From UCLA's Official Release:
The UCLA Bruins (2-0) will meet the University of Washington (2-1) in the Pac-10 conference opener for both teams in Seattle on Sept. 23. The game will be televised nationally by TBS, beginning at 4 p.m. Ron Thulin and Charles Davis will be in the booth while Craig Sager will patrol the sidelines for the TBS crew.
AM 570 (KLAC) and the
Bruin Radio Network will broadcast all of the Bruin games this season with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines. The AM
570 feed can also be heard nationwide on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 118).
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; Week 4: USA Today 28, AP 29.
CONFERENCE OPENERS — Karl Dorrell's Bruins are 3-0 in Pac-10 openers, with each win coming against Washington (2003: 46-16 in Rose Bowl; 2004: 37-31 at UW; 2005: 21-17 in Rose Bowl). Overall, UCLA has won its last five Pac-10 opening games (2002 at Oregon State; 2001 at Oregon State). The last loss in a conference opener came at Oregon in the 2000 season.
Ben Olson ranks sixth in the nation and leads the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (172.36).
Chris Markey ranks 10th nationally and leads the Pac-10 in rushing (120.0).
Justin Medlock ranks second nationally and leads the Pac-10 in field goals (2.5 per game).
Justin Hickman is fifth nationally and first in the Pac-10 in sacks (1.5) and tied for 10th in the NCAA and tied for first in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (2.0).
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 leads the nation in third-down conversion defense (8.3%), having 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 ranks 15th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in total defense (235.50) and also leads the Pac-10 in rushing defense (82.50). The Bruins also rank 24th nationally in total offense (413.00).
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. The last time the Bruins held three straight opponents under 20 points in the same season was in 2001 when they did it to their first six opponents.
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). The last time the Bruins held three straight opponents to under 300 yards each was in 2001 (Kansas 86r/ 156p; Ohio State 121r/ 45p); Oregon State 114r/106p).
UCLA is 2-2 after a bye week(s) with Karl Dorrell as the head coach, 2-0 after one week off and 0-2 after two weeks off. In 2004, the Bruins defeated San Diego State and lost to USC. In 2005, UCLA bested Washington and lost to USC.
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 10-15 when it ties or loses the turnover battles, including 1-0 this season (Rice).
ACADEMICS — Thirty members of this year's Bruin football squad were listed on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the Spring '06 quarter. To qualify, student-athletes had to post at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Fifteen of the 19 members of Karl Dorrell's first recruiting class (2003) are still in the program and on track to graduate. In fact, 54 of the 59 freshmen in Dorrell's first three classes (this does not include the 20 freshmen in the 2006 class) are still in the program and progressing towards a degree.
The UCLA football program has produced 16 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners, 14 first-team Academic All-Americans, eight National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients, one Rhodes Scholar and three members of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
Offensive guard Chris Joseph was selected to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District-8 team. Joseph and defensive tackle Kenneth Lombard were named first-team Pac-10 All-Academic. Offensive guard Bob Cleary and defensive back Michael Norris were named to the second team while receiver Andrew Baumgartner and linebacker Dan Nelson earned honorable mention.
On NFL Opening Weekend 2006, 30 Bruins were listed on rosters, including one on injured reserve and three on practice squads (the complete list is later in this release).
QUARTERBACK — Redshirt sophomore BEN OLSON made the most of his first career start. Under center to open a game for the first time since his senior year in high school (2001), he showed the poise of a veteran, leading the Bruins on a 79-yard touchdown drive on the first possession of the game. On the afternoon, Olson completed 25 of 33 passes for 318 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He completed passes to 10 different receivers. He had four completions of at least 20 yards and 14 of at least 10 yards.
Olson completed his first nine passes. His first eight completions were to eight different receivers. He was 15 of 20 for 159 yards and one touchdown in the first half and 10 of 13 for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
His 318 yards rank No. 3 on UCLA's all-time list for quarterbacks starting their first game and the most-ever in a victory. Steve Bono passed for 399 yards in his first start (a loss to BYU in 1983) and Tommy Maddox passed for 353 in a loss at Michigan in 1990.
In the victory over Rice, Olson completed 13 of 19 passes for 124 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
On the year, he has completed 38 of 52 passes for 442 yards with five touchdowns, all to different receivers, and one interception. He is completing 73.1 percent of his passes and ranks sixth in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (172.36).
A member of the Doak Walker Award Watch List, Chris Markey accounted for 86 all-purpose yards against Utah -- 45 on three receptions, 32 on nine rushes and nine on two punt returns. His 19-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass set up UCLA's first touchdown of the game and his 23-yard gain on a screen was the first play on UCLA's final touchdown drive.
