Notes on Olson and Drew

UCLA's Sports Information Department released some notes of interest in terms of UCLA's success this year and particularly that of running back Maurice Drew and quarterback Drew Olson...


UCLA's No. 8 ranking by AP is its highest since 2001, when it was No. 4 on the AP poll after six games.

In the last three games, UCLA has outscored opponents 56-6 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Against Washington, UCLA trailed by 10 entering the fourth quarter and outscored the Huskies 14-0. Against California, UCLA trailed by 12 points entering the fourth quarter and outscored the Golden Bears, 19-3. At Washington State, UCLA trailed WSU by 17 points entering the fourth quarter and outscored the Cougars 17-0 in the fourth quarter and 6-3 in overtime.


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, and is averaging 27.6 yards on those touchdowns, including four of at least 60 yards.

In each of UCLA's last three wins, all come-from-behind victories, he has scored the winning touchdown. Against Washington, he scored the winning touchdown with 1:08 remaining. Against California, his 28-yard reception with 1:35 remaining gave UCLA the lead for good and he iced the game with a touchdown on the last play of the game. Against Washington State, he scored the winning touchdown in overtime.

Drew leads the nation in punt return average (30.7) and has scored on returns of 72, 66 and 81 this year. He also has a non-scoring return of 69 yards and had a 65-yard touchdown return negated by penalty.

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

In his 30-game career, he has scored 33 touchdowns, including five receptions, four punt returns and two kickoff returns. Fifteen scores have measured at least 40 yards. His 2,074 rushing yards rank 12th (tied) in school history, his 3,879 all-purpose yards rank fifth and his 33 touchdowns also rank fifth.


In the win at Washington State, he rallied the Bruins from deficits of 21 points in the first half and 17 points in the fourth quarter, tying school records in both categories. On the night, he completed 31 of 43 passes for a career-high 338 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. His five touchdown passes tied the school record held by Cade McNown (1998 versus Texas and Miami) and his 31 completions were one shy of Troy Aikman's school record of 32 (USC, 1998). In the final three quarters, he hit on 28 of 34 passes (.824) for 310 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. In the fourth quarter, he connected on 13 of 16 passes for 132 yards and two scores.

In his 39-game career (32 starts / last 21 straight), Olson has 555 completions which rank No. 2 in UCLA history. In addition, his 6,946 career passing yards rank No. 2 and his career total offense of 6,789 yards also ranks No. 2.

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