GAME #6 — The UCLA Bruins (4-1, 2-1) will travel to Eugene, OR
to play at the University of Oregon (4-1, 2-1) in a key Pac-10
matchup on Oct. 14. Oregon is ranked No. 18 by AP and USA Today/Coaches. The
game will be televised regionally by ABC Sports, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Dan
Fouts and Tim Brant will be in the booth and Jack Arute will report from the
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 107). In addition, the game will be broadcast nationally by Westwood One with Kevin Kugler and Terry Bowden in the booth.
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; Week 5: USA Today T-41, AP T-38; Week 6: USA Today 39, AP 33; Week 7: USA Today 34, AP T-28.
UCLA PLAYER / COACH NOTES —
Chris Markey ranks 21st nationally and third in the Pac-10 in rushing (98.40).
Justin Medlock ranks first nationally in field goals (2.40 per game) and T-eighth in the NCAA and T-1st in the Pac-10 in scoring (10.00).
Justin Hickman is third nationally and second in the Pac-10 in sacks (1.30 per game - 6.5 total) and seventh in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (1.80).
Bruce Davis is third in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (1.40 per game - 7.0 total). He is also averaging 0.90 sacks per game.
IN A ROW --- Marcus Everett has caught as least one pass in 14 of the last 15 games and has an active streak of 10 games in a row...Junior Taylor has caught at least one pass in 18 of the last 19 games he has played in and has a streak of seven in a row...Brandon Breazell has caught at least one pass in 16 of the last 17 contests and in the last six in a row.
Wide receiver Junior Taylor's 87 career receptions rank him 17th (tied) on the all-time school list. In addition, he ranks 19th on the career receiving yardage list (1,143 yards).
Redshirt junior TREY BROWN is the defensive player with the most consecutive starts (22). Against Arizona, he led the Bruins with eight tackles and broke up three passes.
In five games in 2006, CHRIS MARKEY ranks 21st nationally in rushing (98.40). He ranks third in the Pac-10 in rushing and is eighth in all-purpose yards (115.00). His 208 yards rushing against Rice were a career high and the most by a Bruin since Maurice Drew ran for 322 at Washington in 2004. He has rushed for over 100 yards in three of his last six games.
True senior defensive end JUSTIN HICKMAN has started 20 straight games, including all 12 games in 2005. Last year, he ranked second among the Bruin defensive linemen with 31 tackles and led the team with 5.5 sacks. He already has 6.5 sacks and 9.0 tackles for loss in 2006.
Redshirt junior safety CHRIS HORTON has made an interception in each of the last two games. Against Arizona, he made six tackles, including one for loss. He is tied for the team lead with 26 tackles.
Redshirt junior safety DENNIS KEYES is the leading returning tackler on the team. His 57 tackles ranked fourth overall in 2005. He was tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and was third (tied) with eight tackles for losses and third (tied) with two sacks.
He made a team-high seven tackles in the win over Utah and is tied for the team lead with 26 stops in five games.
The interception return for a touchdown against Utah by ALTERRAUN VERNER was the first by a UCLA true freshman since 1989, when Carlton Gray returned one 65 yards versus Washington. His 89-yard scoring return versus Arizona made him one of just six Bruins, and the only freshman, to have two scoring interception returns in the same season.
Senior kicker JUSTIN MEDLOCK is third on UCLA's career field goal list with 54. He also ranks fourth on the career scoring list with 294 points. Medlock is the only Bruin in history to make six field goals of at least 50 yards in a career.
He currently leads the nation in field goals per game (2.40) and is eighth (tied) in scoring (10.00).
300 OR LESS ---UCLA has limited its first five opponents this season to 300 or less yards in offense. Dating back thru the 1966 season, UCLA has recorded five straight games when it allowed 300 or less yards on defense only one other time --- 1992 season versus San Diego State (122r/142p-264), Arizona (150r/97p-247), Stanford (133r/126p-259), Washington State (143r/108p-251), Arizona State (173r/ 107 p-280).
UCLA currently ranks second in the nation in total defense (221.60) and has held all five opponents to less than 300 yards.