Markey enjoyed a career night against Rice. The junior rushed for a career-high 208 yards on 23 carries, the 14th highest total in school history. He had four runs of at least 20 yards -- 43, 36, 31 and 20 -- and three others of at least 10 yards. His previous career high was 161 yards versus Northwestern in the 2005 Sun Bowl. The last time a Bruin ran for more yards was in 2004, when Maurice Drew set a school record with 322 yards at Washington.
He currently ranks first in the Pac-10 and 10th nationally in rushing yards (120.0) and 15th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (147.0). He is averaging 7.5 yards per rushing attempt.
Markey has now rushed for 1,151 yards in his career. He also has 2,371 career all-purpose yards and ranks 24th on that UCLA list.
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 five tackles, including three sacks.
He is fifth nationally with 1.5 sacks per game and tied for 10th in tackles for loss (2.0). He leads the Pac-10 in sacks and is tied for the lead in tackles for loss. On the year, he has made six total tackles, tied for fifth on the squad.
Redshirt junior CHRIS HORTON made his debut as UCLA's starting strong safety and ranked second on the squad with five solo tackles and also broke up one pass. Against Rice, he made seven tackles, including four solos. After two games, he is tied for the team lead with 12 tackles.
Redshirt junior DENNIS KEYES led the Bruins with seven tackles (six solos) against Utah from his free safety position. He was credited with one tackle for loss and also broke up two passes. Against Rice, he made five solo tackles. His 12 tackles in two games are tied for the team lead.
Redshirt senior JUSTIN MEDLOCK is considered one of the premier place kickers in the nation. In 2004, he was one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Grozo Award and is on the pre-season list again this season.
Medlock is fourth on UCLA's career field goal list with 47. His career percentage (.758) is third among Bruins with at least 21 career field goals. He also ranks sixth on the career scoring list with 265 points. Medlock has made 25 of his 34 field goal attempts (.735) from 40 yards and out.
Medlock is the only UCLA player to kick two field goals of at least 50 yards in the same game (at Oregon, 2004). He is also the first Bruin to kick three field goals of 50 or more yards in a season (52 v. Oklahoma State, 50 at Oregon, 52 at Oregon) and the only Bruin to kick five field goals of 50 or more yards in a career.
Thus far in 2006, he has made five of six field goals and all six PATs for a team-high 21 points. He ranks second nationally and first in the Pac-10 in field goals (2.5 per game) and 16th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in scoring (10.5).
In the opener against Utah, he made one of two field goals and four PATs. Against Rice, he accounted for 14 points by making all four of his field goal attempts (32, 37, 51 and 34) and adding two PATs. The 51-yard field goal was the fifth of his career of at least 50 yards, a new UCLA record, while the four field goals tied his career best.
UCLA IN THE NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
Ben Olson -- passing efficiency: 6th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (172.36); total offense: 47th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (206.50).
Chris Markey -- rushing: 10th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (120.0); all-purpose yards: 15th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (147.0); total offense: 9th in Pac-10 (120.00)
Kahlil Bell -- rushing: 8th in Pac-10 (68.0); all-purpose yards: 14th in Pac-10 (81.50)
Justin Medlock -- field goals:2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.50); scoring: 16ht in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (10.50).
Logan Paulsen -- receiving yards: 14th in Pac-10 (45.0)
Trey Brown -- interceptions: T-47th in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (0.50).
Alterraun Verner -- interceptions: T-47th in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (0.50).
Justin Hickman -- sacks: 5th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (1.5); tackles for loss: T-10th in NCAA, T-1st in Pac-10 (2.00)
Kevin Brown -- tackles for loss: 5th in Pac-10 (1.50)
Aaron Whittington -- tackles for loss: 8th in Pac-10 (1.00)
Rushing Offense: 26th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (192.00)
Passing Offense: 48th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (221.00)
Pass Efficiency Offense: 11th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (166.01 rating)
Completion Percentage Offense: 1st in Pac-10 (70.37)
Total Offense: 24th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (413.00)
Scoring Offense: 50th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (28.50)
Yards Per Pass Attempt: 2nd in Pac-10 (8.2)
Rushing Defense: 29th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (82.50)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 23rd in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (82.50 rating)
Pass Defense: 27th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (153.00)
Completion Percentage Defense: 1st in Pac-10 (49.1)
Yards Per Pass Attempt Defense: 1st in Pac-10 (5.56)
Total Defense: 15th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (235.50)
Scoring Defense: 27th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (13.00)
Third Down Conversion Offense: T-36th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (44.4%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (8.3%)
Turnover Margin: T-54th in NCAA, T-2nd in Pac-10 (+0.00)
Sacks: T-45th in NCAA, T-4th in Pac-10 (2.00)
Tackles for Loss: 24th in NCAA, T-4th in Pac-10 (7.50)
Turnovers Lost: T-24th in NCAA, T-2nd in Pac-10 (4 overall)
Time of Possession: 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (35:38)
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 opportunities.