Sat., Oct. 21 - UCLA at Notre Dame (11:30 a.m. PDT on NBC)
Notre Dame has won both previous meetings in the series. The Irish won 27-12 in 1963 and 24-0 in 1964, both games being played in South Bend. The teams are slated to meet for the first time in the Los Angeles area on Oct. 6, 2007 in the Rose Bowl.
Chris Markey ranks 18th nationally and fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing (98.17).
Justin Medlock ranks first nationally in field goals (2.33 per game) and 10th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in scoring (9.67).
Justin Hickman is third nationally and second in the Pac-10 in sacks (1.25 per game - 6.5 total) and sixth in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (1.83 - 11.0 total).
Bruce Davis is third in the Pac-10 in both sacks (0.75) and tackles for loss (1.33 per game.
Wide receiver Junior Taylor's 91 career receptions rank him 17th on the all-time school list. In addition, he ranks 19th on the career receiving yardage list (1,181 yards).
True junior SHANNON TEVAGA is considered one of the top offensive guards in the West. He has now started 24 straight games, the longest streak on the team. He earned 2005 All-Pac-10 honorable mention for his efforts.
Redshirt junior TREY BROWN is the defensive player with the most consecutive starts (23).
Junior running back CHRIS MARKEY finished 57th in the nation and eighth in the Pac-10 in kickoff return average (22.53). He ranked 14th in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (101.92) in 2005. He was second on the team in rushing with a career-high 561 yards, second with 1,223 all-purpose yards and fourth with five touchdowns. His 1,223 all-purpose yards tied for No. 25 in school history for one season.
In six games in 2006, he ranks 18th nationally in rushing (98.17). He ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing and is sixth in all-purpose yards (114.67). 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 21 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 7.5 sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss in 2006.
Redshirt junior safety CHRIS HORTON is the Bruins' leading tackler with 35 and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. At Oregon, he tied for team lead with nine tackles (five solos).
Senior kicker JUSTIN MEDLOCK is third on UCLA's career field goal list with 56. He also ranks third on the career scoring list with 302 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 (2.33) and is 10th in scoring (9.67).
TEAM NOTES —
UCLA currently ranks ninth in the nation in total defense (252.00) and has held five of six opponents to less than 300 yards.
The UCLA defense has allowed just 10 Red Zone opportunities in the season's six games and opponents have scored just six touchdowns and one field goal.
UCLA ranks second nationally in third-down conversion defense (23.3%), having allowed its first six opponents to convert just 17 of 73 third-down opportunities. Utah was zero for 11, Rice was two of 13, Washington was three of 10, Stanford was four of 13, Arizona was five of 15 and Oregon was three of 11.
UCLA ranks ninth in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in total defense (252.00) and also ranks 14th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in rushing defense (84.33) The Bruins are allowing just 2.8 yards per rush and have yielded just two touchdowns on the ground.
UCLA's defense has allowed just 11 touchdowns this season (two rushing, nine passing) -- seven in the first five games (one by Utah, two by Rice, three by Washington, one by Arizona and four by Oregon).
Since the start of the 2005 season, UCLA has compiled a record of 14-4. Only seven schools in the entire country have fewer losses in that span: one - Texas, USC, West Virginia; two - Ohio State; three - Louisville, Oregon, TCU.
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). At Oregon, he had three solo tackles, including one sack and a second tackle for loss. He also blocked a PAT attempt.
He is third nationally with 1.25 sacks per game and sixth in tackles for loss (1.83). He ranks first in the Pac-10 in TFL and second in sacks. On the year, he has made 19 total tackles (16 solos) and leads the Bruins in sacks (7.5) and tackles for loss (11.0).
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. At Oregon, he made three solo stops, including one for loss.
On the year, he has made 22 tackles, seventh on the squad. He also ranks second on the team with 4.5 sacks and 8.0 tackles for loss. He ranks third in the Pac-10 in tackles for losses (1.33) and sacks (0.75) and 25th nationally in the latter category.
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 14 of 15 field goals (14 straight after missing his first of the year) and all 16 PATs for a team-high 58 points. He ranks first nationally in field goals (2.33 per game) and 10th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in scoring (9.67).