In the opener, UCLA held Utah to 287 yards of total offense, including 79 in the second half. Utah had just three offensive plays longer than 20 yards and was zero for 11 on third-down conversions. Rice was held to 184 yards of total offense, including 89 on two plays. Washington accounted for just 249 yards, 200 passing and 49 rushing.
Stanford was held to just 166 net yards (117 passing and 49 rushing), the lowest total by a Bruin opponent since Washington State had 150 net yards in 1990. The longest run by the Cardinal was eight yards and it was four for 13 on third down conversions.
Arizona was held to just 223 yards, including minus 13 on the ground and 235 in the air. Arizona's longest run from scrimmage was seven yards.
The UCLA defense has allowed just six Red Zone opportunities in the season's five games and opponents have scored just three touchdowns.
UCLA held Arizona to minus 13 yards rushing, its best effort since holding Stanford to minus 34 yards on Nov. 1, 1997.
The Bruins have held their last four opponents to fewer than 60 yards rushing (Rice 53, Washington 49, Stanford 49, Arizona minus 13). Since 1966, this is the first time UCLA has accomplished this feat.
UCLA ranks second nationally in third-down conversion defense (22.6%), having allowed its first five opponents to convert just 14 of 62 third-down opportunities. Utah was zero for 11, Rice was two of 13, Washington was three of 10, Stanford was four of 13 on third down and Arizona was five of 15.
UCLA ranks second in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in total defense (221.60) and also ranks second in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in rushing defense (50.00).
UCLA has allowed just seven offensive touchdowns this season (one rushing, six passing) -- one by Utah, two by Rice, three by Washington and one by Arizoina. Only Washington has scored more than 16 points this season.
UCLA's 10-game home winning streak is its longest since 1997-1999, when it won 13 consecutive home games.
UCLA is 16-1 when it wins the turnover battle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 3-1 this year (wins over Utah, Stanford and Arizona, loss at Washington). It is 10-15 when it ties or loses the turnover battle, including 1-0 this season (Rice).
BRUIN HEAD COACH KARL DORRELL — The 2005 Pac-10 co-Coach of the Year, Karl Dorrell is in his fourth season (26-16 overall, 16-11 in Pac-10 play) as the 15th head coach in UCLA history. He is 14-3 in his last 17 games and 1-1 versus Oregon.
In 2005, the Bruins compiled a record of 10-2 and finished the season with a victory in the Sun Bowl. They won their first eight games of the year and were ranked as high as No. 5 by the BCS and No. 7 on the Associated Press poll. A Bruin team won at least 10 games for only the seventh time in school history. Dorrell was a finalist for several national Coach of the Year awards.
Redshirt sophomore PATRICK COWAN (brother of wide receiver Joe) saw his first action in the fourth quarter of the game against Rice in 2005, but did not attempt a pass.
Against Utah, he entered the game on the third series of the fourth quarter. He played nine snaps and threw his first career pass. He also held on all place kicks. Against Rice, he attempted one pass from field goal formation but did not play quarterback. He performed the holding chores at Washington. Against Stanford, he played the final series and completed the first pass of his career, good for four yards to Chane Moline.
Against Arizona, Cowan entered the game in the first quarter in place of an injured Ben Olson and played very well, completing 20 of 29 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He also netted 16 yards rushing. He gave UCLA its first lead with a seven-yard scoring pass to Marcus Everett and with 7:25 left in the first half, his 15-yard strike to Matt Willis gave the Bruins the lead for good, 14-7. He also led two long field goal drives on UCLA's first two possessions of the second half.
JUNIOR TAYLOR's 11 catches rank third (tied) on the squad. Taylor ranks 17th (tied with Tab Perry) with 87 career receptions and 19th on the all-time school receiving yards list (1,143).
True junior BRANDON BREAZELL's 14 catches lead the team and his 13.0 average leads all wide receivers with more than one reception.
Redshirt senior MATT WILLIS's 15-yard end zone grab in the second quarter gave the Bruins the lead for good, 14-7. After five games, he is second on the squad with 13 receptions and tied for the team lead with two touchdowns.
