OSU vs. UCLA
Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. CDT
TV: ABC-TV regional coverage
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network
Last meeting: UCLA 38, OSU 24 (2002)
Key matchup: OSU CB Darrent Williams vs. UCLA WR Craig Bragg. Bragg, a preseason All-American candidate, is looking to become the first receiver in school history to record three consecutive seasons with 1,000 all-purpose yards. Williams, also a preseason All-American, had a team-high six interceptions last season.
Scouting report: OSU redshirt freshman quarterback Donovan Woods will be making his collegiate debut. Woods is just the sixth fresman to start for the Cowboys since 1986. However, the Cowboys remain two-deep in dependable tailbacks with Vernand Morency and Greg Jones. UCLA could be vulnerable against the run because the Bruins lost their top five defensive linemen from 2003.
Oklahoma State wins if: the Cowboys get the running game going, which would take pressure of Woods in his first career start. If the Cowboys can run for 215 yards they should be in good shape. OSU is 0-3 in season openers under coach Les Miles, and must avoid its habit of slow starts when opening on the road.
UCLA wins if: the Bruins' young, inexperienced defensive front does not get gouged by the Cowboys' ground game and quarterback Drew Olson has enough time to connect early and often with WRs Craig Bragg (73 catches, 1,065 yards, 5 TDs in 2003) and Tab Perry (whose eligibility was restored by the NCAA on Friday, just one day before the game).
Game Day - OSU vs. UCLA
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