From UCLA's Release:
GAME #8 — The UCLA Bruins (4-3, 2-2 in Pac-10 play) return
home to the Rose Bowl and resume Pac-10 play against Washington State (5-3, 3-2
in Pac-10 play) on Oct. 28. The game will be televised regionally by ABC Sports,
beginning at 4:00 p.m. Pacific time. Dan Fouts and Tim Brant will be in the
booth and Jack Arute will report from the sidelines.
AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin Radio Network is broadcasting 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 130).
UCLA PLAYER NOTES —
Justin Medlock ranks first nationally in field goals (2.14 per game) and 11th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in scoring (9.00).
Justin Hickman is second nationally and first in the Pac-10 in sacks (1.50 per game - 10.5 total) and fourth in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (2.07 - 14.5 total).
Bruce Davis is second in the Pac-10 and ninth nationally in tackles for loss (1.57) and and third in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally in sacks (0.93).
Chris Markey ranks 29th nationally and fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing (88.71).
Wide receiver Junior Taylor's 94 career receptions rank him 16th on the all-time school list. In addition, he ranks 19th on the career receiving yardage list (1,220 yards).
True senior defensive end JUSTIN HICKMAN has started 22 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.
In 2006, he already has 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss, ranking second and fourth nationally, respectively. He also leads the Pac-10 in both categories.
Redshirt junior safety CHRIS HORTON is the Bruins' leading tackler (tied) with 42 and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. At Notre Dame, he made seven tackles.
Redshirt junior linebacker CHRISTIAN TAYLOR led the team with 10 tackles at Notre Dame. On the year, Taylor has made a total of 42 tackles to tie for the team lead.
Senior kicker JUSTIN MEDLOCK is second (tied) on UCLA's career field goal list with 57. He also ranks third on the career scoring list with 307 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 (2.14) and is 11th in scoring (9.00).
UCLA currently ranks 10th in the nation in total defense (265.29) and has held five of seven opponents to less than 300 yards and a sixth under 350.
The UCLA defense has allowed 13 Red Zone opportunities in the season's seven games and opponents have scored seven touchdowns and three field goals.
This season, the Bruins have held five of their seven opponents to fewer than 60 yards rushing, including four straight (Rice 53, Washington 49, Stanford 49, Arizona minus 13). Since 1966, this is the first time UCLA had held four straight opponents under 60 net yards rushing.
UCLA leads the nation in third-down conversion defense (22.8%), having allowed its first six opponents to convert just 21 of 92 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, Oregon was three of 11 and Notre Dame was four of 19.
UCLA ranks 10th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in total defense (265.29) and also ranks 11th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in rushing defense (78.14) The Bruins are allowing just 2.50 yards per rush and have yielded just two touchdowns on the ground.
UCLA's 10-game home winning streak is its longest since 1997-1999, when it won 13 consecutive home games.
MARCUS EVERETT -- At Notre Dame, he made a career-high tying six receptions for a career-best 102 yards, including a career-long 54-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown that is UCLA's longest pass play of the year. He is the first Bruin receiver to account for 100 yards in a game this season.
On the year, he leads the team with three touchdowns and is third on the squad with 17 receptions, one behind leaders Junior Taylor and Brandon Breazell. His 12.2 average is tied with Breazell for best among wide receivers with more than two receptions.
True senior JUSTIN HICKMAN, a favorite for the Ted Hendricks National Defensive End of the Year Award, is enjoying a stellar season season and is also an All-America candidate.
He is second nationally with 1.50 sacks per game (10.5 total) and fourth in tackles for loss (2.07 - 14.5 total). He ranks first in the Pac-10 in both sacks and tackles for losses. Twice this season, he has recorded three solo sacks in a game (Notre Dame, Rice). On the year, he has made 27 total tackles (19 solos), tied for fifth on the squad, and leads the Bruins in sacks (10.5) and tackles for loss (14.5).
At Notre Dame, he made a career-high eight tackles (three solos) as UCLA held the Irish to 41 net rushing yards. He made 3.0 sacks of Brady Quinn and finished the day with 3.5 tackles for losses.
Redshirt junior BRUCE DAVIS has stepped into the spotlight with his fine play at defensive end. On the year, he has made 27 tackles, fifth (tied) on the squad. He also ranks second on the team behind Justin Hickman with 6.5 sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss. Davis ranks ninth in the NCAA and third in the Pac-10 in tackles for losses (1.57) and 14th nationally and third in the Pac-10 in sacks (0.93).