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. At Washington, he was credited with four tackles (three solos), one sack and one forced fumble.
Against Stanford, he recorded three tackles (two solos), including 1.5 sacks as the Bruins held the Cardinal to just 166 total yards. Against Arizona, he had three solo tackles, including a nine-yard sack and a second tackle for loss (eight yards).
He is third nationally with 1.30 sacks per game and seventh in tackles for loss (1.80). He ranks second in the Pac-10 in both categories. On the year, he has made 16 total tackles, eighth (tied) on the squad, and leads the Bruins in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (9.0).
Redshirt junior BRUCE DAVIS started against Utah and made two tackles (one solo). Against Rice, he started and made two tackles, including a 15-yard tackle for loss. He also recovered a bad Owl snap for an 11-yard loss, giving the Bruins a possession they converted into a field goal. At Washington, he started and made five tackles (four solos), including two for losses. One was a third-quarter sack on which he caused a fumble. In the win over Stanford, he made 2.5 sacks among his six tackles (five solos), accounting for 21 yards in losses. He also caused a fumble in the first quarter. Against Arizona, he made four solo tackles, including one sack that was originally credited to two other players.
On the year, he has made 19 tackles, fifth on the squad. He also ranks second on the team with 4.5 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss. He ranks third in the Pac-10 in tackles for losses (1.40) and sixth in sacks (0.90).
Redshirt junior cornerback TREY BROWN has started the last 22 games at cornerback. In the win over Arizona, he led the Bruins with eight tackles (six solos). He had 0.5 tackles for loss and also broke up three passes. On the year, he leads the Pac-10 in passes defensed (1.60) and is tied for third in the Pac-10 in interceptions (0.40 per game). He leads the Bruins in passes defensed, is tied for the team lead in interceptions and has made 17 tackles, seventh 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. At Washington, he made three tackles (two solos) and an interception.
Against Stanford, he made five tackles, including four solos. He also recovered a fumble and made his second interception in as many weeks which led to a fourth-quarter touchdown.
In the win over Arizona, he made six tackles (four solos), including 1.0 tackles for losses. After five games, he is tied for the team lead with 27 tackles. He is also tied for the team lead with two interceptions and is tied for third in the Pac-10 in the latter category (0.40).
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. At Washington, he made seven tackles (three solos) and forced a fumble. He had one solo tackle against Stanford.
In the win over Arizona, he made six tackles (five solos), including 2.0 for losses (six yards). His 26 tackles in five games rank second on the squad.
True freshman ALTERRAUN VERNER made his Bruin debut a special one. Verner played extensively in UCLA's nickel and dime packages and was credited with two solo tackles. More importantly, he caused two turnovers. With 2:16 remaining in the second quarter, he stepped in front of a Utah pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown to give the Bruins the lead for good, 14-7. In the fourth quarter, he caused a fumble after a Ute reception, recovered it and advanced it 18 yards.
His interception return for a touchdown was the first by a UCLA true freshman since 1989, when Carlton Gray returned one 65 yards versus Washington.
He made two tackles (one solo) off the bench against Rice. At Washington, he led the team with nine tackles (four solos), including 0.5 for loss, off the bench. He made one solo tackle against Stanford.
In the win over Arizona, he made four solo tackles. In the fourth quarter, he picked off a pass and returned it 89 yards for his second touchdown of the year. He is the sixth Bruin and the first freshman to score two touchdowns on interceptions in the same year. His return was the longest by a Bruin since Nov. 12, 1994, when Abdul McCullough scored on a 98-yard return versus Arizona State. On the year, he is fifth (tied) on the squad with 18 tackles and is tied for the team lead and tied for third in the Pac-10 with his average of 0.4 interceptions per game.
Redshirt senior JUSTIN MEDLOCK is perhaps the top place kicker in the nation and a prime candidate for All-America honors. In 2004, he was one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award and is on the pre-season list again this season.
