Oregon State at UCLA notebook

Pre game news and notes before Oregon State faces the No. 8 UCLA Bruins Saturday, Oct. 22.

Head coach: Karl Dorrell (Third year)
(Career: 18-13 | At UCLA: 18-13 | Vs. OSU: 0-0)
Current ranking: No. 8 in AP, No. 9 in Coaches Poll
Current record: 6-0 (3-0)
Picked to finish: Fifth by the media
Streak: Six game winning streak

 

Last time UCLA and Oregon State met...
Oct. 5, 2002 in Corvallis - UCLA 43, Oregon State 35
Redshirt freshman Tyler Ebell had 29 carries for 203 yards and Cory Paus threw for 378 yards and a score as UCLA held off a late Oregon State rally for a 43-35 victory Saturday. Mike Seidman had eight catches for 138 yards and a touchdown and Ricky Manning ran back an interception 33 yards for another TD in the Pac-10 opener for the Bruins (4-1, 1-0)

The Bruins scored 29 consecutive points to rally from 14 down racking up 625 yards, the ninth highest total in school history...more from UCLABruins.com.

 

Last time Oregon State played in Pasadena...
Oct. 21, 2000 - Oregon State 44, California 38
Oregon State has been the PAC-10 doormat for years. No more. And for the first time ever, the Beavers own L.A. Jonathan Smith passed for 351 yards and four touchdowns Saturday as No. 19 Oregon State rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat No. 23 UCLA 44-38, handing the Bruins just their third loss in their last 21 games at the Rose Bowl.

Oregon State exploded for 23 consecutive points in the fourth quarter and limited the UCLA rushing attack to just 72 yards...more from UCLABruins.com.

 

Last time UCLA played...
Oct., 15, 2005 - UCLA 44, Washington State 41
Maurice Drew had a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime and Drew Olson threw for five scores as No. 12 UCLA came from 21 points down to beat Washington State 44-41 Saturday. The Bruins (6-0, 3-0 Pacific-10) snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cougars and posted their first win in Pullman since 1993.

 

Series history (UCLA leads 36-13-4, 20-6-3 in Pasadena)...
The 53-game series dates back to 1930 with UCLA winning the last two that were played in Corvallis. OSU is making its first trip to UCLA since 2000 when it beat the then No. 23 Bruins 44-38. UCLA won the 2001 and 2002 meetings at Reser Stadium 38-7 and 43-35.

The Beavers have won two of the past three in the Rose Bowl.

 

The return.
Oregon State starting quarterback Matt Moore played two seasons at UCLA (2002-03), passing for 967 yards and four touchdowns. This will be Moore’s first game vs. the Bruins since transferring. Moore started five games at UCLA.

In six starts at Oregon State Moore has completed 143 of 246 (58.1) passes for 1766 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

 

Some of the best on display.
Saturday’s game will feature three of the premier linebackers in the PAC-10 Conference in Oregon State seniors Trent Bray and Keith Ellison, and UCLA senior Spencer Havner. Bray leads the conference at 10.8 tackles per game, Ellison is fourth at 9.5 and Havner is sixth at 8.8. Havner led the PAC-10 last season at 11.4 and Bray was second at 10.2.

 

Getting better.
The bad news is that Oregon State ranks ninth in the PAC-10 and 95th in the nation for rushing. The good news is that the Beavers are averaging 106.8 yards per game, up 36 yards per contest from a year ago when the team finished last in Division I-A. Take away the lost yardage by quarterbacks Matt Moore and Ryan Gunderson -- mainly sacks -- the team is averaging 136.7 yards per outing.

 

Starting fast.
UCLA has started the season 6-0 in 10 previous seasons. The last time was in 2001 when it started the year with six straight wins. The other six-win starts include 1998 (Rose Bowl), 1988 (Cotton Bowl), 1980, 1969, 1967, 1966, 1954 (National Champs), 1952, 1946 (Rose Bowl). The last time the Bruins started a season with seven straight wins was 1998 (10-0).

 

Playmaker.
UCLA running back Maurice Drew is averaging 27.6 yards per touchdown. His 81-yard scoring punt return against California tied the UCLA and PAC-10 single-season (three) and career (four) records for punt return touchdowns. In six games this season, he has accounted for 1,049 all-purpose yards (174.8 average) and is averaging 8.67 yards every time he touches the football. He leads the Bruins in rushing (80.8). He has scored 14 touchdowns, a new career high.

Drew is second in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game. He has scored a career-high 14 touchdowns — nine running, two receiving and three on punt returns. Drew also ranks eighth nationally in all-purpose yards (174.8).

 

In common.
UCLA’s win over No. 9/10 California was its first over a Top 10 team since UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington, 35-13, in the 2001 season.
OSU's win over No. 18 California was its first win over a ranked opponent on the road since OSU defeated No. 23 UCLA, 44-38, in the 2000 season.

UCLA has outscored its first six opponents in the fourth quarter by a combined score of 88-17 (50-3 in the last three games)
Oregon State has outscored its first six opponents in the fourth quarter by a combined score of 73-10.

Oregon State has come from behind for three of their four wins this season. The Beavers trailed by eight at California, 14 versus Boise State and 17 against Washington State.
UCLA has three consecutive come from behind victories this year. The Bruins trailed by 10 against Washington, 12 versus California and 17 at Washington State.

 

Not in common.
UCLA has committed just four turnovers while forcing 11.
OSU has committed 19 turnovers while forcing 15 (10 in the last two games).

UCLA ranks 12th nationally and second in the PAC-10 in turnover margin (+1.17).
Oregon State is seventh in the PAC-10 in turnover margin (-.067).

Oregon State has given up 35 plays of 25-plus yards.
UCLA has produced 49 plays of at least 20 yards.

OSU enters the game seventh in the conference in red zone scoring at 74.2 percent scoring 12 touchdowns on 31 opportunities.
UCLA enters the game first in the conference in red zone scoring at 96.4 percent, scoring 24 touchdowns on 28 opportunities.

 

Tracking Hass...


Additional notes:

  • The Beavers are averaging 428.7 yards of total offense, 321.8 passing and 106.8 on the ground. They are allowing 443.8 yards, 331.0 passing and 112.8 on the ground. Oregon State has won two straight, defeating Washington State, 44-33 in Corvallis and California, 23-20 in Berkeley.

  • In six games this year, UCLA is averaging 6.3 yards per play, 431.2 yards of total offense and 43.3 points.

  • Drew Olson has now led fourth-quarter comebacks in three straight games (Washington, 10 points; California, 12 points; Washington State (17 points). In those three games, he has completed 30 of 41 passes (.732) for 333 yards and four touchdowns.

  • Opponents have scored just one touchdown on UCLA’s four turnovers this season. UCLA has scored 47 points this season off of opponent turnovers.

  • Oregon State has never won back to back road games against ranked opponents.

  • The Beavers are 10-3 since the 2004 loss to California.

  • Linebacker Trent Bray has reached double figure for tackles in 10 of the last 16 games and leads the conference in tackles at 10.8 per game.

  • Wide receiver Mike Hass continues to lead the PAC-10 in receptions per game (8.5) and receiving yards per game (141.3).

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