At Notre Dame, he made five solo tackles, including 2.0 sacks for 11 yards and a third tackle for loss (four yards).
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 15 of 17 field goals (he had a string of 14 straight halted at Notre Dame) and all 18 PATs for a team-high 63 points. He ranks first nationally in field goals (2.14 per game) and 10th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in scoring (9.00).
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. At Oregon, he made field goals of 34 and 48 yards in the first half and two PATs for eight points. At Notre Dame, he missed from 47 yards in the first quarter, halting a streak of 14 straight, and converted from 29 yards with 7:19 left to give UCLA a 17-13 lead. He also made both PATs for five points.
He has now made 15 of his last 16 attempts since missing his first one of the year. His streak of 14 straight was 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 was recently named first-team Mid-Season All-American by SI.com and Collegefootballnews.com.
Medlock is tied for second on UCLA's career field goal list with 57. His career percentage (.781) is third among Bruins with at least 21 career field goals. He also ranks third on the career scoring list with 307 points, having passed Bjorn Merten at Oregon. Medlock has made 28 of his 38 field goal attempts (.737) from 40 yards and out.
UCLA IN THE NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
Chris Markey -- rushing: 29th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (88.71); all-purpose yards: 62nd in NCAA, 10th in Pac-10 (104.00); total offense: 14th in Pac-10 (88.71)
Justin Medlock -- field goals: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.14); scoring: 11th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (9.00); kick scoring: 1st in Pac-10 (9.00).
Patrick Cowan -- passing efficiency: 9th in Pac-10 (112.69)
Kahlil Bell -- rushing: 19th in Pac-10 (34.14)
Aaron Perez -- punting: 45th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (40.64)
Jeremy McGee -- kickoff returns: 10th in Pac-10 (18.55)
Justin Hickman -- sacks: 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (1.50) tackles for loss: 4th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.07)
Bruce Davis -- sacks: 14th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (0.93); tackles for loss: 9th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (1.57); fumbles forced: T-3rd in Pac-10 (0.33)
Trey Brown -- interceptions: T-8th in Pac-10 (0.33); passes defensed:T-3rd in Pac-10 (1.14)
Chris Horton -- interceptions: T-8th in Pac-10 (0.33); tackles: T-18th in Pac-10 (6.00).
Christian Taylor -- tackles: T-18th in Pac-10 (6.00).
Alterraun Verner -- interceptions: T-8th in Pac-10 (0.33)
Rushing Offense: 77th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (126.86)
Passing Offense: 69th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (193.71)
Total Offense: 79th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (320.57)
Scoring Offense: T-55th in NCAA, T-5th in Pac-10 (24.43)
Rushing Defense: 11th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (78.14)
Yards Allowed Per Rush: 1st in Pac-10 (2.50)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 37th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (112.99 rating)
Pass Defense: 46th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (187.14)
Completion Percentage Defense: 3rd in Pac-10 (53.21)
Yards Per Pass Attempt Defense: 2nd in Pac-10 (6.01)
Total Defense: 10th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (265.29)
Scoring Defense: 23rd in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (16.00)
Punt Returns: 32nd in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (11.43)
Net Punting: 38th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (36.61)
Punt Return Defense: T-8th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.54)
Third Down Conversion Defense: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (22.8%, 21 of 92)
Red Zone Offense: 4th in Pac-10 (84.6%)
Red Zone Defense: 4th in Pac-10 (76.9%)
Turnover Margin: 22nd in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (+0.71)
Sacks Allowed: 5th in Pac-10 (13)
Sacks: T-13th in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (3.29)
Tackles for Loss: 13th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (7.43)
Turnovers Gained: T-22nd in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (17)
Fumbles Lost: T-28th in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (5)
Fumbles Recovered: T-15th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (9)
Passes Intercepted: T-4th in Pac-10 (8)
Time of Possession: 3rd in Pac-10 ( 30:35)
RED ZONE — In seven games, UCLA is 22 of 26 on Red Zone opportunities, with 12 touchdowns (seven passing, five rushing) and 10 field goals, for 114 points.
In seven games, the Bruin defense has allowed opponents inside the Red Zone just 13 times, resulting in seven touchdowns (one rushing, six passing) and three field goals for 58 points.
TURNOVERS — In seven games, UCLA has caused 17 turnovers (eight interceptions and nine fumbles) -- third in the Pac-10 -- and has converted them into 52 points. UCLA has committed12 turnovers (five fumbles and seven interceptions) and they have been converted into 13 points (one defensive touchdown and two field goals).