Thus far in 2006, he has made 12 of 13 field goals (12 straight after missing his first of the year) and all 14 PATs for a team-high 50 points. He ranks first nationally in field goals (2.40 per game) and 12th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in scoring (10.00).
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.
At Washington, he again tied his career best with four field goals (28, 23, 51, 22), including his sixth career field goal of 50 or more yards. Against Stanford, he converted his only field goal attempt (40 yards in the fourth quarter) and all four PATs for seven points.
Against Arizona, he kicked field goals of 33 and 39 yards in the third quarter and three PATs for nine points. He has now made 12 straight field goals since missing his first attempt of the year.
Medlock is third on UCLA's career field goal list with 54. His career percentage (.783) is third among Bruins with at least 21 career field goals. He also ranks fourth on the career scoring list with 294 points, having passed DeShaun Foster and Alfredo Velasco at Washington. Medlock has made 27 of his 36 field goal attempts (.750) from 40 yards and out.
UCLA IN THE NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
Chris Markey -- rushing: 21st in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (98.40); all-purpose yards: 43rd in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (115.00); total offense: 13th in Pac-10 (98.40)
Justin Medlock -- field goals: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.40); scoring: T-8th in NCAA, T-1st in Pac-10 (10.00); kick scoring: 1st in Pac-10 (10.00).
Ben Olson -- passing efficiency: 62nd in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (124.64); total offense: 8th in Pac-10 (158.20); passing offense: 8th in Pac-10 (164.40); completions: 5th in Pac-10 (15.80)
Terrence Austin -- punt returns: 17th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (13.75)
Kahlil Bell -- rushing: 16th in Pac-10 (44.80)
Aaron Perez -- punting: 9th in Pac-10 (38.27)
Justin Hickman -- sacks: 3rd in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (1.30) tackles for loss: 7th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (1.80)
Bruce Davis -- sacks: 40th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (0.90); tackles for loss: T-39th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (1.40)
Trey Brown -- interceptions: T-41st in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (0.40); passes defensed: 1st in Pac-10 (1.60)
Chris Horton -- interceptions: T-41st in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (0.40).
Alterraun Verner -- interceptions: T-41st in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (0.40)
Rushing Offense: 53rd in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (151.60)
Passing Offense: 59th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (205.40)
Total Offense: 52nd in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (357.00)
Scoring Offense: 48th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (26.80)
Rushing Defense: 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (50.00)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 20th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (103.27 rating)
Pass Defense: 27th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (171.60)
Completion Percentage Defense: 3rd in Pac-10 (51.66)
Yards Per Pass Attempt Defense: 2nd in Pac-10 (5.68)
Total Defense: 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (221.60)
Scoring Defense: 11th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (12.40)
Punt Returns: 33rd in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (11.25)
Net Punting: 6th in Pac-10 (35.3)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 6th in Pac-10 (38.9%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (22.6%)
Red Zone Offense: 4th in Pac-10 (81.8%)
Red Zone Defense: 1st in Pac-10 (50.0%)
Turnover Margin: T-13th in NCAA, T-1st in Pac-10 (+1.00)
Sacks: T-7th in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (3.40)
Tackles for Loss: 11th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (7.60)
Turnovers Gained: T-13th in NCAA, T-2nd in Pac-10 (14)
Time of Possession: 20th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (31:58)
Fumbles Lost: T-34th in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (4)
Fumbles Recovered: T-17th in NCAA, T-1st in Pac-10 (7)
Passes Intercepted: T-24th in NCAA, T-2nd in Pac-10 (7)
RED ZONE — In five games, UCLA is 18 of 22 on Red Zone opportunities, with 10 touchdowns (seven passing, three rushing) and eight field goals, for 94 points.
In five games, the Bruin defense has allowed opponents inside the Red Zone just six times, resulting in three touchdowns (22 points).
TURNOVERS — In five games, UCLA has caused a Pac-10 best 14 turnovers (seven interceptions and seven fumbles) and has converted them into 38 points. UCLA has committed nine turnovers (four fumbles and five interceptions) and they have been converted into 10 points (one defensive touchdown and one field goal).