booth and Lewis Johnson will report from the sidelines.
AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin Radio Network will broadcast all of the Bruin games this season with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines. The AM 570 feed can also be heard nationwide on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 130). In addition, the game will be broadcast nationally by Westwood One with Don Criqui and Allen Pinkett in the booth.
2006 PRE-SEASON AWARD WATCH LISTS ---
Shannon Tevaga has been named to the Watch Lists for the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman and the Rotary Lombardi Award for top lineman.
Kevin Brown has been named to the Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defender and the Rotary Lombardi Award for top lineman.
Ben Olson has been named to the Watch List for the Maxwell Award as the nation's top offensive player.
Justin Medlock has been named to the Watch List for the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker.
Justin Hickman has been named to the Watch List for the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman.
Chris Markey has been named to the Watch List for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.
Vs. Notre Dame - Notre Dame has won both previous meetings in the series. The Irish won 27-12 in 1963 and 24-0 in 1964, both games being played in South Bend. The teams are slated to meet for the first time in the Los Angeles area on Oct. 6, 2007 in the Rose Bowl.
Current UCLA offensive line coach Jim Colletto played on both UCLA teams which met Notre Dame, lining up at fullback. He went on to later serve as an assistant coach at Notre Dame (1997-98).
In the 1963 contest, Notre Dame outgained the Bruins 282 to 72 on the ground. The Irish led 14-6 at the half and went on to post a 27-12 win. UCLA's Mel Profit caught seven passes on the day for 104 yards and also played well at end on defense. Quarterbacks Larry Zeno and Mike Haffner each threw a scoring pass for the Bruins.
In the Oct. 17, 1964 clash, Notre Dame's California connection of quarterback John Huarte (Anaheim) and receiver Jack Snow (Long Beach) helped blank the Bruins 24-0. Huarte threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns for the then fourth-ranked Irish. Snow caught six passes for 124 yards and a score. Both players would go on to finish in the top five of the voting for the 1964 Heisman Trophy, which was won by Huarte. UCLA, which totaled 66 yards on the ground, managed to pass midfield only twice in the game, once in each half, but was unable to score. Quarterback Larry Zeno threw for 168 yards.
NOTING NOTRE DAME - The Irish are averaging 106.8 yards on the ground and 273.5 in the air this season for a total of 380.33, 34th in the NCAA. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 347.7 yards per game -- 75th in the nation, 134.8 on the ground and 212.8 through the air.
Senior quarterback Brady Quinn has a pass efficiency rating of 141.65 and has completed 148 of 233 passes for 1,634 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Junior running back Darius Walker is averaging 87.7 yards per game. Senior defensive lineman Victor Abiamiri is averaging 0.83 sacks and 1.50 tackles for loss per game.
Charlie Weis is in his second season as head coach of the Irish. He posted a 9-3 record in his first season as head coach at his alma mater after working in the NFL as an assistant coach (NY Giants, NE Patriots, NY Jets) the previous 15 seasons.
UCLA PLAYER / COACH NOTES -
Chris Markey ranks 18th nationally and fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing (98.17).
Justin Medlock ranks first nationally in field goals (2.33 per game) and 10th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in scoring (9.67).
Justin Hickman is third nationally and second in the Pac-10 in sacks (1.25 per game - 6.5 total) and sixth in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (1.83 - 11.0 total).
Bruce Davis is third in the Pac-10 in both sacks (0.75) and tackles for loss (1.33 per game).