For the first time this season, cornerback Justin Tryon was tried as a return man. The experiment was a success as the junior returned 2 kickoffs for 97 yards, including a thrilling 67-yard return. Tryon finished with four tackles on defense. Freshman safety Ryan McFoy added a pair of stops as well.
Linebacker Mike Nixon tallied 7 tackles against the Bruins, just one shy of the
team lead in tackles for the game. Fellow freshman Travis Goethel also
chipped in a solo stop. Defensive line transfer Michael Marquardt notched one of the three
sacks on UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowan for the defense.
Freshman receiver Kyle Williams was back returning punts again but didn't
have quite as much success as Tryon. The speedy wideout fielded five punts for a
total of 24 yards. Williams also accounted for nearly half of quarterback Rudy
Carpenter's passing yards by catching a 55-yard pass from the sophomore.
Junior running back Ryan Torain closed out the home campaign this season with
77 tough yards on the ground. The junior ran for a nice 38-yard gain but was
stifled at the goal line along with the rest of the offense.
One week after not punting a ball all evening against Washington State,
Jonathan Johnson's services were needed once again. Johnson punted six times for a
44.3 yard average. His longest of the night went for 56 yards.
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