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. At Oregon, he made field goals of 34 and 48 yards in the first half and two PATs for eight points.
He has now made 14 straight field goals since missing his first attempt of the year. That is the third longest single-season streak in school history behind John Lee's 18 in 1985 (he made 22 straight over two seasons) and Chris Sailer's 15 straight in 1997.
Medlock is third on UCLA's career field goal list with 56. His career percentage (.789) is third among Bruins with at least 21 career field goals. He also ranks third on the career scoring list with 302 points, having passed Bjorn Merten at Oregon. Medlock has made 28 of his 37 field goal attempts (.757) 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 six field goals of 50 or more yards in a career.
UCLA IN THE NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
Chris Markey -- rushing: 18th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (98.17); all-purpose yards: 42nd in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (114.67); total offense: 14th in Pac-10 (98.17)
Justin Medlock -- field goals: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.33); scoring: 10th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (9.67); kick scoring: 1st in Pac-10 (9.67).
Ben Olson -- passing efficiency: 61st in NCAA, 8th 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)
Kahlil Bell -- rushing: 17th in Pac-10 (38.33)
Aaron Perez -- punting: 8th in Pac-10 (39.33)
Jeremy McGee -- kickoff returns: 10th in Pac-10 (17.4)
Justin Hickman -- sacks: 3rd in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (1.25) tackles for loss: 6th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (1.83)
Bruce Davis -- sacks: 25th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (0.75); tackles for loss: T-26th in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (1.33); fumbles forced: T-3rd in Pac-10 (0.33)
Trey Brown -- interceptions: T-5th in Pac-10 (0.33); passes defensed:T-2nd in Pac-10 (1.33)
Chris Horton -- interceptions: T-5th in Pac-10 (0.33); tackles: 23rd in Pac-10 (5.83).
Alterraun Verner -- interceptions: T-5th in Pac-10 (0.33)
Rushing Offense: 58th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (143.67)
Passing Offense: 71st in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (189.83)
Total Offense: 66th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (333.50)
Scoring Offense: T-50th in NCAA, T-5th in Pac-10 (25.67)
Rushing Defense: 14th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (84.33)
Yards Allowed Per Rush: 1st in Pac-10 (2.8)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 24th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (108.17 rating)
Pass Defense: 25th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (167.67)
Completion Percentage Defense: 2nd in Pac-10 (51.45)
Yards Per Pass Attempt Defense: 2nd in Pac-10 (5.82)
Total Defense: 9th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (252.00)
Scoring Defense: 22nd in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (15.33)
Punt Returns: 30th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (11.25)
Net Punting: 38th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (36.81)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 7th in Pac-10 (36.5%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (23.3%)
Red Zone Offense: 4th in Pac-10 (84.0%)
Red Zone Defense: 2nd in Pac-10 (70.0%)
Turnover Margin: 11th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (+1.00)
Sacks Allowed: 4th in Pac-10 (10)
Sacks: 19th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (3.00)
Tackles for Loss: T-17th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (7.17)
Turnovers Gained: T-18th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (16)
Fumbles Lost: T-25th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (4)
Fumbles Recovered: T-17th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (8)
Passes Intercepted: T-24th in NCAA, T-2nd in Pac-10 (8)
Time of Possession: 2nd in Pac-10 ( 31:23)
RED ZONE — In six games, UCLA is 21 of 25 on Red Zone opportunities, with 12 touchdowns (seven passing, five rushing) and nine field goals, for 111 points.
In six games, the Bruin defense has allowed opponents inside the Red Zone just 10 times, resulting in six touchdowns (one rushing, five passing) and one field gold for 45 points.
TURNOVERS — In six games, UCLA has caused 16 turnovers (eight interceptions and eight fumbles) -- third in the Pac-10 -- and has converted them into 52 points. UCLA has committed10 turnovers (four fumbles and six interceptions) and they have been converted into 13 points (one defensive touchdown and two field goals).
Facts, National & Pac-10 Stats
Sat., Oct. 21 - UCLA at Notre Dame (11:30 a.m. PDT on NBC)