Facts, National and Pac-10 Stats

The UCLA football team is faring well in stats after the first two games of the season. Among the most noteworthy: 17th in the nation in total defense, #3 in the nation in Red Zone Defense, #1 in the nation in defending third-down conversions and more...

From UCLA's Release:

Defensively, the Bruins held Rice to just 184 yards of total offense, 131 passing and 53 rushing -- and just two for 13 on third-down conversions. The last time UCLA had a better defensive effort was in 2002, when it held California to 173 net yards of offense.

The last time UCLA held an opponent to fewer rushing yards was in 2003, when Oregon ran for 45 yards.

Two of Rice's plays -- a 48-yard touchdown run with less than six minutes to play and a 41-yard pass, accounted for 89 of its 184 yards. Take those two plays away, the Owls had 95 yards on 49 other plays.

Offensively, the Bruins successfully established their running game, finishing with 277 net yards, although the tailbacks netted 310 yards. Chris Markey rushed for a career-high 208 yards on 23 carries. He had seven double-digit runs, including one for 43 yards and another for 36. His 208 yards ranked No. 14 on UCLA's single-game list and were the most since 2004, when Maurice Drew set a school record with 322 yards at Washington.
Kahlil Bell also had a fine evening, breaking the 100-yard barrier for the second time in his career. He finished with 102 yards on 19 carries, giving the Bruins two 100-yard rushers in a game for the second time in the last three contests. They were the only two backs to carry the ball.

Justin Medlock tied his career high with four field goals (32, 37, 51 and 34 yards) and finished with 14 points. His 51-yard field goal in the third quarter was the fifth of his career of 50 yards or longer, a new UCLA record.

UCLA IN THE POLLS IN 2006 -  Week 1: USA Today 33, AP NR; Week 2: USA Today 27, AP 28; Week 3: USA Today 29, AP T-29.        

Wide receiver Junior Taylor's 82 career receptions rank him 20th on the all-time school list. In addition, he ranks 20th on the career receiving yardage list (1,095 yards).                

Senior kicker JUSTIN MEDLOCK is fourth on UCLA's career field goal list with 47. He also ranks sixth on the career scoring list with 265 points. Medlock is the only Bruin in history to make five field goals of at least 50 yards in a career.

UCLA has allowed its first two opponents to convert just two of 24 third-down opportunities. Utah was zero for 11 and Rice was two of 13 on third-down conversions.        
UCLA has allowed 10 points to Utah and 16 to Rice. The last time the Bruins held back-to-back opponents under 20 points was in 2004 against Arizona and San Diego State.        

UCLA held Utah (287) and Rice (184) to less than 300 yards total offense. The last time UCLA held back-to-back opponents to under 300 yards each was in 2003 (Arizona State, 253 and Stanford, 206).        

UCLA's eight-game home winning streak is its longest since 1997-1999, when it won 13 consecutive home games.        

UCLA is 14-0 when it wins the turnover battle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 1-0 this year (Utah). It is 10-13 when it ties or loses the turnover battles, including 1-0 this season (Rice).        

BEN OLSON -He is completing 73.1 percent of his passes and ranks 11th in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (172.36).        

Chris Markey currently ranks 12th in the NCAA and 2nd in the Pac-10 in rushing yards (120.0) and 24th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (147.0). He is averaging 7.5 yards per rushing attempt.        

True senior JUSTIN HICKMAN , on the Lombardi Award Watch List, started against Utah and helped hold the Utes to just 287 yards of total offense. He was credited with one tackle (a loss of one yard). Against Rice, he made made five tackles, including three sacks. He is tied for seventh nationally with 1.5 sacks per game and tied for 16th in tackles for loss (2.0). He is tied for the Pac-10 lead in both categories and has made six total tackles, tied for fifth on the squad.   

RED ZONE - In two games, UCLA is nine of 10 on Red Zone opportunities, with five passing touchdowns and four field goals, for 47 points. In two games, the Bruin defense has allowed one touchdown (seven points) in three Red Zone opportunites.    

Ben Olson -- passing efficiency: 11th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (172.35); total offense: 50th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (206.50).
Chris Markey -- rushing: 12th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (120.0); all-purpose yards: 24th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (147.0); total offense: 10th in Pac-10 (120.00)
Justin Medlock -- field goals:3rd in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (2.50); scoring: 31st in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (10.50).
Logan Paulsen -- receiving yards: 16th in Pac-10 (45.0)
Trey Brown -- interceptions: T-36th in NCAA, T-6th in Pac-10 (0.50).        
Alterraun Verner -- interceptions: T-36th in NCAA, T-6th in Pac-10 (0.50).
Justin Hickman --  sacks: T-7th in NCAA, T-1st in Pac-10 (1.5); tackles for loss: T-16th in NCAA, T-1st in Pac-10 (2.00)
Kevin Brown -- tackles for loss: T-4th in Pac-10 (1.50)
Aaron Whittington -- tackles for loss: 6th in Pac-10 (1.00)

Rushing Offense: T-27th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (192.00)
Passing Offense: 54th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (221.00)
Pass Efficiency Offense: 19th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (166.01 rating)
Total Offense: 28th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (413.00)
Scoring Offense: 55th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (28.50)
Yards Per Pass Attempt: 2nd in Pac-10 (8.2)
Rushing Defense: 37th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (82.50)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 28th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (82.50 rating)
Pass Defense: 26th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (153.00)
Completion Percentage Defense: 2nd in Pac-10 (49.1)
Total Defense: 17th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (235.50)
Scoring Defense: 28th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (13.00)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 4th in Pac-10 (44.4%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: 1st in Nation (8.3%)
Red Zone Offense: 3rd in Pac-10 (90.0%)
Red Zone Defense: 1st in Pac-10 (33.3%)
Turnover Margin: T-52nd in NCAA, T-5th in Pac-10 (+0.00)
Sacks: T-41st in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (2.00)
Time of Possession: 4th in Nation (35:38)


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