- Oregon State won the toss and deferred.
- The announced attendance was 41,137.
- Weather: 61 degress, Wind: 11 mph S, cloudy
- After the teams took the field LT Tavita Thompson stood at the 10-yard line starring at the UCLA players and pointing out DE Bruce Davis. It was good to see him fired up. In fact, the entire team looked fired up.
- UCLA increases their series lead to 39-14-4.
- The Bruins have won five straight dating back to 2001; the longest against
any opponent in the Pac-10. The last time the Beavers won was in 2000 when
they defeated UCLA in the Rose Bowl 44-38.
- Mike Riley falls to 0-9 lifetime against the Bruins. He is 0-5 as head coach at OSU and was 0-4 as an assistant at USC.
- The offense generated 248 total yards, 102 on the ground and 146 through
the air. They averaged 2.7 yards per rush and 6.6 yards per completion.
- The offensive line yielded three sacks.
- The offense picked up 15 first downs, six by rushing and nine by passing.
They converted a horid 1 of 14 on third down and 2 of 3 on fourth down.
- The offense held the ball for 11:10 in the first quarter, but had the ball
for just 18:11 for the next three quarters.
- The offense entered the redzone just three times and only came with points
- The coaches continued to bubble screens and it worked in the first quarter.
But UCLA adjusted, and the Beavers never responded as the Bruin defenders
sniffed out the play time and time again.
- True freshman receivers James Rodgers and Darrell Catchings both started
Saturday's game. Rodgers ran the ball twice for no gain while Catchings grabbed
three passes for a team high 50 yards.
- QB Sean Canfield continued to struggle as he completed 22 of 35 passes for
146 yards, two intercpetions and zero touchdowns. He completed 11 of 14 in
the first quarter alone. One of his interceptions was a miscommunication with
Bernard on a screen as he lofted the ball where no black jersey was.
The other interception wasn't a great pass as it was thrown behind the receiver, but Bernard tried to one hand the pass which didn't help.
- For the second consecutive game RB Yvenson Bernard topped the 100-yard mark
but the Beavers walked away with a loss. Bernard ran 27 times for 125 yards,
65 yards in the first quarter, and one tochdown with a long of 16. It was
Bernard's third 100-yard game this year and the 15th of his career.
He also co-led the team in reception with six, but just for 14 total yards. He moved into third place on OSU's all-purpose list with 4,007 yards.
- WR Anthony Brown co-led the team with six catches for 34 yards.
- The defense gave up 353 yards, 220 through the air and 133 on the ground.
- They grabbed three sacks for 29 yards and nine more tackles for loss.
- SS Greg Laybourn led all players with 15 tackles, including eight unassisted.
- SS Daniel Drayton left in the second quarter after straining a groin. He
was replaced by Laybourn in the lineup.
- FS Al Afalava recovered two fumbles, returning one for 33 yards and his
first career touchdown.
- LB Joey LaRocque grabbed 11 tackles, including another sack, the second
of his career.
- CB Brandon Hughes grabbed his first career intercpetion. He also added a game high three pass breakups and five tackles.
Special Teams Notes:
- KR Gerard Lawson fumbled the kickoff three consecutive times in the fourth
quarter resulting in 21 UCLA points. After Lawson's third fumble James Rodgers
- P Alexis Serna continued to struggle punting the ball averaging just 25.2
yards per punt on eight kicks. He did have a season high 51 yarder in the
fourth quarter though.
- K Alexis Seran missed his second field goal this year missing wide left
from 45-yards out in the first quarter, although it should be noted it has
a high snap and Kavanaugh did an excellent job getting down on the turf.
- Serna moved into 15th place in Pac-10 career scoring with 314 points. He
needs just 52 points to pass Ken Simonton and become the all-time leader in
- PR Taylor Kavanaugh did a nice job of fielding punts as he didn't fumble,
but he just doesn't have the speed to make anything happen. He returned four
punts for 16 yards.
- LB Keith Pankey turned in another fine game on special teams grabbing three tackles. He is one of the first players down the field.
- UCLA picked up three first downs via a penalty.
- The Bruins ran the ball 50 times for an average of 2.7 yards per carry.
- UCLA had no first downs and just 19 total yards, 11 of them from fumbles,
after the first quarter. The Beavers had 147 yards and nine first downs in
the same timeframe.
- At the end of the third quarter the UCLA offense had just 197 total yards.
- Normally the Beavers come away with a victory under Riley if they are leading after the third quarter. Before Saturday's game under Riley OSU was 33-5 when leading after the third frame.
- Coach Mike Riley - “ I don't know where to start
with this one. Anybody got any ideas? It feels somewhat like last week (losing
to Arizona State). It was a good game, and then we made a series of blunders.
I want to give (the Bruins) credit. They stayed with it and plugged away.
Both offenses were having trouble for a long time. Then they broke loose to
make the play to get ahead, and we made mistakes. We disintegrated - that’s
a pretty good description of what happened in the fourth quarter. We need
to stop these games at halftime. The last two weeks, we’d have been
On his team - "Everybody has to do a little soul-searching, and then start to get ready for next week. That’s all there is to it. Last year’s team was a good team to learn from, but there are no guarantees because that happened a year ago that is will just happen again. It’s a process you earn through work and preparation.”
On the defense - “For a long time, we had it going on defense. We did have it going on defense for a long time. We had a good plan. (Defensive coordinator) Mark Banker and the defense coaches had them playing like crazy. It was a lot of good defense until it disintegrated badly.”
On not capitalizing on scoring opportunities - “That’s scary when that happens. When you have a chance to have a bigger lead and it doesn’t happen, sometimes you strangle yourself a little bit while continuing to try to make plays.”
On Serna punting - "It was a major factor tonight in the game. He stepped and up and volunteered to punt for this team, he was our one-for-sure best option to do that. But I am concerned for him because he's practiced for a long time as an elite player in the field goal area, so I will explore other options."
On Lawson - "Wasn't that amazing. I know a lot of his teammates have put their arms around him. He's one of our very best, committed players. He works so hard. It was just a tough series of events for him."
- QB Sean Canfield - “We’re just not getting
it done offensively like we should be and like we know we can. We’re
playing some good football – you saw that early – but it’s
a matter of staying with it. Our defense is putting us in position to win
games. The offense needs to start going, too. We cannot turn the ball over
like that - that was on me. Turnovers are killing us.”
On Stroughter being out - “You can’t replace Sammie, but there are so many other little things here and there that hurt us,”
On the offense - “There were some third downs that should have been converted. We had to come out strong the second half, and we never got it done. Our defense played great. Offensively, we know what we can do. We’re just not doing it right now.”
- SS Greg Laybourn - “We kept making stops. If we can
stop them one time, there’s no reason we can’t stop them a dozen
or more. It was just a matter of mental lapses and breaking down. It comes
down to doing your job every time.”
- LB Joey LaRocque - “A good week of practice does
wonders. Last year, we were at the point where a lot of people doubted us.
Not a lot of things were in our favor. We got back to practice, worked hard.
The one thing about this team is, we’re a family. That takes you a long
way. I’m confident it’s going to turn this team in the direction
we want. It’s gonna start clicking for four quarters.”
Tough things happened in this game. We just have to bounce back and play to our ability."
On the loss - "There’s no way to blame one person. There are 11 guys on the field. It was unfortunate. The kid is an excellent athlete and he made a great play. You know what, it happens. I wasn’t there to help out my teammate.”
- UCLA DE Bruce Davis - "Oh man, this is the most hostile
territory that I've been in, but to hear 45,000 people just shut up, instantly,
is the most amazing feeling."